The Biggest PS4 And PS5 Games To Look Forward To In 2021

2020 is done, thank god. From this vantage point, it doesn’t look like 2021 will be much better either. But at least we have video games. If it wasn’t for virtual guns and cars, we’d have likely spent most of this year reading books. Perish the thought.

Since video games are the only thing we have to look forward to, we’ve decided it would be nice to round up the most exciting PS4 and PS5 games of 2021.

Hitman 3

  • Release date: January 20, 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Let’s kick 2021 off in the only appropriate way: with a bald man. The first major release of 2021 is the last game in a trilogy. Like the Hitman games before it, it’s all about mastering a series of intricate levels in varied locations, and learning how to kill your targets in the most efficient way – preferably without anyone even knowing you were there. Confirmed locations so far are Dubai and Dartmoor, England.

Returnal

  • Release date: March 19, 2021
  • Platforms: PS5

One of the best early PS4 exclusives was Resogun, a side-scrolling shooter from indie developer Housemarque. That same studio is back – call it a Returnal if you want – with another exclusive for PS5, except this one is a third-person shooter with a lot more money thrown at it. It looks kind of generic on the surface, but don’t underestimate Housemarque.

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  • Release date: April 23, 2021
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The original Nier is getting the Nier Automata treatment. If you know what any of the words in my previous sentence mean, you will be excited. If you don’t, do play Nier Automata right now.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

  • Release date: Spring 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

We don’t know much about this yet, but it’s a remaster of what’s possibly the best RPG trilogy ever released. Let’s hope the developer has actually done something about the first Mass Effect’s terrible gunplay.

Horizon Forbidden West

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5

Horizon Forbidden West is sure to be one of those games that shows off the pure power of PS5, but Guerilla has somehow managed to squeeze it onto PS4 as well. It’s all about shooting massive robot dinosaurs and staring at the gorgeous scenery.

Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart

 

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5

PS4’s Ratchet & Clank was like playable Pixar, and this sequel aims to take that to the next level. Featuring a dimension-hopping tale of a bipedal raccoon thing and his pal, who happens to be a robot, Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart aims to show off the power of PS5’s SSD, allowing us to jump through portals and between worlds in the blink of an eye.

Deathloop

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PC

Deathloop is the next game from Arkane Studios, the developer behind the brilliant Dishonored series. You’re stuck in a timeloop and the only way out is to kill eight different targets before the loop resets. It’s a fully simulated world where characters have schedules and part of the charm is figuring out how to use those schedules to your advantage – imagine Hitman but with superpowers and in first-person. Another player can also take on the role of the main antagonist and invade your game, Dark Souls-style, to put an end to your antics. Or you can be that menace yourself. It looks like the most interesting game of 2021.

Gran Turismo 7

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: (PS5)

It’s that game about driving cars again.

God of War: Ragnarok

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5

Sony Santa Monica must be feeling the pressure because God of War was one of the best games of the last generation. Very little is known about this sequel, but it’s almost guaranteed to be one of the defining games of PS5.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, PC

This cutesy action-adventure is about a young spirit guide who helps souls cross over into the next world. It looks like Pixar with its detailed, rendered models, but there’s also a Ghibli-esque quality to it – it’s one of those games that you see and immediately want to dive into.

Stray

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, PC

Listen, and listen well. This is a game where you play as a cat in a cyberpunk world. That’s it. You really don’t need to know any more.

Far Cry 6

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Far Cry is a series that’s all about the bad guys. And as we all know, the best bad guys are played by Giancarlo Esposito, who’s hamming it up as the main antagonist of Far Cry 6. The game could just be Giancarlo Esposito calling me a twat for an hour and I’d buy it, but this is an open-world shooter where you drive cars and shoot men as well, which is a bonus, really.

Gotham Knights

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

From the studio behind Batman: Arkham Origins, Gotham Knights is the next Arkham-style game, only this time it’s not about Batman. It’s a co-op action game where you and your pals take control of Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing to kick ass and get loot. Hopefully, it fares better than Marvel’s Avengers.

Hogwarts Legacy

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

My kid absolutely lost his mind when he saw the trailer for Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world RPG where you play as a young wizard climbing the ranks of the Wizarding World. From house selection to morality, Hogwarts Legacy promises to let you shape your own Harry Potter-esque story and pretend J.K. Rowling doesn’t exist. It looks like Fable with wands, and I’m fully up for that.

Resident Evil Village

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Resident Evil fans have been spoiled the last few years, from the perfection of Resident Evil 2 Remake to the freshness of Resident Evil 7. Resident Evil Village is more of the latter, opting for a first-person camera and asking us to deal with werewolves as well as zombies.

Ghostwire Tokyo

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PC

Not much is known about the next game from Tango Gameworks, the studio behind The Evil Within. Fighting ghosts in Tokyo sounds like a good time to me, though.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X/S

The Witcher 3 is getting a next-gen patch, which is the only excuse I need to replay the best RPG ever made.

GTA 5: Next-Gen

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X/S

Much like The Witcher 3, GTA 5 is getting the next-gen treatment. Considering how well Los Santos holds up even without the extra polish, this could be something special.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

It’s seemingly going through some kind of development difficulties and we’ve seen some high profile departures from the studio since the game’s announcement, but I’m still tentatively excited for the follow up to one of the weirdest RPGs ever made. Plus, there aren’t enough games where you play as a vampire these days – especially in a contemporary setting.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

  • Release date: 2021
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC

Yes, it’s another Lego Star Wars game, but this one looks to actually move the idea forward, featuring an entire universe that’s open to explore as characters from across the entire Star Wars saga. I saw a section of it played at E3 a couple of years back and it looked excellent.

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Kirk is the Editor-in-Chief at The Gamer. He likes Arkane games a little too much.

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