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5 Favorite Games I Played In 2021

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Today I am going to go over the 5 favorite games I played in 2021.  Now, just because I played these in 2021 does not mean they were released in 2021.  With over 2000 PC games in my library, I am in a constant state of trying to catch up on playing games I’ve purchased.

With all of these games, I decided to only include games I have finished.  I have a tendency to start a lot of games, but most don’t hold my interest until the conclusion.  Each one of the games on this list intrigued me enough to follow through until the end.

If there are any current deals on these games, I’ll let you know about those as well.  Maybe they will become some of your favorites too.

Favorite Games I Played in 2021

1. Remnant From The Ashes -

remnant from the ashes
Metacritic 78% / Steam Very Positive

Remnant From the Ashes easily takes first place for my favorite games I played in 2021.  Interestingly enough, the first time I loaded Remnant, I didn’t think I was going to like it.  It differs from every other game on this list in one very unique way.  I saw the story as secondary to the gameplay, but in every other game on this list, the gameplay is equal to or better than the gameplay.

Remnants story is something like this:

You are on a post apocalyptic Earth.  You get injured, and saved by a group of survivors who live in Ward 13.  For the majority of the game, you are looking for Ward 13’s founder.  

The story is okay, but really it is the gameplay that takes the cake in this game.  Remnant From the Ashes is a looter shooter dungeon crawler.  At any given point of time there are a lot of enemies attacking you.

It’s often compared to Dark Souls but really the only thing it has in common with Dark Souls is that it is a Dungeon Crawler.  It’s more like Darksiders III and Borderlands 2 had a baby.

It’s a relatively simple game, with simple mechanics, but still can be quite challenging at times.  Remnant poses some of the best boss battles of any game I’ve ever played.  

I beat most of the campaign in single player mode, but, like Borderlands, the game really shines in Coop mode.  Up to three players can run through the campaign together.  That adds things such as being able to be revived instead of just dying.  

Remnant From the Ashes does not have any deals that I would consider good right now, but as soon as I see one, I will be sure to post it.  A good price for Remnant is around $12.


Metacritic 85% / Steam Very Positive

My number 2 pick for favorite games I’ve played in 2021 was an easy choice.  I enjoyed control based equally on gameplay and story.  Remedy has produced some really good games including Control, Quantum Break, Alan Wake, and Max Payne.

Remedy seems to focus on excellent stories and characters with some sort of supernatural abilities.

In is focused around the Federal Bureau of Control, an organization created to with studying objects that violate the laws of reality.

You play as Jesse Faden, the Bureau’s new director.  You and your brother had a supernatural experience as a child in which your brother disappeared, and you were left with powers.  You spend the game trying to find your brother, and cleanse the FBC of destructive supernatural elements.

As the game goes on your game more powers, which increases the fun of the gameplay.

Control is definitely worth playing if you haven’t.  Unfortunately the aren’t any great deals on it right now, but I will be sure to post if one comes up.  A good price for Control is around $8.

Metacritic 72% / Steam Mostly Positive

Vampyr is in third place for the favorite games I played in 2021.  I had an almost equal balance of gameplay and story enjoyment.  Vampyr is by Dontnod entertainment, who also created the Life is Strange series (one of my most recommended games of all time).  

Vampyr takes place in 1918 London during the Spanish Flu outbreak.  At the beginning of the game you are attacked and turned into a Vampire.  You spend the majority of the game trying to figure out who turned you, while also learning more about vampires and the vampire outbreak throughout the game.

Vampyr is interesting.  While there are a few mandatory boss battles, almost all combat can be avoided.  Avoiding combat, however, makes the game more difficult.

You  get to choose whether to be good or evil.  Whether to play in stealth mode, or just straight combat.  

I watched someone play Vampyr a bit about a year before I played it.  I didn’t think I would enjoy it.  Once I loaded it up and started playing, I almost didn’t stop until I completed the game.

Currently the best deal on Vampyr is $10 on Allyouplay.


the evil within
Metacritic 68% / Steam Very Positive

Coming in as a solid fourth place on my favorite games I played in 2021 is The Evil Within.  This is one game I really feel like the critic’s massively managed to get it wrong.  

I enjoyed the story as much as the Gameplay in the Evil Within.  That being said, I couldn’t even attempt to start to explain the story and have it make any sense.  It absolutely makes sense when you play it, but trying to explain it won’t make sense at all.

The gameplay has a good combination of action, jump scares, and general creepiness.  For anyone who enjoys The Horror Genre, if you haven’t played The Evil Within you are missing out.

The Evil Within is a linear story (as opposed to The Evil Within 2 which is more open).  If you are going to play an Evil Within game I highly recommend playing 1 before 2.  I tried to play Evil Within 2 first and nothing made sense.  After playing the Evil Within 1, the Evil Within 2 made complete sense.

Currently the best deal on The Evil Within is on G2A for less than $3.

spec ops the line
Metacritic 76% / Steam Very Positive

Coming in a solid 5th is Spec Ops The Line.  Spec Ops the line is the only game on this list that the story is better than the gameplay.

I decided to play Spec Ops The Line after seeing it on multiple games all gamers should play lists.  I have to agree, all gamers should play this game.

I am not going to go into the story on this one.  It is much better to experience it than to have any spoilers at all.  All I will say is that it is a third person shooter, heavily disturbing, and even in some ways eye opening.

There is no reason not to play Spec Ops The Line if you haven’t either.  Currently the best deal I can find on Spec Ops the Line is under $2 on Kinguin.  

Favorite Games of 2021 Summary

So those are my favorite games I played in 2021.  What did you think of the list?  Did you agree or disagree with my picks?   What were the favorite games you played in 2021?  Let me know in the comments.

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