2021 was somewhat of a disappointing year for video games, we got a number of really good games but nothing stellar, at least not when you compare to the previous years. Sony Interactive Entertainment released a couple of great exclusives and a few anti-consumer remas…I mean Director’s Cuts. Microsoft released three of best games this year and continued to build on the incredible value of Game Pass, which somehow ended up in Game Pass winning “Game of the Year” from a number of websites, which makes sense given how many times Netflix has won the “Best Picture” award. Then there’s Nintendo who finally improved their online subscription service by releasing, or rather drip feeding, N64 games with somewhat questionable emulation for an increased price. Finally, we have Stadia…which lived another year I guess. Anyway, here’s the best of 2021.

Best Action: Returnal

Runner Up: Monster Hunter Rise

Community Award: Returnal

Best Adventure: Resident Evil Village

Runner Up: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Community Award: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Art Direction: Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

Runner Up: Samurai Warriors 5

Community Award: Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

Best Dancing / Rhythm: Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story

Runner Up: Everhood

Community Award: Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story

Best Expansion: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Runner Up: Genshin Impact 2.0

Community Award: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Best Fighter: Guilty Gear -Strive-

Runner Up: Melty Blood: Type Lumina

Community Award: Guilty Gear -Strive-

Best First Person Shooter: BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Runner Up: Halo Infinite

Community Award: BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Best Indie: Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

Runner Up: Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Community Award: Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

Best Mobile: Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier

Runner Up: Fantasian

Community Award: Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier

Best Multiplayer: It Takes Two

Runner Up: Monster Hunter Rise

Community Award: New World

Best Narrative: Resident Evil Village

Runner Up: Tales of Arise

Community Award: Resident Evil Village

Best Ongoing: Final Fantasy XIV

Runner Up: Genshin Impact

Community Award: Final Fantasy XIV

Best Platformer / Puzzle: Psychonauts 2

Runner Up: Little Nightmares II

Community Award: Little Nightmares II

Best Performance: Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu

Runner Up: Takuya Kimura as Takayuki Yagami

Community Award: Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu

Best Racing: Forza Horizon 5

Runner Up: F1 2021

Community Award: Forza Horizon 5

Best Remake: Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind

Runner Up: Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir

Community Award: Oddworld: Soulstorm

Best Remaster: Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

Runner Up: Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Community Award: Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

Best Role-Playing: Tales of Arise

Runner Up: Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Community Award: Tales of Arise

Best Simulation / Strategy: Jurassic World Evolution 2

Runner Up: Age of Empires IV

Community Award: Jurassic World Evolution 2

Best Soundtrack: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Runner Up: Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

Community Award: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Best Sport: F1 2021

Runner Up: Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game

Community Award: F1 2021

Best Survival / Horror: Resident Evil Village

Runner Up: Little Nightmares II

Community Award: Resident Evil Village

Best Visuals: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Runner Up: Resident Evil Village

Community Award: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Visual Novel: Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

Runner Up: Root Film

Community Award: Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

Best VR / AR: Resident Evil 4 VR

Runner Up: Synth Riders

Community Award: Resident Evil 4 VR

Best PS4 Game: Resident Evil Village

Runner Up: Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

Community Award: Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

Best PS5 Game: Resident Evil Village

Runner Up: Returnal

Community Award: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best PC Game: Resident Evil Village

Runner Up: Forza Horizon 5

Community Award: Resident Evil Village

Best Switch Game: Metroid Dread

Runner Up: Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Community Award: Metroid Dread

Best Xbox One Game: Resident Evil Village

Runner Up: Forza Horizon 5

Community Award: Halo Infinite

Best Xbox Series Game: Resident Evil Village

Runner Up: Forza Horizon 5

Community Award: Forza Horizon 5

Game of the Year: Resident Evil Village

Runner Up: Returnal

Community Award: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Developer of the Year: Capcom

Runner Up: Housemarque

Community Award: Capcom

Most Anticipated Game: Elden Ring

Runner Up: God of War Ragnarok

Community Award: Elden Ring

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