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Syft’s Games to look forward to in 2021

2021 is a year of new beginnings. After a disastrous 2020, almost everyone is looking for a new start this year. That includes video games as well, especially with so many games slated to release in the forthcoming months.

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The staff here at Syft cover a variety of genres, from MOBAs to first-person shooters and many more. With that being said, here are a few games we’re looking forward to in 2021.

Nier Replicant

Nier Replicant
Screenshot courtesy of Square Enix

Nintendo hasn’t really announced their major releases for the year, which also happens to encapsulate Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda’s 25th and 35th anniversaries, respectively. Is Breath of the Wild 2 feasible? Will we see more than five seconds of footage from New Pokemon Snap? These questions trouble me deeply. So while I’m waiting for Nintendo to tell me literally anything, I guess I’m most looking forward to NieR Replicant. 

As someone presently and very belatedly working their way through NieR: Automata right now (I know, I know) the prospect of more games in the “nier” future dampens any prospect of post-game sadness. I’ve been adoring grind-y fight games recently – thanks, Hades! – and the combination of brilliantly structured fights with a great story is hard to come by. 

Yeah, NieR Replicant is exciting in the absence of Breath of the Wild 2. For now. 

Kirsten Carey, Editorial/Breaking News Writer

The Yakuza Remastered Collection

The Yakuza Remastered Collection
Screenshot courtesy of SEGA

If you’ve seen any of my recent work on Syft, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the Yakuza series. For me specifically, Yakuza 0 helped me deal with COVID-19 – I contracted the virus from my parents who work in the medical field – and gave me a way to escape the situation I was in, albeit if only for a few hours. 

As such, it should be no surprise that my most anticipated selection of games for 2021 is The Yakuza Remastered Collection. Initially released exclusively for PlayStation, the Remastered Collection – featuring Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 – will release on Jan. 28 on Xbox Game Pass and Steam. 

The upcoming trilogy sees series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu struggling to balance a life as a Yakuza member and as a regular person in the general population. With only 0, Yakuza: Kiwami and Yakuza: Kiwami 2 – Yakuza 1 and 2, respectively – available on Xbox Game Pass at the moment, I can’t wait to get my hands on the collection, even if it is only to sing “Baka Mitai.”

Jarrod Castillo, Editorial Writer

Deathloop

Deathloop
Courtesy of Bethesda

Video games nowadays continue to break the mold for what a gaming experience should be, with elaborate storylines and comprehensive themes that rival the complexity of feature films. One such game that looks to do the same is Arkane Studios’s up-coming action-adventure title, Deathloop. 

In a game with one of the most unique premises in quite some time, Deathloop focuses on an assassin stuck in a time loop who has to eliminate eight targets in order to escape. This time-bending first-person shooter is set in a vibrant, stoic-looking world and comes with a variety of cool abilities like teleportation, making for some fun gameplay as an assassin. 

Deathloop is perhaps my most anticipated game of 2021 for its obscure, yet extremely intriguing plot. The game is currently set to release on May 21 for PlayStation 5 and PC. 

Jeff Jenkins, Contributing Writer

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros

Not being able to play a good Harry Potter (HP) game while growing up with the movies always made me sad. There were a couple of playable HP games, but EA’s focus on making money rather than delivering quality ruined the experience during that time. When Hogwarts Legacy was first revealed during the PlayStation 5 Showcase, I was so excited to finally play a huge game based on the HP universe. 

There is an untouched world in Avalanche Studios’ hands, and it’s up to them to figure out how they’re going to use it. Currently boasting many great elements such as creatures, content and more, Hogwarts’ world is perfect for an open-world RPG game. On the other hand, creating our own unique adventure and not sticking to a “Harry Potter” adventure – a story based on the titular character’s exploits – makes everything better. 

Even though I can’t wait to play it, I’m well aware that if there isn’t a well-written storyline along with a living world and interesting side quests, this title will be another Warner Bros marketing move and nothing more. So please, Avalanche: don’t mess this up. 

