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Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2021

by Game Informer Staff on May 17, 2021 at 02:50 PM
Introduction

2021 may have kicked off with a slower-than-usual start thanks to numerous big delays, but that doesn't mean we still haven't been treated to a fair share of quality releases. Whether you're looking to get the most of out of your PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S or still enjoying your PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, or PC, we've evaluated many of 2021's most noteworthy games to help guide you towards the best of the best. What highly anticipated games met our expectations? Which under-the-radar indies deserve your attention? You can find the answers to those questions right here. 

Below you'll find a list of the top scoring games of 2021, beginning with the top scorer and going down. Any game that scores between a 10 and an 8.5 makes the cut. Each entry also features a small blurb and a link to the full review. We'll update the list with eligible titles as the year progresses, so be sure to bookmark this page if you ever need recommendations on what to play next. Have fun!

9.5

9.5

Returnal

A deadly alien planet is a playground for your senses and curiosity. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5
Release Date:

9.25

9.25

It Takes Two

Hazelight's cooperative adventure is clever, different, and loads of fun. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:

Little Nightmares II

This impressive follow-up builds on its predecessor with emotional gut punches and unnerving visuals that stick with you. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: February 11, 2021 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC), (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)

Resident Evil Village

Village doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to horror, but a consistent rollout of new weapons and tools makes it hard to walk away from these terrors. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

By bundling one of the best 3D Mario games with an all-new adventure, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is a compelling package for all fans of the Nintendo mascot. Read review

Platforms: Switch
Release Date:

Yakuza: Like A Dragon

With the launch of Like A Dragon on PS5, read about how this fantastic turn-based RPG captures the essence of what came before while setting out on its own journey. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 10, 2020 (Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), March 2, 2021 (PlayStation 5)

9

9

Devotion

Devotion is terrifying experience backed by a compelling narrative that has a new lease on life after spending two years removed from sale. Horror fans would do well not to miss it a second time. Read review

Platforms: PC
Release Date:

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

The Final Cut opens this strange world up to a wave of new superstar detectives on console, and the additions provide a rewarding return trip for the rest of us.  Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Switch, Stadia, PC
Release Date: March 30, 2021 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, PC), 2021 (Xbox Series X/S, Switch)

Ghosts 'n Goblins: Resurrection

This retro revival is challenging, fun, and worth playing twice. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: February 25, 2021 (Switch), June 1, 2021 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Hitman 3

Every mission in the final arc is a statement, demonstrating a mastery of level design and a willingness to subvert expectations laid out five years ago. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC
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Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Even all these years later, Commander Shepard is a powerful force that lives up to their iconic status, and the trilogy is still captivating and worth your time. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Outriders

Outriders lived up to every single expectation I had and then some. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Insomniac Games' latest sequel roars with excitement and shows us what PlayStation 5 is capable of. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5
Release Date:

Subnautica: Below Zero

This second dive into an alien sea delivers a continual sense of wonder with huge discoveries backed by a strong story. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:

8.75

8.75

The Nioh Collection

Experience Nioh and Nioh 2's remastered versions in a complete package on PlayStation 5. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5
Release Date:

8.5

8.5

Before Your Eyes

Before Your Eyes puts its unique blinking mechanic to great use, offering a novel and fun method of interacting with this memorable, bittersweet tale. Read review

Platforms: PC
Release Date:

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Now that Crash Bandicoot 4 has arrived on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Switch, read how the game's challenging but fun platforming and entertaining new mask abilities make it a successful return to form. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: October 2, 2020 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), March 12, 2021 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch)

Knockout City

With a fun core, approachable gameplay, and intense rubber-ball firefights, Knockout City lets everyone get in on the enjoyable dodgeball action. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Loop Hero

A roguelite dungeon manager simulation that keeps you coming back for more, Loop Hero makes hours fly by. Read review

Platforms: PC
Release Date:

MLB The Show 21

Sony's long-running baseball series impress on the diamond yet again, but doesn't deliver many new experiences. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date:

New Pokémon Snap

New Pokémon Snap delivers all the thrills of the original game, but that throwback spirit isn't the only part of the experience that will give you a feeling of déjà vu. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Olija

Tight gameplay, fun exploration, and an alluring atmosphere turn a disastrous voyage into a rewarding expedition. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:

Persona 5 Strikers

Even if the action of Strikers is very different, the spirit and heart of the mainline series carries into this enjoyable sequel. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch, PC
Release Date:

Ratropolis

A satisfying romp as you restore glory to your rodent empire, defend against waves of flavorful foes, and recruit colorful companions. Read review

Platforms: PC
Release Date:

 

For more of our top reviews from recent years, head to the links below.

Products In This Article

Returnalcover

Returnal

Platform:
PlayStation 5
Release Date:
It Takes Twocover

It Takes Two

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Little Nightmares IIcover

Little Nightmares II

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:
February 11, 2021 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC), 
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)
Resident Evil Villagecover

Resident Evil Village

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Yakuza: Like A Dragoncover

Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
November 10, 2020 (Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), 
March 2, 2021 (PlayStation 5)
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Furycover

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Platform:
Switch
Release Date:
Devotioncover

Devotion

Platform:
PC
Release Date:
Disco Elysium: The Final Cutcover

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Switch, Stadia, PC
Release Date:
March 30, 2021 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, PC), 
2021 (Xbox Series X/S, Switch)
Hitman 3cover

Hitman 3

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC
Release Date:
Mass Effect Legendary Editioncover

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Outriderscover

Outriders

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Subnautica: Below Zerocover

Subnautica: Below Zero

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: