2020 is almost over and we're nearing the time when we turn a new page and enter the new year. This year was a great year for gaming, with huge hits such as Half Life: Alyx, Hades, Death Stranding, and Cyberpunk 2077 hitting the PC. Will 2021 be as awesome for gaming as it was this year? We do hope so, and the next year's line-up is already looking good. Today, we look at the top 5 new PC games in 2021 we most look forward to.
1. FAR CRY 6 – UBISOFT
“Paradise has a price.” That is the motto of Ubisoft's upcoming Far Cry 6.
For the past three entries in the Far Cry series, Ubisoft has been able to depict intriguing villains played by convincing actors. Far Cry 3 had Vaas Montenegro played by Michael Mando, who portrayed insanity so well that the character was made for him. The fourth game had Pagan Min, played by one of gaming's most iconic American voice actor Troy Baker. Far Cry 5 had a full cast of villains that portrays what a caricature extremist, ultra-conservative American would look like. Giancarlo Esposito's upcoming performance as the “El Presidente” Antón Castillo, the dictator of a fictional Caribbean island country, is enough reason for us to include this in the list of top new PC games in 2021.
Apart from the cinematic value of having interesting villains, Far Cry has consistently been a good game. The gameplay has only evolved in increments over the years, but in Far Cry's case, you don't really have to fix something that isn't broken. Notable for its fluid and fun gunplay, Far Cry immerses you in fictional open worlds that are always grounded in reality. Often set in lush, rich, and bountiful settings, Far Cry games always make it easy for you to lose yourself to hours of playing.
2. HALO INFINITE – 343 INDUSTRIES
Fans of the Master Chief have been waiting for the return of the super soldier for a long time. While Microsoft released the Master Chief collection to Windows just recently, it's not enough to sate the thirst of its fans. The last mainline Halo game was released in 2015 so it's been some while since the Master Chief's story was updated. This makes Halo Infinite one of the most anticipated new PC games of 2021.
Microsoft's trailers acknowledges the long time since Master Chief has been in the battlefield. He awakes from a long cryogenic sleep, taking on the reins once again in the series. Unlike in Halo 5, it looks like Halo Infinite will be focusing solely on Master Chief. That's great news for old time fans, as this means Halo Infinite will have a better told story compared to its predecessor.
Finally, we've received confirmation from 343 Industry's head Bonnie Ross that the game is indeed coming next year. The target is by Fall 2021, but knowing Triple A games, it may as well end up being released around the Holidays.
3. RESIDENT EVIL VILLAGE – CAPCOM
The fabled horror franchise will continue its return to the top with its eighth installment. Resident Evil Village is a direct continuation of Resident Evil 7, following Ethan's story after his escape from the Baker House. Based on trailers, the game will retain 7's grotesque and more visceral horror, not focusing much on action like Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 did. The new game also features the return of Chris Redfield.
Although Chris does return to the game, Resident Evil Village still focuses on Ethan Winters' story. As such, players will assume control of him once again, this time trapped in a rural, wintry village of murders. Capcom says about the story,
“Ethan's world suddenly comes crashing down once again when Chris Redfield, an unexpected yet familiar face makes an appearance, setting off a chain of events that sees a distraught Ethan seeking answers to Chris's shocking actions, and ultimately finding him in a mysterious village.”
Being one of the most successful horror survival franchises of all time, many fans definitely have Resident Evil Village in their top new PC games in 2021 lists.
4. VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE – BLOODLINES 2 – PARADOX INTERACTIVE
While not a commercial success, critics regard Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines as one of the most engaging RPGs of its time. It's understandable why the original didn't make much of an impact until years later. After all, Bloodlines was released on the same day as Half Life: 2, and the game was a buggy mess. However, the game shines in its story and role-playing elements, which adapts well its tabletop heritage. Next year, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will let players return to the World of Darkness, and is one of our top new PC games of 2021.
Over the years, the original Bloodlines maintained a loyal cult following, allowing it to remain in public consciousness. Community-made mods later took the game closer to its maximum potential, which then allowed more people to get into the game years later. Now, there are high expectations for its sequel, especially as the highly-revered Paradox Interactive has taken the reins in producing the game. Being a vampire offers a lot of unique ways of fighting, but also brings about a slew of things for role-playing. Played mostly in first-person view, Bloodlines 2 will truly make people live their wildest Vampiric dreams.
5. RUINED KING: A LEAGUE OF LEGENDS STORY – RIOT FORGE
2020 saw the release of two of Riot's newest games: Valorant and Legends of Runeterra. 2021 will continue Riot's rise as one of the biggest video game producers out there with the release of Ruined King. Just like Valorant, Ruined King veers away from League of Legends gameplay, being a turn-based RPG. Just like Legends of Runeterra, Ruined King expands upon the League of Legends universe.
Ruined King is a story-based adventure that lets you use iconic League of Legends champions such as Miss Fortune, Ahri, and Yasuo. You will build a party of three and explore around Bilgewater and the Shadow Isles. Who the Ruined King is is still a mystery to this date, which just adds up to our anticipation for the game. While not directly developed by Riot Games, its arm, Riot Forge, will be publishing the game. An indie game developer, Airship Syndicate, works on the game under the supervision of Riot Forge.
CONCLUSION: 2021 IS STILL AN EXCITING YEAR FOR PC GAMING
Looking at our list, 2021 is already looking good for PC gamers. While plans do change and games get delayed, we're still looking at a great list of games that can possibly be released next year. Hopefully, none of these games will experience No Man's Sky, Fallout 76, or Cyberpunk 2077-levels of bad release. Let them all be good releases. And please, no more crunch time for our dear developers.