2021 Quarterlies! Vote for Qt3’s Best Game of 2021: “All these worlds are yours. Except Europa. Attempt no landing there.”

Cyberpunk’s Current Gen ports are going to be released at some point, so it will be eligible again at that point.

  1. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker - Wonderfully wrapped and paid off a 10 year story arc. Shame about the queues.
  2. Forza Horizon 5 - Huh, no one else voted for this yet? I wonder if the magic of the Horizon formula is gone.
  3. Castlevania Advance Collection - I don’t feel great about this vote but I also can’t leave off a budget release of three solid metroidvanias.
  4. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania - A remake of the good Monkey Ball games including the minigames? Yes please.
  5. Boyfriend Dungeon - I didn’t play too many 2021 releases and some of them just didn’t do it for me (looking at you Returnal). So let’s throw in a dunj-crawler VN (with a sublime soundtrack) that I expect won’t get any other votes at number 5.

I don’t think it really hit 1.0 yet. Later this year perhaps. ;)

  1. Mini Motorways
    This provided me much joy for a few weeks when it came out. I eventually burned out on it but what a special little game. I prefer the setup to predecessor Mini Metro, the additional variety kept me coming back

  2. Solasta: Crown of the Magister
    I love this genre but have bounced off the likes of Pathfinder and Divinity 2 for their over complicated and difficult combat. I think those games are designed for people that are not me, which is fair enough. Solasta on the other hand is much more for me, a filthy casual. The combat is actually fun and doesn’t require me to min-max nor thoroughly understand a ruleset. I am basically up to the final bit of this game and have been putting it off for a couple of months, I should bite the bullet and finish it.

  3. Dorfromantik
    Similar to Mini Motorways in terms of what it did for me, but I burned out on it much quicker, probably due to the game length once you get reasonably good at it. They are still tweaking so I really ought to give it another try and see what changes have been made.

  4. the Ascent
    Had a blast with this but a personal funk that I got into from October-December has prevented me from finishing it. I hope to have another crack at it.

  5. Trials of Fire
    Intensely enjoyed this for a period until I beat the main quest, then didn’t feel a huge desire to go back and see the rest of the game. Lovely little system though.

Odds and Ends

Train Simulator 2022 probably should be #2 on the list but it’s the same game as 2021 … Dipped in and out of Hardspace: Shipbreaker but really waiting for them to finish it, like what I’ve seen … Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector probably would get on this list with another few hours of play, it seems very cool indeed … finally learned how to play OMSI 2 on my 4th or 5th shot at it and had a blast. the graphics and performance are terrible but as a sim it is super detailed and an impressive feat … Peaky Blinders: Mastermind was surprisingly entertaining for a bundle filler, although one level almost destroyed me … excited to try Lake and Sable at some point, I don’t see much on the 2022 radar yet that appeals so hopefully will get to those soon

I actually played more than one title that’s eligible!

  1. Old World
  2. Slipways
  1. Pathfinder. Wrath of the Righteous . Til I hit a puzzle I didn’t feel like futzing with. But I’ll get back

  2. Old World til it stopped loading and I stopped fiddling enough to get it to load

  3. Gloomhaven Didn’t get into it much til latest giant patch, but now that I am, it’s kinda great.

  4. Out of the Park Baseball 22, so much time tinkering. My RNG wasn’t the best this year for players in card packs, but for a few months I’d hit this thing at least once or twice a day.

  5. Mini Motorways Very chill and relaxing…until it isn’t.

Hex of Steel would have been number 3, but it came out in 2020 I just noticed.
Solasta is honorable mention, mostly for the community built campaigns and good support for a mid-tier developed game.

My picks:

  1. Final Fantasy XIV Online: Endwalker
  2. Nioh 2
  3. Wildermyth
  4. Monster Hunter Stories 2
  5. Slipways

My 6 to 10 goes like this:

  • Nier Replicant
  • Guilty Gear Strive
  • Tales of Arise
  • Drox Operative 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Games that I’ve played but didn’t make it to the top 10:

  • Griftlands
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Persona 5 Strikers

Games I played too little of to measure how good they are:

  • Hitman 3
  • Old World
  • Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina
  • Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
  • Sunless Skies DC

Games released in 2021 that I bought but didn’t play yet:

  • Impostor Factory
  • Chicory
  • Subnautica: Below Zero
  • Streets of Rage 4 DLC
  • Trails of Cold Steel IV
  • Gloomhaven
  • Webbed
  • The Magister
  • Erannorth Chronicles
  • Sable
  • Inscryption
  • Death’s Door
  • The Riftbreaker
  • Webbed
  • The Magister
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
  • It Takes Two
  • Hardspace: Shipbreakers (though this is EA, so it might get a second chance in 2022 :D)
  1. Solasta: Crown of the Magister
    So much 5e goodness, made me feel like I was at a gaming table. And great community mods

  2. Pro Strategy Football 2022
    Good deep simulation of football coaching. What is really hooking me is being able to play historical seasons.

