The five best action-adventure games of 2021

This story is part of Gamepur’s 2021 best roundup.

2021 is filled with tons of great games that are now lining the bookcases and cupboards of gamers around the world. Among the games that came out there were some amazing action adventure games that stood out for fans around the world. While there are plenty of games that could make this list, there are five that really show off what action and adventure is all about.

5. Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart

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  • Released on June 11, 2021
  • Developed by Insomniac Games
  • Listed by PlayStation Studios

It’s been a long time since the last Ratchet & Clank game was released in 2016 alongside the movie of the same title. While the wait has been long, the duo have returned to action with new weapons, a new companion, and an all-new story that (literally) tears the fabric of reality apart. Sadly, not many people have been able to enjoy the adventure since the game was released only on the Playstation 5 console.

Rift Apart follows not only Ratchet, but new female Lombax Rivet as Doctor and Emperor Nefarious attempt to take over all dimensions of the multiverse. The game is filled with guns, loot, and jokes that are sure to put a smile on the face of anyone.

4. Metroid Dread

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  • Release October 8, 2021
  • Developed by Mercury Steam and Nintendo
  • Posted by Nintendo

Samus is one of the many Nintendo characters who has seen the big screen many times in his life. This time, Samus reached his peak in the form of Metroid Dread. This game may only have been on the shelves for a few months, but it’s already one of the best action-adventure games released this year.

Metroid Dread is packed with intense combat, exhilarating stealth, and monumental boss battles that are sure to get you excited as you progress through the game. In many ways, fans have agreed that this game has surpassed the expectations by going above and beyond. Metroid Dread keeps a steady pace as it increases the difficulty of enemies and features tricky puzzles that will keep you engaged for hours.

3. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

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  • Release October 26, 2021
  • Developed by Eidos-Montreal
  • Posted by Square Enix

It’s a little surprising that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy did so well. If you were one of those who thought this would be a repeat of the Marvel’s Avengers game, you’d be wrong. The Guardians of the Galaxy haven’t tried to invent anything new; instead, it capitalized on existing gameplay mechanics and focused on an extremely entertaining story.

In Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, you take control of Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) by visiting different planets and Nova Corps ships. While the fight isn’t out of the ordinary, it does offer some witty banter between the entire team of misfits that are super fun and engaging. There are puzzles, firefights, and strategic options that you will be faced with throughout the story. Some choices are important and change the gameplay depending on which one you make.

2. Resident Evil Village

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  • Release May 1, 2021
  • Developed and published by Capcom

Resident Evil Village continues the story of Ethan Winters as he tries to save his daughter. Of course, he doesn’t manage to take a break and finds himself in a village where everything is trying to kill him. From vampires to lycans, you will fight everything. Resident Evil Village features surprising twists and actions that will make your heart beat faster as you play.

The entire game takes place over the course of a night as Ethan faces off against the four village lords. Despite being labeled as a survival horror game, Resident Evil Village ticks most if not all of the boxes necessary to qualify as an action-adventure game. Aside from the main campaign, Resident Evil Village also features a survival mode that lets you take on some of the game’s creatures and earn a ranking based on your performance.

1. Kena: Bridge of Spirits

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  • Release September 21, 2021
  • Developed by Ember Lab
  • Listed by Ember Lab & Maximum Games

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the story of an indie game that has caught on. The studio behind this game started out as an animation studio. This resulted in the characters and the world of Kena: Bridge of Spirits having a wonderful quality about them that is hard to find in most games. But it doesn’t end there – this game is packed with action every turn and a beautiful world to explore.

The story of this game follows Kena, a spirit guide, as she tries to find the mountain sanctuary and help the spirits of a village. The gameplay, without being overwhelmingly innovative, is filled with excitement. From challenging boss fights to intricate puzzles, this game has something for everyone and it hardly ever gets bored. There are always new things to discover in the world, whether it’s rotten spirits, spiritual mail, or even just parts of the landscape.

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