Sinan Koyuncu, Breaking News/Editorial Writer

Editor’s Note: Hogwarts Legacy has been delayed to 2022. Sinan’s response? “Man I’m really sick of these delays haha.

Little Nightmares II

Little Nightmares
Courtesy of Bandai Namco.

For me, the game I’m most looking forward to is Little Nightmares II. I absolutely loved the original – I even wrote a review for it – and the sequel looks to be all that and more. Tarsier Studio and Bandai Namco tend to be very good about releasing information early and teasing details way in advance, so we have a good idea of what we’re getting into with the game even now. And the character design? Holy sh*t, that hospital and the “Doctor” are going to haunt me for a long time (or at least every time I see a mannequin.) 

The story and environmental designs look to be on point, with atmospheric forests and dingy halls and houses enhancing the dollhouse effect of being small in a large space. I’m especially looking forward to how the new A.I. companion will affect puzzle solving, as it was lightly used in the From the Depths DLC. It looks to be much more in-depth in this game, given the trailers and gameplay clips we’ve seen. Also, given the ambiguous ending of the first game, I’m curious to know how they plan on tying in Six to this new expanded world, as Little Nightmares was rather self contained. 

Nonetheless, I’m excited!

Rachel Mailhot, Editorial Writer

NEO: The World Ends With You

NEO
Screenshot courtesy of Square Enix

The game I’m most looking forward to is definitely NEO: The World Ends with You (TWEwY). After almost 14 years, the game which I – and so many others – revere as one of the best Square Enix and Nintendo DS titles is finally making a comeback with a brand new installment. 

The original TWEwY was released in 2007 for the Nintendo DS. With its fun, urban backdrop, engaging combat system, interesting storyline and manga-like cutscene presentation, it was a really different and captivating RPG experience. All of these – combined with a knockout soundtrack – made for an incredible game.

With such a remarkable predecessor, NEO: TWEwY has some big shoes to fill. However, just going by its announcement trailer, there’s so much to look forward to. An evolved experience in Shibuya, the setting; a fresh cast of characters, both new and familiar; and the return of the Reapers’ Game in a brand new story. While this title will certainly be a nostalgic trip for old TWEwY fans, I look forward to seeing how it will engage new players.

I can’t wait to see what NEO: TWEwY has in store for us. 

Mariah Qaiser, Breaking News Writer

God of War: Ragnarok

God of War
Screenshot courtesy of Sony

The God of War series is my all-time favorite of the Sony exclusives. I’m anticipating this game more than anything else for 2021 because not knowing how the story continues is gnawing at me. 

I am desperate to find out what happens in the next installment as I’ve become so attached to the dynamic between Kratos, the “boy,” and Mimir’s talking head dangling around Kratos’ waist. I don’t mean to overhype this game, but I’m expecting it to be Santa Monica Studio’s magnum opus and I need it as soon as possible because I’m anticipating that it could become the best installment in the entire series.

Nothing relaxes me more than snapping the necks of gods and monsters after lashing them with the “Blades of Chaos.” It’s what keeps my skin clear and I’m excited enough for this game that I might make it a reason for me to get a PlayStation 5. 

Erik Ruof, Breaking News Writer

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach

Five Nights at Freddys
Screenshot courtesy of PlayStation

So I’m aware that this is a very cringy pick, but I have to go with Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNaF): Security Breach. I know that FNaF is mostly geared toward a younger audience, but a major game which went from an indie title to a PlayStation 5 title is an accomplishment in and of itself. 

As with previous iterations of the title, we don’t exactly know what is in store for this game. However, based on sheer visuals, audio and other tidbits discovered from previous versions of the games, Security Breach will bring everything you know about FnaF and bring it to a screeching halt. If you ever played the first one and are looking to get back into the series, this is another great addition for you. It’s also more focused in the dark lore of the series, which is great for storytellers of all ages. 

Overall, Security Breach is a very underrated title coming into 2021 and one every horror fan should look into this year when it eventually releases. 

Jay Silver, Contributing Writer

With a vast selection of games to look out for in 2021, chances are we missed out on a specific title. If that’s the case, feel free to let us know which ones to try out in the comment section below.

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