Actually, I save the review of the past gaming year for the Christmas holidays if possible. There are usually no more exciting new releases, you will hopefully have something to browse on during your holiday, and together we can look forward to the coming gaming year.

There could still be such a final review article. But I already have a great need to talk to you about 2021. For one, because recently at the Golden Joystick Awards Resident Evil Village was voted best game in 2021 at best. On the other hand, I wanted mine Nominations for the Steam Awards only to find out with surprise that there are hardly any games from 2021 that I think are worthy of a nomination.

I was surprised because this year I had a lot of fun playing up and down a lot of stuff. When I go through the games on my hard drives, however, I mainly see a) online role-playing games such as WoW, Final Fantasy 14 or The Elder Scrolls Online, which by their nature always get new content, and b) various games that were released before 2021 that I just wanted to catch up on.

On the PC, for example, these were Cyberpunk 2077, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, Mortal Shell, Marvel’s Avengers or Death Stranding. On the Playstation 5, which was purchased this year, the remake of Demon’s Souls, Astro’s Playroom, Sackboy: A Big Adventure (all from 2020) and various titles from the PS Plus Collection (Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human, God of War) were shown , The Last Guardian and Ratchet and Clank).

Trailer introduces the PlayStation Plus Collection for the PS5

If we add the various new editions of old classics that were released in 2021 (especially Diablo 2: Resurrected, WoW: Burning Crusade Classic, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, NieR Replicant Ver. 1.22 … or the Skyrim Anniversary Edition), then you will find them Not so many titles on my “Have I played in 2021” list that actually appeared new and unused this year.

The “highlights” from 2021

Surprisingly I liked “Age of Empires 4”, for example, which I still start every now and then to continue the campaign or to fight a multiplayer battle with my lady. We two had and still have a lot of fun with the friendly co-op pecking in “It Takes Two”. And right now we’re playing “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” together on the PS5 (if the kids let us), which has an unusually wonderful focus on the single-player story experience and could ultimately be my game of the year 2021.

However, the following applies to all these “highlights”: In a really good gaming year such as 2017 (with Persona 5, Nier: Automata, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Horizon : Zero Dawn) these games wouldn’t even have made it into the top 5.

Game highlights of the year: The best PC games of 2017

This is even less true for all the “okay to good” games from 2021, such as The Medium, Resident Evil Village, Biomutant, Humankind, The Ascent and, most recently, Battlefield 2042. Forza Horizon 5 struggled with streaming problems on my computer, which is why it flew off the record straight away. Jurassic World Evolution 2, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Deathloop, Life is Strange: True Colors, Valheim and one or two other titles I definitely want to catch up at some point – maybe I missed “Game of the Year” quality here ?!

With Star Wars: The Old Republic – The Legacy of the Sith, Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker and Halo Infinite, there are still three potential smashers ahead of their launch that could make me look back on the year 2021 more forgivingly. Also positive: it is already clear that the gaming year 2022 should be significantly better. In the course of the beta phases for Elden Ring and Lost Ark, we were even able to sniff at two potential highlights.

Elden Ring | PREVIEW | The best fantasy world since Breath of the Wild?

In the List of games the buffed crew is looking forward to the most, you will also find other games to be released in the coming year: Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, for example, Elex 2 or Forspoken. We also really want to play God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Total War: Warhammer 3 and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands! Plus Starfield, Dying Light 2 and A Plague Tale: Requiem … and let’s see: Perhaps more games for 2022 will be announced at the Game Awards on December 9th. I tell you: Something’s going on in the coming year!

How do you rate the gaming year 2021 so far? Is Resident Evil Village a Game of the Year Award? Do you have any other favorites? Are you looking forward to 2022? Let us know in the comments!

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