SmashPad’s Top 10 Games of 2021

Here are our Top 10 Games of 2021!

2021 has been a hell of a year for games as the two new consoles are starting to hit their stride despite a number of delays affecting both platforms in many ways, though the wave of upgrades and enhancements for various games of the previous gens do a good job of filling in gaps along with the smorgasbord of indies that have filled up the calendars every week to make sure none of us could keep up with all of the cool games. Since the many indies games tend to cancel each other out on these list, we’ll let you of all the indies mentioned on individual lists that are not below, which includes Axiom Verge 2, Boomerang X, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Cyber Shadow, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, Eastward, Fuga: Melodies of Steel, Inscryption, Moonglow Bay, and Sable. That is a great list of only some of the best indies you should check out from this past year.

We’ve been doing some cool work this year with our two main podcasts Day 0 Update for game talk and Let’s Weekend for everything else. Chris has been streaming many of the new indies and big budget games on our Twitch channel throughout the year with archives on our YouTube Channel. You can keep up with our reviews here on the site throughout the year.

That said, here are SmashPad’s Top 10 Games of 2021:

10. Psychonauts 2 – PS4, Xbox, PC

“I always liked Psychonauts, but the various not great ports and other issues undermined the potential for what it could be. Fast forward many years later and Psychonauts 2 is finally out and it nails all of the potential that the original had for a year that is lousy with great 3D platformers. It has the great writing, great style, and great platforming that makes for one of the best platformers to come out of the new Microsoft after they unceremoniously dropped the original game back in the day to put Double Fine in a bad place early on.” – Chris Selogy, Managing Editor