As 2021 draws to a close, gamers around the world look back on the past year and reflect on the best the industry has to offer. Specifically, it’s time Game of the year season, a creamy celebration of crops from yesteryear. NS Nominated for Game of the Year was recently revealed, a list narrowed down to: Deathloop, It Takes Two, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Metroid Dread, Psychonauts 2 and Resident Evil Village. Each game was a standout title for its respective genre and received universal acclaim from critics.
Of course, this shortlist doesn’t include every quality game coming out in 2021, unfortunately many other solid titles aren’t making the cut. This is not to eliminate any finals Game of the year nominations, as every game mentioned deserves a place on the list. However, it should be pointed out that some other games have dropped in price just a bit, give them an honorable mention before the year ends.
In what is the first major PS5 exclusive since the console’s launch, Profit made the audience admire when returning in April this year. Similar to Deathloopday cycle repeats and the same factors, Profit Traps the player in a never-ending loop of living the same sequence over and over again. This is a complicated concept to implement and can run the risk of feeling extremely repetitive, however developer Housemarque has proven it’s not up to the task.
Profit great use of its concept to create an engaging premise and addictive gameplay rounds that push players to learn the rules of its world and improve every attempt. It doesn’t hurt that Profit also boasts some bright next-gen refinements that make great use of the horsepower in the PS5 to provide a visual feast for the eyes. Sony made the wisest move to acquire Housemarque as a studio, as the team clearly has a lot of talent to show off in the near future.
Another April release, Nier Replicant is a remake of the 2010 original, bringing with it a much-needed improvement in terms of visuals and gameplay. While the original Nier the game isn’t bad by any means, it has shown its age in some respects, which publisher Square Enix has thankfully noticed. Borrowed heavily from acclaimed critics Nier Automata in 2017, Nier Replicant has a better style and more satisfying combat when compared to its predecessor.
Unfortunately, similar to Profit above, this title was released back in April which may have affected its chances of being nominated. Many other great games have hit the shelves since then and despite being well received, Nier Replicant may have been a bit forgotten, time to pick some Nominated Game of the Year. So while the game received some recognition at this year’s show, earning a nomination for Best Music, the overall award was Nier miss out for this awesome action title.
Forza Horizon 5
Besides Halo Infinite, perhaps no other Xbox exclusive has garnered as much hype this year as Forza Horizon 5. The latest installment in the hugely successful racing series, Forza Horizon 5 has great graphics and an unprecedented number of game modes and customization options. It has been hailed as an extremely polished experience, even scoring perfect overall from several publications.
Sadly, even with this undying praise for latest in Forza Franchising, it’s just not enough to earn a place in the best of the past year. Although this rejection can be a surprise and a disappointment, Forza Horizon 5 is a winner in his own right, has captured the attention of fans around the world and delivers hours of racing fun.
If Profit and Nier Replicant may have been forgotten when it was released in April, then Hitman 3The January launch makes its chances even worse. This is not a bit about the overall quality of the game, like Hitman 3 was praised a lot arguably the best installment in the entire series. The nearly limitless number of methods and strategies the player can bring to each mission is astounding, resulting in a level of detail not commonly found in many games.
Similar to other titles in this article, Hitman 3 not entirely absent from the Game Awards, winning a nomination is one of the Best VR/AR title of 2021. It’s a pity that Agent 47’s latest adventure didn’t quite make the cut one of the year’s best, but with a talented studio behind IP, perhaps the next arrival of he will be able to shortlist a point in the future.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Consider that Kena: Bridge of Spirits As Ember Lab’s first game, it didn’t receive a Game of the Year nomination that wouldn’t dampen the studio’s morale. All things considered, what the developer managed to do with the game is outstanding, especially its first major project. Kena: Bridge of Spirits boasts some of the best graphics ever seen in next generation of games, and also has some solid foundation and puzzle sequences.
The game will be represented in categories like Best Indie Game and Best Art Direction, so Ember Laboratories should be prouder to stand among other adventure game players with its first title. If this is the amount a developer can hit on his first niche attempt, exciting possibilities are sure to come in the years to come.
Monster Hunter: Rise up
Nintendo has been shortlisted for games with Metroid Dread, but other majors Nintendo Switch name from 2021 well deserved to secure that nomination. Monster Hunter Rise is exclusive to the console (not counting the PC release), making it all the more impressive in terms of its jam-packed and stunning engineering.
The game is arguably the best visual presentation of any major AAA game on the platform, with impressive scope for each region and tons of on-screen action. Monster Hunter Rise, like the others above, not completely forgotten, received nominations for Best RPG and Most Multiplayer. Provided the stars align in its favor, perhaps the game will easily wipe out those two prizes.
The Games Awards revealed a plethora of contenders today across a variety of categories, and while several games dominated, Tales of Arise suffered a crushing flop.
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