In this list we refine down the many releases that have come so far this year, highlighting the very best 2021 has offered so far in release order.
With the success of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and A Way Out, Josef Fares is back with his next cooperative adventure, and grounds himself as the pioneer of modern-day cooperative gaming. Hazelight Studios is back after the roaring success of A Way Out with It Takes Two, published by Electronic Arts. It Takes Two combines a fun, campy and heartfelt narrative with incredibly varied, ground-breaking co-op gameplay, making one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences out there.
The Medium is the next big game from Blooper Team, the studio behind Layers of Fear, Observer and Blair Witch, and probably the first true next generation game on the Xbox Series X|S. Continuing in the vein of phycological and literal horror these developers do so well, The Medium truly elevates the studio to the next level.
Man of Medan was our first taste of Supermassive Games’ ambitions new series, and whilst it had its flaws it was a thrilling adventure at sea that boasted horror and replayability. Now we’re at the second game, Little Hope, which takes us away from a ghost ship and to the world of witch trials. What this game boasts in visuals and enemy interactions it loses in its lack of cohesion and consequence down the line.
Watch Dogs: Legion doesn’t allow for manual saves, a choice I think it rather bizarre, but instead opts for an auto save feature with only one save slot. There is no control over the way this game saves, thus players put their faith in the game regularly saving their progress. However, a strange bug on the Xbox Series X is causing this auto save feature to simply not work, and many players are losing hours upon hours of progress.
Astro’s Playroom takes a well-known puzzle platformer formula and (quite literally) breathes a breath of fresh air into it with the insane haptic feedback and adaptive triggers of the DualSense controller, creating something entirely unique and endlessly fun in its wake.
Ghost of Tsushima had been on my radar for a fair while before its release, and being the major game following The Last of Us Part 2, it had a lot to live up to. Luckily for Sucker Punch, their efforts more than paid off producing a stellar game that could give The Last of Us Part 2 and Animal Crossing a run for their money in the game of the year contest.
one small part of Valhalla keeps calling me back over everything else, and it’s not the intense combat or flying limbs. I cannot get enough of the dice game Orlog. It’s a tactical, strategic dice game that is at first rather intimidating until you grasp its simple yet fantastic rules.
It’s launch day for the Xbox Series X/S and whilst that should be a gleeful day for most gamers, however for many having ordered their next gen console via Amazon UK they will bitterly disappointed.
I am, and always will be a horror game fanatic. There’s something thrilling, terrifying and just plain fun about playing horror games, be it psychological, gory or just your regular jump-scare riddled story. Having played a plethora of horror games, I’ve tried to narrow down my favourites into a list of 10, and whilst this may omit some stellar horror […]
Watch Dogs: Legion I’ll admit I’ve never played Watch Dogs and dove straight into Watch Dogs 2, which fast become one of my favourite games of 2016, so when they announced Watch Dogs: Legion I was beyond excited to get my hands on it. This game has to be one of the most adventurous titles of the current generation, taking […]
The first ever Xbox console I owned personally was the Xbox One S, and it’s not that I was anti-Xbox or into the ridiculous console wars that seem to plague the gaming industry, but more the fact that the PlayStation 1 was the first console (other than Nintendo) I ever used. From there I had 2, 3, 4 and I’ve […]
Atomic Heart is a game I’m wildly excited for and recently we got a fresh new look at some gameplay meeting a new mini-boss; Plyush. DETAILS The video kicks off with some eriee shots before diving into the gameplay. The first thing I noticed was the level of detail. And by that, yes, I mean his hairy arms! Most first […]
Pitfall Planet promises cute robots, fun couch co-op gaming and a vast array of puzzles that’ll have you and a friend either working together or screaming at each other. Having crash landed on a planet in a galaxy far, far away, two robots must collect enough ore in order to fuel their trip home and escape the planet whose history is […]
Video games are becoming more and more prominent in the everyday life of anyone who uses technology, which today is pretty much everyone. However, one (of the many) places the gaming industry has neglected is providing accessibility to those with disabilities who love games. Console controllers have become more and more similar and follow a uniform design these days across […]
Dishonored 2 was released almost a year ago to critical acclaim, making the Dishonored franchise one of the most successful stealth IPs of the decade. With the impressive supply of DLC for the first game, it’s no surprise Dishonored 2 would get some DLC. However, instead of traditional DLC within the game, we’ve gotten a standalone adventure for Meagan Foster, […]