2021 will be a weird year for games. With the disease-which-must-not-be-named still raging on, it is all but certain that some of these games will see additional delays. I probably don‘t have the most predictable taste in games so if you‘re a fan of North American blockbuster triple-A games and were expecting to see some on here...look elsewhere. I‘ve been burned too badly by them before.
Monster Hunter Rise
Anyone who knows me well will know that it is no surprise that Monster Hunter Rise is at the top of my most anticipated list. I have bought every state-side Monster Hunter since Freedom Unite on the PSP and I don‘t see any reason why not to continue supporting this series. I love how the team continuously evolve and mix up the gameplay from game to game which keeps the series exciting. With the addition of new monsters, a new doggo pal, and a new movement mechanic it‘s looking fantastic. It is also apparently running on a Switch version of the Resident Evil engine? Sign me up.
I...don‘t know if this game is still alive (or has...survived. Eh? EH??) after being delayed to 2021. The last we saw of this game was some time in 2018 where some gameplay footage was shown and it looked freaking awesome. Digimon set in some post-apocalyptic world? Yes yes. 2.5D aesthetic? Hell yes. But where the hell is the news for this game??
NEO: The World Ends With You
I am a gigantic fan of The World Ends With You and a sequel was announced a few months ago called NEO: The World Ends With You. The original game made great use of the touch screen on the Nintendo DS, but moving forward it looks as though they are moving to a 3D hack-and-slash-y style of gameplay. It‘s a little unfortunate as that kind of gameplay isn‘t extremely groundbreaking like its predecessor but I guess beggars can‘t be choosers and I‘m just glad the series is getting some love!
Shin Megami Tensei V
We were first teased three(!) years ago that a Shin Megami Tensei game would be coming when the Nintendo Switch was first announced(!). Then earlier this year we saw more teaser footage of the world and the main character that came with the confirmation of a worldwide release in 2021! Having played a number of Shin Megami Tensei games in the past including the latest Shin Megami Tensei IV on the 3DS, I‘m very much looking forward to a new experience with higher definition graphics.
Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster
I have played Nocturne in the past on a PS2 memory card that is lost to the ether somewhere. So when it was announced that Nocturne would be getting a remastered version on the Switch I was excited. This game has technically already been released in Japan, so we know what it‘s going to be like. It is literally the same game, just playable on a modern console. It is not a "remake", so the best you can hope for is updated textures and 3D models and not much else. But it will certainly make it easier to play than trying to set up an old PS2!
Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139...numbers (why, yoko taro)
I have vague memories of playing the original Nier on PS3 and it looks like they are remaking the Replicant version of the game. To be honest I don‘t remember much of the plot to Nier and I‘m not the biggest fan of the series but I will likely pick this up and try it out.
Finally! A new IP on this list! I‘m cautiously optimistic about this game because it looks like a neat anime hack-n-slash with an interesting story premise. Looks like it will play similarly to Astral Chain and Code Vein so it could turn out to be pretty fun.
No More Heroes III
I love love loved No More Heroes 1 and 2 when they first came out on the Nintendo Wii. The wackiness of the characters and premise was right up my alley. And then the series went dark for eleven years until it resurfaced as a trailer last year for a third installment and it looks just as zany as its predecessors.
Ghosts n‘ Goblins Resurrection
Okay, this one is a curveball. I have fond memories of Ghosts n‘ Goblins on the original NES and well...dying a lot. It was a hard game when I was a kid! Nowadays however, I‘d love to revisit it with a little more gaming knowledge to see if I could beat it. Turns out Capcom is bringing it back, remaking the old NES game into high definition hand drawn art and I love it. I am very much looking forward to trying this game again.
Bravely Default 2
I definitely played the original Bravely Default on the Nintendo DS when it first came out, but I don‘t think I completed it. Well now a second game is coming out in 2021 and I have a reason to get off my butt and finish the first one. They did release a demo on Nintendo Switch that I played (it was kinda difficult if I‘m being honest) and boy did it visually look quite good.
I have such high hopes for this game. An RPG set in Hogwarts from the Harry Potter Universe? Sign me up immediately. This game could be incredible, or it could be dead boring. We haven‘t seen any gameplay for this game yet so I‘m not going to get my hopes up too high but it could be a very interesting game to keep an eye on.
Seeing Ghostwire Tokyo for the first time was incredible. It looks to be an urban myth horror game set in Tokyo and I am here for it. I love the aesthetic of the game and the original reveal trailer looked so amazing well produced.
Tales of Arise
I‘m not the biggest Tales fan in the world but the latest entries in the series have been quite good. My interest definitely gets piqued when a trailer from the Tales series gets revealed but the combat system in Tales has always been either hit or miss for me. Based on what it looks like from the trailer, I think this one‘s got a battle system closer to what I like so I will definitely keep an eye out for this one.
I suspect there will be quite a few more unexpected announcements and releases over the next year but hopefully none of the above gets delayed (or in some cases, delayed further). But if at least a few of these get released, I will be content.