Back in April I made a list of five games I’m looking forward to in 2021 that you can view here. It’s now mid October, and almost all of the games mentioned in my original post have been released! (Curse you Rune Factory 5.) I haven’t gotten around to playing them all yet, but I’ve heard great things about every one. So, in an effort to subdue myself from the horrifying fact I am rapidly aging with each passing day, here’s some more games I’m looking forward to in 2021!

The Good Life

Perhaps the oddball choice on this list, The Good Life is a “debt repayment daily life RPG” game. This comes from one of my favourite game creators Hidetaka Suehiro, who goes by the moniker, Swery65. This is the mind behind such bizarre titles as Deadly Premonition, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die and The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories. This is a game I’ve had my eye on for awhile now, as it began development as a crowdfunded project back in March of 2018. You play as Naomi, a journalist from New York who moves to the back alley British town of ‘Rainy Woods’ in order to pick up some odd jobs to pay off her massive debt.

However you soon find that ‘the happiest town in the world’ is not your average town…

In the trailer you’re seen turning into a cat and it has a theme song reminiscent of the Bondi Rescue opening. If that doesn’t want to make you immediately part ways with your money, I have no idea what will. The Good Life is out on October 15th, however you can play a demo available on Steam right now!

source: steam

Alan Wake Remake

If you’re reading this, it means Alan Wake Remastered has already come out! I missed it the first time as it was an Xbox 360 and PC exclusive, but it always intrigued me. Mostly because I adore small town spooky mysteries. Plus this looks to deliver Stephen King style campy horror in spades. Alan Wake is about a writer suffering from writers’ block, who goes on a relaxing cabin trip with his wife. However, as I’m sure you can imagine, the trip ends up being anything but as his wife is dragged into the lake’s waters by a mysterious force!

Now I am worried some of its design will be stuck in the past. But, if it effectively creates a moody atmosphere, all will be forgiven! It will also be released on Playstation consoles this time around so that’s a plus.

source: Engadget

Back 4 Blood

I enjoyed a good bit of Left For Dead 2 co-op multiplayer back in the day, goofing around with friends. But I was never in love with how those games handled, and couldn’t tell you anything about its story. But the camaraderie and pure chaos kept me coming back! I remember this one mod that made all of the tank zombies look like Shrek. Hearing Smash Mouth’sAll Star’ ever so faintly, as it emerged from the shadows and began charging you at full speed made for some terrifying moments. And since Valve can’t count to three, and therefore we exist in a world where Left For Dead 3 is not real, a bunch of the series’ developers have since started their own company, Turtle Rock Studios. This led to the development of a not so subtle spiritual sequel Back 4 Blood.

To be completely honest, I have no interest in touching the single player for this thing. I just want my cooperative multiplayer panic and mayhem, please and thank you. Speaking of though, it was recently made public that a lot of its content (like achievements) will be locked behind multiplayer, meaning this just may not offer any form of meaningful single player content. A real shame and a fair warning for anyone looking to go into this one solo! Back 4 Blood also just released mere days ago, and is out now!

source: steam

Metroid Dread

Dang, October is just shaping up to be a beefy month for video game releases. This is another one that was just released days before this blog went live! This was one that I was shocked to see announced. I was convinced Nintendo had left the Metroid series for dead, because as of this year, it has been 19 years since the last main line 2D installment. I had a spot prepared in the ‘abandoned Nintendo series graveyard’ right next to F-Zero and everything.

So I’m glad Samus (hands down one of the coolest game protagonists) is back, because Metroid games are so weird and creepy and fun! and Dread looks to be no exception. It’s more of that sweet, sweet 2D atmospheric exploration which the series made so popular way back when, given a shiny new layer of coat for the modern age! Be sure to support this one financially so the series doesn’t dip back into obscurity, please and thank you.

source: Press Start

And with that, I conclude my list of more games I’m looking forward to in 2021!

Due to the current size of my backlog, I don’t think I’ll be getting around to any of these in the year 2021, but I’m excited for all of them eventually!

What games are you looking forward to getting your grubby little hands on? Was there anything I missed? Be sure to let me know down in the comment section below! Otherwise, feel free to check out some of our other content over on our YouTube Channel. Take care!