Top 10 Best Video Games of 2021

This list is your passport to the most captivating and groundbreaking games that adorned our screens in 2021. You'll encounter a wide array of games, from the lively universe of "Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury" to the spine-chilling suspense of "Resident Evil: Village". Each game on this list delivers a distinct gaming experience, reflecting the ingenuity and technical excellence of the gaming industry in 2021.
The Top Ten
1 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

This is the only game of 2021 I've played so far, and Bowser's Fury alone is one of the best games I've ever played. I can't wait to see what the rest of 2021 has in store.

I might be a bit biased because I played the original 3D World when I was younger, but this game is just nothing but good vibes, man.

If I were to rank it, it would be in the God tier, like SSS+ or maybe it should have its own god rank.

2 Mario Party Superstars

It's a Mario series, and its playtime is boosted because Super Mario Maker 2 got a total of 10 playing hours. This is my first Mario Party game, and it's great.

This is the only game I've really played from this list! It's very fun, with a little bit of past games mixed in and revamped, along with some new games that elevate gameplay.

3 Metroid Dread

At the moment I am writing this, I have only made one playthrough of Metroid Dread, and it's already an amazing game. It has an interesting enough story, great ambiance and details, amazing visuals, the perfection of Metroid controls, and the greatest combat in the franchise. However, I know I will love this game even more after I do a second playthrough and discover all the secrets and sequence breaks. I think it's safe to say this is the best game of the year, especially considering the other two I consider are remakes.

4 Little Nightmares II

The ending was quite sad. However, I highly recommend it despite how short it is.

This game is awesome. Really charming.

5 Psychonauts 2
6 Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

Okay, I've played five games in 2021 so far, and out of all of them, Nickelodeon All Star Brawl is the game I like the least. The additional content in Bowser's Fury and DDLC Plus absolutely blew me away. Deltarune Chapter 2 is Deltarune Chapter 2, and while Sonic Colors Ultimate, as a rerelease, leaves some things to be desired, it does have some cool new additions. As a game on its own, it allows you to play Sonic Colors, which is in contention with Sonic Mania for being my favorite Sonic game.

That being said, don't think this makes Nickelodeon All Star Brawl a bad game. I just think 2021 is a phenomenal year for gaming, and I haven't even played Metroid Dread yet, so it's just getting better as it goes on. And honestly, despite this game's serious lack of modes, which is my biggest problem with it, the game gets better the more I play. Fighting in this game is incredibly fun, with a surprisingly low skill floor and a very high skill ceiling. I love trying to get better with my Reptar and my broken Catdog. It's also a very cool game to watch other people play and get good at. So yes, it's a very fun game to play competitively, and apparently, it will have more and more content as the game goes on, so it will get better than it is today.

7 Persona 5 Strikers
8 Nier Replicant Ver.1.22474487139...

The remake of NieR Replicant offers a separate perspective from Gestalt and reworks its visuals, voice acting, combat, and some of its gameplay designs. While you can clearly see how much the combat has aged in this game, the rest of it is pretty much what you would want in a NieR game if you played Automata and fell in love with it. Its story is simultaneously some of the most insane and compelling material you're going to find in a video game plot. I truly believe that Yoko Taro has one of the most impressively unique minds in storytelling through the video game format.

9 Resident Evil Village
10 Sonic Colors: Ultimate

Bad port of a good game. Just look at the Switch version of this game, and you will see why.

The Contenders
11 Deltarune Chapter 2

Take what's great about Chapter 1, add better encounters that take better advantage of Deltarune's combat system, and include more interesting things overall. Couple this with a banger OST, and yeah, this game is really, really good.

12 Halo Infinite
13 Hitman 3
14 Forza Horizon 5

The graphics, the hype, the fun, the cars, the music - everything just comes together to form one of the greatest games of all time.

I got the premium version and early access for this one so I can make a short first impressions review early. I love this series so much. It's one of the very few game series out there that doesn't have to change the gameplay formula much but still feels fresh and new with every release.

To keep it simple, FH5 is basically the biggest package the series has had yet. It has the largest map and the most activities to do by far. You'll never get bored in this game because there is so much to do, and you're always being rewarded for whatever you decide to do.

The map rivals the diversity of FH3's Australia, but the roads are easily the best designed here as there is something for every kind of car. Want to drag race? Hit up the drag strip, the absolutely massive highway, or the long airport. Want to do some Baja off-roading? Go straight to the open desert sand dunes, the dense and gorgeous jungles, or the beautiful sand beaches. Want to drift? Head north to the mountains and you'll find a ton of areas to throw it back.

Want to do some raw Pike's Peak-style hill climbs? The giant volcano has two roads designed specifically for that craving, one dirt and one pavement. Like any FH game, the aspect of freedom that it gives you is unhinged. Just take your favorite car from a list of 500 at launch and go.

The graphics in this game also win best of the year, hands down. Environmental details and natural lighting have never looked this astounding. The car handling and physics have very notable improvements. It feels less like you're driving a toy, as in previous Horizons. Now it feels like you're driving a genuinely heavy car, and the details of the cars are noticeably improved, with more lines and reflections popping out.

What I've described here barely scratches the surface of this game. If you're already a fan of this series, chances are you've already decided to buy it. If you've never played this series at all, racing game fan or not,... more

15 Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach
16 New Pokémon Snap
17 WarioWare: Get It Together!
18 Fuga: Melodies of Steel
19 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best platformer since Super Mario Odyssey, and that's saying quite a lot. The only sad thing is that quite a few people won't stop drawing porn art of that new female character introduced in this game (I don't know her name though), which sucks. Overall, if you like platformers, totally buy this game, and don't look up that new female character introduced in this game on Google Images, or else you will be driven insane and disgusted by it. I will end this comment here. Goodbye.

This might end up being my favorite game of the year (pre-Forza Horizon 5, as that game is looking to blow the competition out of the water). Out of all the PS5 games I've played so far, this one surely feels the most "next-gen" out of all of them. I get this feeling directly from how the game looks. It's one of the few games out there where the actual gameplay looks just as spectacular and cinematic as the cutscenes, and both of these transfer between each other flawlessly without any downgrades whatsoever. This, including level design, characterization, and high-octane third-person-shooter gameplay, makes this an absolutely fantastic hit and is surely a must-play for the few current PS5 owners out there.

20 Jurassic World Evolution 2
21 It Takes Two
22 Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

So I played this game, and it was a lot of fun, I finally got to play another pokemon game, my team for my playthrough is easily the best I made since pokemon Sun, it was a fun region to explore... but a lot of those things can probably be said about the original games as well, the game should have tried to replicate more stuff from Platinum, some issues could have been resolved, and there could have been more stuff. In other word, thanks Pokemon BDSP for allowing me to experience Sinnoh for the first time, but please don't make "faithful remakes" next time, and do more of the remakes you used to do, since these were some of the best remakes ever made, without taking the quality of the original games into consideration.

23 Happy Game
24 The Nioh Collection
25 Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania
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