WATCH — Top 5 video games to play this summer

Elijah Sandiford
Story by Elijah Sandiford • CBC Kids News • Published 2021-07-15 15:59

New Ratchet and Clank and old Pokemon favourites top list


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:

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

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About the Contributor

Elijah Sandiford
Elijah Sandiford
CBC Kids News Contributor
You might know him as Agent Ocean on PBS’s Odd Squad or Prince Francisco in the Bruno and Boots series “This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall.” Fifteen-year-old Elijah Sandiford also has a huge passion for pop-culture, sports and content creation. After losing his father at a young age, he decided to make the most of life. His message for Canadian kids, “Dream bigger, dream brighter no matter your circumstance. The hard work you put in will take you on an exciting journey.”

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