2021 was a year of opportunity to explore new kinds of games. While my personal favorite genre of 3rd person narrative-focused adventure game didn’t receive the amount of AAA level of releases that I had been anticipating thanks to delays caused by the pandemic, this left the door open to explore new and smaller-scale experiences. Games that have smaller turnaround released into the public and provided a welcome change of pace from the traditional blockbuster that I am typically drawn to. The result is a list of games to consider for Game of the Year with a variety of titles that are more diverse than any I’ve probably ever played here at Mega Dads in 8 years. Let’s get to my list of favorites.
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – INTERGRADE (PLAYSTATION 5)
The game that I enjoyed playing the most in 2021 is actually a game that released in 2020. Final Fantasy VII Remake nearly earned my Game of the Year nod in 2020 and the only reason this edition didn’t get the nod this year is because the bulk of the content in this game has already been previously released. Square Enix released Intergrade last Summer and it is the ultimate edition of an already spectacular game. Intergrade adds performance mode, enhanced visuals, a photo mode and an all-new campaign featuring fan-favorite character Yuffie.
CHICORY: A COLORFUL TALE (MULTI PLATFORM)
Chicory embodies the type of game that I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to play due to the state of gaming in 2021. While many larger blockbusters were pushed out of the year, that cleared the way for so many delightful indies to make their way to my playlist. I played more indies this year than probably ever before and so many of them were great experiences, but none more than Chicory: A Colorful Tale from Finji. Featuring a wonderful art style, a charming score and a story that was heartfelt and earnest, Chicory blew me away by becoming one of my favorite games of the year.