  3. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
    So much going on, but so fun.

Most played in 2021 (regardless of release date)
iRacing (racing)
Asseto Corsa Competizione (more racing)
Wreckfest (racing with wrecking)
BSG: Deadlock (stinking cylons)
Steel Division 2 (stinking nazis)

I think the only 2021 game I played was Teacup with my daughter, so I guess by default that is my #1. Umm, you don’t have to put that in the mix. (It is pretty good in its way.)

Shit, Jack, we can’t all be listing games we bought but haven’t played. My post would be a mile long.

  1. Forgotten City
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Diablo II: Resurrected

These are the only games this year I played that I’d give 9 or more.
Honorable mentions: RE Village, Ascent, Psychonauts 2, Days Gone, Outriders (all solid 8s).

  1. It Takes Two - The most fun I’ve had playing a game this year: playing this with my 13yo daughter. Relentlessly inventive, swapping in new abilities, and even whole new game styles, at such a rate it’s like the game is scared of letting you be bored.

  2. Death’s Door - Gorgeous Zelda-like, with combat difficulty perfectly pitched for me. One of the few games I completed, then went on to do a bunch of optional stuff to see another ending, because I was still enjoying it so much.

  3. Psychonauts 2 - It had a big reputation to live up to, and managed it. Loved the visual inventiveness of this, I thought it played solidly, enjoyed my time with it a lot.

  4. Before Your Eyes - A narrative game where your life flashes by - the game watches you through your webcam, and blinking can skip you forward in time. I thought it would just be a gimmick, but it is used really effectively. The number of games that have made me cry was increased to 2.

  5. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy - The chaotic combat never really clicked with me, but otherwise the exploration, story, setting, the puzzles, and even the companions who never shut the fuck up, all combine to make something special.

Honourable mentions:
Inscryption which I’ve enjoyed so far, but I’m only at the start of the second act;
Wordle, a bog-standard word puzzle elevated to greatness by the decision to have only one global puzzle every day, and a non-spoilery way of sharing and comparing how you did with others;
Unpacking was sweet, a little sad, and very original;
Sp!ng, a perfect mobile one-touch action game;
The Magnificent Trufflepigs, a lovely walk through some British countryside, detecting metal and contemplating a life;
Last Stop, a walking simulator split across three storylines, with what felt like the most authentic recreation of the feel of London I’ve seen in a game - it at least swings for the fences in its final chapter rather than playing it safe;
Day Repeat Day, a visual novel, but with an integrated Match-3 game representing the mundanity of unfulfilling office work.

Can you change those colons to periods please?

Sure, think I got them all. Sry.

Not a problem! It looks like you may have missed #3 though.

Edit: looks good now

It is my way of saying “hey, this list could and probably would be different if I had played these other games, but unfortunately I didn’t, even if I mean to, eventually”.

Also, I followed the rules, so it shouldn’t cause problems for the script that will collect our votes. And I had no better place to post that info, so I thought this was the perfect place for them!

Of man there are so many games released in 2021 that I own but haven’t played yet. Based on what I’ve heard any of these could make it to my top 5 if I’ve played them. I guess I have over a week to try and sneak some in.

Shadowgate VR The Mines of Mythroth
Resident Evil 4 VR
Forgotten City
Endzone - A World Apart
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition
A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism
Resident Evil Village

So I guess I’m not ready to make my list yet.

Was just an offhand comment, please don’t take it as a moderation note or anything. Feel free to post your entire backlog here sorted by reverse steam ratings, so long as it isn’t prefixed with numbers to mess up arrendek’s script.

My game of the year was Valheim.

But since it’s apparently not ‘legal’ I guess we’ll see if I still think so whenever it eventually hits v1.0…! :)

  1. Wildermyth
  2. Monster Hunter Rise
  3. Deathloop
  4. Nioh 2
  5. Shin Megami Tensei V
  6. Metroid Dread
  7. Gnosia
  8. Dungeon Encounters
  9. Bravely Default 2
  10. Jupiter Hell

All these games are really missing out on the chance to win the Qt3 Quarterlies by doing these long early release periods. Look what happened to Factorio!