Games have become much more than just leisure in the previous two years, as evidenced by the critical role they’ve played in keeping people entertained, sane, and connected during the last 18 months of periodic lockdowns. COVID’s impact on game production was felt throughout 2020, as much of the world acclimated to working from home – but 2021 more than made up for it with a slew of releases that showed the medium’s best. As we approach the halfway mark of the year, Empire provides a top 10 list of the finest games released so far in 2021, including remastered classics, unexpectedly brilliant sequels, and impressive new properties that take advantage of a new generation of gaming systems. These are the games that had us hooked in a time when play has never been more vital.
Deathloop is a first-person shooter game in which you are transported to the mysterious island of Blackreef, where two extraordinary assassins determine the island’s future. You play as the leading character colt, who must find a way to end the time loop trapping the island in an endless cycle. Using your powerful weapons and abilities, you need to take out eight critical targets across the stunning island before the day resets to break the loop once and for all.
Hades had won the ‘Game of the Year’ award at the 2021 Game Developer Choice Awards. In this fantastic game, players have access to Zagreus, the son of Hades, who has to escape from the Underworld to reach Mount Olympus. Each run gives multiple challenges to the player who needs to go through a random series of rooms populated with enemies and rewards.
This game is entirely science fiction, whose themes are post-apocalyptic. The user is spawned in the middle of a conflict when the Dharma tower, the last shelter after a world-ending cataclysm, is torn by violence, poverty, and chaos. You need to use your unique bond with the technology to defend the infrastructure. Discover a world ended, and the inhabitants must fight for their survival.
4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Wild Hunt is an action game in the fictional fantasy world wholly based on Slavonic mythology, and it is a role-playing action game played from 3rd person perspective. The player has control of Geralt of Rivia, a monster slayer known as a Witcher who is searching for an adopted daughter and is on the run from the otherworldly wild hunt.
The corruptive presence invades the Federal Bureau of Control, and we are the only ones who have the power to stop it. The game has an age-wise restriction due to the bloody violence in its immense graphics and strong language. Apart from that, the world is now your only weapon in this epic fight against the dangerous enemy through unpredictable environments.
6. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed is one of the most popular storylines among the gamer since its debut in 2007, including ancient Greece, Renaissance Italy, and Revolutionary war-era America. Similarly, this new series will keep the legacy and introduce Valhalla, based on the Viking’s invasion of 9th Century England from history.
7. Life is Strange: True Colors
The game is based on the storyline of the character named Alex Chen, who can read the emotions of those around her. The player lives the life and experiences the journey through this character who connects with the residents of haven springs, thus exploring her emotional journey in a busy feeling town.
Humankind is a historical turn-based strategy game. Rather than choosing one historical Empire and controlling its journey from stone tools to supercomputers, the game is split into seven eras. You chose one of these seven eras, and the competition aims to gain the most Humankind fame by the end of the game.
9. Hell Let Loose
The game is based on the battlefields of WWII, and is a great tactical multiplayer game which is an FPS game in which two commanders take charge of teams of 50 players and take the team’s decisions. As the players are a united squad, they need to communicate and coordinate their movements, setting up garrisons and gaining footholds in enemy territory.
10. Monster Hunter Stories 2
The game is set in a world of monster hunters alongside titular hunters as well as friendly monsters. It would be best if you went around slaying and flaying, trying to harvest your demons to create a powerful team. The game aims towards a brimming and do-gooders theme. Though it could be frustrating if we play the turn-based battle system a lot but apart from that, the game is like a novel twist.
Going by genre, it is an excellent place to start when looking for the top PC games. While these aren’t exact criteria for what is and isn’t included in each contest, they will give you a good understanding of what each game is about.
Look up some reviews to discover what reviewers and fans say about a game for further in-depth information. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to try out a free demo version of a game, allowing you to sample a small amount of content before making your decision.
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