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Upcoming Role-Playing PC Games for 2021
By Declan Barry - 15th Jan 2021Games
These RPGs are going to level up your gaming experience in 2021
A super 2021 is upon you if you’re a fan of role-playing games. This year, you’ll be able to defend Gotham as one of Batman’s allies, blend strategy with deep RPG mechanics in a fantasy world, and defeat thieves in an anime-themed Japan, to name just a few.
In this blog post, we’ll be running down our picks of the top RPG titles to look out for this year.
Persona 5 Strikers - February 23, 2021
Set six months after the original Persona 5, the game combines the hack and slash combat of Dynasty Warrior with the turn-based battling from Persona.
In the game, Joker is able to wield multiple Personas to use special abilities in battle. These are in the form of a menu that will pause to allow you to pick your options.
You will form an active party of four characters, including Joker, to explore the dungeons as. Though outside of the dungeons you can only control Joker in the overworld.
King's Bounty II - March 2021
When King’s Bounty released in 1990 it inspired many strategy games. Now, 31 years after its release the series is still going strong with a King’s Bounty II a sequel to the 2008-hit King’s Bounty: The Legend.
Taking the series in a different direction, the acclaimed fantasy series will combine the tactical turn-based players with an immerse RPG experience where every decision has a moral impact and will change your alignment.
Set in the vast realms of Antara, the game will allow you to choose from three characters, each with their own unique story, to explore the non-linear, open-world landscape. During this, you will traverse the realm from a third-person perspective and choose the quests you want to complete and explore the beautiful wilderness.
But when you’re in a battle, you will be faced with tactical, turn-based combat where you must think about every move as it could be your last. Win a battle and you will be able to develop your squad’s skills, with your squad not just limited to humans but also unique units of elves, trolls, and other creatures able to be recruited.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 - Q3/Q4 2021
Live out a vampire fantasy in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. A sequel to the 2004 hit that was named IGN’s Best PC RPG of the year, Bloodlines 2 takes you to a Seattle reimagined for the dark Vampire world.
In the city, you will meet the old blood founders, as well as the new blood trying to redefine the city with tech. Everyone you meet can become an ally, but in this vibrant world, your choices have consequences and no one can be trusted.
The movement in the game is very fast, the trailer shows off parkouring through the night, with melee-focused combat combining with your beastly powers. But if you let the blood-sucking vampire in your take over, you could find trouble, so make sure you balance out your abilities.
Gotham Knights - 2021
Developed by the Batman: Arkham Origins team, Gotham Knights takes us into a post-Batman version of Gotham.
Featuring four playable heroes each with their own abilities with Robin’s teleporting ability from the Justice League satellite a big difference from the Arkhamverse tech that we’re used to.
In the game, you will be able to control Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood in single-player or in co-op with a friend. As you level up your characters you will gain new abilities, with the AI keeping your levels and abilities if you’re playing solo.
As for the plot, this is set after Batman’s apparent death, with the Gotham City Police also suffering from the loss of Commissioner James Gordon leading to crime and lawlessness on the streets. But let’s be real, Gotham always had a lot of crime, even with Batman!
In the gameplay demo, we saw the ice-cold Mr. Freeze atop of a large building, with the Court of Owls also playing a part in the game. These are an old criminal society that controls all of the major runnings of Gotham and have a legion of brainwashed assassins called Talons. So they’re not one to turn your feathers up at.
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