There was a time when Fortnite was everywhere. Obviously, it’s still a massive hit, but other games have come along to challenge its position as the game you wish everyone would just settle down about.
9. Project Sekai
Project Sekai: Colorful Stage is a Vocaloid rhythm game featuring Hatsune Miku. Its English release in 2021 (with the new name Hatsune Miku: Colorful Stage) brought the massively popular game to an even larger international audience.
Even if Minecraft isn’t the sensation it once was, screenshots of wild creations and dedicated streamers have kept it in the conversation for more than a decade.
7. Knives Out
Unfortunately, Knives Out isn’t a game where you play as Daniel Craig. It’s a battle royale that takes more than a little inspiration from PUBG, although collaborations with the likes of Attack on Titan make it considerably weirder.
Fate/Grand Order is a massively popular free-to-play RPG. Like other gacha games, it keeps fans engaged with a steady stream of new characters to unlock.
4. Final Fantasy
There was a lot of Final Fantasy to talk about in 2021, from FF7 Remake to the recently delayed FF16. But if you’ve spent any time on Twitter, you know it’s Final Fantasy XIV’s bunny boys that were steering the conversation.
3. Ensemble Stars!
A spin-off of Emsemble Girls, Ensemble Stars is a life sim with a rhythm game spinoff of its own. Its army of pretty anime boys unsurprisingly makes it a hit with fan artists.
2. Apex Legends
Regularly one of Steam’s top games, Apex Legends is a battle royale juggernaut. It’s got plenty of competition from games like Call of Duty: Warzone, but its colorful cast of characters gives it the edge on Twitter.
1. Genshin Impact
Try to contain your surprise. Genshin Impact broke through to the mainstream like no other gacha game thanks to its cute characters and compelling combat.