Well 2021… what a year. From a personal point of view for me it was awful and I’m glad to see the back of it for many reasons; from a games perspective it was a good one, so I thought I’d share my top 5 from last year. They may not all have been released in 2021, but I’m basing it solely on what I have played over the last 12 months. After all, that many games come out I simply don’t have the time or funds to buy and play them all! These are in no particular order mind, and there isn’t a winner at the bottom, so no skipping to the end.
The first one in my games of 2021 was technically a 2020 release, but it did get a revised edition in 2021, and it’s Final Fantasy VII Remake. I loved this, as you will have noticed on my previous Let’s Talk article covering it. It honoured the past whilst bringing it to a modern audience, the game play was brilliant throughout, and this is only part 1. I really hope part 2 lands this year, but I feel that’s wishful thinking on my part. It’s very rare that a remake lands successfully in the modern era, but this one sure did.
Next up is Resident Evil VIllage. Let’s be honest, after the horror show that was RE6 we all wondered if Capcom could save the franchise. However, in the past few years they have shown it’s not dead… it’s more alive than anything. RE7 got the franchise back on track, the RE2 Remake was a perfectly blended herb bringing it into the modern era. Village mixed what many regard as the best of Resident Evil 4 with 7 and has some of the best atmosphere in gaming history (as well as the most searched vampire lady too). It blended horror and action nicely, and leaves the franchise open for more if Capcom can keep the streak of quality going.
Swinging in as the next entry in my games of 2021 is Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales where Insomniac are just on a roll if we’re being honest. I can’t even recall a bad game they’ve done. One of my only concerns I had with this initially was its length, but that was quickly forgotten. It was plenty long enough and told its own story, and is well worth experiencing in its own right. Miles added new elements to the combat as well, of course, as a new Spider-Man, and I hope we get to see him return in the next entry as there is more to be told I suspect. I enjoyed it so much I got the platinum trophy which isn’t something I often do. It also looked stunning and showed the PS5’s new tech brilliantly.
Another gem now by Insomniac… I’ll give you a moment to guess… Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. If any game can ever show how good and powerful the PS5 is then it’s this! Cutscenes to gameplay are near impossible to tell apart; the game is so colourful and vibrant it nearly hurts your eyes; and it’s damn good fun too! It’s a shame it took so long to get another entry in the franchise, but it was worth the wait. The levels were all interesting, as was the new character Rivet, and let’s just hope the next one doesn’t take as long to appear.
Last then, but certainly not least, is Halo Infinite. Chief’s return certainly had a bumpy journey, from the initial reveal (poor Craig) to the delay due to Covid, and other factors. People did have doubts, myself included. We got the multiplayer dropped first in beta form earlier than planned, and it was very polished, more so than any beta I’ve experienced before. It’s Halo of old and it’s bloody brilliant. It’s easily the best online shooter of 2021 and the only online shooter to pull me away from Apex Legends, which takes some doing in my case! Then in December we got the campaign. It doesn’t top Halo Reach story-wise as for me that’s the best, but it’s not far off. We get the great Halo combat with some awesome character moments with Chief and The Weapon, even if it doesn’t make much sense over all, and you can see the changes with him to show interesting character development. As usual leaves it open so more is coming I suspect.
That’s my top 5 games of 2021, and there are of course what some may say are noticeable omissions such as Returnal, Deathloop, Guardians of The Galaxy, Forza Horizon 5, etc… but as I’ve mentioned – I can’t play everything! I’m currently giving Deathloop a shot, and maybe it will make my list this year, who knows? It would be nice to hear your top 5 so leave a comment, and here’s to more gaming in 2022!