E3 has come and gone and we finally have a fairly concrete release schedule for the rest of 2021. While COVID-19 has definitely cut down on the amount of games we are getting there are still a fair number of games that I hope to play this year.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (June 11, 2021)
I'm probably already playing Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart by the time this article has been published but it needs to make the list because it is the very first truly next-gen console exclusive game. Fingers crossed it has held up to all the hype.
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance (June 22, 2021)
I can't remember the last Dungeons & Dragons game I have played and since Baldur's Gate 3 isn't coming out this year we'll see if Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance can grab my attention.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (July 9, 2021)
It is a Monster Hunter game so of course I'm going to play Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. But my hot take? I bet I only get 3-4 hours in before I decide it's not my cup of tea. So why buy it? Because I am a consumer whore for Monster Hunter.
Orcs Must Die! 3 (July 23, 2021)
I like tower defence games and I like murdering orcs. Hence, there is a pretty good chance that I will play Orcs Must Die! 3.
12 Minutes (August 19, 2021)
I am a huge fan of interactive drama games and 12 Minutes hook of you are constantly replaying the same twelve minutes over and over again trying to change the future really has me intrigued.
Tales of Arise (September 10, 2021)
There aren't many JRPGs on the horizon and I've heard good things about the Tales series so I am seriously considering giving Tales of Arise a shot.
Deathloop (September 14, 2021)
While I may not like all of Arkane's games I cannot deny their mastery of the craft which is why I am going to give Deathloop its fair shake.
Lost Judgment (September 24, 2021)
Judgment was my third favourite game of 2019 so I cannot wait for its sequel, Lost Judgment.
Metroid Dread (October 8, 2021)
It's hard to believe that Metroid Prime 4 was announced in 2017 and another Metroid game will be announced and released before it! Metroid Dread looks like it has all the hallmarks of a sold 2D side-scrolling Metroid game. My only concern is how prevalent these invulnerable robots are because dodging them doesn't look fun at all.
Back 4 Blood (October 12, 2021)
Since Valve isn't going to do it, Turtle Rock decided to return to their roots and has created a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead entitled Back 4 Blood. Killing zombies with friends has yet to get old and I cannot wait to join up with a crew this October.
Battlefield 2042 (October 22, 2021)
Honestly the only thing stopping me from playing Battlefield 2042 will be if I still have a job in October.
Age of Empires IV (October 28, 2021)
It's been a while since I played a real-time strategy game so I'm sure Age of Empires IV will scratch that itch this October.
Shin Megami Tensei V
I love the Persona games but I've never played any of the Shin Megami Tensei games so I hope to change that this fall with the release of Shin Megami Tensei V.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (November 19, 2021)
Pokémon Shining Pearl has already been preordered. Just like I am a consumer whore for Monster Hunter I am also that for Pokémon.
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (December 3, 2021)
I never played any of the original Advance Wars so I'm looking forward to giving this remasters a try in December.
Halo Infinite (Holiday 2021)
Somehow we still don't have a release date for Halo Infinite other than "Holiday 2021". It's still not going to come out this year is it?#VideoGames