DualShockers’ Favorite Games of 2021 – Kyle’s Top 10

With only a few days left of 2021, it’s time to reflect on some of my personal favorite games of the year. Although it’s been a tough time for many due to the ongoing pandemic, you can always count on video games to give you that little escape from reality.

Whether it’s teaming up with Rivet to take on Doctor Nefarious in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, or raging at the incredibly difficult but addicting Returnal, 2021 really has had something for everyone.

So, here are my top ten favorite games of 2021, some of which weren’t actually released this year, but still snuck into my favorite titles of the year for one reason or another!

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Fans have started to think the constant re-releases are a bit of a joke, with everyone begging Rockstar to just announce GTA 6 already. But after the catastrophe that was Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, I thought I’d dive back into the single-player and experience to remind myself what a good GTA game actually feels like.

Rockstar might be in the bad books at the minute with the failure of the GTA Trilogy, constantly pushing GTA Online and Shark Cards down our throats, and lack of GTA 6 news, but boy they sure know how to make a great game.

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the greatest single-player experiences in gaming and the only negative thing I can say about it is that I wish they gave us more.

4. Call of Duty: Vanguard

The Call of Duty series has become very similar to marmite, you either love it…or absolutely hate it. For me, I’ve loved Call of Duty since the original Modern Warfare. But I’ll happily admit the golden age of the franchise has long gone, with Black Ops 2 being the last truly amazing Call of Duty game.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Modern Warfare reboot back in 2019 and along with the release of Warzone, my love for the series was revitalized. Until Treyarch released Black Ops Cold War, who thought that was a good idea?

But nevertheless, with Vanguard being incredibly similar to 2019’s Modern Warfare in terms of gameplay, I knew Activision had me wrapped around their pinky again. Although still a little buggy, I find myself playing Vanguard’s Multiplayer for hours on end, it’s addicting, fast-paced, and skill-based matchmaking doesn’t feel as aggressive as previous titles. It’s just a shame the launch of Warzone Pacific was such a damn mess.

3. Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village turned into a game that I just couldn’t stop thinking about. All of my free evenings became devoted to the latest instalment in the classic franchise.

I was convinced that I wouldn’t enjoy Resident Evil Village as much as Biohazard, but it delivered everything I loved about the previous entry and more. I do wish it leaned slightly more into the “horror” tone that worked so perfectly in Biohazard, but the non-stop action and amazing boss fights had me completely hooked.

2. Mafia: Definitive Edition

I know Mafia: Definitive Edition was released towards the backend of 2020, but I never got round to picking it up until the start of 2021. I never played the original Mafia and in some ways, I’m glad about that.

Of course, as this was a remake of an almost 20-year-old game, it didn’t blow me away in terms of features or mindblowing gameplay. The thing that really got me hooked into Mafia: Definitive Edition was the story, mainly because I’m a sucker for the 1930s and 40s gangster genre.

Similar to Resident Evil Village, Mafia: Definitive Edition turned into one of those games that you just can’t stop thinking about, all I wanted to do was find out exactly how Tommy Angelo’s story was going to end and experience the incredibly fun chaos along the way.

1. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Without a doubt in my mind, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is my personal game of the year for 2021. In my official review I scored it a 9/10 and said that it was “the most visually gratifying game I’ve played on a PlayStation 5”, and I still stand by every word.

I definitely didn’t put the most amount of hours into Rift Apart compared to other games on this list, but it stood out the most to me. Insomniac Games perfectly combined a mix of old and new, managing to simultaneously take you back to your childhood whilst giving you a fresh experience with unbelievable next-gen features. I urge everyone who owns a PS5 to pick up a copy of Rift Apart because it’ll be some of the best fun you have with a next-gen console.

Check out the rest of DualShocker’s staff Top 10 lists below and our Offical Game of the Year Awards winners:

December 20: Jo Craig (Staff Writer)

December 21: Natalie Schmidt (Freelance Writer)

December 22: Dean James (Freelance Staff Writer)

December 25: Shivam Gulati (Senior Staff Writer)

December 26: Mehrdad Khayyat (Senior Staff Writer)

December 27: Md Armughanuddin (Head of Content- India)

December 28: Iyane Agossah (Head of Japanese Content)

December 29: Rachael Fiddis (Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations)

December 30: Sam Woods (Managing Editor and EIC)

December 31: Game of the Year Awards 2021 Official Winners Revealed

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