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Most Underrated Games of 2021 | GI Show

by Alex Stadnik on Nov 25, 2021 at 11:59 AM

The Game Informer Show is back, and we're discussing some of the best games of the year that may have not gotten the spotlight they deserve. We chat about Inscryption, Before Your Eyes, and so much more with special guest Ty Galiz-Rowe, editor-in-chief at Uppercut, a video game site focused on insightful features, articles, and reviews from people that come from marginalized groups. As always, we end the show with another fun round of listener questions as we wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

Follow the crew on Twitter: Alex Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), Ty Galiz-Rowe (@owoathkeeper)

The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

00:01:05 – Introduction

00:01:05 – Special Guest Ty Galiz-Rowe (Uppercut, Upcomer)

00:12:00 – Most Underrated Games of 2021 

02:01:15 – Housekeeping

02:07:46 – Listener Emails

Topic Of The Show:

2021's Most Underrated Games

2021 has been a fantastic year for video games despite the rash of delays. But in a year so stacked with great titles, it's easy for smaller gems to fall through the cracks. Before we ramp up our Game of the Year talks, we wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on some of the best indie titles and underrated gems of the year, including chats about Loop Hero, Inscryption, and so much more!

Read our Inscryption review here.

Listener Questions:

The Game Informer crew answers your burning questions.

Another week means another round of listener questions, and we're playing a new Thanksgiving-themed game and answering the age-old question of what controller does player two get!

Read their questions below, or submit your own via the Official Game Informer Community Discord or by emailing us at

Hello all, Below is a list of game properties, which I want the panel to rank based on their personal fatigue for the said franchise. But, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like the panel to rank them using terminology for the holiday. Starving - I haven't had anything for what feels like years. I need more! Satisfied - I'm satisfied but I could have seconds in a moment. Stuffed - Please, no more. There's literally no room left for me. -AnAttackCorgi (Email)
I never understood the sentiment of giving player 2 the crappier controller. For me, player 2 is usually a friend or family member who may not be as used to the game as me so I usually let them have the edge and use the better controller to play with. Do you guys give player 2 your older/worse controllers when you game? -Landon VA (Email)

Products In This Article



PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
September 23, 2021 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC), 
November 29, 2022 (PlayStation 5)
Before Your Eyescover

Before Your Eyes

PlayStation VR2, PC, Mac, iOS, Android
Release Date:
April 8, 2021 (PC), 
September 28, 2021 (Mac), 
July 26, 2022 (iOS, Android), 
March 10, 2023 (PlayStation VR2)


PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC
Release Date:
October 19, 2021 (PC), 
August 30, 2022 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4), 
December 1, 2022 (Switch)
Little Nightmares IIcover

Little Nightmares II

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)
The Artful Escapecover

The Artful Escape

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:
September 9, 2021 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC), 
January 25, 2022 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch)