The future of video games looks incredible in 2021, and major releases are coming in January! With a mixture of re-releases, AAA titles, and remasters, there will be plenty of amazing games to grab in the beginning of 2021.
Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues (PC)
Sure, the game originally released in October on every other last-gen device, but if PC gaming is your thing and you want to jump into some face-punching fun, Cobra Kai is a game to look forward to. This side-scrolling brawler plays like a coin arcade experience. If you enjoyed games like Double Dragon and Streets of Rage, this is a title you’ll want to check out.
MXGP 2020 (PS5)
If Motocross is your thing, MXGP 2020 might be a game to grab for that shiny new PlayStation 5. Originally released for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in December, the title is pushing into the latest generation. It might look like a traditional racing game on the surface, but players have to take control of both the motorbike and the rider as the game tries to simulate a realistic Motocross experience.
Customize your bike, jump into Career Mode and race through the 2020 Pro Motocross Championship, or race into the Playground for a nice change of scenery.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC)
If you’re like me and you’re “in lesbians” with Scott Pilgrim, the Complete Edition comes out in the middle of January. This resurrection of the brawler based on the graphic novel series was originally launched in 2010. Up to four players can control Scott, Ramona Flowers, and his two friends Kim Pine and Stephen Stills and beat up Ramona’s seven evil exes.
The Complete Edition comes with the full game as well as all of its DLC, including playable characters Wallace Wells and Knives Chau.
Hitman 3 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC)
Agent 47 returns on Jan. 20 on nearly every last and current generation console (including PC via the Epic Games store). Multiple editions and preorder bonuses will be available, and if you purchase the game on PS4 but manage to grab a PS5 in 2021, you can get a free next-gen upgrade. Hitman 3 is the eighth main installment in the series and the third (and final) installment of the World of Assassination trilogy that follows Hitman and Hitman 2.
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Ride 4 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S)
We’ve already focused on Motocross. Now it’s time to hit the tracks on the street. Ride 4 already added a dose of 2-wheel racing on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Now, the game is coming to current gen consoles. Race through Career Mode to find success in the World Leagues, jump into the Endurance World to participate in long-distance races, or compete with other players in multiplayer.
Cyber Shadow (PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
In Cyber Shadow, take control of Shadow, a ninja living in a world that has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. The retro action platform was described as a “blend of classic Ninja Gaiden and Contra” by Game Informer, who was impressed by the game at Gamescom 2019. The platformer forces players to jump through different levels and unlock Ninjutsu skills as they progress through a story that’s told both in-game and through cinematic story scenes.
Stronghold: Warlords (PC)
Stronghold: Warlords is the latest title in a line of castle sim games. Players must design, build, and manage a “fully realized castle economy” before battling other opponents. This is the first Stronghold title to recreate classic economies of East Asia and allow players to lay siege to Japanese castles and fortified Chinese cities.
The Medium (Xbox Series X/S)
Blooper Team, known for other horror titles such as Layers of Fear, Observer, and Blair Witch, is releasing its latest game The Medium. By taking control of Marianne, a medium, players will explore an abandoned hotel and its surroundings in two different ways: the physical world, and the spirit world. The game works with a dual reality system that allows players to exist in two different realities, sometimes at the same time. This occurrence creates a split screen effect which will allow players to see both worlds simultaneously.
This horror game is on my list as a must have!
The Yakuza Remastered Collection (Xbox One, PC)
The Yakuza Remastered Collection was initially released on the PlayStation 4 back in 2019. After the popularity of the series exploded thanks to Yakuza 0 in 2017, Sega and Ryu Ga began pumping out remastered releases of the earlier titles. In 2021, the collection will be finally coming to Xbox One and PC. The Yakuza Remastered Collection includes Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 on Xbox Game Pass, with the sixth title The Song of Life to follow on March 25.