It’s The State of Gaming Podcast for May 2021, Popzara’s in-depth look at what’s shaking up the gaming landscape delivered on a monthly basis. Our hosts Cory Galliher and Nate Evans guide you through the best, worst, and everything else making headlines and headway in the fine world of interactive entertainment.
The Games of May 2021
Chief among them is Resident Evil Village, i.e. Resident Evil 8, continuing Capcom’s long-running survival horror franchise’s third-person thrills and chills, only this time with giant vampires and werewolves. A duo of remastered classics returns is led by EA/BioWare’s trilogy of popular sci-fi role-playing adventures with Mass Effect: Legendary Edition and Atlus’ JRPG classic from the PlayStation 2 era with Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster.
Also vying for your gaming dollar are Biomutant, the debut game from Experiment 101 (former developers from Avalanche Studios), and even two games many never thought we’d see (in English) in the form of Nintendo’s Famicom Detective Club (The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind), two slices of 1980s Japanese visual novels that hold up surprisingly well. Last, but certainly not least, is Kung Fu Jesus, an indie release from Celestial Gold Studios that’s so indescribably nutty that even Cory fails to describe it properly.
NPD: April 2021
NPD is still our best and most reliable snapshot of videogame sales in the US, though even their tallies should be taken with a grain of salt. Sales for April 2021 may have fallen a slight 2 percent from last year ($4.6 billion) – due mostly to the scarcity of available Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 5 consoles – but software just keeps flying off the shelves – physical and digital.
Notable entries include Sony’s MLB: The Show, the first entry available for both PlayStation and Xbox consoles, debuting in first place. Nintendo’s New Pokémon Snap debuts in third, Square Enix’s remastered NieR: Replicant debuts in fifth, Sony’s PlayStation 5-exclusive Returnal makes a strong showing in eighth place, while EA’s cooperative-only It Takes Two arrives in ninth place.
Cory shares some of his most anticipated titles for June 2021, including Edge of Eternity, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, Darius Burst, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, Legend of Mana, Rogue Book, Scarlett Nexus, Disgaea 6 and more.
In other news: it’s chaos at major retailers over Pokémon cards! Happy days – there’s a new TimeSplitters on the way (from the original developers at Free Radical Design)! Will the online-only version of E3 2021 get fans interested in the once-proud tradeshow again, even as the age of pandemics comes to a close?