The Best FIVE Games of 2021 (PART2)

Here we go again with the next top 5 games, which were loved. 

6. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury:

Played on: SWITCH. 

No offence intended to Super Mario 3D World, but this game is only on the list because of Bowser’s Fury. This brief new 3D Mario adventure comes included with a Wii U rerelease. Bowser’s Fury has one glaring game design mistake that keeps it off the list of top Mario games—after a certain point, the repeated boss battle sequence becomes an awful drag—but it’s otherwise a brilliantly enjoyable 3D platformer that explores with the original Mario formula. It nearly feels like a rough draught for a future full-fledged Mario game, making it one of the fascinating entries in the never-ending series.

“Despite being less polished than you’d expect from the ordinarily flawless Mario, it’s still an extremely planned game that’s well worth playing.” —Martin, Garrett.

7. Mundaun:

PLAYED ON: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

The underlying material, Swiss folklore, is Mundaun’s greatest strength. The framework based on exploration and puzzle-solving isn’t very novel, but the tale it allows is enigmatic and engaging enough to propel it forward. Its tempo is also greatly aided by how skillfully the game merges its exploration and scripted sequences, mixing the two so seamlessly that its weird happenings come together in an almost dreamy manner. Its darkest moments do not feel cinematically imposed on the player, but rather as though they happen to—or with—them. The graphics, for example, frequently use light and shadow to advance the scenario, relying on the player’s position in the room. 

“Style-wise, its black and white colour scheme, which is frequently used in similar games to soften rough visual edges (think 2014’s Betrayer), combined with hand-sketched textures (reminiscent of Disturbed from back in 2016), evokes the folksiness of a children’s storybook while also channelling a grim sparsity that supports its themes well.” —Holiday Green.

8. Knockout City:

PLAYED ON: Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC.

Dodgeball game with many players Knockout City is a tonne of fun to pick up and play. It’s also cheap and straightforward to use, making it far less of a bother to log in, have fun for an hour or two, and then exit, unlike most service games. It has a fun style and aesthetic that makes it even more appealing and has good mechanics to grasp, so I feel pleased returning to practice. 

“Straight up, it’s also a lot of fun to play something that isn’t too dark or serious, which makes Knockout City successful, in my opinion.” —Taveras, Moises.

9. Resident Evil Village:

PLAYED ON: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Stadia.

Resident Evil Village goes to tremendous measures to create a menacing environment with a strange undercurrent of lightness—there’s a lot of fear, much like in Resident Evil 7. Still, an extra layer of goofiness significantly cuts the tension. That’s fantastic. Resident Evil has always been silly; horror games, in general, are full of cheese and bizarre circumstances, from UFOs in Silent Hill to stupid dialogue in Until Dawn. 

Allowing the audience to directly engage in the terror by managing the game’s core victim provides humorous moments, whether planned or not. I’ll never forget the first time I played Alien: Isolation with a friend and discovered the hard way that you’re not safe while crawling in a vent. The comedy of horror, resulting from tone inconsistencies and dubious choices no person would make, is an essential part that is underappreciated. 

“When I think back on a scary film, I should giggle at my naive experience sitting through it. I should be excited to scare my pals, to smile as they leap out of their seats.” —Austin Jones & Associates.

10. Hitman 3:

PLAYED ON: Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Stadia.

Playing Hitman 3 is like being tossed into an improv scenario at random. You’re continuously moving between parts, objectives, and attire, taking care not to break character before annihilating your target. Every stage is a performance, and each one is unique and entertaining. You play as Agent 47, a world-class executioner who, owing to his employment, is surrounded by a dense fog of tension and death around every turn. Each contract brings you to be different and aesthetically stunning locales worldwide, establishing flexible environment-specific limitations while motivating you to push against them (or even throw it all out and do it your way). The narrative and overall concept of IO Interactive’s Hitman 3 are serious. Yet, it manages to be one of the funniest games I’ve played in a while, thanks to brilliant prop humour and witty, well-written NPCs. 

“After spending a significant amount of time exploring its cute and tiny setting, Hitman 3 has proven to be a well-crafted murder sandbox filled with suspense, fashion, and opportunity.” —Joseph Funké.

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