New Games for 2021 Q1

There’s actually not a ton that I’m excited about in the first quarter of this year. I haven’t decided yet on a next-edition console (plus they’re all sold out anyway), so it’s time to focus entirely on my current backlog of games

…and a couple new titles.

First off, though, have you seen the new Harvest Moon game? Now, I’m a sucker for Harvest Moon, but uh. Well, give it a looksee, eh?

Seriously though.

The art looks like an N64-era game and the concept is pretty lame. Also, it doesn’t look big. Or even interesting. I guess if I have a craving for some farming I’ll just play Friends of Mineral Town or Stardew Valley. Or wait til spring and plant my own.

Either way, there’s no way I’m recommending this.

As for the things I AM excited for…

Hitman 3

1 / 20 / 21

IO Interactive

Now, obviously I don’t condone the wanton murder of anyone. Or the any kind of murder of anyone. But as a stealth gamer I have very limited options. Options that are as distasteful as… well, um I actually quite ADORE the Hitman series. The first was pretty entertaining. The second was monumentally entertaining. The third I have great hopes for.

Warning: the following footage contains some violence and spoilers for the game itself

The amount of options, of disguises, of new and unique places and people, of stealth capabilitiesโ€”even more so, the fact that you get rewarded for using stealth, minimizing casualties and collateral damage, and exploration. I think it’s a very well rendered and executed concept, and a very entertaining game in general. In addition, I’ve always found its replayability to be quite high, just from the number of different ways to play, secrets to discover, and side-stories to interact with.

Little Nightmares II

2 / 11 / 21

Tarsier Studios

I’m not a huge fan of horror. Only occasionally do I read the genre. Generally, I find horror movies boring. Horror games… no thank you.

Welcome to the exception (well, one of them). Maybe it’s the art-style or the setting or the non-specific lore, but I loved the first of these, though the trial and error nature of it and the less than stellar controls sometimes frustrated me. But after gameplay footage of #2 from one of my favorite outlets, I’m totally on board.

Warning: the videos/links do contain some language and minor spoilers for the game itself

It’s not going to be a long game, though #2 seems like it’ll be a bit longer than the first one. If you’re a more casual, less interactive gamer with a penchance for horror, I urge you to give it a shot. The story’s a bit light, but there’re more than enough secrets and clues throughout for you to come to your own conclusions. Also, if you haven’t heard of these before, maybe check out some footage from the first one to see if it’s something you might be into.

And that’s it! I still have a fair amount of backlog to dig through (which I’ll mock up something for in a little), including Cyberpunk, which I’ve only just scratched the surface ofโ€”and which I’ve yet to find any bugs. But there’re these two gems (or, I hope they’re gems) which I figure I’ll likely play one or the other around their release.

Have you heard of either? Are you excited for anything else coming out before April rolls around? Does anyone that reads this even PLAY video games (I won’t hold it against you if you don’t but I know one or two of you occasionally need to escape from your children or spouses, so…)

15 thoughts on “New Games for 2021 Q1

  1. I don’t play much any more, and when I do, it’s mostly Hearts of Iron 4 and the latest Civilization. And this year I’m actually waiting for one game, Humankind, that might replace Civ in my repertoire. Looks very promising, but that’s early Q2.

    I’m also waiting for Cyperpunk to become fully playable, hopefully that will happen in Q1 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ooooo I’ll have to check out Humankind! Lately I’ve just been playing some old school Colonization, which is a timeless classic ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’ve also been considering CK3…

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  2. Hah, I’m a totally occasional player… No, scratch this, I mostly watch my husband play while reading or knitting ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ but the Little Nightmares look kinda cute ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Not sure I even remember the last time I played anything, so I’m well out of the loop on these things. The last ones I played were PC-based D&D RPGs like Neverwinter Nights. I do think the animation of Little Nightmares II is kinda cool.

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