Top 10 games of 2021



The door of death

This independent diamond walks in the shadow of the classic Zelda, combining satisfying puzzles with meaty combat. You take on the role of a nascent crow, a new recruit to the Avian Mower’s office, retracing a lonely story of mortality that’s beautifully conveyed through a scaled-down art style and minimalist storytelling.

Available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5 and Xbox Series X / S

Death loop

A woman looks intentional

A high octane shooter from the makers of Dishonored series, Death loop Combines a stunning time-looped storyline with a stunning shooter. It works best as a sandbox for players to imaginatively combine acrobatic moves, stealth mechanics, precision combat, and supernatural powers. Particular attention goes to its magnificent artistic design, a dystopian riff on 1960s psychedelia that exudes humor and visual flair.

Available on PC and PS5

The forgotten city

A man and woman in what is believed to be an ancient Roman swimsuit stand in front of a swimming pool

What started life as a popular free mod for Skyrim has become a game in its own right this year. Its story centers on a fantastic Roman city in which, if one citizen sins, they all die. While mechanically straightforward, this thoughtful game offers brilliant writing and a research moral core rarely found in games.

Available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S

Forza Horizon 5

A monster truck in a rocky landscape

Anyone with even a passing interest in cars could easily waste days to this giant of an open world racing game. Set in a huge, lush recreation of Mexico, it offers mechanical minutiae for gear heads to tweak, a series of races and drills to undertake, and a thrilling sense of freedom as you climb each hill just to see what comes next. lies beyond.

Available on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S. Also on Xbox Game Pass

Hitman 3

A mysterious man carrying a baseball bat seen from behind in a dark landscape

The last part of the World of Assassination The Stealth Trilogy is exactly what you would expect from the long series: the laconic Agent 47 explores exotic locations with a target in mind and a vast array of ways to take them down. Each level works like a clockwork machine with rhythms you can learn, making each assassination more of a puzzle than a fight.

Available on PC, Nintendo Switch, Stadia, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S

It takes two

Two rows of stars shoot out from the planet Earth

You can’t play It takes two alone because it is about cooperation. Two players take control of each half of a married couple on the verge of collapse, shrunk to the size of dolls and forced to roam the gauntlet of a home environment in a series of imaginative mini-games as they get together. fight to save their love.

Available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S. Also on Xbox Game Pass

At the sea!

A woman in 1930s clothes looks confused

Imagine a mysterious murder of Agatha Christie taking place on a cruise ship from the 1930s, but you are the murderer. From this winning vanity, interactive fiction specialists Inkle have created one of the happiest games of the year, which combines sparkling writing with a range of approaches that are sure to revisit your crime scene. again and again.

Available on PC and Nintendo Switch

Psychonauts 2

A little humanoid figure stands in a room with slogan posters saying things like

The sequel to a cult platform game for 15 years, Psychonauts 2 brings all the humor and narrative pedigree of LucasArts designer Tim Schafer to an inspired psychedelic journey through the human mind. This vibrant track is a joy to play at any age, with story beats that pull on sensitive chords and ask meaningful questions about regret, trauma, and the nature of consciousness.

Available on PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S. Also on Xbox Game Pass

Sable

A figure rides a rocket through a rocky desert landscape

Peaceful open world adventure Sable Deserves a spot on this list for its original visual style alone, a delightful homage to sci-fi comic legend Moebius, but it’s more than pretty scenery. Here’s a game that never tells you where to go, but instead lets you make your own way through its pastel deserts and decide who you want to be.

Available on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S. Also on Xbox Game Pass

Unpacking

A room with unwrapped boxes

This imaginative puzzle game tells the story of a person’s life through objects. You never see or hear your protagonist speak, but when you unpack her things from the boxes in every house she has occupied for over 20 years, those possessions become powerful symbols of character, eloquent of bittersweet melancholy. life transitions.

Available on PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Also on Xbox Game Pass

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