2021 will be the first full year of ninth-generation consoles. At least in theory, because given the availability of Sony and Microsoft hardware in stores (not to mention the availability of PC GPUs), it's likely that the majority of video games released in 2021 will be cross-gen games available on both last- and current-gen. Fortunately, even though we'll miss out on the graphical gimmicks, most of this year's games should be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
As usual, many of the most anticipated titles will be released in quarters 3 and 4 of 2021 (unless they're postponed), but a couple of bigger hits will also be released in the spring, and this year's beginning wasn't bad either. Now we're anxious to see what's the rest of the year going to be like. Meanwhile, we're launching this article, which will progressively get updated with the best games as they're released. We'll aggregate both the hits that will have met our expectations, and the nicest surprises that are certainly waiting ahead.
Note text updated (October 2021)
In October, it was time for another update. We have added six games worth including on this list. You will read about them on the final pages.
- Release: January 20
- Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch
- Our rating: 8.5/10
Hitman 3 is the long-awaited culmination of the rebooted series focusing on the infamous assassin, and, doubtless, it's crowning achievement. Malicious ones might try to convince you that it's basically a pack of a few new maps, since there are practically no changes in the gameplay formula. On top of that, all three entries of this series, along with expansions, can be combined into a single product, launched through a single app and sharing menus, engine, and the entire technical aspect. Fans of Agent 47 have been expecting precisely that, and the locations we get in part three are some of the finest pieces of design to date.
The developers have provided large and diverse locations, ranging from a skyscraper in Dubai to an industrial techno club in Berlin, to streets of a Chinese metropolis pounded by monsoon rain. As always, some of the best ideas went into inventing unordinary methods of assassination that Hitman can use in specific places, and the icing on the cake in the whole trilogy is the British mansion level, where we become a detective investigating a murder case in the family, and it draws handfuls from the best detective stories by classics such as Agatha Christie. As far as the plot itself is concerned, there's not much improvement here, but we have to admit that the authors did their best to provide an unconventional and satisfying ending to the intrigue that has been developing for the past few years. Hitman said goodbye to us without a revolution, but with lots of class.
- Hitman 3 in our encyclopedia