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2020 is finally coming to a close – and all in all, it’s been a good year for gaming. But 2021 is shaping up to be a great year in gaming! If these upcoming titles are anything to go by, we’re going to have a fantastic year for the gaming community.

Here are the games coming out in 2021 we are most excited for. There’s something for everyone on this list, from Nintendo exclusives to the biggest PS5 releases!

Hitman 3

IGN

Get excited, stealth fans. As of right now, Hitman 3 is still scheduled for a January 20th release, which means in just a few weeks we’ll be able to suit up and play as our favorite bald stealth assassin.

Hitman 3 is the long-awaited finale of the World of Assassination trilogy, which first came out in 2016… though this is the 8th game total. Once again we’re playing as Agent 47, and if you’ve played the previous two titles in the trilogy, some of your save data–including maps, levels, and more–will be carried over.

While some fans are bummed out that there is no multiplayer aspect, the game will have PlayStation VR compatibility, which could be very cool. The game promises to be darker, richer, and more intense than previous installments.

I personally have never played a Hitman game, but this one is making me reconsider my stance. I’ll wait for reviews to be sure, but I’m certainly interested.

Hitman 3 will be released on January 20, 2021, on PlayStation 4 (with PS5 backwards compatibility), Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Stadia, and Nintendo Switch. Limited edition physical copies of the Deluxe Edition of the game are available through Limited Run Games.

Outriders

GameSpot

IGN called this game Mass Effect meets Diablo, and I am so here for it. I still say I snagged my husband with my sweet N7 hoodie, so you guys know I’m here for a Mass Effect-like game. This game is published by Square Enix and developed by People Can Fly, the people responsible for Gears of War 1, 2, and 3, Bulletstorm, and more.

It’s sort of like a third-person shooter and an RPG had a video game baby, from what I can tell. You create a custom character and choose between four classes, and that will dictate how you play through the game. There are a variety of weapons and mods to further customize those weapons, and it seems like it has elements of a looter-based game on how levels work in the world.

Overall, this looks to be a winner. I’ve got high hopes for Outriders, which is set to release on Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X on February 2, 2021.

Super Mario 3D World: Bowser’s Fury

Nintendo

Calm down everyone, this isn’t technically a new Mario game. Instead, this is following in the steps of 3D All-Stars and is technically a remaster of an older game. It’s considered an expanded port of the game previously only playable on the Wii U, which is really a shame because it’s a great game, only no one knows that because… let’s be honest, no one has a Wii U.

There are some quality of life updates, including increased movement speed for faster run times, smoother movement, plus some new additions, too. It’s going to contain a new mode called Bowser’s Fury, with at least one brand-new world.

I, for one, am very glad to see this underrated Mario game come off the Wii U benches and onto a system that people actually own and will play it on. The game is set to release on February 12, 2021, worldwide. If you’re a Nintendo fan, this is a must-buy.

Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter

Y’all, I am all of the excited for Monster Hunter Rise, and I have been since the Nintendo Direct Mini in September when they announced it. If your only introduction to the Monster Hunter series was Monster Hunter World, you might be surprised to see this title on the Switch, but the series has long been a handheld experience.

I have approximately 180 hours in Monster Hunter World, so being able to take that experience on-the-go is going to be excellent. Capcom, the company responsible for the Monster Hunter games, signed an exclusive deal with Nintendo–and it’s rumored to be worth about $5 million.

Capcom has been teasing information for the past several weeks, and all of the videos for the weapons have been released now. New additions to the game include something called a wirebug, which seems to be a grappling hook mechanic that appears to be very fun. There’s also the Palamute, a new type of companion: this time, a doggo! You can ride your Palamute into battle, and much like the Palico of the series, they will help you in combat.

Monster Hunter Rise is set to release March 26, 2021 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. A demo should be released next month to give you a taste of what is upcoming.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

PlayStation

Yes, yes, technically this is another updated game, like Mario. But just like Mario, NieR Replicant ver.1.22 is a game that not many people have played but will probably love.

Originally released in 2010 for the PS3, it is set in the same world as Drakengard, and the crazy popular NieR:Automata is the indirect sequel. The story is set in 2053 in yet another ruined city, but if you loved Automata, you’re going to like this one, even if it might feel a little same-sies at times.

Lots of quality of life changes have been made to ver 1.22, including rerecording dialogue, more voice acting in general, and a new, rearranged soundtrack. In addition, weapon stories have been expanded, new scenarios have been added, and maps have been expanded. They’ve done a lot of work to make this great. Toko Taro, perhaps the weirdest dude in gaming (and that’s saying a lot when we have Hideo Kojima), has said it is like adding toppings to the most delicious ramen.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22 is set to be released April 23, 2021, for Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

God of War: Ragnarok

IGN

When God of War released on the PS4 in 2018, it was arguably the biggest title of the year. Graphically, it’s still one of the best-looking games on the console, and gameplay was stunning. It also sold well. Like, really, really well. It was by and far the fastest-selling entry in the franchise and set a record for having the most consecutive weeks as a number-one seller for the PlayStation 4. As of May 2019, the game had sold over 10 million copies.

It’s no surprise they’re working on another! In September, a teaser trailer was announced for God of War: Ragnarok, and fans went nuts. At only a minute long, most of that snow, there really… isn’t much to talk about. But if the same care and attention is put into this one as the previous installment, it’s going to be a great game. Especially when you consider it’s being developed for the PS5, so hello, graphics.

Right now the best guess is Q4 2021 for GoW:R, but we’ll see as it draws closer. With so many developers working from home, it’s been a struggle for many companies to stick to deadlines, no matter their intentions. Right now, the game is only said to be on PS5, but I wouldn’t discount a PS4 version just yet.

Horizon Forbidden West

Play4Games

Oh, I’m sorry, we were talking about absolutely fantastic games on the PS4? Let’s talk about Horizon Zero Dawn. Or, more specifically, the promised follow up, Horizon Forbidden West.

The first look at what will be a PS4 and PS5 game released earlier this year, and is a direct sequel to Zero Dawn. Our BFF Aloy is headed west to find the source of a plague that is killing everything it infects. With this new exploration, we can expect to see new environments, too: beaches, snowy mountains, deserts, and more. More ruined cities will also be discovered, and I’m sure we will get to learn more about the world and what has happened.

Guerrilla Games has already said the world will be larger than Zero Dawn, which was already pretty large, and it’s going to include lots of underwater exploration, which I’m totally into. It is also set to include a ruined San Francisco (which will be amazing to see) as well as the Yosemite Valley.

Horizon Forbidden West is set to come out on the PS4 and PS5 sometime in Q3/Q4 of 2021. I genuinely cannot wait to see how they are able to use the lack of load times and haptic feedback from the controller to create this new game on the PS5.

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