We’re midway through 2021 and there have been some incredibly great-looking video games to have already been released this year. Likewise, with more virtual events and streams set to take place, there are likely even more great video games being added into the 2021 calendar year to keep an eye out for. In this list, we’re going to showcase a few video game titles that we found to be quite visually pleasing. Likewise, with the latest generation of video game consoles out now for players to pick up, these games will be able to make the most out of the latest hardware. Without further ado here are some of the best-looking video game graphics of 2021 so far.
#11 Resident Evil Village
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : May 7, 2021
Genre: Survival horror
Ever since Capcom brought out the RE Engine for 2017’s Resident Evil 7, their games have looked rather great. In 2021 we had a few games making use of the engine, but the game we wanted to highlight in particular is Resident Evil Village. This is the latest mainline installment to the Resident Evil franchise where players are once again taking the role of Ethan Winters a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7. When Chris Redfield pops back up in Ethan’s world once again he’s thrown into a downward spiral where he’s forced into a new chaotic mess in a remote village. Here we’re having to explore this large village and the different homes, lairs, and even a castle to figure out what’s going on. I’ll of course refrain from spoiling anything more than that since this game is readily available for players to pick up and play right now. Capcom over the years has made the Resident Evil franchise atmospheric with plenty of details in an eerie world. That holds with Resident Evil Village which you can play right now on both the PC and console platforms today. Fortunately, if you didn’t play Resident Evil 7 then there is a recap video that you can play to catch up on the premise.
#10 Crimson Desert
Platform: PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : 2021
Pearl Abyss is a game development studio that gained some bit notoriety when they delivered Black Desert Online, an MMORPG that flooded the internet for its visuals. It’s still a popular MMORPG today as well, but the developers had been working on another project for fans to take on called Crimson Desert. Originally, this was a game that was meant to be a sequel to Black Desert Online but has since been changed to be its own standalone game. We don’t have a ton of information about this game quite yet, still with that said, it does look like Crimson Desert will be releasing this year. From what we do know, the game is centered around a medieval war-torn world that has players taking the role of a mercenary just trying to survive. We did receive some gameplay footage during The Game Awards 2020 that showcased a pretty varied biome environment whether it was lush forests, harsh deserts, to snowy mountains. Meanwhile, there look to be some weather effects, detailed characters similar to what we had in Black Desert Online, along with fast-paced action RPG combat. At any rate, we’ll have to wait and see just how this game handles when it hits the marketplace.
#9 The Medium
Platform: PC, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : January 28, 2021
Genre: Psychological horror
Bloober Team is a pretty well-known video game development studio at this point. Over the years they have dabbled into different genres for their games such as strategy, puzzles, even a multiplayer online battle arena. However, they found their calling in 2016 when they attempted a psychological horror game called Layers of Fear. Since then we had a Layers of Fear sequel, Observer, Blair Witch, and their most recent release, The Medium. For a good while before the January 28, 2021 release of The Medium, the developers have been stating that to bring this game out they required next-gen hardware. In this game, players take the role of a female medium that is tasked with helping spirits finish business that has kept them in the human realm. However, our protagonist was stuck with a recurring nightmare that has led her to investigate a murder involving a child. It’s a dangerous road ahead and one that is quite stunning with the game developed with next-generation hardware, although at the moment this game is only available on PC and Xbox Series X/S platforms. What made this game a bit appealing was the fact that players could quickly split between worlds, one that was in the human realm along with an otherworld featuring spirits. It was through blending these worlds that players could solve a series of puzzles to get through certain obstacles.
#8 Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5
Release Date : August 24, 2021
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a bit like The Medium in the sense that this game is also about helping spirits find closure and move onto the spirit world. However, this game is not a psychological horror game. This game resembles nothing like a horror title but instead, it’s often compared more towards a Pixar animated film. Developed by an indie studio called Ember Lab, this is an upcoming action-adventure title where players are following a young girl named Kena who is aiding spirits and fighting off enemies using a power staff. The player can call upon a spirit companion known as Rot to help battle against enemies. Meanwhile, along the way of helping the spirits out, players will also restore the village area which suffered from some type of tragedy. Currently, this is a game that’s slated to release on August 25, 2021, which again should be quite a big hitter with its Pixar esthetics.
