These were the best games of 2021

2021 was not just a difficult year for the gaming industry. Unfortunately, there were several games we were really looking forward to this year, but they didn’t arrive or arrived late. No matter how hairy we want to be, we can write this year at the expense of the epidemic.

This year’s titles were both surprisingly good and surprisingly bad. With the launch of the new generation of consoles, some really stunning games have also come to light, although the number of products made specifically for the next generation has not been as large as I expected.

Resident Evil Village
The first major success of the year was the continuation of Capcom’s series of horrors. We continue to follow the story of Ethan Winters, whose daughter Chris Redfield abducts. After that, we get into a European mountain castle environment and the whole thing has received a remarkably positive reception from the players.

The characters are particularly noteworthy in this section, as I don’t think there are many people who haven’t met Alcina “Lady” Dimitrescu, the “tall vampire lady,” in some form this year. She is a strong female main enemy who has won the love of the audience not only for her looks but also for her personality. The dubbed actor was even able to pocket the award for best performance at The Game Awards. The creators also managed to change the logical tasks, and that was also to the liking of the players.


Hitman 3
This game tried to take the Hitman experience to a new level. The tracks of the first two games and the backup of the second game could also be imported, but PC gamers had to face very serious dilemmas regarding the migration. I think it put a bit of a stamp on this part, too, and it didn’t make as big a bang as it could have been otherwise. We continue to shape Agent 47 and knock out targets in different and very spectacular parts of the world.

The story that began in the first part of the trilogy has a sufficiently twisted and fairly tangible conclusion. The series has also evolved a lot graphically. The number of possible killer devices has also expanded a lot. If we imported the tracks of the first two parts, we’ve actually got the best version, complete with the engine and innovations of the latest game.


Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Although the Japanese version was released as early as 2020, it was only available on the international market in early 2021. The studio decided to make a bold decision, replacing the franchise’s fighting system with a turn-based system reminiscent of Final Fantasy. Fortunately, it was a surprisingly successful shift and a decision relevant to the story as well. It was so well received that it will continue to be used in this format.

In addition to the fight, the protagonist has also changed. Instead of Kazuma Kiryu (who, if not elsewhere, can be known from the “Bakamitai” meme videos), we now have Kasuga as our character. Right at the beginning of the story, he gets an 18-year prison sentence, which turns out to be betrayed by his boss (and many more later), and it will be our job to investigate this, along with our new acquaintances. It’s still true that no matter how bizarre some of the scenes in the game are, and while he’s always trying to be funny, he often also elaborates on pretty serious topics that are thought-provoking.


Overcooked: All You Can Eat
The Overcooked, released in 2016, was a great success, but its technical limitations held it back from more serious success. The second part later rethought the gameplay, bringing not only online multiplayer but plenty of levels and characters as well. This year, however, came a new episode that might be a strong term to call remastered, rather a collection of the first two games. The tracks in the first part have been revamped with the engine of the second game, making it possible to play them online in this version as well.

The contents of both games were thrown into a large package, and the individual items could now be freely combined. The campaign modes are fun in themselves, but the first one is given a big boost by the release of the innovations in the second part. With more than 200 tracks and two campaigns, it provides long-lasting, chaotic cooperative entertainment. More inexperienced players don’t have to be afraid either, as we can turn on an easy mode that makes the tasks a little easier.


It Takes Two
The other big co-op bang of the year was EA’s It Takes Two, in which, as its name suggests, we control two characters together. You can also play this platformer locally or over the internet. It has several game mechanics from several different game genres. Our two main characters have different abilities that need to be used together to complete the tasks. In addition to the clear tasks, there are a number of interactive things on the tracks that are specifically there just because it’s fun.

