Whatoplay presents 15 of the best PC titles during the first half of 2021. All arranged by playscores. To check out our full list, visit our page on all the best PC games of 2021.
We open our list with this point and click adventure from Spooky Doorway games. As a sequel to the original, we are once again in the shoes of Detective McQueen and Officer Dooley as they solve goofy yet memorable paranormal cases. You might think of this as a horror game, but don’t worry, it’s sense of humor will keep the tension at bay. A playscore of 8.60.
The quote-unquote sequel to ATLUS’ most popular Persona game to date. Joker returns to his double-life as a Phantom Thief alongside his friends. Together they go on a road trip to save Japan from doom…again. Its gameplay adapts the musuo-style combat from Dynasty Warriors with the style and swagger of the Phantom Thieves. A playscore of 8.62.
Thick thighs are once again saving lives, at least, fanbase’s lives. The next chapter of Ryza sees her on more alchemical adventures. This sequel gives Ryza added mobility, taking her to more places than before, including underwater. A fair warning though, Atelier’s gameplay has always been complex, but we all know we’re not in it for that. A playscore of 8.62.
Indie games are taking over this list, and that’s a good thing. SouthPAW Games’ action-platformer borrows familiar mechanics from known titles like Dead Cells and even Celeste, but its touch of roguelite added variety to its gameplay loop. Using the heads of your fallen enemies might sound silly, but it brings out fresh combat in each run with more room for experimentation. It receives a playscore of 8.62.
Resolution Games’ VR RPG stood out among the many VR titles that came out this year. For starters, it’s a turn-based adventure where you play with your friends in familiar dungeon-crawling escapades. You can play with up to three different people. Each will be able to pick different roles that have their own specialization and skills. Work together and brave through the many threats the catacombs has to offer. A playscore of 8.65.
Who would’ve thought a game such as this one could make it to this year’s Top 10? Rain On Your Parade’s simple premise brings out the schadenfreude within us. Play as a douchebag cloud and mess up everyone's life in the most hilarious ways possible. It somehow acts as a de-stressing exercise, especially when we’re having a bad day ourselves. A playscore of 8.66.
Born too late to explore the universe, but born just right in time to experience the Mass Effect trilogy in its definitive state. This Legendary Edition is the best way to enjoy BioWare’s award-winning space opera. As a Remaster, it’s not just the visuals that got the upgrade, the quality of life was drastically improved as well. Now operating the MAKO on the first ME game is bearable. It is a series that aged like fine wine and it gained a playscore of 8.67.
The success of the roguelike genre has pushed developers to bring more of their titles to the market. Griftlands is Klei Entertainment’s contribution to the long list of roguelike games in the gaming world. It combines deck-building and the punishing gameplay loop of roguelikes. Remember Slay the Spire? Select from three of its main characters and embark on a sci-fi trip where you make your own choices. It received numerous praises due to its ingenious blend of genres. You might find their art style familiar as they’re the ones responsible for the popular survival Don’t Starve. It receives a playscore of 8.73.
The success of Undertale paved the way for more experimental-type RPGs in the market. Everhood is more than just what you see on the trailers and screenshots. It’s a genre-bending adventure that jumps from one gameplay to another. Sometimes you feel like it’s a rhythm game, then at a moment’s notice, it shifts into a challenging bullet-hell. It’s a game best played blind, and its story and characters are something to remember. A playscore of 8.79.
6. Loop Hero
Devolver Digital brings something familiar to the table. Like Slay the Spire, its ever-changing gauntlet of challenges is made better with its multiple variations of deckbuilding. Trapped in an endless time loop, escape this never-ending torture and use the power of cards at your disposal. Mix and match the right cards and become stronger in its infinite possibilities. You don’t have to worry if you die, all it takes is retry and enjoy one more loop. A playscore of 8.84.
A small indie title made from passionate developers. Taking this spot on a list full of big-budget titles is no small feat. Chicory’s charm lies in its simple art style. It’s intentional as the game relies so much on coloring the environment around you. Yep, it’s a coloring book-style gameplay where you can paint on everything. Think of it as Concrete Genie, but on a 2D plane. As you paint through its wonderful world, you’ll be accompanied by the tunes of Celeste composer, Lena Raine! Chicory: A Colorful Tale receives a playscore of 8.85.
The second installment of the horror-platformer from Tarsier Studios’ didn’t quite hit the mark compared to its original. It did, however, bring in fresh scares and horrifying yet memorable monster designs. The new protagonist is a breath of fresh air and its surreal world is great to get lost into. It’s creepy, sometimes disturbing, but for a horror game, it has heart. Like an even more twisted version of Wonderland. A playscore of 8.85.
It’s no surprise CAPCOM is bringing out impressive titles over the past few years. Village is the latest of their long-running survival horror series and they are breaking the internet with its crazy amount of memes. A sequel to Ethan’s first-person adventure, this offered a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. Each district in its sprawling Village showcases a different kind of fear for every player. A DLC is currently in the works and we can’t wait to find out what it is! Village gets a playscore of 8.86.
An unconventional game where you control the story using your eyes. Yep, by doing the simple sensory functions called blinking, you manipulate this narrative-driven adventure. By using a Webcam, you can let it detect your eyes and let your actions move the story forward. But be warned, the story hits hard and it might hinder your progress when you bawl your eyes out. Talk about irony. It’s a great way to help prospective players who suffer from other accessibility issues, too. A playscore of 8.89.
1. It Takes Two
And the best PC game in this mid-year ranking is EA’s cooperative story-driven game. It Takes Two is how a big-budget co-op game should be. Every level feels like it’s carved from a different project, offering unique gameplay mechanics for you and your friend. Help Cody and May fix their marriage woes by working together to solve a ton of puzzles--all while a magic book of love throws out advice that ranges from the straightforward to the poetic. A playscore of 9.02.