Does Sony Believe In Generations?
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 we’ll be looking at some great games for PS4 players who haven’t made an upgrade to the next generation yet. Many of these games are on other systems, or even on next generation ones, but they’re all titles that PS4 players should still be able to have a great experience with and not feel like they’re missing out on a far superior version of the game.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Also On: PS5 (Our Review), PC, Mac
You wouldn’t think that the game starring a cartoon rabbit and a cartoon dog would be one of the saddest games I played in 2021, but Chicory definitely fits that bill. It also managed to be one of the most hopeful games of the year though, and one which hits on nearly every level. Here’s what I had to say about it earlier this year:
“Chicory: A Colorful Tale spoke to me deeply. I think most people who have pursued any creative outlet will find something to latch onto in its story. If that were the only strength here, you’d have a game worth your time. When you combine that with a beautiful art style, fantastic music, entertaining exploration, thought-provoking puzzles, and unique boss battles, you have a masterpiece. Coming out during the lead-up to E3, the same week that several other heavy hitters release, it would be easy for Chicory to get lost in the shuffle. Don’t let them happen. Few games releasing in 2021 will be more worthy of your time.”
Also On: PS5 (Our Review), Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
A pure boss rush just shouldn’t be this much fun. Eldest Souls managed to capture our imaginations this year however thanks to clever fights which will challenge even experienced players. Here’s what our own Francis DiPersio had to say about it:
“Eldest Souls is an experience no fan of the Soulslike genre will want to miss. From its unforgettable boss battles to its deceptively deep and engaging progression system, it’s the kind of game that will get its hooks deep into you and keep you coming back for more. While the game only features ten boss fights, it’ll easily take players about a dozen hours to make their way through the story.”
FUGA: Melodies of Steel
Also On: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC (Our Review)
If you’d told me back in 1999 that despite the number of series which had died over the years, Tail Concerto of all things would still be getting sequels in 2021, I don’t think I would have believed you. I’m glad I was wrong though as every game in this series seems to be better than the last. This time playing out as a strategy game, it still has the vibe fans have loved in past titles. Here’s what our own Heather Johnson Yu had to say about it:
“From the beautiful art and ethereal music to the addicting gameplay and loveable cast, Fuga: Melodies of Steel is easy to recommend to any fan of turn-based, strategy RPGs. It’s got everything that players love mechanically, but it’s blended in such a fun and innovative way that it feels simultaneously fresh and familiar.”
Also On: PS5 (Our Review), Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
The future of the Judgment series may not be as bright as it should be thanks to squabbles about a possible PC release. Don’t let that stop you from checking out the latest chapter in this Yakuza spinoff. Lost Judgment isn’t perfect but it improves on its predecessor in nearly every way, providing a murder mystery few games can match. Here’s what our own Francis DiPersio had to say about it:
“Building upon its predecessor in every conceivable way, Lost Judgment is a superb sequel that tells a story that will leave you asking yourself what justice means to you. It’s a gripping thrill ride full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. And even after the credits roll, the city streets will call you back for more with their countless distractions.”
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
When a series like Ys has been running for so many years, its easy to fall into repetition and just churn out okay new releases. Monstrum Nox avoids that like the plague though, bringing new exploration options with each character you recruit. Exploring the prison city of Balduq is a delight and the game manages to also deliver the fantastic combat the series is known for. Our own Kenny McKee said about it:
“[T]he fact that Falcom was able to add so many novel features while still keeping this game Ys-like at its heart is genuinely impressive. You’d think that basically being able to do whatever you want in this game would make it ridiculously easy, but I can promise you that it’s not. It’s hard, it’s charming, it’s enjoyable, and, despite Adol looking like a vampire lord, it’s absolutely a Ys game to its very core.”