Refreshingly modern dinosaurs and a cyberpunk cat: our games picks for 2021

Guardian Technology 04 Jan 2021 06:00

Gotham Knights

Last year’s ensemble Avengers game was a bit of a disappointment, so DC fans will be hoping for better from this action game set in the Batman universe. As Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin and Red Hood, you push back against the ever-encroaching criminal forces of Gotham. It looks moody and ultra-stylish.
• Release date: TBC


A stylish art-deco shooter about a time-travelling assassin caught in a time loop. Stuck in an endlessly repeating island party, he must take out eight of its guests – but the really interesting part is that another assassin, controlled by another player, is trying to stop him doing exactly that. It could easily be the plot of an avant-garde action film.
• Release date: 21 May

Stray is a third-person cat adventure game.
Stray is a third-person cat adventure game. Photograph: BlueTwelve


I think we can all agree that there are nowhere near enough video games that let you play as a cat. In Stray, from arthouse publisher Annapurna, you are a wandering cat trying to escape a city of robots. Cyberpunk metropolises are hardly uncommon in games, but we’ve never been able to explore one from this viewpoint before, nimble and unseen.
• Release date: TBC

This was supposed to be an Xbox Series X launch game in 2020, but we’re hoping that the delay will give developer 343 Industries the chance to polish up the oddly bland-looking, by-the-numbers shooter demo we saw last year. At its best, Halo is pure space opera: all action and soaring scores, daring escapes in roaring vehicles and preposterous firefights against the alien hordes. Fingers crossed for that.
• Release date: TBC

Hogwarts Legacy

Horizon Forbidden West

This blocky role-playing and exploration game made by a team of Minecraft modders was instantly welcomed as the “new Minecraft” when it was first shown in 2018. That trailer has been viewed more than 57m times now, so the game has a lot of hype to live up to. More visually refined and adventure-oriented than Minecraft, it could be the next huge thing for the teen and preteen crowd (and their parents).
• Release date: TBC

Some of us have been waiting more than 15 years for this sequel. It’s a game about a weird little kid who can journey through people’s minds, busting out telekinesis and levitation to find his way around their trippy, endearingly strange inner worlds. It promises interesting battles with inner demons and a wicked, black-tinged sense of humour.
• Release date: TBC

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