BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE
2018: God of War
2019: Devil May Cry 5
There’s never really too much of a drought of games of this category, which for all of us is a good thing since we get more to choose from. In our last awards, a certain stylish demon killing series got our pick. This year we definitely got some good choices between following a private detective, the hunting of Others, and the return of a well known bounty hunter.
NA Release Date: October 8th, 2021
Platform: Nintendo Switch
It’s been a bit since we’ve last seen Samus. While Metroid Prime 4 has been anticipated for a while, Metroid Dread is quite far from being a disappointment. A sequel set after Metroid Fusion, Dread is also a side-scroller like many of its predecessors. Some new additions have been added, such as a new type of formidable enemy which tries to hunt you down. That being said, it is a classic style Metroid game, and that’s never a bad thing.
NA Release Date: September 21st, 2021
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
A spin-off from the Yakuza series, Lost Judgment also is quite an impressive game. Building off the strengths of the previous game, it makes some improvements such as in its combat system along with some new gameplay additions. The story, side quests/activities, and lively locations make it an adventure that won’t be easy to forget.
NA Release Date: June 25th, 2021
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Scarlet Nexus offers quite a stylish looking action-RPG. With two different characters to choose from, it branches off with different characters who will assist you later on. In addition to fighting creatures called The Others with melee weapons, you also have access to psychokinesis to bring another element to the combat. Battling creatures in a visually appealing adventure like this is not a bad choice.
This Year’s Winner is…
This year we’re going with Metroid Dread for our winner. After a few rough games before it, the series came back to its roots more with Metroid: Samus Returns, and Dread follows it and doesn’t disappoint. Being one of the biggest game series in this genre, it’s not much of a surprise to see another classic styled adventure as Samus being quite the contender. Some new changes into gameplay come into account with the E.M.M.I. enemies filling in the role of a predator, similar to what happened in Metroid Fusion. While a new addition to the Prime series has eagerly been awaited for, you cannot go wrong with a new side-scrolling adventure with one of our favorite bounty hunters.