The Most Highly Anticipated Games of 2021

2021 is the first year of an entirely new gaming generation. The PS5 and the Xbox Series S are now out, despite some stock issues still persisting, the reviews are favorable. So now we look ahead to the most anticipated games set to be released in 2021. So let us dive straight into it and take a look at what is to come.

 

Hitman 3

Hitman is a household name for any gamer. With the signature barcode on the badling head of Agent 47 being a gaming icon, it is no wonder the series has survived this long. In 2016 IO Interactive did a soft-reboot of the Hitman franchise. The new installment was met with critical acclaim for its creative sandbox-style gameplay.

Now gamers are preparing for the ‘World of Assassination’ trilogy to wrap up with the launch of Hitman 3. There are big questions to be answered and creative assassinations to be carried out. The game launches in January so we do not have to wait long at all to get our hands on it.

 

GTA 5

But wait, GTA 5 is already out? Why is it on this list? That is a good question. And it is one we both do and don’t have an answer for. Rockstar games have been riding the coattails of GTA 5’s success for years now. We get rumors that they may be working on GTA 6, but until then we are forced to rebuy GTA 5.

But with this new generation of consoles now available, it is no wonder people are clamoring to re-buy GTA 5 in its new-gen form. And the fact you can get modded accounts for gta 5 means there are endless possibilities for your next playthrough. It is no wonder Rockstar has spent millions on re-advertising GTA on the next-gen consoles. But this does make us wonder if GTA 6 is actually happening, or is it stuck in development hell.

 

Halo Infinite

Halo fans are nothing if committed to their game series. Halo was once the most popular game on the planet. Breaking new ground in what an FPS game could be. But in recent years it is safe to say a lot of the magic of Halo has vanished. Replaced by Hollywood style dramatics and overtly sci-fi nonsense.

But Halo Infinite seems to be going back to what made the original Halo so incredible. We don’t know much about the game yet but from what we have seen it seems the style, setting, and even the color scheme are trying to harken back to the original Halo vibe.

Rumors have stated that the multiplayer scene is also being given an overhaul. The battle royal mode is being replaced with a large team battle. And the normal modes, such as deathmatch or king of the hill, are not being forgotten. The developers are promising an authentic multiplayer experience akin to the golden years.

How to Transform Your Gaming Setup into a Cyberpunk Dream

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of gaming’s most controversial new products. With reports of missing content, bugs and glitches around every corner, and general performance issues on every platform, CDPR has made it incredibly obvious that the game was not yet ready for release.

Despite all this, Cyberpunk is still a deeply immersive and exciting game that can easily eat up dozens and dozens of hours of your life before you realize any time has passed and keeps you yearning for more.

Whether you have just picked up Cyberpunk or if you are looking to grab it soon, you should know how to enhance your gaming experience in real life to make your adventure in Night City as brilliant as possible.

 

Platform

The absolute most important place to start is without a doubt the machine you are going to play on. At this point, it is common knowledge that the base Xbox One and PS4 can not handle Cyberpunk for more than a few minutes without something going catastrophically wrong. This big hit to accessibility is one of the hardest hurdles to overcome as these are the most common and cost-effective way to try the game out.

 

So what should I buy?

If you are incredibly lucky, you can always pick up a PS5 or Xbox Series X if you can find one for sale for a reasonable price in your area, as both of these consoles play the backward-compatible game with very few stability issues.

For the ideal experience, you will be wanting to build a mid-high end gaming rig fitted with at least a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti inside. This will ensure that Cyberpunk can show you the truly breath-taking detail CDPR prides itself on and will help improve the immersion ten-fold.

 

Display

So, you’ve grabbed some next-gen machinery to show off the might of Cyberpunk, but what’s the use without a brilliant screen? I would highly recommend getting hold of a 4K gaming monitor or a large 4K TV to make sure you get the most out of the game and the console you’re playing it on.

This might seem like a large extra slice of money to drop, but 4K is a step everyone should now be taking as it slips comfortably into general affordability. This worth is extremely evident in Cyberpunk where there is beautiful detail packed into every moving and static object in the game and you will not be left disappointed when you can see every slight movement in Keanu Reeve’s tightly detailed face.

 

 

Audio

Cyberpunk has a plethora of visceral sound effects and hundreds of original and licensed songs in its in-game radio stations. All of these and the hours upon hours of voice-acted dialogue make it an especially important game to make sure you optimize your audible experience. Luckily, high-quality headphones are far more attainable than ever. There are dozens of brands to choose from, but if you are looking for the Cyberpunk dream, there is some licensed gear you should look for!

 

SteelSeries

SteelSeries is offering its high-quality headphones in many styles and price points with officially licensed Cyberpunk skins. Whether you want the aesthetic of one of the game’s main gangs or the cool stylings of Johnny Silverhand, you can slip yourself right in with the themes of the game with fantastically useable and visually pleasing headphones to connect yourself with the world in an extra-special way.

 

Chair for comfort

Now that you are set up for your main playing experience, you might realize that you are going to be sitting in one spot for hours and hours, especially with more and more countries returning to a state of national lockdown.

The gaming chair market has boomed in the last few years through intelligently targeted Twitch sponsorships, so it has become extremely easy to find chairs designed to support your upper body and cushion your lower body over extended periods of time.

Everyone’s body is different, and I haven’t got a sponsorship of my own, so I won’t be recommending the latest GTRacing chair, but I will recommend having a detailed look for the bester Gaming Stuhl you can find. Just remember that it is always worth spending a little more than you think you should on a piece of furniture you will be using for huge parts of your year.

