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Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2021 – In Case You Missed It

Because Games Don’t Stop Being Cool When A New Year Starts

Holiday Buyers Guide

Welcome to the Hey Poor Player Holiday Gift Guide. From Monday, November 8th through Friday, November 19th we’ll be bringing you a guide to all the games, accessories, systems, and other hot items players will be looking for this holiday season. With Black Friday and other Holiday sales set to start in the coming weeks, we thought now was the perfect time to help draw attention to just what you players should be looking for in the coming weeks. So whether you’re looking for a gift for someone else, or maybe something for yourself, we’ve got you covered.

Today we’ll be looking at five games which actually came out in 2020, but they’re still cool in 2021 and with the holidays coming up, there’s a better than average chance you’ll be able to grab them for a good price. If you haven’t yet gotten the chance to check them out, we highly recommend it.

 

Final Fantasy VII Remake

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS4 (Our Review), PS5 (Our Review)

Price: $59.99 (PS4), $69.99 (PS5)

After years of waiting, Final Fantasy VII Remake hit the PS4 last year and was so beloved that it became out favorite game of 2020. This year a new DLC chapter expanded the game and it an updated PS5 release hit which took great advantage of the system. This is what our reviewer Kevin Chapman had to say last year:

“Playing an updated version of a childhood classic made me smile and laugh more moments than I could count.  The narrative direction the story seems to be going towards is a risky one but could seriously pay off if Square Enix plays their cards right.  While there are some minor qualms that bring the game down a notch from being a “perfect” [r]emake for me, it’s clear to see that an enormous amount of time and care went into making this.  I’m all aboard for the next two chapters of this epic and can’t wait to see where Square Enix goes next.  I’m just hoping it won’t take another decade to get to the next part”

 

Hades

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch (Our Review), Xbox Series X|S (Our Review), Xbox One, PS5, PS4

Price: $24.99

Unlike a lot of games on this list, Hades hasn’t seen any new content in 2021. After going through early access and being tweaked constantly, it seems the final release was the game the team at Supergiant Games were trying to create. It has expanded to new platforms though, with Xbox and PlayStation players now being able to see what the rest of us were freaking out about last year. Here’s what I said about it when those new versions released a few months ago”

Hades remains an absolute must-play modern masterpiece on the Xbox Series X. I’m thrilled to see new ports bring it to a new audience. With a wonderful story, memorable characters, some of the best voice acting around, a stunning soundtrack, variety that keeps things fresh even after dozens of runs, incredibly tight gameplay, and game design, which will allow even those who don’t usually care for roguelites to engage with it, this is a game that every player should try.”

 

The Last Of Us Part II

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS4

Price: $39.99

A game that only PS4 players, and PS5 ones thanks to backwards compatibility, can still be a pretty incredible experience in 2021. While there weren’t major updates to The Last Of Us Part II in 2021, an enhanced performance patch did get it running at 60fps on PS5 so those with a next generation console should appreciate that. Now if Naughty Dog would only update us on the supposedly still in development multiplayer modes. Here’s what our own Christian Angeles had to say about the game last year:

“Although incredibly hesitant at first, the further I went along and had gotten to reflect on it, the more I loved The Last of Us Part II. The graphics and sound are flawless and the pinnacle of what you can do with a PS4. The gameplay is more or less the same as the original, but with a few new features. I’ll likely do another playthrough to pursue a platinum run not only for the achievement but to even further take in what the game has to offer.”

 

Streets of Rage 4

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC (Our Review), Mac, Stadia

Price: $24.99

A true blast from the past, Streets of Rage returning with a new entry that not only existed but was actually good was one of the bigger surprises of 2020. The good vibes continued this year as new DLC called Mr. X Nightmare (Our Review) provides new characters to rage with and a new mode to keep you busy. If you’ve been missing this one, it’s as good a reason as any to check back in. Here’s what our own Francis DiPersio had to say about it:

Streets of Rage 4 is the gold standard for what a beat ’em up should be and a triumphant return to form for the series. The road to its release has been long and at times uncertain, but Dotemu, Guard Crush Games, and Lizardcube have managed to deliver a game that was well worth the 26-year wait. With stellar visuals, an unforgettable soundtrack, and a wealth of modes to enjoy, this is one game you need to have in your collection.”

 

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms; Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4 (Our Review), PC

Price: $59.99

Taking the Yakuza series in a whole new direction, Like a Dragon turned everyone’s favorite over the top brawler into a traditional RPG, and it somehow worked! 2021 hasn’t seen too many updates, outside of some general bug fixes, but the PS5 version did launch on the console early this year, providing those with Sony’s next generation hardware the best possible experience with the game. Here’s what our own Francis DiPersio had to say about it last year:

“No doubt about it, SEGA took some considerable risks when they decided to change their established formula so radically for Yakuza: Like A Dragon. But in the end, I think the gamble paid off. Ryū ga Gotoku Studio’s latest offering may not pack the punchy, moment to moment gameplay of its predecessors. Still, it makes up for that with its more in-depth brawls, an engaging job system, and a story that focuses not just on a single protagonist but on several compelling heroes with their own complex motivations. While beat-’em-up fanatics may find this change in direction blasphemous, I couldn’t be happier. ”

 

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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