RETROSPECTIVE! - TOP 10 GAMES OF 2021
FHM Magazine South Africa|January 2022
Last year was a mixed bag for gamers, with some great titles coming out, but the lack of new console availability has put a slightly sour taste in the mouths of gamers worldwide. However, with stocks coming back in for the New Year’s rush, more gamers will get their hands on the exciting new consoles. Which in turns means access to some of the best games of last year. Speaking of, here is our list of the best games you have to play from 2021.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

After the mild disappointment of the Marvel’s Avengers game, Eidos Montreal finally gives the Marvel universe a game that lives up to the spectacular movies. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a fantastically fun game that truly captures the humor and action of the beloved series. Once again though, this game is based on the comic books and not the movies, so don’t expect to see the faces of Chris Pratt or Dave Bautista or the intense sarcasm of Bradley Cooper’s voice as Rocket Raccoon. But don’t let this deter you, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is an incredibly fun game that also looks amazing on the new consoles. You play as Star-Lord, leading the team through combat and puzzles as you try to stop a chain of disasters you might just have been the cause of. It contains all the laughs one would expect from a Guardians outing and some really fun gameplay as you travel the galaxy on your own Guardians adventure. This is a must-play for any Marvel fan out there.

Deathloop

Very few studios have nailed the immersive sim genre better than French-based studio Arkane Lyon, having delivered such excellent games as Prey and the critically acclaimed Dishonored series. And in 2021 they took their successful formula into the next generation of consoles with the brilliantly titled Deathloop. In Deathloop, two rival assassins are trapped in a mysterious time Colt, the only chance for escape is to end the cycle by assassinating eight key targets before the day resets. Learn from each cycle - try new paths, gather intel, and find new weapons and abilities. Do whatever it takes to break the loop. All in all, Deathloop is another fantastic game from Arkane and if you were a fan of the Dishonored series then you’ll feel right at home with Deathloop. It’s a beautiful game with incredibly fun mechanics that will keep you coming back time after time for your next run at breaking the loop.

Hades

Initially released in 2018 as an early access game, Supergiant Games’ Hades made an immediate impression on both fans and critics and in 2021 this celebrated game made its debut on Xbox and PS5, with the former version being a day one Gamepass title. In recent years there has been an explosion in roguelike games, a subgenre of role-playing video games characterized by a dungeon crawl through procedurally generated levels, turn-based gameplay, grid-based movement, and permanent death of the player character. And although there are tons of games out there that are incredible roguelikes, Hades is the one that perfectly captures the essence of these games. Hades combines the best aspects of Supergiant’s critically acclaimed titles, including the fast-paced action of Bastion, the rich atmosphere and depth of Transistor, and the character-driven storytelling of Pyre. Hades is a wonderful game with rich, atmospheric presentation and unique melding of gameplay and narrative elements. The hand-painted graphics along with the superb combat makes for an immense game. If you’ve never experienced the magic of a roguelike, or you’re a seasoned pro, then Hades is a must-play.

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