TOP 5 | Games from 2021

TOP 5 | Games from 2021


Game 1 – Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade
While most who pick up Final Fantasy 7 Intergrade will no doubt be playing it for the first time, those who’ve played the remake on the PS4 already will definitely be more interested in the Intermission DLC. Focusing on the character of Yuffie Kisaragi and the Wutai, Intermission fills in a few of the blanks in Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s timeline. It also adds around an additional 20+ hours to the main game with new boss fights, new materia, new summons and more beauty to look at. Just a shame it was a PS5 exclusive DLC.

Game 2 – Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village is a genuinely engrossing and increasingly combat-heavy continuation of the Ethan Winters story from RE7. With new weapons, new environments and a new sense of purpose, this was one of the longest and most engaging Resident Evil games from the main timeline. I also personally preferred the shift from 3rd person to 1st person which gave the game a lot more immersion. They were very different style wise and I think that is what attracted me to the game the most. That, and Lady Demetrescu also.

Game 3 – Lost Judgement
Only releasing in September 2021, Lost Judgement continues the exploits of freelance investigator Takayuki Yagami who is investigating a murder which tries to derail him from a separate investigation.
Developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio & published by Sega, the game stays true to it’s Yakuza roots whilst retaining the action sequences from the first game but further developed while stealth elements are also revised.

Game 4 – No More Heroes 3
No More Heroes III is an action-adventure hack-and-slash video game developed and published by Grasshopper Manufacture for Nintendo Switch. It is the fourth instalment in the No More Heroes series and is the third mainline entry in the series. WEhat makes NMH such a great game is it’s attention to it’s visual style and flair whilst also being self aware of it being a video game and 4th wall breaks. The comedic writing, bad language and all round good guy/bad guy Travis Touchdown one liners, make this game and it’s story of fighting Aliens in a ranked Battle Royal, a game you won’t want to miss.

Game 5 – Ghost of Tsushima Directors Cut
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut includes really adds a worthy amount of content for the upgrade. An expanded Iki Island, new story, mini-games, enemy types, Legends online co-op mode, downloadable content such as the Digital mini art book and a Director’s commentary which I really appreciated from a creative standpoint since I do game development myself. The upgraded visuals for the PS5 are stunning and it is also great to see a locked 60fps for smoother gameplay. A stunningly beautiful game despite the amount of blood you will shed in game.

Also worth Mentioning – Death Stranding Directors Cut
Death Stranding remains kind of ridiculous, but still one that’s dear to my heart. But out of such ostentatious ingredients, astonishing moments can occasionally arise. If you were looking for a PS5 game that informs us that, offers near-photorealistic visuals and can somehow make you feel at peace, sad, happy and every other emotion at once. It’s this one.  The image of the dead rising as twisted smoking shadows above the gnarled countryside is something that will live with me for a long time to come. It offers everything that it’s counterparts can’t or have ever done, and even after a couple of years after it’s original release, it’s still hard to explain why I am so drawn to it. Throw in it’s additional modes and racing, this story can be explored time and time again and there will always be something new to see during your treks across the vast landscape.