Best new fall 2021 video games

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The video game landscape in 2022 is going to be ridiculous. The pandemic has completely revamped every game publisher’s release schedule, and as studios realized they weren’t going to meet the deadline for a 2021 vacation release, they started targeting January and February. of the new year. We just saw the end result of this postponement, and it’s downright intimidating. Next spring we will have Ring of Elden, Forbidden Horizon in the West, the Saints Street restart, and a new one destiny expansion. The outlook for the rest of 2021 doesn’t have nearly the same juice, which is fitting for one of the strangest years on record.

I’ve written before about how the evacuation of the triple-A versions allowed some little indie to shine. This holds true here in the last quarter of the year, but monoliths like Microsoft, EA, and Nintendo are still getting their hits. Beloved Blizzard Classic to Receive Sparkling Remaster, Spirit Behind Left for dead are preparing a comeback, and the first new Halo Game in six years is about to come out, which seems like a bigger deal than it currently is. For the first time in ages, we rush to the finish line with nothing close to a consensual choice of the game of the year. These last four months will be crucial, and personally I am very curious to see who will emerge victorious.

Mario and Zelda bless the world with modern video game design template, Metroid basically invented a genre, and the release dates of the new Animal crossing the games are treated as national holidays, but in terms of pure fun, WarioWare could be the biggest franchise in the Nintendo catalog. The principle is brutally simple: Wario has opened a development studio and is launching millions of primitive and grotesque video games around the world. They are called “microgames”, they usually take about five seconds and ask the participants to murder their egos. I spent many weekends gathered around a TV, watching my friends and family fidget with a Wiimote as they attempted to grab a giant nostril or balance on a beach ball . WarioWare appeals to everyone, even the most novice of gamers. Do together !, the latest entry in the series, raises the bar with cooperative play, which should only amplify WarioWarestupidity of genius. It’s a sure-fire classic for the holidays. Make sure you pack it.

Available on Nintendo Switch September 10.

Blizzard has had a tough few years capped off by several botched projects, massive layoffs, and a shameful response to long-standing sexual harassment allegations. So there is a lot to do Diablo II: Risen, because it’s the first major release under the company name after, ideally, a long hard look in the mirror. Diablo II obviously does not need to be introduced. It is perhaps the most beloved game in the Blizzard catalog, and it remains a main color in RPG design to this day. The remaster brings 4K textures, cross-progression, and hopefully a revitalized multiplayer scene. Blizzard spoiled the release of Warcraft III: Reforged in 2020, but hopefully there won’t be other murdered classics under the banner. You can’t make Deckard Cain like this, can you?

Available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on September 23.

There are video games that imagine vast fantasy worlds, nestled in countless side quests and curiosities to discover. There are video games that feed into intense tournament scenes in which players compete for millions of dollars. And there are video games about being a monkey in a clear plastic ball, picking up bananas, speeding up in races against the clock. Super monkey ball is deeply unambitious in the best possible way. Think of it as a pachinko machine that you control – those encapsulated monkeys ricocheting off walls, clinging to life, crossing the finish line. Banana mania doesn’t bring any telltale new features to the formula – it’s basically the same game we’ve been playing since the early 2000s – and we all totally agree with that.

Available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on October 5.

Nintendo announced Metroid Prime 4 four years ago, and it hasn’t resurfaced since then, sparking a revolt among the die-hards of Samus. Fortunately, the company has a mea culpa in the form of Metroid Dread, which takes the series back to its original 2-D roots. Samus is once again alone on a carnivorous alien planet, and she will navigate a labyrinth of deadly traps to further investigate the nature of these ubiquitous namesake parasites. The new gadget in Fear are the towering, almost invincible EMMI robots that stalk Samus through the catacombs. I like the idea of Metroid mixing horror elements together, and honestly if you’re someone who’s been weaned on exploration games like Hollow Knight, Axiom Verge, and SteamWorld dig, you should check the basic source material. Metroid pioneer of this format in the 80s. Everyone must pay tribute.

Available on Nintendo Switch October 8.

