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PostSubject: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptySun 27 Dec 2020 - 17:06

Balladeer at the end of 2019 wrote wrote:
After a thoroughly adequate year last year, I have high hopes for this coming year, which I know very little about.

HAHAHAHAHAHAJesus H. Christ. Duh!

Anyway: is it time to predict next year's gaming happenings?  Yes it is!  The world remains in a state of flux so bizarre that any prediction may seem pointless.  Me, I just think that's a chance for our most out-there predictions to have a chance of coming true.  Here, then, is my all-Nintendo list:

  1. The Nintendo Switch has an amazing year, in my personal opinion.  A backlog of games held up by COVID streams out and drowns us in sticky Nintendo gaming brilliance.
  2. Breath of the Wild 2 comes out.  It's really good, but not as good as the GoaT that preceded it.  (Read: 92-96 Metacritic score, makes Balla's top 25 of all time.)
  3. In the first of several recycled projections from 2020, No More Heroes 3 finally gets that 80-89 Metacritic score.
  4. In the second of several recycled projections from 2020, we'll see another core Mario game, either 2D or 3D, releasing this year, that is not a port/remaster/remake/whatever.
  5. The Zelda anniversary collection happens.  It's a rehash of games that includes Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, and bewilderingly takes the N64 versions of both over the 3DS ones.
  6. We don't see any actual gameplay from Metroid Prime 4, says Balla, dying a little inside.
  7. We get a new Kirby game.  It's one of the more original-feeling ones, and beats 75 Metascore as a result.
  8. Silksong releases!  It's a stoater, but not as well-received as the original.  (Read: 82-89 Metacritic score.)
  9. I'll continue to play more belting eShop games than retail ones, with my Switch top 25 getting more eShop releases added to it than new games (regarding games released in 2021).
  10. In the nth of several recycled projections from 2020, the post-Switch machine finally makes its first tentative appearance.



Post yours if you fancy it!  Also, carrying over Kriken's below, unless they want to repost theirs.

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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptyMon 28 Dec 2020 - 23:11

Here we go

Nintendo
1. Switch passes 90m
2. Zelda Classic Collection for the Anniversary
3. Zelda Remake/Remaster of some sort e.g. Skyward Sword HD, Bingo
4. Pokémon core style games comes out e.g. Pokémon Diamond Remake or Let's Go 2 Bingo
5. FIFA 22 to be a Legacy Edition
6. At least two more cloud based games come to Switch
7. Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn comes to Switch
8. Nintendo Racing game such as F-Zero or Wave Race to release
9. Golden Sun returns and is what Camelot have been working on since 2018
10. Another system is added to the Online selection alongside NES and SNES

PlayStation
1. PS5 is the quickest selling console to 10m
2. God of War Ragnarök doesn't come out in 2021
3. Bluepoint show of a new project likely Metal Gear Solid
4. Kojima shows of his game which is Silent Hill
5. Guerrilla shows a New IP
6. New Uncharted announced
7. San Mateo show of a game of their own
8. Official PS5 face-plates become available
9. An old IP comes back much like Crash or MediEvil
10. Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 is shown We have a remaster with a new episode

Xbox
1. Game Pass passes 30m subscribers
2. A new Series comes out, this could include the rumoured Cloud based TV dongle which I guess would be called Series TV or something
3. Halo Infinite is cancelled on Xbox One
4. XCloud comes to Xbox One meaning you can still play Halo Infinite on Xbox One
5. A new tier of Game Pass is added which includes all DLC for XGS games (at the moment only Gears 5 has had the DLC in the current ultimate sub) and Ubisoft+
6. Less than a handful of exclusive games from XGS come out in 2021, Psychonauts 2 wouldn't count as it's still on PS4 for instance
7. An old IP comes back much like Battletoads or Perfect Dark
8. MS buys or sets up a Japanese Studio
9. Forza Horizon 5 comes out and is set in Japan
10. Xbox Elite Series 3 Controller comes out

Others
1. Ubisoft+ comes to console
2. Another publisher announces their version of EA Play and Ubisoft+, I feel WB might
3. Splinter Cell returns is the big Ubisoft game for holiday 2021
4. Valve doesn't release a game with a 3 on the end
5. Luna arrives in Europe and Amazon have bought a studio of some pedigree maybe a Sumo Digital
6. Injustice 3 is announced
7. Epic to have some sort of conference/direct during the year, Bingo
8. New Sonic Game
9. Spyro 4 is a thing
10. Kingdom Hearts IV is teased


