A new year brings with it a bevy of new video games to look forward to. Whereas 2020 waned in terms of content to anticipate in the eyes of some fans, every major platform ranging from the newly released PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X to the ongoing and incredibly popular Nintendo Switch, have several games to look forward to.
Of course, we whole-heartedly recommend taking in the virtual sights and sounds of 2021's games with a TCL TV – especially one that supports TCL's THX Certified Game Mode. We may be a smidge biased, but quality games should be experienced properly, and there is no shortage of quality games coming and could benefit from an award-winning display to bring them to life. With that said, here are the 15 games we are most excited about in 2021.
The return of Master Chief is one that we were hoping to see in 2020 alongside the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. While that was the hope, Microsoft did end up pushing its next iteration of the iconic first-person, sci-fi shooter franchise into a Fall 2021 release slot. This means that Halo fans now have a much more polished experience to anticipate this year – and it looks to be well worth the wait. Arriving with multiplayer (which will be available separately for free) as well as a new blockbuster campaign in tow, few experiences can rival what Xbox's flagship franchise is set to deliver with Halo Infinite. And flagship games deserve to be played on flagship displays. Maybe TCL's XL Collection will have something that Dr. Halsey would take note of, but that's confidential.
God of War Ragnarök
Microsoft may be prepping a new adventure for Spartan-117, but PlayStation has plans in 2021 for its own Spartan warrior, Kratos. Truth be told, not much is known about the next God of War game as of this writing – other than the subtitle of Ragnarök, of course. Still, the logo and release window that flashed fans during the game's reveal trailer was more than enough to start building anticipation for the PS5 game. Plus, if it utilizes the tech on the latest console half as well as God of War (2018) did with the PS4, then there's going to be something extraordinary to look forward to from the Santa Monica Studio. Make sure your home theater is ready to experience new mythical lands, and you better have a subwoofer to make really make that "Boy" rumble.
Horizon Forbidden West
The beloved protagonist Aloy is set to make her anticipated return in a brand-new adventure on PS4 and PS5 this year. Equipped with her trademark bow and arrow, she'll be taking down massive mechanical animals across several breathtaking vistas. The colors and fidelity of Horizon Forbidden West would look particularly stellar on a TCL 6-Series TV, thanks in part to Quantum Dot Technology which emphasizes the color and contrast of the environments Aloy will explore.
Far Cry 6
Renowned actor Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian) may be typecast as a villain in every major piece of media moving forward, but that doesn't make his appearance in Far Cry 6 any less exciting. Set on a dictator-led fictional island in the Caribbean, the Esposito-portrayed Anton Castillo looks to be every bit as fearsome as iconic Far Cry bosses/psychopaths like Vaas. Speaking of, who exactly is the young protégé that Castillo is mentoring in the game's trailers? Fortunately, we won't have to wait all that long to find out.
Back 4 Blood
Turtle Rock Studios is best known for creating the first Left 4 Dead game, which many gamers still hold near and dear to their hearts. So, it's not hard to imagine how much excitement would surround the studio's spiritual successor to that series on next-gen hardware. Dubbed Back 4 Blood, this four-player co-op, first-person zombie shooter is looking to build on what made Valve's original multiplayer franchise so fun and improve upon it. We can't wait to go hands-on with Back 4 Blood in 2021. A gargantuan TCL TV, countless zombies, and split-screen co-op; please, Turtle Rock, we need this.
Despite Bethesda parent company ZeniMax making a deal to sell itself to Microsoft, there are still a few aces up the company's sleeve that'll see support for PlayStation 5 continue in the immediate future. Case in point: Deathloop. Set to arrive as a PS5-first title but has been confirmed to launch on Xbox later on, this Arkane Studios-developed shooter is set to deliver a very unique experience. Taking on the role of an assassin caught in a time loop, this gun-heavy version of Groundhog Day will have players reliving the same day over and over again – with the only escape being to take out all the assassination targets. With no shortage of targets and rival players' ability to crash the party and we have ourselves a recipe for a truly memorable game, hopefully.
It's hard to believe that Psychonauts 2 was first announced at 2015's The Game Awards, but it really has been that long. The title has remained a highly anticipated sequel in the years since, and development has seemingly progressed well since Microsoft's acquisition of the game's developer Double Fine Productions in 2019. We're now finally on the verge of the wonderous 3D platformer's debut this year, and we can't wait to see what the young psychic Raz gets up to next when Psychonauts 2 finally arrives across PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Just make sure you're equipped with THX Certified Game Mode; a game called "Psychonauts" is very likely to deliver some breathtaking environments, and the low latency will cut down on impending platforming frustrations.
