Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for 2021 [Best Recommendations]

Ghostwire-Tokyo Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for 2021 [Best Recommendations]

The holidays are a thing of the past, and by now, we should already have gotten used to writing 2021 instead of 2020. We talked about the best games of last year, but also about the anime games we can't wait to play in 2021... but gaming is way more than anime-themed titles!

So, how about dedicating some time to the big names we could be playing—if the pandemic allows it and there are no delays—in 2021? Here are our most anticipated games for the year!

10. Monster Hunter Rise

  • System: Switch
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Date: Mar. 26, 2021

Big boss fights against huge, menacing monsters are back! This year we're getting a new Monster Hunter game, with innovative features and upgrades to gameplay mechanics, plus several new beats to hunt for fun and resources.

After watching the trailer, it's hard not to be excited for Magnamalo, and probably even harder to get out alive after a face-to-face encounter with it. Sadly, Monster Hunter Rise is a Nintendo Switch timed exclusive, so those who discovered the franchise thanks to Monster Hunter World on PC and PlayStation 4 won't be able to play it until a later date... if at all.

9. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

  • System: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Developer: Hardsuit Labs
  • Release Date: TBA

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is one of our all-time favorites, so we're extremely happy to know that a sequel to this cult classic is in the works. It was originally set to debut in 2020, but it got delayed... and we're okay with that, especially after seeing how badly optimized some games ended up being last year.

V:TM - Bloodlines 2 is a role-playing adventure with a bit of psychological horror thrown into the mix. But don't expect it to be an FPS with some dialogue options, like most RPGs nowadays; this is a true RPG, so you'll have to talk your way out of different situations and make a lot of decisions that will affect your humanity and status within the vampire community. Unless you rather use your vampiric talents, that is!

8. New World

  • System: PC
  • Publisher: Amazon Game Studios
  • Developer: Amazon Game Studios, Double Helix Games
  • Release Date: TBA

If there's something that we lack in life right now, it's a good MMORPG that wasn't released ages ago. Let's face it, Asian MMORPGs are more geared towards mobile devices nowadays, but they are the only ones still trusting this genre we love. However, of all companies out there, we never thought it could be Amazon the one to step up and give us a new MMORPG to dedicate our lives to.

Sandbox gameplay is tempting, so that's a start. As for the rest, we still need to see how New World handles quests, PvP, character development and customization, Factions (there are 3 of them), etc. In case you're wondering, it was announced New World will follow the buy-to-play business model.

7. Gotham Knights

  • System: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • Publisher: Warner Bros
  • Developer: Warner Bros
  • Release Date: TBA

Batman is dead, and that could only mean one thing: Gotham is about to be taken over by all these villains we love to hate. That also means we won't be able to play as the Dark Knight, but this game's biggest con is also its biggest pro; time for the Bat-Family to shine!

Robin (Tim Drake), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), and Red Hood (Jason Todd) are Gotham's only hope, but will they live up to the expectations? Sure, they are all full-fledged superheroes now, but we don't know what to think now their mentor is not around anymore... or is he? That would be a not-so-unpredictable plot twist, and it wouldn't be the first time—nor the last—that Batman fakes his own death. We could still be wrong, though!

6. Deathloop

  • System: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Release Date: May 21, 2021 (Switch), PS4 TBA

Would you attend a night party on a paradisiac island? And what if everything you do at the party was forgotten by the morning? But there's a catch: this is a never-ending party because you're trapped in an infinite loop, and someone could be literally hunting you.

That's the plot of Deathloop, a game where you play as the only person who always wakes up with memories of what happened the night before. In fact, you have to use those memories to track down and kill 8 targets! Killing them all is the only way out of this loop, and failing your mission means starting over from scratch the next day, with your enemies revived. Sounds fun, huh?

5. Far Cry 6

  • System: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: TBA

We love the Far Cry saga as it allows us to experience several intriguing stories of religion and politics while at the same time giving us a lot of freedom with its open-world environments and lax FPS mechanics. Far Cry 6 won't be the exception!

This new entry will be set in a fictional third-world country that's undergoing a political revolution. The island's dictator, known as "El Presidente," is the antagonist we'll have to take down, and it already looks like the kind of enemies Far Cry games like to present us with. Originally, Far Cry 6 was set to release on February 18, but after being delayed because of the pandemic, there's no official new date.

4. Gran Turismo 7

  • System: PlayStation 5
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Polyphony Digital
  • Release Date: TBA

PlayStation 5 consoles are still out of stock, but we can't help looking forward to all the PS5 exclusives, especially those IPs we know always make the best out of a new console's raw power. And one of these franchises has to be Gran Turismo, a game that already looks spectacular in the trailers.

Is this game worthy of a console upgrade? Judging by what we've seen so far, definitely! Gran Turismo 7 comes with a revamped Campaign mode that includes both old and new features, such as GT Auto, GT World, GT Cafe, Scapes, etc. If you like racing games, this is the one you should be getting this year!

3. GhostWire: Tokyo

  • System: PC, PlayStation 5
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: Tango Gameworks
  • Release Date: TBA

There's not much we can say about this one since all we got are a brief cinematic trailer and a confusing gameplay feature that wasn't as impactful as the former. Nonetheless, that was enough to make our jaws drop while imagining what GhostWire: Tokyo could be about and how amazing it could look if cinematics are to be trusted. After Cyberpunk 2077's disaster, though, we need to be more careful and take it all with a grain of salt...

It does look gorgeous, and it definitely has a very urban Japanese atmosphere, but what about the gameplay? Is it fun, or will it be a soulless game that's all style and no substance? There's only one way to know but for now, we choose to be optimistic about it.

2. Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil VIII)

  • System: PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Date: May 7, 2021

Now let's talk about games we'd love to play if we weren't a scary bag of bones. Nah, we'll definitely be playing Resident Evil Village, another RE game that strays away from the old formula of escaping a building full of zombies. This time, we need to escape from a castle full of vampires! How cool is that?

A cult, a creepy "local tale," incredibly sexy vampire ladies, werewolf-like beasts, the return of Ethan and Mia Winters, as well as Chris Redfield... these are some of the things this village has in store for us. After watching the Resident Evil showcase a couple of days ago, now we're even more excited than before. We still hate jumpscares, though!

1. God of War: Ragnarök

  • System: PlayStation 5
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
  • Release Date: TBA

And now, the game we consider to be the most anticipated title for the year, more so after how well did God of War back in 2018. If a visually-delightful racing game is not enough for you to consider buying a PlayStation 5, maybe Kratos and Atreus (the son of Kratos) coming after the Norse gods sound like a better offer?

You probably already know what to expect from a God of War game, and since Ragnarök is a continuation of the latest one, we would bet it's going to be equally good, if not better, with better graphics and a much-anticipated deathmatch against Odin and Thor themselves.

After God of War: Ragnarök's reveal last year, we haven't received much more information, but if everything goes right, it should be available at some point this year. We just need more PS5 stock, please!

Final Thoughts

For this list, we only considered the games that we think will release in 2021, but there's a huge list of video games in development that could become available way before we all think. At the same time, every year, we get several surprise releases, and 2021 shouldn't be an exception to that rule!

Did you know all these games are around the corner? What other games are you expecting this year? Keep the recommendations coming!

Ghostwire-Tokyo Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for 2021 [Best Recommendations]


Author: Rod Locksley

Hey! I'm Rod, and when I'm not watching anime or playing video games I'm probably writing about them, but I'm also a graphic and web designer, and I even published a comic book and worked like 4 years for a well-known MMORPG. Curiously, my favorite series are quite different from each other, so I'm still trying to understand what I really like in an anime...

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