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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptyTue 29 Dec 2020 - 10:32

@masofdas wrote:
Nintendo
5. FIFA 22 to be a Legacy Edition
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8. Nintendo Racing game such as F-Zero or Wave Race to release
9. Golden Sun returns and is what Camelot have been working on since 2018

A properly impressive collection of dead certs and loooooooong shots there!
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptySun 24 Jan 2021 - 12:11

I'm just briefly going to flag this up once more before it disappears into the bowels of GG, since we only got two sets. Anyone else care to take their hand at accurate/entertaining predictions? Granted, last year was not exactly great for trying to predict games releases, and I can see why that might have put people off!
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptySun 24 Jan 2021 - 12:21

masofdas covered every single thinkable angle with his predictions. There's nothing left for me to predict.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptySun 24 Jan 2021 - 12:52

I predict this topic won't get past more than one page.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptySun 24 Jan 2021 - 13:02

Some form of Pokémon remake announced for Christmas 2021, with a new gen teased for Christmas 2022.

Monster Hunter will happen.

After that I won't care about much else.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptySun 24 Jan 2021 - 16:12

@The_Jaster wrote:
I predict this topic won't get past more than one page.

Not with that attitude it won't.

I'm really hoping for a Platinum remake, but I do wonder what they'd add. I'm not sure how well Dynamax has been received, and without that, what can you add to the original? Hopefully the Distortion World is an utter mindscrew in 3D.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptySun 24 Jan 2021 - 20:13

I'd love to be like "Yeah man, 2021 is gonna suck, I'm not making your predictions, man" but I really like making shit up so

  1. Some kind of different Switch is announced this year. I don't want it, but it'll probably happen
  2. While we're still waiting for Breath of the Wild 2 - which will be announced as being ready for Christmas 2022...
  3. Capcom get the Link's Awakening engine and remake the Oracle games, which are excellent...
  4. and the CDi ones.
  5. Psychonauts 2 comes out at last, and I finally get the thing I backed about 6 years ago
  6. While we're still waiting for Metroid Prime 4 - which will be announced as being ready for Christmas 2022...
  7. WayForward get to remake Super Metroid, which they do with their usual 2D excellence...
  8. and other M. It's like a baby's cry. A baby.
  9. Horizon Forbidden West includes 27 gags about Donald Trump's presidency...
  10. And Aloy gets a new AI companion voiced by Jack Black. Shinby Bibbly!
  11. The Last of Us 2 gets DLC called "let's just all fucking not bother"
  12. People are just about happy with next gen consoles by the end of the year, and will have forgotten about the clusterfuckery of the XS*/PS5 launch
  13. Resident Evil 8 gets at 90% of MetaCritic, as they seem to be on a bit of a roll.
  14. I don't finish my game project this year.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptyMon 25 Jan 2021 - 19:26

@Jimbob wrote:
The Last of Us 2 gets DLC called "let's just all fucking not bother"

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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptyTue 26 Jan 2021 - 1:56

Dynamax has been incredibly well received, the consensus competitively is that it is the best of the gimmicks, while kids love seeing big Pokémon.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptyThu 28 Jan 2021 - 19:53

I can well believe the second bit, but the first - that surprised me. What makes you say that? For reasons of intense workday procrastination I spend too much time reading Smogon, which isn't the official competitive scene but they hate Dynamax and have banned it nearly everywhere.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptyThu 28 Jan 2021 - 23:13

Oh, Smogon hate everything.
In VGC, it's well-liked because any Pokémon can use it, whereas with Mega or V-Moves you only have one choice from the start of the match.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptySat 30 Jan 2021 - 11:04

That's why Smogon hate it, the increased versatility makes it too hard to play around! Interesting to get the other take though. I wonder if it's partly to do with the decreased number of Pokémon per battle? Something I've never really liked, incidentally.

@Buskalilly wrote:
Oh, Smogon hate everything.

This is also true.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD   Gaming Predictions of the Year 2021 AD EmptyTue 2 Feb 2021 - 1:13

I think the question is whether you like a varied, unpredictable game or you just like winning. I'd rather a game where various monsters and teams are viable than a solved meta that I can just follow the flow chart and win.
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