2021 has been a… strange year. There were some big disappointments and some interesting surprises. So, without further ado, here is our GOTY 2021 list. Note that these are the games we enjoyed the most. These are NOT the most optimized PC games of 2021. Our list of these games will most likely be uploaded tomorrow.
Spencer’s GOTY 2021 – Psychonauts 2
A sequel I’ve been waiting for a while and which worried me somewhat given its origin as a crowd-funded title (drop one for Shenmue 3). I think a lot of us who enjoyed the early Psychonauts walked into Psychonauts 2 holding our breath. Before Microsoft’s takeover of Double Fine, I know I was worried about the studio’s ability to make a worthy sequel on such a tight budget. These concerns would have materialized without Microsoft, as it was confirmed that without Microsoft’s funding, a significant amount of content would have reached the editing room floor.
Instead, the game we ended up with was Imaginative, a powerful 3D platformer with a full-fledged smart level design and one of the funniest I’ve had with boss fights in the genre since Super Mario Odyssey in 2017. I played the game for 3 days on vacation and while I don’t play video games for their writing, it would be doing a disservice to bring up Psychonauts 2 not to mention the excellent sense of humor and history of the game – still unique 20 years later. Now we need this sequel to Brutal Legend.
GOTY 2021 by Nick McCaskey – Nioh 2
Nioh 2 takes us back to an era of pure action gameplay, with the most technically rich and rewarding combat system. Add in great level design, varied enemy encounters, and a delicious loot system. Anchor it with an optimized game engine, smooth frame rates and nice graphics. Then there’s the mystical tale of the Far East and plenty of ninjas and samurai for style points. On top of all that, you get a wealth of content with play modes, extra games, and in-depth play.
For all of the above reasons, Nioh 2 has been my go-to game for 2021 when I want to get lost for an hour or two in a brutal but just world that punishes me for my negligence and pushes me to play smarter and be. better. It may not seem relaxing to some, but it is a joy to go at my own pace, knowing that each level achieved is something attainable through my dedication to learning, growing and overcoming.
In summary, there are many games that pamper and pamper players. Nioh 2 is like a good martial arts instructor: it grabs you deep within yourself and calls you to be more than you were before. I bow to you, masterful Nioh 2!
GOTY 2021 by Pieter Naude – It takes two
Two-player co-op games have seen remarkable progress over the past decade, as several studios have become extremely creative in terms of story, gameplay, and player interaction. These developers have produced games that are more like a real adventure that you can share with another player, and Josef Fares has proven to be one of the key visionaries pushing the boundaries of the genre.
Its most recent masterpiece, It Takes Two, has made a concerted effort to incorporate everything we’ve grown to love about playing a game with a companion, and has given players a variety of worlds to explore in the smallest of ways. details. Believe me when I say this shiny gem was chock full of hours of fun excursions. In fact, when Fares and his Hazelight team couldn’t come up with a story-based reason to include a minigame, it was added as an optional side activity anyway, so boredom is everything. simply out of the question in It Takes Two.
This is why It Takes Two is without a doubt the best game I tested in 2021 as it is extremely rare to see this level of finish and sophistication go hand in hand with such a variety of gameplay. Get your copy, find a friend, and get ready for something really special.
GOTY 2021 by John Papadopoulos – Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
To be honest, I have played and enjoyed a lot of PC games this year. While Halo Infinite had a lot of tech / optimization issues, its single player campaign was excellent. Likewise, Guardians of the Galaxy and Kena: Bridge of Spirits were enjoyable games. Resident Evil Village and Hitman 3 were also great games. And if it hadn’t been for one game in particular, Tales of Arise would have been my GOTY 2021. However, nothing came close to my experience with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.
Yes, this is basically a remaster of an older game. However, this is the first time that Yakuza 6 has come to PC. As such, we can think of it as a new game. And, the fact that an old game has better characters and a better story than almost every last game says a lot about its quality.
Yakuza 6 is an amazing experience and I really don’t want to spoil anything as this is more or less the end of the Kiryu saga. It has many side quests, interesting characters, and an amazing story. It also works great with keyboard and mouse, so that’s a big plus for the PC version.