The end of the year is finally upon us, and with this new year (2022) will be a tonne of exciting game releases, many of which we were expecting this year. The unfortunate delay in a number of this year's releases (2021) has left fans disappointed in the industry, and many believe that a majority of the games that have been released in 2021 are underwhelming. However, here at 3Bit, we do not think that is the case. Over the holiday period, the team has come together to discuss the hundreds of releases that have dropped this year to bring you our best of 2021. There were honestly a lot of games we wanted to bring to this list, as this year saw some incredible releases, but we ultimately have only allowed for 5 games in all, 2 AAA titles, 2 Indies and one ongoing title. We hope that over 2022 you find the time to pick up what we can only describe as 2021's most iconic games.
1. Resident Evil Village
Developer - Capcom - Nominated by Mrs Syther
When it comes to Horror Survival, 2021 has had an incredible year for it, but none have topped the charts quite like Resident Evil Village by Capcom. The 8th instalment to the insanely popular series was met to fantastic reviews all round and even went on to score 9/10 bits in our review by Kyle, which you can check out here! If you haven't already played Resident Evil Village, what are you waiting for!
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy-
Developer - Eidos Montreal - Nominated by Jordan
The Guardians of the Galaxy are really brought to life with their first game by Square Enix. This original story for the Guardians basically defines Murphey's law. The Guardians blast their way through places familiar to movie and comic fans where they try not to flark things up too badly. This fantastic story is topped with endless humour, high octane gameplay an original album and a great selection of licenced tracks that enhance the game in many ways! Want to know more? Be sure to check out our most recent article about Guardians Of The Galaxy here!
3. Kena Bridge of Spirits
Developer – Ember Labs - Nominated by Silverlance
One of our most anticipated Indie titles has finally made its way to PC and consoles. Kena Bridge of Spirits takes on a whirlwind adventure as our protagonist Kena visits a mountain shrine. On her way, Kena discovers a secret where wondering spirits are trapped by something known only as the rot. This adventure is filled with beautiful level designs, breathtaking cutscenes, and incredible fast-paced combat that has left many 3Bit members awe-struck and in love with this fantastic game.
4. Behind the Frame
Developer -Silverlining Studio - Nominated by the 3Bit team
When it comes to the last year, the term doom and gloom often comes to mind, but when it comes to my top games of 2021, the first thing that always comes to my mind is the sheer magnificence of Behind The Frame: The Finest Scenery. This 10/10 review scoring game is precisely what the Doctor ordered this year as we follow a painter on a journey of mystery and art. The Ghibli inspired art style really brings each moment within the game to life, and by the end of this short but sweet game, I guarantee you will leave with a smile. You can check out our review for Behind The Frame here before you experience this one of a kind game for yourself.
5. Fortnite Chapter 3
Developer - Epic Games - Nominated by the 3Bit team
Last but not least in our Editors picks is our ongoing game. With its recent changes and Unreal 5 upgrades, it is unquestionably Fortnite. This shooter has made many changes in the last 12 months, some great and some somewhat questionable (looking at you primal), but overall the changes to Fortnite have been overwhelmingly positive. For a free to play game where microtransactions are kept purely cosmetic it is nice to see the team at epic keeping it fresh and even learning from the competition to make the overall Fortnite experience something spectacular!
And with that, we are at the end of our Editors Picks. Honestly, we have so many games we would love to talk about, but if we do that, we will still be talking about them way into 2022. We do have a handful of Honourable mentions that made it pretty far into our discussions, and I wish we had some more space for! As for our main list, did you agree? Let us know in this article's comments, or why not share your top picks for 2021! Be sure to stay with us at 3Bit as we will return in full force over 2022 with even more gaming news, reviews and much more in 2022!
Honourable Mentions –
Back 4 Blood – A Near Miss by Turtle Rock that just missed the mark with Single Player at Launch as it offered no progression whatsoever. As a multiplayer game, this has been a fantastic game since launch, so long as you had a good-sized team playing with you. Overall the experience was very reminiscent of its predecessor, Left 4 Dead, with a lot of positive changes to the gameplay to bring it to the modern age
Darkside Detective : A Fumble In The Dark– A brilliant sequel by Spooky Doorway and one that has been thoroughly enjoyed by the 3Bit team. The humour is non-stop, and the cases are as tough to crack as ever. This is a point and click adventure that fails to disappoint from start to finish. You can check out our review here.
Fuzz Force Spook Squad- This fantastic turn-based strategy by Fuzz Force puts each player's fate in lady lucks hands as we roll dice to defeat our foes. This cute but spooky game both challenged and amazed us with some of its features that you need to play to experience! If you want to check out more, then be sure to check out our review here!
Grime – Surreal does not even begin to describe the incredible world of Grime. This indie masterpiece by cloverbite challenges even the most hardcore souls fans thanks to its tight timings and hard-hitting enemies, as we shared in our review here.
Iron Harvest – Another near miss, but this time on the Strategy game front, this fantastic new RTS by King Art Games. There is so much that makes Iron Harvest one of the greatest RTS games of recent times, from its addicting gameplay to its fantastic story. Unfortunately, with issues that can be fixed over time, such as regular game crashes, Iron Harvest just misses the mark.
Happy New Year to you all from all of Us Here at The 3Bit Team, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
Support 3-Bit - It takes 2 Minutes:
Its the people who support us who enable us to keep 3-Bit alive. If you've enjoyed the content from this article and want to see more, please support us by following us on social media. The banner here will allow you to get directly to our pages without closing this page! Thank you
- The 3-Bit Team