Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2021 – Action/Adventure Games

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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. Please keep in mind that as we move into our individual game lists, we’ve limited each game to one list to help spread the word about more great titles released in 2021. So if a game you love shows up on a genre list but not on one for a system, it doesn’t mean we didn’t love it. It just means that let us showcase more great titles.

Today as we finish our genre lists we’ll be looking at action/adventure titles. True, they can technically be separate things, but in practice almost no titles today are exclusively one or the other. Most games blend major elements of both styles and are better for it. Let’s take a look at what stood out this year.


Blaster Master Zero III


Holiday Buyers Guide

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

Price: $14.99

When Blaster Master of all things came back a few years ago, it was just cool to see an old school series get another chance to shine. Few could have predicted it would go on to lead a trilogy. Here we are though and the third Blaster Master Zero title still has it. Here’s what Benny Carrillo had to say:

“The action and gameplay are solid. The music is fantastic. And Jason, Eve, and the rest of the cast’s story come to a satisfying conclusion. Yes, despite the seven-hour delay, I was still happy I played and beat this game. I did feel fulfilled upon completing this. And while this may be the end of the Blaster Master Zero trilogy, I really do hope that Inti Creates and Sunsoft continue making Blaster Master games. There’s still a lot they can do with this series.”


Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy


Holiday Buyers Guide

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

Price: $59.99

After issues with Square Enix’s last Marvel title, a lot of fans were nervous about Guardians of the Galaxy. That just made it a great surprise when the game came together and provided a fantastic story and a fun adventure. Here’s what I had to say about it:

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy tells a fantastic story that kept me glued to my seat until the very end. An excellent voice cast, killer 80s soundtrack, and strategic combat sweetened the deal. Anyone looking for a fun action game should consider checking it out, and for fans of the Guardians, this is an absolute must-play.”


Kena: Bridge of Spirits


Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS5 (Our Review), PS4, PC

Price: $39.99

A beautiful trailer during an early PS5 presentation built a ton of hype around Kena: Bridge of Spirits. That’s the kind of pressure that would be hard for any game, let alone an indie made by a first time game developer, to live up to. To its credit, Kena mostly did. It isn’t the most original title, but its well executed and provides a winning experience. Here’s what I had to say about it:

“Little in Kena will surprise players. Most everything done here has been done in other popular titles in recent years. In some ways, it’s even a bit old-fashioned, hearkening back to the days of PS2-era action platformers. Thankfully, Kena does almost everything well and has a ton of personality too. Everything really comes together to create a game well worth your time.”


The Medium


Holiday Buyers Guide

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

Price: $49.99

Bloober Team have become known for the atmosphere practically dripping from their games and The Medium is no exception. Launching early this year on Xbox and PC, a recent PS5 version improves things further with strong DualSense support. Here’s what our own Francis DiPersio had to say about it:

“The game’s arrival on the PlayStation 5 has been a long time coming. But thankfully, it was well worth the wait. With its unique dual-world gameplay mechanics, gripping narrative, and excellent use of the DualSense controller’s features, The Medium on PS5 is yet another macabre masterpiece from the talent at Bloober Team. If you have even a passing interest in horror games or are looking for a powerful supernatural story to experience that isn’t afraid to touch on uncomfortable subjects, this is one game that demands a spot in your library.”


No More Heroes III


Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: Switch (Our Review)

Price: $59.99

Another series fans waited a long time to see return, albeit with a spin-off hitting first last year, Travis Touchdown returned in style. Our own Heather Johnson Yu was a big fan, saying:

No More Heroes 3 dazzlingly outshines its predecessors in many respects. The combat is vastly superior, the overworld map makes a triumphant return, and the art styles and music are so brilliantly executed to the point where I want to buy the entire dev team a round of drinks. In the team’s eagerness to return to a clearly beloved franchise, I think a lot of fantastic storyline ideas came together in a way that didn’t always fit perfectly, but No More Heroes 3 was never anything less than a total blast. If you’ve already played the other three games in the series and loved every second, I have no idea why you’re still reading this article — go get No More Heroes 3 already!”




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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