The 5 best video games of 2021
What an odd year for gaming, whether that's the literal odd (the young girl named Odd in the game Lost in Random) or the more descriptive (an over-9-foot-tall vampire lady from Resident Evil Village becoming a sex symbol among Twitter fan art groups). Either way, it was an interesting year.
The past 12 months were filled with standout gaming titles that pushed the boundaries of how we think about games, introducing us to worlds that, by exploring, forced us to explore ourselves in meaningful ways. And, yes, even silly anthropomorphic spouting gibberish-sounding nonsense and one dangerous but fabulous bloodsucking socialite made that happen.
EW honors the games that excited us and moved us, but also freaked us and scarred us (in a good way). Here are our picks for the five best video games of 2021.
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