So, you want to see which game is going to be the next big game in 2021? There are loads of factors that decide which video game will make it from an unknown indie project to a sensation that everyone is talking about. Although many factors count in your gaming experience, streamers now even use gadgets like 1080p HD video cameras while streaming. Playing a game, yourself and enjoying it depends a lot on the storyline and graphics, plus several other things. Hence, we did our best to predict what will be the next big thing in gaming.
#7: Nioh 2
A true successor to the classic Dark Souls games from FromSoftware, Nioh is Team Ninja’s spiritual successor to the Souls Borne series. The game received critical acclaim for its ‘deep combat mechanics’ and fast-paced action, which is fluid for a hack-and-slash title. The main story does an excellent job of introducing you to the game’s world and characters on such a grand scale that they rival anything that the Souls Borne series offers.
#6: Rocket League 2
The original Rocket League became one of the most unexpectedly popular games in recent memory, with both casual gamers and esports fans flocking to it. Despite its simple premise, Rocket League is still a fun game to play even after all these years, and Psyonix announced that they would be making a sequel in 2021. The announcement came from the current director of the studio, Dave Hagewood, who has stated: ‘We listened. We learned. And now we’re ready to give you more.’
#5: Uncharted 4 (PS4)
One of the greatest single-player action-adventure games for PlayStation platforms, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a masterpiece that has earned critical acclaim from several outlets. It was also the first PS4 game to be made available in virtual reality. The play centers on Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who follows his ancestor’s footsteps to discover what promises to be one of history’s most valuable treasures. The game is set four years after Uncharted three and sees Drake trying to find treasure in Malaysia. It received praise for its strong storyline, with a good balance between action and puzzle-solving elements.
#4: Assassin’s Creed 4 (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
Massive open-world games were a rarity in the last generation, but they’re much more common nowadays. The Assassins Creed series has sold millions of copies worldwide thanks to its massive sandbox worlds you can explore freely without any loading screens breaking the immersion. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is no different, and it not only allows for free exploration with your ship but underwater exploration as well. The first game in the series is set during the Golden Age of Piracy and follows Edward Kenway, a pirate captain. He becomes involved in a conflict between several ancient secret societies seeking an artifact known as “The Heart,” which can grant eternal life and power by controlling humanity’s progress.
#3: Half-Life 3 (Steam)
With how much attention gamers have given to Half-Life 3, it’s a wonder that Valve hasn’t announced anything yet. It is one of the most anticipated games in recent memory, and many have criticized Valve for “dropping the ball” by not announcing its release date or any gameplay footage at all. With how long the game has been in development, many have speculated that it’s been pushed back to 2021, with some rumors pointing to a release date of March 2021.
#2: Red Dead Redemption II (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
There is no question that Red Dead Redemption II will be a big hit. You’d have to be living under a rock for the past few months not to know this. Red Dead Redemption was released in 2010 and set during the early years of the American Frontier, specifically the decline of the Wild West when civilization was beginning to catch up with it. The game is considered by many to be one of (if not ) the best western games ever made, and many felt that Red Dead Redemption II had a lot to live up to. Thankfully, Rockstar Games did not disappoint with its sequel – which takes place 12 years after Redemption.
#1: Mass Effect 4 (PS4/Xbox One/Steam)
EA Bioware is easily one of the biggest developers in the genre, and their Mass Effect series has been selling incredibly well since its debut in 2007. Mass Effect 4 features a new story that builds upon Mass Effect 3 and is set during the same period but on a different planet. You are playing as an undercover operative named John of Sparta (who is most likely transgender, but this has yet to be confirmed), gathering information about a rogue organization called Cerberus and its agents. The graphics look great, and it seems like they’ve improved upon the previous games’ combat mechanics as well.
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Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios.
When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games