As the year comes to an end, it’s time to look back at the best games of 2021. These are the titles that stood out for their outstanding experience, pushing gaming to its limit or we just played it for four hours straight. Regardless of the reason, they are a representation of the video games that defined the year.

Here are the games we consider to be the best games of 2021.

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 is an excellent addition to the series as it avoids the pitfalls of staying the same while also building upon an already winning formula. The game utilizes everything learned in the series long and evolving history to present an unforgettable experience that puts players in the role of a guerrilla fighter trying to build a revolution. 

Resident Evil: Village

Resident Evil: Village continues the series current trend of staying true to its horror survival roots. This time it attempts to tap into different horror genres to present a unique but frightful experience. In doing so it hits all the right notes regarding a good horror title. 

Resident Evil 4 for the PS4

Resident Evil 4 (VR)

In an attempt to build interest in VR, Meta has been bringing classic titles to the Quest 2. The VR remake of Resident Evil 4 is proof that this strategy is a brilliant one. Players will literally step into the role of Leon S. Kennedy as they attempt to rescue the President’s daughter from the Los Iluminados cult.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… 

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is a remaster of the third title in the Drakengard / NieR series and the first time fans have gotten the chance to experience the true game outside of Japan. Following the events of Drakengard E ending, players take on the role of a protagonist as they attempt to save their sister in a ravaged world. 

Scarlet Nexus 

Scarlet Nexus is one of the few titles we’ve been excited for in 2021 and to say it was worth the wait would be an understatement. The trailer got our attention, the demo got us excited but the overall game was beyond what anyone anticipated. Bandai Namco presents a unique take on the post-apocalyptic genre and the result is one of the best original titles of the year.

This is a fast-paced game that combines a colorful (but grim) world with a rich story and an upbeat soundtrack. The result is one of the best games of 2021. There is so much about Scarlet Nexus that it’s almost impossible not to have a reason for why it’s not in your video game library.

What do you think of our list, was there a game that should have been the “Best Games of 2021”? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

8Bit/Digi is an independent media outlet that provides an insight into the video game community and industry of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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