2020 wasn’t an especially great year. And with the pandemic ongoing, it’s hard to say how this year will fare. But with all the delays coming about, if nothing else, 2022 is gonna be killer!
For me, this year, I have two games I’m most pumped for.
RE8 Village because it looks like the REVII equivalent of RE4, and RE4 is one of the best games I’ve ever played. It’s ditching zombies for monsters and more colorful and potentially memorable villains. We’re back in far more haunting yet gorgeous settings like castles, dungeons, mountainsides, villages, etc. There looks to be way more monster and boss variety. And yesterday, we found out RE8 has mercenaries again. And a version of Mercenaries looking more akin to RE4 than RE2Make, which I wholly welcome because I loved that arcade-style to RE4.
Beyond that is No More Heroes 3. They just did a stream for that yesterday as well, and I’m beyond pumped to finally get a new entry in this series after a decade. Travis Strikes Again was cool, but the levels were way too goddamn long and monotonous before getting to the boss fights. This game looks killer, swapping the assassins for cocky aliens who look like they’re gonna stick around longer, but bringing back other favorites.
As for next year, obviously, BotW2 is the big one. But so too is Gotham Knights. I love the Arkham series something fierce and while I hated Marvel’s Avengers, so far, it at least seems like Knights isn’t going that route. I’m cautiously optimistic about this game because I know better than to trust reveal gameplay trailers that may not fully reflect what the base game has to offer. My hope is this isn’t a game that relies on some bullshit roadmap. Rather, it ends up being one with enough content in the base game to warrant replaying for fun. Great levels, enemy variety, entertaining combat, not ditching the predator stealth of the Arkham games, and an abundance of boss fights and villain side missions.
Gimme that and I’m golden tbh.
What games coming out either this year or next are you guys most excited or cautiously optimistic for?