Heading into the second half of 2021, the extraordinary rise in the popularity of games shows no sign of letting up. If anything, it’s set to pick up steam with a list of breakout titles and the return of beloved cross-platform franchises, along with brand-new online casino slot games. Here is our pick of titles worth looking out for.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
This sequel to the original 2016 release is undeniably one of the most anticipated reboots set to hit the PlayStation 5 platform in June this year. Created by Insomniac Games, the dimension-smashing adventure is a PS5 exclusive that has been designed to play beautifully with the system’s impressive SSD. Fans of the original game will undoubtedly enjoy the stunning graphics and a selection of wacky weapons that they’ll need to travel through time and space to thwart Dr Nefarious’ latest plot.
No More Heroes III
First released in 2007 on the Wii, few predicted the phenomenal success this action slasher game franchise would go on to enjoy. Now the series’ cult following is on pins and needles, anticipating the release of the third edition on August 27 on the Nintendo Switch. The rebirth of the series will no doubt grow the circle of No More Heroes enthusiasts, with many new converts to the beloved franchise.
Little Devil Inside
Set in the Victorian era and resplendent with an imaginative array of weird and wonderful monsters that must be found out and fought, this survival RPG from Neostream Interactive is headed for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC in July 2021. Strap in and let the games begin!
Life is Strange: True Colors
Ready for the next instalment of the graphic adventure series? The latest buzz in the gaming world is that the past experiences of this video game – seen by many as having real emotional depth – have been amped up by Deck Nine, developer of the earlier Before the Storm prequel spinoff series.
The storyline goes like this: Alex Chen is a young woman who has traumatically been moved around from foster home to foster home. She eventually meets up with her brother, but he’s killed in a suspicious accident, and she must use her psychic powers to read and manipulate others’ emotions so she can discover the truth behind his mysterious death. Look out for the release in September 2021 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia.
For a different experience, get into this new release in the guise of a stray cat. To escape the cyberpunk city, you’ll need to unravel an ancient mystery while moving around this forgotten world, creeping under cars, sneaking behind trash cans and clambering over rooftops with the assistance of a small drone called B12. Stray will make it onto PS4, PS5, and PC in October 2021.
If interactive thrillers with an existential twist are more your thing, look out for the time-loop title, 12 Minutes. In this game you’re a husband enjoying a romantic date-night with your wife at home, until a police officer arrives at your door, accusing your wife of murder. Here’s where the game really gets started. You are suddenly catapulted back to the moment before everything unfolded, and you must work to change your fate before you’re transported back into that 12-minute loop. The 2021 release date for this highly anticipated indie title, intended for Xbox One and PC, is still to be confirmed by its publisher, Annapurna Interactive.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
Due out on Switch in late 2021, these next instalments in the series that took the world by storm will be played out as 3D titles, while sticking to the familiar Sinnoh region of the Pokémon world and the original set of creatures. Word in the gaming industry is that this joint offering is a taste of what’s to come before next year’s totally new, open-world Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
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