WATCH — Top 5 video games to play this summer
New Ratchet and Clank and old Pokemon favourites top list
⭐️HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW⭐️
- New video game releases are sure to keep you busy this summer.
- Video game reporter Rebecca Valentine breaks down her top picks.
- But expect delays on some new video game titles due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Keep reading to decide what games you might check out. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
School’s out for the summer. Have you been getting your game on?
With no homework in sight, summer is a popular time to revisit old favourites and try out new gaming experiences.
Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the list of new games to choose from is a bit shorter than usual.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you.
Rebecca Valentine, who’s a video game journalist from Kansas City, Missouri, with the gaming website IGN (Imagine Games Network), shared her picks in the latest episode of Game On with Elijah Sandiford.
Watch below to find out which games are popping right now!
A slower summer
Scan any of the major gaming websites like Gamespot, Digital Trends and GamesRadar and the state of the industry is clear: new game development was delayed in 2021.
According to the Game Developers Conference, nearly half (44 per cent) of the 3,000 game developers who replied to a survey in April said their games have been delayed by the pandemic.
Valentine said that’s because COVID-19 has affected video game development and publishing.
“We saw a whole lot of official game delays in the last six, eight months or so,” said Valentine. “Whether it was something technological or something just related to work from home … the industry was impacted.”
Video game production, hardware development and software updates were all delayed or cancelled due to lack of supplies, changes to work environments and more.
But that doesn’t mean we’ll run out of fun titles to play any time soon. Just expect “a lot of invisible game delays,” as developers and studios get back on track, said Valentine.
So what fun titles can you dig into this summer?
Game on, summer style
Valentine listed her top five picks for video games this summer. They are:
- Game Builder Garage (Nintendo Switch).
- Ratchet and Clank: A Rift Apart (PS5).
- New Pokemon Snap (Nintendo Switch).
- Knockout City (PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One).
- Roblox (PC, Mac, Xbox One, Mobile).
All games are out now and ready to be played.
For full details, be sure to check out the video at the top of the page!
Old favourites and new releases. From left, Roblox, New Pokemon Snap and Knockout City are sure to entertain you this summer, Rebecca Valentine says. (Image credit: Roblox Corporation, Nintendo, Electronic Arts)
Which video game will you try this summer?
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Sony Interactive Entertainment, graphic design by Allison Cake/CBC