In addition to its fun gameplay, it also provides a visually outstanding experience. He works with very good camera angles and always tries to make us feel the size of the characters in relation to the environment. This cooperative fun has also been recognized by critics. He has won several awards, including The Game of the Year Award at The Game Awards. Unfortunately, we’ve been able to hear his name in other contexts in recent days, as Take Two is suing for the name It Takes Two…


Mass Effect Legendary Edition
There was already a collection on the list, but one more joins it. We got the three Mass Effect games remastered and packed into one in May, and the game really gave us what we expected from it. Initially, the idea of ​​a remake arose because of the older parts, but the remastered format was chosen to keep the individuality of the trilogy. All three games and almost all DLC can be found in it. Mostly the first part is the one that got a lot of creases, mainly because of its obsolete mechanics and looks.

More frequent automatic backups and slightly modified boss fights also make players ’lives easier. In this version, the time spent in the elevator, which was used by the makers to disguise the load, was also reduced. If you’ve never met Commander Shepard’s adventures, this collection could be the perfect starting point!


Guilty Gear Strive
The acclaimed fighting series has been expanded with another installment this year, which has raised the bar that is still high. This is the seventh of the main games, the 25th overall. It essentially rebuilds the complexity and mechanics of the series from the ground up, and does so so that both new players and professional, veteran players can find their own challenge in it. For those who haven’t met the name Guilty Gear yet, it’s worth getting started with this section. The anime look has been taken to another level by the game. The character-rich character models and spectacular effects accompany the fights. A Wall Break feature has also been added, which also moves the scene of the fight, accompanied by a spectacular animation, if we launch a thigh standing next to the edge of the field.

Perhaps one of the best fighting players in netcode is also in this game. All online battles are very fast. The ranked mode, on the other hand, shared players of different abilities pretty well. If we are brave enough, we can also fight at the top levels, but the best players cannot start a match with players below the skill level. This, in my opinion, can break the common problem called “ELO Hell” when someone gets stuck at their own level and because they don’t meet better players, they can’t progress substantially based on their pattern. If what’s listed so far isn’t enough, the game also features 4 hours of non-combat “campaign mode,” which is essentially an animated film made with the game’s engine. Breaking down into 30-45 minute sections, we looked at the background history of the game, which was also surprisingly edible, within the oddities of the game, of course.


Naraka Bladepoint
The list of battle royale games seems almost endless these days. This year, however, one of them ran a great deal, combining martial arts with the dynamics of the battle royale format. The movement on the ever-shrinking battlefield is made really exciting by the parkour movements that fit into the movies. Although it also includes ranged weapons, the mechanics are sharpened mainly for melee combat. We have combinations that require great skill and technique, but we can only win by pushing the attack.

Weapons actually allow for multiple play styles, and using the grappling hook allows you to move around the field like in classic kung fu movies. NVIDIA DLSS and NVIDIA Reflex are also available to create the visual world. The latter can make a very big contribution to our reaction time during fast-paced melee clashes.


Psychonauts 2
The cult-classic indie game is back this year and it didn’t disappoint. It was even announced at the 2015 The Game Awards, but was only released this year. The first part was released in 2005, but the second part managed to create the same gaming experience, yet in a modern form. The work of the past years and Tim Schafer’s quality come together. The first part also tried to display various mental projections, but current graphical solutions finally allow for bizarre visual experiences. All tracks are noticeably designed with great care.

Modernized management has also done the series a lot of good. In the first part, it was frustrating in some cases with boss fights when our character didn’t take the commands the way we wanted them to. We can also listen to a Jack Black concert throughout the story, which was also spectacular. There are plenty of funny hidden things in the game if we take the time.


Halo: Infinite
This year’s list closes with the latest installment in the legendary series, Halo. Under a new model, multiplayer mode will be provided free of charge to players on all platforms. Unfortunately, it is impossible to go beyond the fact that one of the most paralyzed battle pass systems the makers have managed to put into the game. Match search options also leave something to be desired. Other than that, we got a quality product.

The dynamics of control meet modern “expectations,” and sliding and grappling hooks have also been added to our inventory. A little later, the campaign mode was also released, which became available to Game Pass subscribers for free on the day of its release. Unlike the rest of the series, it has now been given an open-world story. He had a rather mixed reception, as many preferred a more linear approach. Fans can be confident that the end of the campaign has been sharply continued.



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