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- We’ve compiled a list of the 11 best video games released in 2021.
- This year delivered tons of great games, especially those fine-tuned for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
- Industry setbacks led to major delays this year, but that gave indie games space to thrive too.
Despite rolling delays and setbacks for developers, 2021 still delivered some of the best games we’ve seen in years, whether it was successful sequels like Resident Evil Village and Forza Horizon 5, or debut titles like It Takes Two and Deathloop. Indie games like Valheim brought in millions of players while major studios made some of their biggest releases free to play, like Microsoft’s Halo Infinite.
With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles now a year old, we also saw games that made full use of their powerful hardware, like Microsoft Flight Simulator and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Nintendo had a relatively quiet year with multiple remasters released for the Switch, but Metroid Dread revived one of the company’s iconic franchises.
Below, we’ve selected the 11 best games released in 2021, with a quick breakdown of what made each one special. PlayStation and Xbox games are available cross-platform (e.g., PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox X/S) unless specified.