In March 2020, we were all asked to stay indoors to help with the collective effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Whilst the months that followed that initial lockdown were difficult and testing, for many of us, it gave us a great opportunity to reconnect with one of our passions – gaming.
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With bars, clubs and gyms closed, we turned to the comfort of games to get us through and what a year for gaming it was! Call of Duty: Warzone was the undoubted big hit of the year, surpassing a staggering 100 million in downloads in its first 12 months.
That is behind us now though and with Verdansk not looking as appealing as it once was, it is now time to look toward new games. If you and your friends are looking for your next gaming hit, read on to find out the top games to try in 2021.
One of the many casualties to last year’s lockdowns were land-based casinos that were forced to close their doors to blackjack and roulette loving customers.
That led many gambling fans to migrate to online casinos, which have improved incredibly in the past 18 months.
If you and your friends are looking for a fun way to catch up with one another on a Friday night without having to go to the hassle of arranging transport and meeting up, an evening playing with an online casino is for you!
After the influx in playing numbers, many online providers have now improved their social interaction technology meaning you can chat away with your friends as you chance your luck on the roulette wheel.
In addition to that, you can set up invite-only games where you can play blackjack and other card-based games with just you and your friends. What’s even better is that you can win real money playing so you can turn your passion for gaming into profits!
If 2020 taught us one thing, it is that Battle Royale modes are incredibly popular with both seasoned first-person shooter players and newcomers.
Whilst Call of Duty: Warzone was insanely popular, it did also have its many detractors who criticised the game for its lack of a working anti-cheat, overpowered meta guns and restrictive skill-based matchmaking.
Up until recently, there has been nothing on the horizon to entice players who had grown tired of Warzone.
The recent news that Battlefield 2042 will be released in October this year and feature its own Battle Royale mode has been welcomed by critics of Warzone.
Developers DICE have a track record of producing slick games that prioritise the player’s experience, something which Raven and Infinity Ward – the developers behind Call of Duty – perhaps don’t.
So if you’re desperate for an improved Warzone experience replete with anti-cheat, look no further than Battlefield 2042.
In 2000 the very first instalment in the Hitman series was released. Hitman: Codename 47 was an instant hit as it blended all-out action with stealth and sneaking gameplay.
21 years on the final game in the series has been released and it is just as exciting and fun to play as the first game.
This game is the natural conclusion in the plotline and follows the genetically engineered Agent 47 on his final mission to bring down the leaders of Providence, the secret organisation running the world’s affairs.
The game’s story takes place all over the world and as a result, features some stunning settings from Berlin warehouse races to Argentinian vineyards. Such is the beauty and elegance of the game that it has been referred to as a ‘masterpiece’ by many critics and reviewers.
Whether or not you’ve played any games in the series before is irrelevant as Hitman 3 is simply a must-play game.
Resident Evil Village
The Resident Evil series has always been a hit with horror and gaming fans and this latest release is no different.
This sequel to the swamp horror of Resident Evil 7 sees the main character Ethan Winters attempting to start a new life in Eastern Europe.
That doesn’t quite go to plan though as his wife is shot and his daughter is kidnapped, leading him on to a gruelling quest to find his daughter in which he has to take on werewolves and other horrifying creatures.
There’s also the tall vampire wife to navigate who has become iconic in her own right thanks to the plethora of memes she has inspired on Reddit.
There you have it, your guide to some of the best games to play in 2021. If there are any titles you feel we’ve missed out on or you think there’s a niche game that we should all be playing, let us know in the comments section below.