#7 The Day Before
Release Date : TBA
Genre: MMO, Survial
The Day Before has caught quite a bit of attention online and it’s one title that we can’t wait to get our hands-on. This game is an open-world multiplayer title that looks a bit like The Division. Here you’ll explore the open world but rather than fighting off a terrorist organization you’re fighting off the undead. Within this world, we are dealing with an apocalypse where humanity has mostly turned into zombies. It’s left the few unturned humans into scavengers, seeking out resources to stay alive. However, it’s a very dangerous world where you have undead zombies roaming around and potentially other hostile groups of players. You’ll need to carefully roam around this open world and ensure that you’re safe from danger by having an escape plan or weaponry to fight. We’re not entirely sure just when this game will drop into the marketplace, but it’s one that we highly suggest keeping tabs on in case we happen to get this title within the 2021 calendar year.
#6 Dying Light 2 Stay Human
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : December 7, 2021
Genre: Action role-playing, survival horror
Dying Light was a big open-world zombie hit when it launched, but now we’re getting a sequel within this year. Dying Light 2 Stay Human keeps up with the main mechanics of the first Dying Light. You’re still heavily relying on parkour to move around the world while dealing with undead zombies with even more hostile zombies to battle against at nightfall. This time around we are given a bigger and more detailed world. Likewise, the game is said to adjust towards the actions you make within the game. We’ve waited a good while now for this game and now it looks like we are going to receive this installment in December of this year.
#5 Far Cry 6
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Amazon Luna, Stadia
Release Date : October 7, 2021
Genre: First-person shooter
A new Far Cry installment is coming into the marketplace later this year. Far Cry 6 will be putting players into a fictional Caribbean island called Yara which is under control by a harsh dictator. With this ongoing battle for the island, players are taking the role of a guerilla fighter that’s part of a resistance to take down the government control of the island and return it to a peaceful state once again. We know that Ubisoft is claiming this map will be the largest one yet for the Far Cry franchise. Likewise, we have seen some gameplay footage that looks like the island will be quite lush with forests, a bit like a tropical oasis. Fortunately, we do know when this game will be hitting the marketplace as it’s set to launch on October 7, 2021.
#4 Hood: Outlaws & Legends
Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : May 10, 2021
Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a PVE and PVP game centered around the Robinhood tale. Here players select a class and go through heist-type missions where the goal is to steal some treasure and escape. However, as you venture around you must take out guards and find the sheriff to steal his key to obtain the treasure. The actual process to move the treasure is a bit difficult as well since you’ll be slow-moving but if you work with your team, you should be able to make your way to the exit point. Here’s where things can get even more tricky. There is another team somewhere else on the map that’s also dealing with the various guards and trying to navigate the sheriff for the treasure as well so you’re not just dealing with enemy AI. Best of all, this game is available right now.
#3 Horizon Forbidden West
Platform: PS4, PS5
Release Date : Q3/Q4 2021
Genre: Action role-playing
Horizon Zero Dawn was a huge action RPG title hit that came out on PlayStation 4 originally as an exclusive before finding its way onto the PC platform. This game is set within the distant future long after mankind had fallen leaving what humanity was left to live among themselves in small tribal groups. Here we’re following Aloy who was banished from her tribe as a baby and as a result, she sets out on a quest to figure out where she belongs in this world that’s dominated by large mechanical beasts. Now we have a new video game installment in the works called Horizon Forbidden West. We’re once again tossed into the role of Aloy who has a new problem to face against. After a plague has taken over the world dooming all living things, players will have to venture to the west coast in hopes of finding the source of this plague and saving humanity from total annihilation. So far it looks like we’ll get some brand new environments to venture through with even some interesting new mechanical beasts taking charge as well. As it stands right now we only have a 2021 launch window.
#2 Atomic Heart
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Release Date : TBA
Genre: Action role-playing, first-person shooter
Atomic Heart will be another action RPG that takes place in an alternative timeline of 1955. Technology has bloomed with the Soviet Union thriving in today’s society. It’s here that we’re following a mentally unstable KGB agent named P-3 who is sent out to investigate a facility that has not shown any activity. Now, players that venture into the remote area and begin searching for clues, you’ll find that the area is filled with hostile robots and other enemies leaving it a battle to get the area under control. This is another visually impressive-looking game with plenty of customization options for players when it comes to the weapons they pick up. Developers have been a bit quiet with this game during development so we’re still waiting to see just when we’ll get our hands on the game.
Platform : TBA
Release Date : TBA
Genre: Horror, Shooter, First-Person
Ill doesn’t have a ton of information out there yet and it very well may not release this year but the odd trailers filled with gruesome creatures have gained quite a bit of attention. Most have compared the monsters within this game with the iconic film, The Thing, with all the bodily transformations and undead threats to fight against. So far it looks like the game is not in full production yet as the developer’s Clout Games are looking to get a publishing deal to continue on the development of the project, but as much attention as this project has received so far, we would be surprised if Ill doesn’t make its way out into the marketplace with a solid publisher deal.