2021 will be both exciting and fun for gamers as we see a slew of games that keep us engaged. Many of us have had a chance to play some of the latest games this year – thanks to a culture of staying indoors and avoiding physical activity. From Epic Games to Sony Interactive Entertainment, major publishers have brought new games this year. But the growth in the number of games launched this year also makes it difficult to name the best games of 2021.
On this week’s episode of Orbital on the TechnologyShout podcast, host Akhil Arora joins lead associate editor and insider gaming enthusiast Shayak Majumder, as well as veteran Indian gaming journalist and our former gaming editor Rishi Alwani. The trio talks about all the games and which ones are the best games of 2021.
Rishi named Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart his favorite game of the year, while Shayak named Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island Expansion his favorite, and Akhil named It Takes Two as his top pick.
One of the main reasons gamers consider 2021 to be an exciting year is the launch of several new games for the next generation of consoles – PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S | X. This is also the one where the PlayStation 5 debuts in India years, although many are still struggling to get one.
The difficulty of buying next-gen consoles isn’t limited to Sony models, as people aren’t finding enough of the Xbox Series S|X on the market as well.
While supply-side constraints do exist, availability issues have also increased significantly in the market due to the high demand for both consoles. COVID-19 restrictions also played a role in demand, as people stayed indoors and had more leisure time to spend gaming.
In 2021, we will also see numerous reports of different cases of sexism and sexual harassment across different game publishers. The video game industry’s #Metoo moment itself emerged last year. However, the number of complaints has increased this year. It not only affects developers and others involved in developing new games, but also manufacturers, including Microsoft, who are beginning to assess their relationship with the game publishers named in these complaints.
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The growth in serious coverage from different parts of the industry also reflects the maturation of games journalism, not just new releases and reviews.
We also discussed what we can expect from new games in 2022. Games including Horizon Forbidden West, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Expansion, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Weird West are due next year. Remastered games are a category that will likely grow in the future. Life is Strange Remastered Collection will be one of the main products coming out next year.
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