Batman returns! …Kinda. The latest iteration in the Batman universe, Gotham Knights, takes place on the heels of Batman's alleged death, forcing the likes of Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood to take up the mantle and fill the void left by the world's greatest detective. But it's the detail of the neon-soaked Gotham city that really piqued our interest – get yourself a massive screen, a friend, and dish out vengeful justice across Gotham.
Monster Hunter Rise
Few titles on Nintendo Switch look as good as Monster Hunter Rise. The next core entry in Capcom's longstanding Monster Hunter franchise is looking to set a very different tone in terms of gameplay and setting. Highlighting a more agile playstyle through ninja-like hunters, vertical levels that require zip line-like Wirebugs, a new rideable dog companion called a Palamute, and even the ability to ride Wyverns, Rise looks to be a more accessible take on the series. Plus, taking down massive monsters like the intimidating Magnamalo is made a lot more enticing when players can do it with a group of friends.
Developed by Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within), this first-person action-adventure looks to be inspired by the horror elements that the studio has dabbled in previously. As the name of the game implies, the setting for this title is Tokyo, Japan – although it's a very different place in GhostWire. An event has led to the disappearance of most of the population, with ghosts now roaming the streets in their place. Fortunately, the player-controlled protagonist is equipped with psychic abilities to combat these spirits, but there's a whole lot of mystery to unravel this October. Horror/moody games usually mean dark settings; take advantage of the contrast with TCL's Mini-LED backlight technology so you won't miss a single detail or collectible – you know there will be collectibles.
New Pokémon Snap
The Pokémon franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021, and it is going big, according to various rumors circulating the web. While much of the year's lineup of celebratory software remains to be confirmed, New Pokémon Snap is looking to be the sequel that fans of the Nintendo 64 original have been pinning for going on 21 years. Debuting as a Nintendo Switch exclusive on April 30th, players will explore the stunning environments of the new Lentil region as they snap pictures of over 200 monsters to round out their Pokédex.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet and Clank are making their next-gen debut this year in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart for the PlayStation 5. With the quirky nature of the weapons and characters remaining intact, Rift Apart looks ready to take full advantage of the latest consoles extra power. It's not just a reduction in load times either, a core feature in most next-gen titles, but a suite of worthwhile features ranging from DualSense controller integration to ray tracing support. Throw in the zany action of hopping through rifts into different environments multiple times in a level and it is clear that lombax and platforming aficionados alike have something nostalgic to look forward to in 2021.
Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo has long been a favorite amongst PlayStation fans and gearheads alike. Understandably, this has led to sky-high expectations for the PS5's hyper-realistic racing title Gran Turismo 7. Despite a 2021 release date, not much is known about the upcoming title other than the fact that it looks gorgeous based on the initial reveal trailer. It's also assumed that GT7 will feature some fast-paced races, as is tradition, which means that inputs are essential to outmaneuver rival drivers. The TCL 6-Series' previously mentioned THX Certified Game Mode and its reduced input lag should provide just the right amount of edge to players in those situations while still accentuating the game's incredible cinematics.
Resident Evil Village
Few games look to be as mortifying as what Capcom has been cooking up with Resident Evil Village. The first-person horror romp is set to throw in werewolves, vampires, and all kinds of additional classic movie monsters. The best part of all is that gamers won't even be waiting all that long for the title, as it is currently set to arrive on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X on May 7th this year. Make sure you are immersed with the right home theater setup to really experience the horror.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
Alright, so technically, the long-awaited sequel to Breath of the Wild hasn't been confirmed to release in 2021, but we can always dream. It's been almost two years since Nintendo announced the game at E3 2019 – with a rather stunning cinematic trailer, no less – so it feels like the timing is right to anticipate more from Nintendo on the title. Add in rumors of an imminent release of a Nintendo Switch Pro, and it wouldn't be much of a stretch to assume that Nintendo is waiting to launch the new game alongside its newest hardware. We mean, the company only launched a new Zelda title alongside the Switch and Switch Lite…
Honorable Mention: Call of Duty (2021)
It would feel wrong to have a list of the most anticipated games this year without giving a shoutout to the next Call of Duty title – especially given the immense popularity of Warzone. While there are currently no confirmed plans on what to expect from 2021’s Call of Duty entry, it’s assumed that it’ll be one of the more interesting iterations yet. This is especially true as next-gen consoles come back into stock and steadily become the norm. Add in presumed crossover content with the aforementioned free-to-play Warzone and there’s little doubt that Activision has something special up its sleeve for fans this year.