THE PAST year was surreal in more than one way, but there's no doubt 2020 gave us many a wonderful game.
The new year looks even more promising, however, and to give you a taste of the upcoming gems, here are the 15 best games to look out for in 2021.
The next-gen fight is in full swing, and as it often happens, companies are racing to release their best titles before the competition.
While not everyone has yet been able to get their hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X, there are good chances the consoles will become available again in the next couple of months.
This gives us time to plan our gaming journeys for 2021, and to pre-order the titles we are most interested in.
Many of the following games are also available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One S/X.
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1. Far Cry 6
- Far Cry 6, £54.99 at Amazon – pre-order here
All we know about Far Cry 6 comes from a trailer Ubisoft released in August 2020.
The game will be set in the fictional island of Yara, where players will have to fight the dictatorship regime of Anton Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito.)
A Microsoft listing leak places the Far Cry 6's release date on May 25, 2021, but no official date has been announced yet.
The title will be immediately playable on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5, with PC and Google Stadia versions becoming available at a later date.
2. Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time Remake
- Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time Remake, £54.99 at Amazon – pre-order here
After 18 years from its original release, Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time is back with a brand new remake.
The game features new character models and cinematic sequences, together with enhanced voices, sounds, parkour moves, and soundtrack.
Of course, the Sands of Time knife will still allow you to reverse, accelerate, freeze, and slow time.
Unfortunately, we can't use the knife to speed up time. But fear not, for Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time Remake is coming out on 18 March 2021 on both PS4 and Xbox One.
3. Gotham Knights
- Gotham Knights, £59.99/69.99 at Game.co.uk – pre-order here
Gotham Knights was firstly revealed at the DC FanDome in August 2020.
This open-world, third-person action RPG features the adventures of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin.
It can be played solo, or in two-player cooperative multiplayer mode.
Set to be released in 2021, Gotham Knights will be available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.
4. Hitman 3
- Hitman 3, £54.99 at Amazon – pre-order here
The dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy, Hitman 3 will be released on 20th January 2021 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.
Pre-ordering the title will also get you in-game items from the Trinity Pack DLC, which includes suits, briefcases and weapons.
A Deluxe version of Hitman 3 is available, featuring Deluxe Escalations, in-game items and suits as well as digital soundtracks and more.
At selected retailers, pre-ordering a physical edition of HITMAN 3 will also include an exclusive physical passport, filled with details and references from Agent 47’s career.
5. Horizon Forbidden West
- Horizon Forbidden West – read more here
One of the most anticipated titles ever, Horizon Forbidden West is set to be released in 2021.
The third-person action role-playing game picks up where Zero Dawn left, throwing Aloy into yet another incredible adventure.
The Nora tribe huntress will have to travel far to find and erase the source of a mysterious plague that kills all it touches.
While an official release date has not been revealed yet, Sony confirmed the game will be coming to both PS4 and PS5 consoles.
6. Ratchet And Clank: A Rift Apart
- Ratchet And Clank: A Rift Apart, £69.99 at Simply Games – pre-order here
Ratchet And Clank are back with a PS5 exclusive that will redefine the iconic couple's adventures.
The third-person shooter will be a canonical continuation to Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus as well as a standalone title.
The game will be the first of the saga to introduce real-time travel between different areas, making the gameplay more varied and generally more frenetic.
While an official release date has not yet been announced, Ratchet And Clank: A Rift Apart was first shown at the PlayStation 5: Future of Gaming event last June, placing a possible release date in the first half of 2021.
7. Lord Of The Rings: Gollum
- Lord Of The Rings: Gollum – read more here
Lord Of The Rings: Gollum was developed by Daedalic Entertainment, the house behind the Deponia franchise.
The title takes players on a story-driven adventure following Gollum as he chases the Ring across the ravaged-lands of Middle-earth.
Lord Of The Rings: Gollum promises innovative game mechanics, as well as multiple-choice storyline options.
No official release has been planned yet, but you can register your interest on Steam and be notified once the game is available to pre-order.
8. Halo Infinite
- Halo Infinite – read more here
Few games are currently as highly-anticipated as Halo Infinite.
