The Best Games of the Year 2021

We have reached the end of 2021. We entered the year with fresh hope for a fresh crop of games coming to the new generation of consoles.

Ratchet and Clank returned with a jaw-dropping interdimensional adventure on the PS5. The Series X had its own highs with Forza Horizon 5 and the recent Halo Infinite. But, everywhere the competition was fierce.

We've seen groundbreaking newcomers and old guards returning with explosive new entries. Regardless of their novelty, these fresh picks have struggled against returning favorites from last year. Who won in the end? You'll find out.

Check out our list below to see the winning titles for every platform.

Divinity - Original Sin 2

Original Sin 2 has hours of story-heavy adventure in its gripping fantasy world. Coming from consoles, adapting Divinity 2 to a portable device was a huge task. Thankfully, Larian Studios managed to do it just right.

  1. Divinity - Original Sin 2
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  2. Baba Is You
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  3. Huntdown
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  4. Tears of Themis
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  5. Behind the Frame
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  6. Rush Rally Origins
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  7. FANTASIAN
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  8. Queen: Rock Tour
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  9. Giant Dancing Plushies
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  10. Sixit
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Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery

Akupara Games' interactive story doesn't overstay its welcome to give you a grounded story about a struggling artist. Like Annapurna's FLORENCE, this tale will wow you with its pleasing art style and melancholic soundtrack.

  1. Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery
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  2. Baba Is You
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  3. Tears of Themis
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  4. Super Mombo Quest
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  5. Queen: Rock Tour - The Official Rhythm Game
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  6. Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins
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  7. My Time at Portia
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  8. Huntdown
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  9. Botworld Adventure
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  10. Catopia: Rush
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Hades

Zagreus' journey is finely wrapped in the boons of his Greek God relatives, as well as the passion of Supergiant's development and art team. The story is integrated into its never-ending gameplay, and each run offers something new to tweak and experiment on.

  1. Hades
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  2. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
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  3. Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut
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  4. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
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  5. Resident Evil Village
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  6. Tales of Arise
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  7. F1 2021
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  8. HITMAN 3
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  9. Judgment
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  10. Returnal
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Hades

There's just no stopping Supergiant from taking over our Game of the Year lists. Whether you're a fan of Roguelikes or not, Hades has a little something for everyone. Supergiant humanized the Greek Pantheon, as well as the iconic residents of Hades ' dominion.

  1. Hades
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  2. Forza Horizon 5
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  3. HITMAN 3
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  4. Judgment
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  5. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
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  6. Alan Wake Remastered
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  7. Microsoft Flight Simulator
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  8. Subnautica: Below Zero
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  9. Cris Tales
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  10. Metro Exodus: Complete Edition
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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Described as a celebration of the series' best features, this re-release is a theme park of delights. The addition of Bowser's Fury adds heft to the excitement, and all delivered with expert polish.

  1. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
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  2. Metroid Dread
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  3. MONSTER HUNTER RISE
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  4. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
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  5. NEO: The World Ends With You
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  6. Little Nightmares II
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  7. Mario Party Superstars
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  8. Overcooked! All You Can Eat
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  9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
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  10. Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

With a fully-voiced cast and more scenarios to discover, the Final Cut rounded out the RPG experience with more solid political paths. Given how impressive the original was, it's even more impressive to see how much Disco Elysium has been changed by this re-release.

  1. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
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  2. It Takes Two
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  3. Chicory: A Colorful Tale
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  4. Psychonauts 2
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  5. Death's Door
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  6. Mass Effect Legendary Edition
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  7. ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights
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  8. Loop Hero
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  9. Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition
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  10. Inscryption
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Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Playing the first game doesn't feel like a chore anymore. Packed with all kinds of upgrades—from visuals to sound and quality of life improvements—this Legendary Edition is the perfect way to revisit the trilogy in all its glory.

  1. Mass Effect Legendary Edition
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  2. Hades
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  3. It Takes Two
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  4. Quake
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  5. Psychonauts 2
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  6. Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut
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  7. GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-
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  8. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...
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  9. Persona 5 Strikers
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  10. Resident Evil Village
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Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Taking the crown on two platforms goes to show the amount of work Bioware did to put out a consistent experience. Commander Shepard's adventures are as timeless as ever.

  1. Mass Effect Legendary Edition
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  2. It Takes Two
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  3. Forza Horizon 5
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  4. Little Nightmares II
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  5. Hades
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  6. F1 2021
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  7. HITMAN 3
    7
  8. Resident Evil Village
    8
  9. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...
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  10. Tales of Arise
    10