GOTY 2021 Contenders?



  • Hey forum dwelling Allies!

    I've heard Huber among many other people make the claim that 2021 has been a fantastic if not all time great year for gaming. Personally, I've spent more time looking at gaming news in downtime during work hours than actually playing video games before and after work. I really don't know if I'm seeing what he's seeing, but maybe I'm missing some heavy hitters?

    I started the year strong having played It Takes Two and Resident Evil Village (maybe 4-ish times), but then I took a complete nose dive by March / April and spent all of my gaming time playing Halo 3 and now Infinite multiplayer.

    So with the year winding down, what do you consider the must-play games of 2021? I'll try to get to a few of them over the holiday. Here is what I want to play in order:

    1. Inscryption
    2. Psychonauts 2
    3. Returnal

    What must-plays would you recommend I or anybody else play to get a good feel for the best of 2021? What games do you think can be skipped?

    FYI—I'm skipping BF2042 and Halo Infinite Campaign until I get a better PC and the game is polished up. COD Vanguard honestly looks awful in my eyes and I like COD so I have a feeling that's an easily skippable one but let me know otherwise.

    Let me know! Thx!



  • I think you should try out The Artful Escape, it's short and it's basic but the audio/visual showcase on display explodes like a nuclear bomb of vibrant rainbow dazzling colours. I think Rift Apart is quite the PS5 spectacle so there's that too. Guardians of the Galaxy is totally worth a play as is FORZA Horizon 5.



  • My must-play list 2021 would be largely different than my GOTY 2021 Contender list, but besides the ones you've already named for must-plays I'd say New Pokémon Snap, (especially if you've never played the original) Bowser's Fury, (but ignore the attached worse version of 3D World) Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Mario Party Superstars, (best MP in ages) Hitman 3, (especially if you've not played the other modern ones) Metroid Dread, (there's a demo to try first) Sky: Children of the Light, (preferably with someone important to you, game is free and you can "finish" it in a couple of sittings) the Voice Of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars demo, (from the sound of it, ONLY the demo) and Halo Infinite multiplayer. (which is free)

    I'd suggest Fuga: Melodies of Steel also, but it is very pricey. If you're really into Strategy Games and the trailer though, go for it. Likewise, if you're into Fighting Games, there's zero reason not to give Guilty Gear Strive a spin.



  • No More Heroes 3 is wonderful. A little janky at times, but what do you expect from a Suda game? His best imo. Certainly his most batshit crazy.



  • Psychonauts 2 would be my top recommended must-play for everyone this year. I also played the first Psychonauts this year. The platforming is janky in some parts but it holds up very well.

    As of now, these 14 are at the top of my 2021 GOTY contender list:

    Deathloop
    The Forgotten City
    Forza Horizon 5
    Hitman 3
    Kena: Bridge of Spirits
    Life is Strange: True Colors
    Little Nightmares II
    Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
    New Pokémon Snap
    Psychonauts 2
    Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    Resident Evil: Village
    Tales of Arise
    The Wild at Heart

    I still need to play more Halo Infinite but I'm waiting for the campaign.



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  • @shoulderguy said in GOTY 2021 Contenders?:

    As of now, these 14 are at the top of my 2021 GOTY contender list:

    Deathloop
    The Forgotten City
    Forza Horizon 5
    Hitman 3
    Kena: Bridge of Spirits
    Life is Strange: True Colors
    Little Nightmares II
    Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
    New Pokémon Snap
    Psychonauts 2
    Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    Resident Evil: Village
    Tales of Arise
    The Wild at Heart

    When you list them out like that, I kinda see why people say this is a great diverse year for gaming. I honestly forgot about to many of these (including Dread... somehow).

    I think I'm going to tackle the 8-12h games in the next two weeks then play 1-2 longer ones over the Christmas break and into 2022. I'm kinda so-so on buying a PS5 game with the announcement of PS Game Pass in spring 2022. I feel like that leak came at a bad time with the holiday season right here. Like, why spend $79.99 on Deathloop if I could (maybe) stream or download it for "free" early next year?



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  • I haven't played many games this year so can't really recommend much. Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery is one heck of a one sitting game, would easily recommend it to everyone. I also would recommend JETT: The Far Shore but I think less people would actually enjoy it. Both are my top 2 games of this year as of now.

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  • Hands down Psychonauts 2, as much as I enjoyed Dread, RE8, Tales of Arise, Ratchet, NMH3 and others. But any game I've waited 16 years to exist, got my name in, and straight up had me smiling every minute I spent with it. It's a utterly amazing game that deserves your time.



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  • One of the highest-rated games of 2021:

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  • If you liked Persona 5, don't sleep on Persona 5 Strikers. It's not some cheap spin-off, it's a genuine continuation of the story.

    Also, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is incredible.



  • @ffff0
    Honestly anytime Omega Force does a Warrior's spinoff based on a licensed property they always end up good, Fist of the North Star, Hyrule Warrior's, Fire Emblem, One Piece, Persona 5 Strikers, have all been excellent, I do kinda hope we get something like Dissida Warrior's sometime down the road, would be fun to mow down wave after wave of Tonberries with Ceciel or Tidus.



  • I finished Inscryption.

    Absolutely loved it. It's my first ever deck builder and card game that I've played since maybe Yu Gi Oh in 2003.

    It's funny because the IGN Review for Inscryption says these types of games are becoming too common and stale, yet, this was both my first Rogue-like and first card game and now I want to go back and play more and more and more of them. For me, the story and horror elements helped me get over the hurdle of replaying the same thing a few times over. I feel like bad deck RNG had me spend an hour too long in the first part of the game. But these cards have these animals on them and the way they are drawn and animated have so much personality. The "spooky wilderness" vibe of the game board and DM narrator just sucked me in. I much prefer this rooted in realism pagan imagery fantasy than I do something like high fantasy from Magic The Gathering.

    Sooooo I think I'm onto Psychonauts 2 now. Loop Hero is free on EGS today only so I'll dabble in that one too.



  • @shoulderguy said in GOTY 2021 Contenders?:

    One of the highest-rated games of 2021:

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    Haha on that note check out Opus: echo of starsong it technically has a 91 but not even enough reviews to show up on the list

    And it's not really even a visual novel.(13 sentinals style ?)

    But yeah ratchet and returnal are good picks, deathloop is also great but is more love/hate

    If there is time SMT5 and tales of arise.

    and for smaller games death's door, loop hero, inscription, wildermyth and the above Opus being my number 1 pick.



  • I recently finished Before Your Eyes. It's a simple game but the story is very emotional and heartbreaking. It's one of my top games of the year. Check it out, it's only about an hour long. And watch Isla's full playthrough:

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  • I finally got around to starting Rift Apart. Man, this feels like a cozy blanket, as someone who loves R&C and hasn't played any of them in a while. 2-3 hours in and it already blows the PS4 R&C out of the water, so it's looking good here. I expect this to be somewhere in my top 5 of the year when I finish it.



  • GOTY guide 2021 with Kyle Bosman

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  • @bam541

    Today I started briefly on Rift Apart. I can safely say that PlayStation gamers take this series for granted to a nearly alarming extent.

    • 3D “bullet hell” style gun combat with melee options
    • Amazing control and platforming
    • Seamless cutscene to gameplay integration
    • World class animation in both cinematics and gameplay
    • Top tier cinematography and blocking in cinematics
    • Detailed FX and audio plastering the screen in every moment
    • Amazing unified futuristic art direction

    The list goes on. You feel the budget in Rift Apart and it makes the gameplay and moment to moment experience so great. Honestly, I wish every action platformer had this level of care.

    Insomniac doesn’t get enough credit for their wizardry; we just expect it and move on.

    Rift Apart already feels way better than the 2016 remake does which was pretty disappointing to me. Pretty great return to form.