Highlights include Ratchet and Clank, one of the few games that truly takes advantage of the PlayStation 5’s immense power, Resident Evil Village and, most recently, Psychonauts 2. This list of 2021’s best games will be updates as more outstanding games hit consoles and PCs.
Deathloop has kicked off the 2021 end-of-year video game party, but it’s far from alone. We have much to look forward to in the coming months: A new Metroid, Halo Infinite and a couple of cheeky Pokemon remakes, among others. But there are many great 2021 games to look back on, or play now for the first time before the blizzard of new titles hits.
Enjoy games like Zelda: A Link to the Past and Earthbound? Of course you do. You’re a reasonable adult with great taste.
Available on: PC and Nintendo Switch.
In that case you have to try Eastward, a new top down game in the vein of every 16-bit RPG you ever loved. It’s slow-paced and takes a while to get going, but it’s well worth the investment. Just an incredibly beautiful and stylized experience. Gorgeous on every possible level.
Available on: PS5, PC. Deathloop is the best reason there is right now to buy a PlayStation 5. It’s a murder puzzle game about waking up on a beach only to find you’re stuck in a timeloop — truly, an age old tale that never goes out of style. The combat system allows for thrilling experimentation, and excellent voice acting brings a memorable cast of characters to life. The star of the show, however, is the setting of Blackreef Island, which you’ll want to explore loop after loop.
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut. Available on: PC, PS4, PS5
Disco Elysium achieved many accolades upon its 2019 release, including a perfect score from GameSpot, many Game of the Year nominations and several Best Narrative wins. An expanded Final Cut launched on PC and PlayStation (4 and 5) earlier this year, adding extensive voice acting (as in, over a million words of voice acting) and extra quests. Xbox and Switch releases are planned for later this year. Resident Evil Village.
Available on: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Stadia. Resident Evil Village, aka Resident Evil 8, marks 25 years of the illustrious survivor-horror franchise. It’s a celebration of everything that makes the series great: suspense, memorable characters, explosive combat and surreal locales. And, of course, horror. So much horror.
Resident Evil Village is a no-brainer for fans of the series — and worth playing for anyone who thinks they’re up to it. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury