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Games of the Year 2021: Backlog

Other than the first game on this list I'm really not ashamed of my backlog this year. None of these games are serious Game of the Year contenders that will be reminisced about in a decades time. They each have their own vocal admirers which is why they made the list and we'll see which ones I can make time for in 2022.

Shin Megami Tensei V

This is my greatest shame. I really wanted to play Shin Megami Tensei V in December but the gods were against me. I guarantee that I will make time for it in January.


Inscryption seems to be the biggest surprise hit of 2021. I've heard nothing but praise and no one seems to be able to describe it as more than a deck-builder because they are afraid of spoiling the game somehow. I'm sure my hypothesis that it transforms into a mech battler will prove incorrect but I will admit that I am intrigued.

Loop Hero

Loop Hero is another indie darling that popped up out of nowhere and sounds like it would be right up my alley. An endless RPG where a hero follows a preset path and all I can do as the player is construct things along it to make his journey easier. That constant progression combined with the strategy of placing things sounds like I could lose hours to this game trying to find the "perfect run".

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

When I first saw Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy I thought it looked like the stupidest possible iteration of these characters. The trailer made it seem like the developers misunderstood everything about what made James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy great. But based on the reviews it looks like I may have been way off. I've heard great things about the writing so maybe if I find myself in the mood for a real story driven game I'll give this a shot.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

Disco Elysium is widely regarded as one of the best indie games released in the last two years. So I really think I gotta make time to play their definitive version of the game, The Final Cut.

Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars

I had never heard of Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars before but Elsie loved it so that is enough to put it onto my list.

The Forgotten City

The Forgotten City only made this list because of an awesome documentary by Noclip.

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut

Ghost of Tsushima made my backlog last year and my shame gets to carry over to another year because of the release of Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut. It remains one of the most polarizing open-world games and I'd still like to wait until it drops to $30 before giving it a shot.


"Dorfromantik is a peaceful building strategy and puzzle game where you create a beautiful and ever-growing village landscape by placing tiles."

I'm not really sure what that means but I've heard a lot of praise for this little indie game so I hope I can find some time for it in 2022.