 

Lights, gaming, action!

Last on the list for anyone with a few bucks leftover from their budget is some mood lighting. It might seem extravagant, but a great gaming setup can be greatly improved by a good place LED light strips and smart lamps. It is often understated how much difference ambient lighting can make to your gaming experience, and it’s hard to describe until you try it, so I highly recommend grabbing some LEDs from Amazon and letting your creativity enhance your day!

Gunhead’s Interview with Max Capacity

August 8, 2011

Coming off his successful interview of Bruce Sterling, Gunhead has scored another interview. This time, an artist known as Max Capacity gets to play Q & A. Some of Max’s work is shown below as Gunhead felt they were relevant to the conversation.

If you want to see all of Max’s work, head on over to his Flickr page. Just make certain you have plenty of time to check his 4000+ pieces of work.

GH – First off, since we’re a pretty technical bunch at CPR, how exactly do you make this art? I’m seeing circuit-bent game cartridges, distorted VHS tapes, and pixel art. How did you end up settling on these media?

MC – I use lots of different techniques. For me, the most interesting part is the crossover from analog to digital and vice versa. Lots of my pixels start out on a VHS tape, which I capture digitally and then convert using mostly homebrew and open source software for converting things to old computer formats, like C64 and ZX Spectrum. Then I usually do some post processing frame by frame and recompile as a video or animated GIF. Then I might send that back out into an analog TV and record it to a VHS and then recapture that VHS tape and make a new AVI or GIF. the process is endless, and I get all sorts of interesting by-products along the way. the serial degradation is extremely enjoyable to me

the reason I choose these materials is mostly a budget issue, in the case of the VHS and video game stuff. Everyone is throwing away their old VCRs, tapes, Nintendos, and I can’t stand to see those things thrown out. Lately I’ve been lucky enough to have nice people sending me their old video tapes rather than toss them.

For pixels, I suppose it’s another lo-fi medium but in a digital environment. One fascination of mine is the (my) inability to rip the pixel data from the cartridges. I need to learn how to dump the rom chips from cartridges. But in the meantime, I use lots of emulators to source my pixels.

GH – Now this would all be fascinating enough, but you tend to choose some pretty interesting base material, like the 1995 Johnny Mnemonic film, and the subject of your “Degrading Sex” set. How do you choose which films to process, and what do you look for in a movie when it’s being considered for your work?

(caption: 0341 from Degrading Sex)

MC – I honestly don’t choose much at all. I process any tape I can get my hands on. I recently did Sleepless in Seattle. I might not end up taking anything out of a particular movie, but I almost always at least capture it. Sometimes I might skip Star Wars or something everyone’s seen a million times. My favorite TV and movies, I almost hoard and try to go through them when I’m really motivated. I’m always worried I’ll miss something great.

GH – You seem to have a dualism of styles, where one is the more popular, colorful retro style involving a lot of pixel art; and the other is the darker, more futuristic look mostly concerning tape manipulation. Is this a conscious difference, or just one that’s kind of developed organically?

MP – I think it was something of a divergence. I started out doing more pixel work, but that lead to circuit bending NES cartridges and consoles. Then I wanted to capture what I had done in a cleaner more efficient way than taking pictures of the TV. Someone suggested an analog capture card. So that lead to the VHS work. I guess it’s the aesthetic. Both in pixels and tapes, I’m drawn to the degradation and entropy. A glitched NES cartridge, or an old damaged tape. I end up mixing the styles and processes to some extent, but there is still that divide.

I guess maybe it’s the duality in me, or the duality of humans. I’m anxiously awaiting the downward spiral of human civilization, but at the same time I’m secretly optimistic about the future.

GH – Aren’t we all! Well, all of us here. So being a prolific artist and having contact with stylish, influential young people with great drugs, would you say that Cyberpunk Culture is exerting greater influence these days? If so, could you speculate on the reason for this?

MP – Oh definitely. When I was younger, the entire cyberpunk genre was like a vision of the near-future that I was really hoping would come to pass. And I feel like it’s all happening now. I mean, I’m pretty much doing the same thing I did when i was 15. Drinking and smoking in my room on the computer. But now everyone else is too. I’m a big William Gibson fan, and it seems to me like reality gets closer to his version of the world all the time. I think maybe it’s the stale economies of the developed world, and the growing economies of the developing world, and Moore’s law regarding technological advancement. I still don’t know how the internet became cool though.

GH – Lastly, we keep hearing about how popular culture has lost all originality and is instead settling for bad remakes and sequels. What, if anything, do you see as saving us from this terrible fate? Do you think we need to go around spiking producer’s Pellegrino with LSD, or will something show up on it’s own?

MP – That’s not a bad idea! I think that we’re probably doomed for now. But I figure there will be some kind of reactionary movement eventually. Like the way realism was a reaction to romanticism. It’s probably going to get way worse until it’s so bad it forces a change. One small positive sign I’ve noticed is that Netflix streaming has introduced a huge number of people to old science fiction and horror movies they might not have been aware of. I’m hoping that will increase the general appetite for genre movies (and books). Maybe people will stop going to see X-Men sequels because they’re not worth the price of going to a theater, and they could stay home and watch Mutant Hunt or Short Circuit. Then the money might talk the executives into taking some risks.

GH – I’ll definitely be looking forward to that day. Max, it’s been great talking with you, keep doing what you do and stick around on the forums if you have the time.

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