Last year we held our first awards show with winners across several categories. While we enjoyed it, and it aligned well with the rest of the industry, we also felt it left too many games unrecognized. Additionally, being a group that enjoys a vast array of games, we felt it wasn’t representative of our personal preferences.
So for 2021, in addition to recognizing a few categories, we decided give you a glimpse at each of the SG Contributors’ favorite games. What a year for games it was!
Highest Rated Game of the Year
The first game to receive a 10 from our outlet since 2018 (Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War), Forza Horizon 5 stunned the industry. It is widely regarded as not only one of the greatest racing games of all-time, but simply a spectacular overall game.
Highest Rated Indie Title
In this category, we have a tie! Both Little Nightmares 2 and Narita Boy were two of our highest rated overall games of the year.
Little Nightmares 2 was an incredible follow-up to the original which improved upon it in notable ways while telling a very meaningful story.
Narita Boy surprised us with excellent combat, a surprisingly touching story, and a memorable synthwave soundtrack.
Most Recognized by the SG Staff
After a six year hiatus and year delay, the Master Chief returned in 2021 with a stellar campaign and industry leading multiplayer gameplay. Out of all the fantastic games released in 2021, it’s the game that showed up most often near the top of our staff’s lists.
After years in development and a lot of anticipation, Battlefield 2042 sadly launched with a wealth of issues, bugs, and disappointing gameplay. To our team, it’s a game that clearly needed more development time. We hope that it continues to evolve in 2022, and grows into an experience we love.
The Full List of the SG Crew’s Favorite Games of the Year
As you can see, our staff enjoys a very wide array of games which we believe gives the group notable insight into nearly all genres and platforms. It also highlights just how fantastic of a year 2021 was for games. From top-tier AAA experiences to unforgettable indies, 2021 had it all. And 2022 looks to be even better…