As we rushed through the last few days of 2021, surrounded by major versions like Halo: Infinite and Battlefield 2042, plus major updates like Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific, it’s a good time to review the massive emergence of games. Came earlier this year. The moment of thought reminded me of the great successes of 2021, such as Valheim, Hitman 3, Forza Horizon 5, Chivalry 2, Back for Blood, Deathloop, and so on.
although Many game delays in 2021 (How does it feel to create An overcrowded 2022 Coming soon), this is a great year for games. But there is only so much room in our organic RAM to remember all the content released this year. Let’s review a few games launched in 2021 that you may have forgotten.
Mrs. Dimitrescu has stood out in horror films this year, not only because she is over 9 feet tall: Resident Evil Village It is not only an excellent horror game, but also one of the best games of the year.But don’t sleep medium Just because it came out in January. The invisible horror/puzzle-solving game has the sharpest writing and performance in years, and is full of complex heroes, monsters and themes. This is an excellent third-person horror game that any horror enthusiast should play, and it is also the most ambitious endeavor of the Bloober Team to date.——Chris Livingston
Balan Wonderland-March 26
More like Square Enix games you want you to forget, Balan Wonderworld is one of the strangest things launched by a large publisher in years. This is a 3D platform game with two big names behind it: former Sonic Team boss Yuji Naka and Sonic character designer Naoto Ohshima. The excitement of Naka making big budget 3D platform games is rarely seen outside of Mario these days. Once the Balan Wonderworld demo appeared, it almost disappeared, revealing a one-click control scheme that drives players crazy.The rest of the game is full of puzzling dance figures and other strange ideas that don’t really pay off (such as charging a full $60), winning Balan Wonderworld Average review rating 50. If you remember it, it’s probably because you watched a YouTube video to understand how bad it was.
Naka left Square Enix a few weeks after the release, saying he might retire. coin. ——Weissfenlong, Senior Editor
Good guy, Pioneer. That’s a pleasure A week in my life. I remember people are confused about whether it is a service game. It was never designed as a “forever” game with seasonal updates, although it is forgivable that you will be confused due to the many similarities between Outriders and Destiny.
I think the whole thing is very boring, but Outriders was very popular in April, mainly because the non-independent games in the first half of 2021 were very boring (it was also launched on Xbox Game Pass). The event has a beautiful sky box, which makes each floor a series of narrow corridors even more disappointing. It also has some very cool guns, most of which are only available after you play 90% of the game. It feels like a game pulled directly from 2006, as if it should be a sci-fi alternative to Gears of War. Outriders also had major loot errors and server issues at launch, which may have reduced interest in the game faster than People Can Fly hoped. ——Morgan Park, contributing writer
Cozy Grove-April 27
We are still waiting for the real “Animal Crossing” competitor to land on PC, and Cozy Grove is not quite it.But it is a charming and gentle life simulation game, it is definitely worth your time, and it is pleasant enough, it is optimized to only play for one or two hours a day, so it will not deliberately suck all your time. You play the role of a camper on the island, which is full of ghosts of friendly animals such as bears and foxes. You can help them complete some small tasks and housework, and discover their interesting stories, and at the same time bring life back to the camper’s paradise. Cozy Grove has a lovely artistic style and enough missions and side missions to keep you busy for a few months-every day for a little while. I don’t want to see it being ignored in a bunch of games coming this year.——Chris Livingston
Copy of Neal. 1.22474487139…-April 23
NieR is the definition of a sleeper. The initial response in 2010 was tepid, and it was well deserved to be re-evaluated after its popular sequel Automata. Replica 1.22 (etc.) Yoko Taro’s peculiar sentimental action role-playing game is available for the first time on a PC outside of simulation. It has a new ending, as well as a young version of the nominal protagonist, previously only seen in the PS3 version of the game in Japan.
A few weeks later, a remake of the beloved seventh-generation RPG game followed suit Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, Since then, I haven’t seen a lot of buzz about NieR Replicant, except for some recognition for the OST of the Game Awards. I am finally back, let this old love break my heart again, and I encourage anyone who is interested to join me. ——Ted Lichfield, freelance writer
When Scavengers launched in May, it felt like it might be the next big thing in Battle Royale. It has a dynamic open world that is easier to learn than games like PUBG, and there are many ways to win that are related to survival and exploration, rather than killing every player on the map. In addition, it has a very interesting multiplayer game mode that can cram thousands of players into the game at the same time. On the first day of Early Access, the demand was so high that the keys were actually used up. Things look bright.
But after that big start, many players Didn’t stay for a long time, Quoting errors, hacks, unbalanced process systems, and problems with game endings. “Each game boils down to the last 5 minutes or less, first come first served, first arrival, see who can set it up first,” the Steam comment wrote. However, it is still in the early access stage and is free, so I hope there is still time to correct the ship and get players back. ——Chris Livingston, feature film producer
Chicory: A Colorful Story-June 10
endive Sliding into the middle of this year, although the competition is not fierce, it has not received as much attention as I thought. This Zelda-like game weaves burnout, self-doubt and imposter syndrome into a story about a dog who can only paint around. This is a small vibrant world with brave characters named after food. It is creative, resonant, can be played in cooperatives, and has a cheerful and moving soundtrack. There is really no reason to skip it. —Taylor Korp, Associate Editor
It is difficult to release a brisk game in the middle of the year-perhaps even more difficult is to make another Metroid stand out from the crowd. Despite the rave reviews and the feeling of a dark soul, Grime’s August release was very quiet, and you might just miss it. But it is an excellent action role-playing game, with challenging battles and platforms, and with some ingenious twists and turns, such as live weapons that can be mutated to have new forms and functions. The wonderful soundtrack and bizarre and surreal world make Grime different from the piles of Galactic Castlevania released every year.——Chris Livingston
Deltarune Chapter 2-September 17
Undertale is a phenomenon, a (mainly) personal project that made fans happy in 2015, and its cultural footprint Unbelievable. Toby Fox and a small team have been pushing the follow-up, Deltarune, its second chapter is released free Come back in September. Deltarune provides the same alternative humor as Fox’s expertise, as well as surprising and moving storylines, as well as more refined and fulfilling JRPG-style gameplay. Deltarune has received some well-deserved attention, but it is still in progress and was somewhat lost in the noisy and eventful fall release season shuffle. ——Ted Lichfield, freelance writer
FIST: Forged in the Shadow Torch-October 3
Maybe it’s not the best idea to release a Metroid-inspired game that is so close to Metroid Dread. FIST was quickly overshadowed by the series that inspired it, but in all respects, it was a really good time.and Wow, Is it onlookers. 2D standalone Metroidvanias with pixel art appear on PC every month, but I have never seen it like this. FIST uses Unreal Engine 4 and includes some Nvidia-specific technologies such as DLSS and RTX ray tracing. The novelty of Metroidvania with such exquisite graphics can take me a long way, but this Steam critic has a better suggestion on why you should take another look at FIST: “The cute rabbit pulls out the piledriver.” —Wes Fenlon, Senior Editor