Summer 2021 Game ReleasesJun 23, 2021 | 0 Votes by jose - rate It's summer once again and many it seems may still have to spend the usual warm season at home. Nevertheless, one can still enjoy one's break with this year's new and upcoming game releases.
The pandemic of 2020 has created a lot of changes in how we live our lives, especially when it comes to activities that involve people personally interacting with each other in groups and social functions. Many have to endure quarantine every now and then for their own safety and that of others. A lot of businesses and jobs have been affected as well as the regular class schedules of students. However, the seasons remain the same, and this year's summertime is here once again. Being the warmest season of the year, summer is when many people take their much-earned breaks, head towards popular vacation spots to relax and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Unfortunately, not everyone can do that now, as precautions have to be continually enforced in some places. Fortunately, people can still enjoy their breaks at home and play games to relax and entertain themselves.
The game industry may have changed in many ways, but the continual need to play games has prompted developers to come up with new titles. To that, we present five new game releases for this summer of 2021. Many are continuations or new releases of already existing titles, and some are new ideas and gameplay for gamers to experience and enjoy. Let's take a quick look at them.
World of WarCraft: Burning Crusade Classic
World of Warcraft (WoW) was first released in 2004. Blizzard was inspired by the success of Ultima Online in the late 1990s and decided to create a WarCraft series for the Massive Multi-Player Online (MMO) crowd and loyal fans of WarCraft. They took the gamble that online player interaction in shaping the WarCraft game reality would be much more fruitful than just continuing the WarCraft game series. It was a huge success as millions purchased the boxed client software and logged into the WoW servers. This success brought on expansions to the online game through the years, from WoW Burning Crusade all the way to WoW Battle for Azeroth, with the game and its storyline in continuous evolution. A majority of fans and players of the game, however, grew nostalgic of the old Warcraft as it was, and so Blizzard (listening to its customers) released in 2019 World of Warcraft Classic, a remake, reboot, and revisiting of the original WoW MMO of 2004.
Of course, the WoW crowd flocked to the servers once again, reliving the glory days of Grind-Hack-Slash RPG 2004 online gaming, which prompted Blizzard to once again release the second part of the reboot of original WoW, the Burning Crusade for WoW Classic expansion. In short Blizzard is running full circle in WoW, giving the fans what they want (and it's working). The gameplay will be WoW MMO Classic (enhanced Orig. WoW) and will continue on as Burning Crusade did for Orig. WoW and releasing this June 2021 for both PC and Mac. So, if you've been playing WoW since the early 2k's, a long time player and fan, or just starting up with Classic WoW, you can once again shout "For the Horde!", "For the Alliance!" and enter the never-ending...World of WarCraft.
If you're the kind of gamer who loves strategic simulations and management games akin to Sid Meier's Civilization series, this game is for you. Once again, the player has to build world civilization through the different time eras from nomadic tribes to modern nations with all the possible interactions that can occur between people of different cultures. Just like Civilization, the game is theoretical and historical and will be up to the player to shape the planet's reality through one's decision making and game moves. Compared to Civilization, the game promises a bit more for the player, like a well-fleshed-out storyline with a lot of good art and animation as well as an interactive, smooth flowing environment. Developed by Amplitude Studios and releasing this August 2021 for PC and Mac, Humankind is a game that has to be played and experienced if one wants to really have a comparative basis between it and Civilization. Either way, players of the genre will likely enjoy spending hours on end with this game.
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection is a re-master of 3
Ninja Gaiden Games. Sigma, Sigma 2, and Razor's Edge, which in turn are re-masters of prior Ninja Gaiden games. The original Tecmo title released way back in 1988 for the NES has come a long way as Shinobi Master Ryu Hayabusa and his partner, Rachel, continue to battle the forces of evil, both criminal and supernatural, in this seemingly un-ending action packed game series. Master Collection is the latest to be released in the Ninja Gaiden franchise. As to why gamers love to play the Ninjato swinging swordsman, or his female counterpart is evident once one starts and experiences the game’s non-stop bloody mayhem from beginning to end ( cut scenes not included). If you love third-person action packed mission-based games with a super ninja as the protagonist, then this game is sure to give you hours and hours of immersive fun. Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection by Tecmo/Team Ninja is coming out this June 2021 for the PC, Xbox1, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. If, however, you decide to play this game on a PC, do yourself a favor...use a controller.
Developed by Arkane Studios, Deathloop is a first-person shooter action adventure with a twist.
The main goal is to eliminate eight targets known as visionaries in a day's time. This has to be done to free the protagonist and his people from looping eternal torture. All of the action takes place on an island that is split into four districts. You can choose whether to visit the districts in the morning, afternoon or evening and what you will find and encounter in the areas will depend on the part of the day that you go there. Because of these variations, the game has over 60 maps to explore. Also, the game plays a lot similar to Hitman but with supernatural overtones. The game has an intricate storyline, and in order to solve its puzzles and complete the objective, you have to identify the eight targets first then go after them within the allotted time. In fact, you have to get them together in one place if at all possible to ensure a swift and efficient multiple kill result. Aside from you as a hitman having supernatural powers like being able to teleport, the game adds a multi-player twist in the form of Juliana, an assassin on the other side sent to hunt you down and controlled by another player. Deathloop is one complicated problem-solving FPS game that takes the hitman genre a few more notches up. The game will be coming out by September 2021 for both the PC and PS5.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The original game was released way back in 2002 and took console gaming by storm. Ratchet & Clank follows the story of a heroic Lombax (sort of a cross-breed between a space cat and dog and are really smart creatures) and his trusty robotic sidekick Clank. The game is practically an arcade 3rd person shooter with lots of puzzles, action, and tongue-in-cheek humor, which made the game series such a hit in the days of the PS2 and thereafter. Ratchet & Clank is one of the few video game series which has so many iterations, currently 16 in counting. Rift Apart released this June 2021 for the PS5, is the latest, and by the looks of the initial reviews, Insomniac Games has done an awesome job once again. The game introduces Rivet, who though from another reality, quickly becomes a part of the Ratchet-Clank team. Being a girl Lombax and a good-looking one at that sparks some emotional care added into the wonderful storyline. Take note, however, that the game is still a challenging arcade action-adventure, and the story makes a really good incentive to finish the game. With Rivet in the picture and the friendships made, who knows what the future holds for the franchise, which may just become Ratchet, Rivet, and Clank.
Although these are only five of the current and upcoming game releases this summer of 2021, they represent a good cross-section of the current selection of games. It is good to know that the game industry is moving on despite the current world situation, and gaming remains strong as ever. Hopefully, the trend continues as more games, whether new, continuing iterations, and old remakes, make their way to the gaming public in the succeeding times to come.