Up For Debate - Which video game franchises are you most excited for this year?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Jul 4, 2021 5:00 PM
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We all love video games, and as much as we like to give flack to the neverending amount of sequels rather than original titles, sometimes we just really like a franchise and look forward to the next entry. With 2021 being a big year for video game franchise, we wanted to know which game franchises are you most excited for this year?

From Battlefield 2042, to Far Cry 6, to whatever the next Call of Duty is called (Call of Duty WW2: Vanguard?) there’s quite a few game franchises coming out this year. And of course there’s the usual slew of sports titles coming out, which at this point wouldn’t be worth listing out all of them because we’d be here for hours.

Maybe you’re more excited for the multiplayer shooters like BF2042 or Halo Infinite Multiplayer, or maybe you’re more into the single player adventures like Far Cry 6, Dying Light 2 or even Forza Horizon 5, or maybe even some more obscure titles like Stalker 2. Either way we want to know!

And to be clear, this can also include console games if you want, like Horizon Forbidden West for example, which is aiming for a 2021 release date and as far as we know is still looking that way.

(Also, since there are literally loads of sports titles releasing, we've condensed them in the polls below to just "sports", so if you vote for that one then let us know specifically which one you're most excited for in the discussion area below!)

So what do you think? Which game franchises are you most excited for this year? Do you normally buy some of these franchises every time? Or have you become a bit more hesitant lately? And are you mostly excited for multiplayer franchises or single player? Let’s debate!

Which video game franchises are you most excited for this year? - 3 votes each

Are you more excited for single player or multiplayer game franchises?

Do you normally prefer good original IPs or good sequels?

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16:11 Jul-07-2021

Shocked that so many people are excited for CoD given most people I know still play Modern Warfare.
Super excited for BF2042. I've hated the WW settings, and am looking forward to getting back to modern stuff. They've shown some cool stuff off so far.
Also super excited for Dying Light 2. I know they've had issues, but I'm holding out hope.

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16:13 Jul-07-2021

MH: Rise this year was pretty good, and I've booked Friday off to lifelessly play Stories 2 all day.
Horizon: Forbidden West is slated for a 2021 release too. I've VERY hyped for that one. The first game was just short of a masterpiece. Guerrilla really outdid themselves. The recent showcase looked incredible.

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21:17 Jul-12-2021

I don't think there will be a CoD this year though.

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08:18 Jul-05-2021

was looking forward to NFS by Criterion but that was pushed off now BF 2042 most definitly has my full attention but republic of riders seems interesting as well, after that i would like a good 3rd person shooter maybe somthing from backlog

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08:03 Jul-05-2021

Diablo 2: Resurrected at first, but changed when Battlefield 2042 trailer comes out. Still excited to get both

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06:16 Jul-05-2021

Bf2042, FH5, Halo Infinite from the list above.

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22:28 Jul-04-2021

Forza Horizon 5 is definitely what I'm looking forward to. I haven't played one yet that I didn't enjoy.

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06:19 Jul-05-2021

I love forza horizon a ton, but I have 3 main problems with it.




  1. The grip model is not meant for steering wheels.




  2. The AI is dumb as a brick and solely relies on its 20000rpm rubber banding engines to win and pretty sure it smacks you on purpose too.




  3. Not good circuits for cars B,A and S1 class.



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08:20 Jul-05-2021

it is right? i thought i was going mental but man the game really feels weird with a wheel and i dont have a controller so yeah i always end up quitting the game in half an hour unless its a joyride through the country

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08:34 Jul-05-2021

To regain the grip you need a very fast wheel and flick it like crazy to near lock or even to lock to and you lose it too suddenly, probably to accommodate analog stick drifting and because analog sticks aren't precise enough to matter like wheels are.

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11:52 Jul-05-2021

As a keyboard scrub I have no problems with the game. I don't play at the very highest difficulties, but expert/pro are fine for me. I wouldn't say the AI is rubberbanding, but your mistakes do get punished (and you won't win when you do make a major mistake, unlike with true rubberbanding AI that slows down when you do). All car classes have been viable for me so far too.


Can't comment on how it is with a controller/wheel, unfortunately, being a keyboard racing scrub :D

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18:41 Jul-05-2021

I feel you on the steering wheel setup. My bro's usually has his for the regular forza games and it works well but for Horizon we just forget about it. But controller has always felt pretty good on Horizon because of it's more arcade nature to me.

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09:09 Jul-06-2021

@Xquatrox the game is designed to work well with fast left to right wheel lock, and it doesn't get faster than a keyboard, I can do high speed drifts with a keyboard but with my DF GT I can barely drift


When it comes to rubber banding it's prominent in Expert and above when some muscle cars suddenly sound like F one

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09:12 Jul-06-2021

Pass me as if I'm standing still, while I easily overtook them before that and the AI can't corner, the only way I beat Unbeatable is on maps with many corners, while on straighter maps I can't touch the first 2-3 cars.

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09:25 Jul-06-2021

@RealMTL absolutely, but I've kinda lost interest in playing racers without a wheel.

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19:22 Jul-04-2021

Psychonauts 2 & Kena for me

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17:47 Jul-04-2021

I'm excited for nothing. Whatever comes out, I'll wait 6-18+ months, let it all get fixed, all "DLC" out, reviews to solidify and a discount applied for my patience - then I'll decide what's worth getting and will probably not get disappointed because I never hyped anything.

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18:14 Jul-04-2021

We kinda function in the same way, except I tend to wait even longer for 75% discounts or even more lol.

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04:59 Jul-05-2021

Yeap.CP 2077 does have that effect on people.We were hyped and beyond and the pain from the fall still feels.Never.Again.

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10:17 Jul-05-2021

Oh, I never hyped CP either and haven't bought it. It's just that I've been burnt by a few purchases in the past where I either coulcn't play due to crashing (RDR2) or other limitations (30fps lock and screwed UI pats 1080p in Mafia III at launch), was misled over what I'd be getting (Watch Dogs) or given a key to a store I don't want to participate in (Doom Eternal pre-order).


If I paid no money - sure, whatever. But I pay money AND get screwed. So I decided to just wait.

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17:38 Jul-04-2021

Kena bridge of Spirits, really cant wait for that on Pc and Dying Light 2, not much else this year that interests me tbh, prob get far cry 6 at some point

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17:07 Jul-04-2021

NEW NFS Game, just new trailer I know the game has been delayed

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17:13 Jul-04-2021

yeah and it's because of the battlefield 2042, they stole nfs team smh

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