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    Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2021

    2021 may have kicked off with a slower-than-usual start thanks to numerous big delays, but that doesn’t mean we still haven’t been treated to a fair share of quality releases. Whether you’re looking to get the most of out of your PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S or still enjoying your PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, or PC, we’ve evaluated many of 2021’s most noteworthy games to help guide you towards the best of the best. What highly anticipated games met our expectations? Which under-the-radar indies deserve your attention? You can find the answers to those questions right here. 

    Below you’ll find a list of the top scoring games of 2021, beginning with the top scorer and going down. Any game that scores between a 10 and an 8.5 makes the cut. Each entry also features a small blurb and a link to the full review. We’ll update the list with eligible titles as the year progresses, so be sure to bookmark this page if you ever need recommendations on what to play next. Have fun!

    9.5

    Returnal

    A deadly alien planet is a playground for your senses and curiosity. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5

    Release Date:
    April 30, 2021

    9.25

    It Takes Two

    Hazelight’s cooperative adventure is clever, different, and loads of fun. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:
    March 26, 2021


    Little Nightmares II

    This impressive follow-up builds on its predecessor with emotional gut punches and unnerving visuals that stick with you. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:

    February 11, 2021 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC), (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)


    Resident Evil Village

    Village doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to horror, but a consistent rollout of new weapons and tools makes it hard to walk away from these terrors. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:
    May 7, 2021


    Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

    By bundling one of the best 3D Mario games with an all-new adventure, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a compelling package for all fans of the Nintendo mascot. Read review

    Platforms: Switch

    Release Date:
    February 12, 2021


    Tales of Arise

    Flashy combat, dynamic characters, and a masterfully realized game world make Tales of Arise one of the best JRPG experiences of the year. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:
    September 10, 2021


    Yakuza: Like A Dragon

    With the launch of Like A Dragon on PS5, read about how this fantastic turn-based RPG captures the essence of what came before while setting out on its own journey. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:

    November 10, 2020 (Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), March 2, 2021 (PlayStation 5)

    9

    Death’s Door

    Death’s Door marries fine-tuned hack n’ slash action with a cool world ripe with secrets to unravel. The result is an entertaining, densely-packed trip to the other side. Read review

    Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:
    July 20, 2021


    Deathloop

    Deathloop is a bloody, chaotic mess. A mess you will fail at over and over until finally, you succeed. And that success – the result of hours of experimentation, iteration, and knowledge – makes for one of the best games of the year. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, PC

    Release Date:
    September 14, 2021


    Devotion

    Devotion is terrifying experience backed by a compelling narrative that has a new lease on life after spending two years removed from sale. Horror fans would do well not to miss it a second time. Read review

    Platforms: PC

    Release Date:
    February 19, 2019


    Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

    The Final Cut opens this strange world up to a wave of new superstar detectives on console, and the additions provide a rewarding return trip for the rest of us.  Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Switch, Stadia, PC

    Release Date:

    March 30, 2021 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, PC), 2021 (Xbox Series X/S, Switch)


    Dodgeball Academia

    This goofy and energetic sports RPG with the soul of a Shonen anime passes with flying colors. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:
    August 5, 2021


    Ghosts ‘n Goblins: Resurrection

    This retro revival is challenging, fun, and worth playing twice. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:

    February 25, 2021 (Switch), June 1, 2021 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)


    Hitman 3

    Every mission in the final arc is a statement, demonstrating a mastery of level design and a willingness to subvert expectations laid out five years ago. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC

    Release Date:
    January 20, 2021


    Mass Effect Legendary Edition

    Even all these years later, Commander Shepard is a powerful force that lives up to their iconic status, and the trilogy is still captivating and worth your time. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:
    May 14, 2021


    Outriders

    Outriders lived up to every single expectation I had and then some. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:
    April 1, 2021


    Psychonauts 2

    Double Fine has crafted an artistic journey that impresses at almost every turn in unexpected ways. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:
    August 25, 2021


    Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

    Insomniac Games’ latest sequel roars with excitement and shows us what PlayStation 5 is capable of. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5

    Release Date:
    June 11, 2021


    Subnautica: Below Zero

    This second dive into an alien sea delivers a continual sense of wonder with huge discoveries backed by a strong story. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:
    May 14, 2021


    The Forgotten City

    Extensive player choice fuels a mystery that pays off in big ways. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:

    July 28, 2021 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), 2021 (Switch)

    8.75

    Chicory: A Colorful Tale

    Chicory might look like a coloring book, but, at heart, it’s a Zelda-inspired adventure full of humorous dialogue. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac

    Release Date:
    June 10, 2021


    Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

    Episode Intermission plays like a dream thanks to Yuffie’s high-speed and nuanced combat skills, alluring optional activites, and visual/performance upgrades on PlayStation 5. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5

    Release Date:
    June 10, 2021


    Griftlands

    Klei’s fun and challenging card mechanics are backed up by great characters and elaborate worldbuilding. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:
    June 4, 2020


    Scarlet Nexus

    Bandai Namco constructs a stylish and compelling fantasy that’s all about the combat. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:
    June 25, 2021


    The Nioh Collection

    Experience Nioh and Nioh 2’s remastered versions in a complete package on PlayStation 5. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5

    Release Date:
    February 5, 2021


    Wildermyth

    Story, style, and strategy come together in one whimsical package. Read review

    Platforms: PC

    Release Date:

    8.5

    Before Your Eyes

    Before Your Eyes puts its unique blinking mechanic to great use, offering a novel and fun method of interacting with this memorable, bittersweet tale. Read review

    Platforms: PC

    Release Date:
    April 8, 2021


    Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

    A return to the unique brand of ‘90s platforming that put Crash Bandicoot on the map. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:

    October 2, 2020 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), March 12, 2021 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch)


    Dreamscaper

    Explore the depths of your dreams in this engaging roguelike. Read review

    Platforms: Switch, PC

    Release Date:
    August 5, 2021


    Eastward

    A spectacular soundtrack and stunning sights await you on this vibrant journey. Read review

    Platforms: Switch, PC

    Release Date:
    September 16, 2021


    Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

    Ender Lilies doesn’t break the mold for Metroidvanias, but its engrossing gameplay and eye-catching presentation serves a great example of how to execute them well. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:

    June 22, 2021 (Switch, PC), June 28, 2021 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One), July 20, 2021 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4)


    F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch

    This bionic bunny’s adventure packs an impressive wallop. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC

    Release Date:

    September 7, 2021 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4), TBA (PC)


    Hades

    Supergiant’s excellent roguelike is releasing on new-gen platforms, and if you haven’t played it yet, it’s the perfect time to take a trip to hell. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:

    September 17, 2020 (Switch, PC), August 13, 2021 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)


    Knockout City

    With a fun core, approachable gameplay, and intense rubber-ball firefights, Knockout City lets everyone get in on the enjoyable dodgeball action. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:
    May 21, 2021


    Life is Strange: True Colors

    You’ll root for Alex Chen, and feel good about helping shape her path forward. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC

    Release Date:
    September 10, 2021


    Loop Hero

    A roguelite dungeon manager simulation that keeps you coming back for more, Loop Hero makes hours fly by. Read review

    Platforms: Switch, PC

    Release Date:

    March 4, 2021 (PC), 2021 (Switch)


    MLB The Show 21

    Sony’s long-running baseball series impress on the diamond yet again, but doesn’t deliver many new experiences. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Release Date:
    April 20, 2021


    Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin

    Wings of Ruin is a great entry point to the Monster Hunter series while having plenty of monster fun for veterans to enjoy. Read review

    Platforms: Switch, PC

    Release Date:
    July 9, 2021


    New Pokémon Snap

    New Pokémon Snap delivers all the thrills of the original game, but that throwback spirit isn’t the only part of the experience that will give you a feeling of déjà vu. Read review

    Platforms: Switch

    Release Date:
    April 30, 2021


    Olija

    Tight gameplay, fun exploration, and an alluring atmosphere turn a disastrous voyage into a rewarding expedition. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

    Release Date:
    January 28, 2021


    Persona 5 Strikers

    Even if the action of Strikers is very different, the spirit and heart of the mainline series carries into this enjoyable sequel. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch, PC

    Release Date:
    February 23, 2021


    Ratropolis

    A satisfying romp as you restore glory to your rodent empire, defend against waves of flavorful foes, and recruit colorful companions. Read review

    Platforms: PC

    Release Date:
    December 22, 2020


    The Artful Escape

    The Artful Escape is a gorgeous experience that makes you feel like a star, but challenge-seekers may need to look elsewhere. Read review

    Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

    Release Date:
    September 9, 2021


    Young Souls

    Young Souls may not shatter the mold for beat ’em ups, but its well-designed combat and impressive presentation make it a stand-out. Read review

    Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC

    Release Date:

    August 17, 2021 (Stadia), 2021 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

     

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