The game was initially planned for release on November 10, 2020,but was delayed in August 2020, and then once again, with a release date now planned for late 2021.
The first-person shooter sees the return of Master Chief, ready to save the world once again.
A Microsoft exclusive, Halo Infinite will be available on Windows devices, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S consoles.
9. Resident Evil 8: Village
- Resident Evil 8: Village – read more here
Set in a mysterious village in Europe, Resident Evil Village follows the events of Biohazard and sees the return of agent Chris Redfield.
Just like its previous instalment, the survival horror videogame has been developed on the RE Engine, and will be played from a first-person perspective for extra spookiness.
Werewolves and ghouls are only some of the creatures players will have to avoid and hunt down among the haunted streets of the Village.
Planned for release in the first half of 2021, the game will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PCs.
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Sequel
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Sequel – read more here
There are currently not many rumours about the upcoming Call of Duty game, but Activision has been releasing one every year for more than 15 years, so it's safe to assume one will be out by the end of the year.
The company also typically alternates Black Ops titles with Modern Warfare ones, and since 2020 was the year of Black Ops Cold War, 2021 will likely see a Modern Warfare.
Among some of the current rumours, it seems the new game could be set during World War 3, and act a sequel to Advanced Warfare.
More information about the next Call of Duty sequel will be available throughout the year, with a possible release date in late 2021.
11. Dying Light 2
- Dying Light 2, £54.99 at GAME – pre-order here
After three years of waiting, it looks like the Dying Light sequel is finally dropping in 2021.
According to the developers, the parkour-meet-zombies title will feature a 5-20 hour campaign, with 100 hours of overall content.
The open-world first-person shooter will also offer ample space for exploration, with a map four times bigger than its predecessor.
Dying Light 2 will come out at some point this year for PS4, PS5,Xbox One
Xbox Series X/S, and Windows machines.
12. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II – read more here
Originally announced at The Game Awards 2019 as a launch title for the Xbox Series X console, Hellblade II was then postponed as the developers admitted they needed more time to release the title.
The trailer unveiled at the event shows a redesigned Senua, as well as music from the experimental folk band Heilung.
Not much is known about the story of the new game, but it is clear Senua's upcoming adventure is going to be another one marked by pain, dark rituals, and unnatural creatures.
As a Microsoft exclusive, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II will be available on Xbox Series X and Windows computers.
13. Mass Effect Legendary Edition
- Mass Effect Legendary Edition, £54.99 at GAME – pre-order here
November 7 was dubbed "N7 Day" by BioWare back in 2012 to honour the Mass Effect franchise.
It was on the N7 Day 2020 that the game studio announced the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a remastered version of its iconic trilogy.
The game will include enhanced textures, models and effects, together with additional content, which will be revealed at a later date.
The planned released for Mass Effect Legendary Edition is intended in the first half of 2021, with the game coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One, together with enhanced versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
14. God of War: "Ragnarok"
- God of War: "Ragnarok" – read more here
The new instalment of our favourite Greek anti-hero has been firstly teased by Sony at the PS5 Showcase event last September.
The teaser trailer only shows the franchise's Omega logo, inscribed with Norse runes, giving out nothing regarding the title's gameplay.
However, the video does tease that "Ragnarok is coming", hinting at a possible name for the game, as well as its events.
The direct sequel of2018's God of War, "Ragnarok" will most likely be a PS5 exclusive, and will be released in the second part of 2021.
15. Gran Turismo 7
- Gran Turismo 7, £69.99 at Simply Games – pre-order here
Another PS5 exclusive, Gran Turismo 7 aims at bringing together the best from all previous instalments into a single title.
In fact, from the trailer released by Sony in June last year, it is possible to notice how the game's main menu resembles the one from Gran Turismo 4.
Also, just like Gran Turismo 6, the new title will feature the single-player GT Simulation Mode.
Planned for release at some point in 2021, Gran Turismo 7 will be compatible with the PlayStation 5's DualSense controller, Tempest Engine and dedicated ray-tracing hardware for a more immersive experience.
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