Left for dead fans have waited over a decade for a sequel, and they’re finally getting it under a pseudonym. The Left for dead the name still belongs to Valve, but Turtle Rock Studios has escaped the mothership while retaining its basic design sensibility in Back 4 Blood. Four players take control of lost survivors in a zombie apocalypse; four other players stand behind the braying undead trying to hunt them down. Turtle Rock is an expert at turning up the heat. For example, you are the first player to reach the hideout as the horde threatens to overwhelm your best friend a few yards away. Do you slam the door or return to help? There are people who have devoted literally thousands of hours to Left for dead games, and we expect that to continue unabated with Back 4 Blood.

Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on October 12.

There are horrific implications innate to Battlefield 2042. The venerable shooter embarks on the near future, where the world is actively collapsing due to an uncontrolled climate catastrophe. Players take on the guise of climate refugees who have been thrown into a new world war, and we fight for the dwindling resources that remain as society turns around the drain. Isn’t it time to put the guns aside and negotiate some sort of new consciousness to survive the hell we’ve created on earth? No, because DICE knows how to build a nice multiplayer map. There are war fronts in 2042 which feature skyscraper-sized cyclones, monolithic dust storms and bursting glaciers. The trailer shows someone driving a campervan from a decrepit Dubai-style tower straight into a helicopter. The heckling happens quickly and furiously, and maybe that’s enough to distract us from the ominous setting. Maybe Armageddon can be fun?

Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on October 22.

Ladies and gentlemen, the king is back. Age of empires is one of the most successful real-time strategy franchises of all time, and it has indeed been dormant for the past decade or so. But finally, Microsoft has pushed legendary designer RTS Relic Entertainment into action so he can finally build an entry in the series adapted for 2021. Age of empires has always been a bit more expressive compared to its strategic counterparts. It took a wide reach for the story, requiring players to accumulate a variety of different resources, cultivate bustling cities, and barter with foreign markets. Personally, I’ve always found it a bit more immersive than a game like StarCraft, who imagined a world composed exclusively of soldiers and fortune. Age of Empires IV seems to be a faithful adaptation of the formula, and as Reboot Camp, multiplayer servers will flip and roll from the start. Seriously, don’t go through a hard core Age of empires player. They will make you beg for mercy.

Available on Windows PC October 28.

For years the Forza The series seemed exclusively for the most unrepentant reducers – the kind of guy who could spend hours in a virtual garage adjusting the tire suspension without ever taking a spin. The Horizon The spin-off was a godsend for people like me who only had a passing interest in what makes cars work. Developer Playground Games has kept all the geeky pit stop action for the simulation crowd while building a beautiful open world loaded with street races, stunt jumps and drifting courses, all designed to satisfy the sheer pleasure of riding. drive. Some people want to play with their anti-roll bars; the rest of us just want to hit the gas pedal and see what our graphics cards can do. Forza Horizon 5 is taking action in Mexico, which should be a delicious change of pace from Horizon 4 England. I can’t wait to see you all on the asphalt.

Available on Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on November 5.

The fans implored a Advanced wars Continued for nearly two decades now, and in December we’ll have the next best thing on Switch. The original pair of games were released in the early 2000s for the Game Boy Advance, and the old franchise gets a new coat of paint and 21st century sensibilities with Restart camp after too much time on the shelf. If you’ve never played Advance wars, you can expect a streamlined turn-based tactics game that seems specifically optimized for 30-minute subway rides. Success relies on a mix of terrain modifiers, command strategy, and unit optimization. Like most Nintendo games, the mechanics are very straightforward and they maintain an annoying depth just below the surface. Take a step forward in the new online multiplayer mode.

Available on Nintendo Switch December 3.

The Halo the name doesn’t have the cachet it had in the early 2000s, and no one seems to understand that better than Microsoft. Infinite halo is the first main line Halo game doesn’t have to be punctuated by a number, which makes sense given the muted reception of the 2015s Halo 5. 343 Industries has returned to the drawing board and returned with a waypoint-laden, open-world interpretation of the iconic console shooter – fusion The Master chef‘s gunplay with a Far cry–Ish scope. Will it work? Who can say, but given the pedigree, and given that infinity multiplayer is shifting to a free-to-play model, we certainly can’t wait to give it a shot.

Available on Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on December 8.

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