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2021 and beyond is looking like an exceptionally exciting time for gamers, with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and their incredible tech delivering unique experiences, and countless announced and yet-to-be-announced titles that will define this generation of gaming. But, with so much to look forward to, which is the most-anticipated title of the next few years?
A poll held on IMDB, surveying over one thousand players and listing 35 games on their way in the future, finds God of War 2 ruling the roost. "After being pigeonholed as an angry, baldy, stabby man, the Greek deity felt done and dusted," said Mark of the reboot of the series released in 2018. "But a brand-new pantheon to face down, a brand-new weapon to wield and a brand-new son to... be disappointed in, completely revitalised the much-beloved franchise."
I only finished God of War earlier this month, and yes, I'll admit that the hype was bang on. A gorgeously vibrant yet gritty art style, stellar voice and motion performances for the characters, and a combat system that makes even my manic button mashing look like an Academy-Award winning sequence, God of War 2 was written in the stars.
Announced in September 2020, not much is known about the sequel right now. We might be able to make some educated guesses based on the ending of the first game and what we know about Sony Santa Monica, though. Spoilers follow for God of War, so if you've not completed it, come back afterwards.
Kratos and Atreus reached the summit of the mountain and scattered Faye's ashes across her homeland. It was a sweet moment of tranquility following the scars they'd sustained over their journey, but you can't shake the sense that something's wrong. Was it the reveal that Atreus' real name is Loki, who is the nefarious Norse god who puts Ragnarok in motion? Was it seeing the mural depicting Kratos lying dead on the ground with Atreus standing over him, swirls of magical energy emitting from their mouths? Was it that Thor shows up at the father and son's home in the woods, years after the death of Baldur?
The whole scene is worrying, honestly, but we simply cannot wait to leap into the world of God of War once again and give Thor what-for. Sony Santa Monica has been beavering away on the game, keeping itself to itself, but it's possible that God of War 2 is a cross-gen game. It's also possible that Roger Clark, who played Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2, is involved in the game, and he might be lending his voice to Odin, the imposing and ruthless king of the Æsir. Again, these are unconfirmed claims at the moment, but as soon as we learn more, you'll be the first to hear about it.
After God of War 2, players are very excited to get their mitts on Horizon: Forbidden West, Hogwarts Legacy, and Far Cry 6. In fact, the top ten looks glorious: Resident Evil Village, Diablo IV, Gotham Knights, Halo Infinite, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, and last but not least, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.
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