Best Games of 2021

This year has been difficult for us. And we are not even talking about well-known political and infectious events. Throughout 2021, we’ve watched marketers take over the gaming industry. A failed GTA remaster, a hastily cobbled together Battlefield 2042, no Necromunda, a pitiful fake – EFootball and many other lesser-known failures of 2021. But not only this will be remembered for the outgoing year – what was good?

Forza Horizon 5 is the ultimate arcade racing game capable of giving players everything they want. The largest open world in the series with different biomes, weather events and changing seasons. The car fleet abounds in almost six hundred vehicles of all types – from cheap small cars to fabulously expensive and fast hypercars. A huge number of different types of races, a lot of tasks, a story mode, challenges and much more. Everything in this game is aimed at entertaining the player and giving as much emotion as possible.

Forza Horizon 5 game (Xbox Series X) 3 699 *
However, the game has exactly two problems. Firstly, there are not so many changes in relation to the previous part: the interface, most of the vehicle fleet and even the physics of cars have not changed much. Secondly, lightness. Every two minutes, a new car, item of clothing, or something else is thrown onto the player. But you can get tired of an endless holiday sooner or later.

Best Game of the Year by The Game Awards 2021 and other major publications and critics. The setting of It Takes Two is simple. Spouses Cody and May are about to get divorced, but their daughter randomly casts a charm on the parents, as a result of which they turn into living dolls. In this form, they are destined to stay until the very moment, until their relationship improves.

Don’t be fooled by the cartoon style – this is by no means a children’s fairy tale. Here you will see cruelty, humor, difficult dilemmas, grief, joy and much more. It Takes Two is a must-have co-op puzzle platformer with a friend or even a relative. Here are just passing side by side many different tests, competing in mini-games, helping each other and, conversely, arguing, not the fact that you will be able to maintain a good relationship.

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The title of the best action game of 2021 definitely goes to the exclusive PlayStation 5 – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart . First, because this is a real next gene. The graphics are so amazing that in many places you just want to stop and look around. Detailed textures, realistic fur, instant downloads and 4K ray tracing. Secondly, it’s a really addicting action game. Various opponents and ways to eliminate them, puzzles, races and a host of other activities.

Ratchet & Clank Game: Across Worlds (PS5) 4 299 *
The plot, like the characters, also will not leave anyone indifferent. Although the new playable character Rivet is a complete copy of Ratchet, this does not prevent you from looking at the world from a slightly different angle. For all lovers of good action, beautiful graphics and interesting cartoons – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart will be a gorgeous discovery.

Hitman 3 is n’t great. This is just a perfectly polished game about the well-known bald assassin. The classic formula has reached its perfection. The locations are even larger and more varied, the goals are even more interesting and smarter, and the graphics are even more realistic. But the gameplay is still the same Hitman as in 2016.

Console wars are gaining momentum, none of the competitors is going to give up positions, and we, ordinary gamers, benefit from this. Remember how many memes and resentments generated the first screenings of the game. And now Halo Infinite is one of the contenders for the title of ” Best Game of 2021″ . The plot continues the story of the previous part of Halo 5: Guardians . But you don’t need to know the details, the game is very kind to beginners. There are good guys – earthlings. On the other side of the ring are the exiled humanoids. Both are eager to get the Zeta Halo. And only the great and mighty Master Chief can save earthlings from complete destruction.

Halo Infinite Game (Xbox ONE, Xbox Series X) 4 599 *
And even if the plot is not replete with complex endings and intricacies, it is interesting to watch what is happening. However, it is even more interesting to play it. Halo Infinite has challenging firefights, and the difficulty is achieved not by the survivability of enemies, but by the need to apply tactics. There is a lot to think about here, as well as to travel around the open world. However, the most important advantage of Halo Infinite is that it is a truly old-school project that sets the game apart from modern shooters. There are no perks, no kill rewards, no barrel skins. This is a shooter in which everyone is initially on an equal footing, and only the ability to communicate with the team and shoot accurately will help you win.

Deathloop belongs to a very complex genre – immersive sim. It is unique in that the player is quite immersed in what is happening and gets at the disposal of an extremely wide variability during the passage. This project by Arkane Studios literally takes the genre to a new level. Think Prey or Dishonored – these games aren’t for everyone. Each of them is difficult to learn and at the same time may seem boring to fans of furious action games.

Deathloop cleverly crosses the meat jester with the need to think and calculate your actions two steps ahead. The bottom line is simple: you are stuck in a time loop and in order to break it, you need to kill eight “ideologues” in a day. It would seem nothing complicated, but no. In addition to this eight, you will meet hundreds of other fighters at locations, but in order to get close to each villain, you need to collect a lot of information and conduct a whole investigation. Each of your deaths will bring everything back, that is, each time you will need to start all over again. With reservations, of course, but be sure – you will visit each of the locations more than a dozen times.

Another PlayStation 5 exclusive , but this time is not very typical. The roguelike genre is inherent in small games, usually from indie studios. And what we see: an expensive action game based on the mechanics of The Binding of Isaac or the masterpiece Hades . In Returnal, you have to do the same thing over and over again. In unusual locations with a well-thought-out combat and even a curious plot. For fans of the roguelike genre, this game can be a real discovery.

Resident Evil Village does not surprise in the same way as the seventh part used to be: the same first-person view, the same main character and the same gameplay by and large, though much larger and more varied. And why then is this game on the list of the best? Lady Dimitrescu – that’s why we fell in love with the game. Having relied on an extremely charismatic and “tall” madam, Capcom, even before the release of the game, was able to fall in love with thousands of Resident Evil Village fans.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is the debut project of indie studio Ember Lab. And, I must admit, the developers hit the mark right away. Kena: Bridge of Spirits looks, plays and feels like an expensive blockbuster. Here is an interesting story about a young shaman woman, Ken, who wakes up in an unfamiliar cursed forest. According to the laws of the genre, the girl is forced to save him from filth.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits game (PS5)
The design of the environment, the quality of the graphics and, quite unusual, the audio sequence deserve all the praise. Kena: Bridge of Spirits looks and sounds as good as Pixar’s multi-million dollar cartoon. That being said, do not forget that a small indie studio should be thanked for this. Yes, it does not have a campaign for tens of hours, the plot is linear, and the locations are small, but full of secrets. At Kena: Bridge of Spirits fun to watch, it’s fun to play and it gives a lot of emotions.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the ultimate story-driven adventure. An interesting protagonist, funny (not always) party members who do not stop talking for a second. Don’t be intimidated by the ” Marvel’s” in the title. If superhero everyday life is not to your liking, or you just do not know lore well, it doesn’t matter. Guardians of the Galaxy tells a storyline about characters who, by chance, found themselves in an extremely unpleasant situation. So you don’t have to guess about anything. It is the plot that is the main highlight here.

The combat system is quite unusual. Formally, you will only control the main character – Star-Lord. However, its effectiveness is very low, which necessitates constant communication with the team. The set of music deserves special attention – it is sheer pleasure to beat humanoids to the classics of the 80s.
Psychonauts 2 is an exemplary sequel 16 years later. Colorful, varied, perky and all the same with a bunch of surprises.