2021 is jam-packed with some massive game releases, but there are also some exciting smaller games on the horizon too, some of which are being completely overlooked. Therefore, we’ve rounded up 5 of the most interesting smaller games that we can’t wait to get our hands on in 2021!
Little Devil Inside
Release date: July 2021 (Xbox One | PS4 | Switch | PS5 | PC)
One of the most unique-looking games arriving in 2021 is Little Devil Inside. Featuring a beautiful minimal art-style, Little Devil Inside is a 3D action-adventure RPG, where you are thrown into a surreal but somewhat familiar setting where humans and monsters exist. To study these creatures, you have to explore, learn, and hunt these monsters, but while there is some exciting combat, the game is not just about killing arch-demons and saving the world. This is a game that tells stories about people with ‘unusual’ jobs, such as hunting monsters, and what happens in their everyday life doing so.
Release date: 2021 (Xbox One | PS4 | Xbox Series X/S | PS5 | PC)
Looking like a Russian-inspired Bioshock, Atomic Heart is a first-person action-RPG set in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union never fell. You play as P-3, a special KGB agent, who is investigating the catastrophic event at Facility №3826, where the mechanised monstrosities and a whole slew of other machinations are running riot. The game will also feature a healthy blend of melee and shooting combat throughout its campaign.
Release date: 2021 (Xbox One | PS4 | PC)
We’ve seen a lot of interesting competitive shooters lately, but Boundary has to have the most unique setting of all. Set in space, Boundary throws zero-gravity combat into the mix, requiring players to react quicker, use the lack of gravity to their advantage, and master some grappling-hook-like tools to get the upper-hand. The game has already released on PC, and will be making its way to consoles. It looks gorgeous too, and should be an interesting addition to 2021’s release list.
Release date: 2021 (Xbox One | Xbox Series X/S | PC)
With a compelling time-loop premise, 12 Minutes is a game that should be on your radar in 2021. The game sees you learn that your wife is pregnant before a police officer breaks into the apartment, accuses your wife of murder, and kills her. You’re then sent back 12 minutes into the past and are given free rein to try and influence the outcome of events before they reset again. The game’s voice cast is composed of James McAvoy (Split), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man).
Release date: 2021 (PS5 | PC)
From the team that brought the shamefully-underplayed and underappreciated The Evil Within 1 and 2, comes Tokyo Ghostwire, a new paranormal horror game set in Japan’s neon-lit city. After Tokyo’s population goes missing and a strange supernatural force invades the city, it’s up to the player to battle ghosts and other spirits to uncover what is going on. Played in first-person, combat will see the player use various psychic and paranormal abilities to defeat enemies and overcome obstacles.