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Year In Games 2021 is an Inverse celebration of the most unforgettable adventures, stories, innovations, and characters in interactive entertainment.
Year in Games 2021
Year In Games 2021

I'm obsessed with the most criminally overlooked game of 2021

You’ve never played a game quite like this.

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Behold! The 10 best video game characters of 2021, ranked

If you can’t trust Tumblr users, who can you trust?

Huge Chonkers

11 biggest video games of 2021 (by file size)

We mean that literally.

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2021's most underrated game helped me overcome anxiety

Psychonauts 2 is Inverse's 2021 Game of the Year.

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Sega's biggest game of 2021 poses a surprising solution to a real-life problem

“Bullying is an outburst of distorted justice.”

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The best boss battle of 2021 almost broke my heart

Housemarque’s Returnal is a masterpiece.

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Halo, Forza, and 5 more games that pushed accessibility forward in 2021

Not every game is for everyone, but these titles make inclusivity a priority.

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The 6 best cozy games of 2021

Snuggle up.

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2021’s best exploration game makes relaxation thrilling

Sable is an absolute gem.

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Why do we love doing chores in video games?

We love to play the tasks we hate in life.

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Gaming's weirdest holiday trend peaked in 2021

When did video games start making Santa Claus so buff?

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The most exciting RPG of 2022 could fix the worst thing about the genre

Modern, real-world style meets high fantasy.

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Shang-Chi vs. Sifu: How one 2022 game hopes to fix a major kung fu problem

Most depictions of kung fu are inaccurate, but 'Sifu' will be an exception. Choreographer Benjamin Colussi discusses how it fixes kung fu.

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Welcome to Inverse's Year in Games 2021

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2021's best video game dad is a total fool with a heart of gold

Star-Lord is daddy.

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2022’s most anticipated video game sequel could redefine a decade-spanning trend

God of War Ragnarok could change the future of Dad Games.

2020 Edition
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Inverse readers' favorite game of 2020 was also the most controversial

The Last of Us Part 2 from Naughty Dog came out on top.

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The 4 best sidekicks of 2020 reveal why PS5 is winning the console war

Inverse readers have spoken.

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2020’s best video game hero exposes the worst part of Last of Us 2

Yakuza: Like a Dragon reminds us that human growth isn't just about strength.

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2020's biggest games industry reveal was unforgettably polarizing

The highlight of a long, strange summer.

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The most brutal video game decision of 2020 nearly killed me

What's more important: honor or loyalty?

Happy Holidays

You need to play the most batshit Christmas game for free on Xbox Game Pass

There aren't many Christmas games out there, but Yakuza Kiwami is a classic.

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The funniest video game of 2020 leveraged viral memes for worthy causes

The year's most hilarious game is a slapstick triumph with wit to spare.

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2020's best multiplayer game made me more paranoid than ever

The possibilities are truly limitless.

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Among Us, Warzone, and Animal Crossing are 2020's best comfort-food games

1,483+ Inverse readers reveal their go-to games for quarantine escapism.


Inverse's favorite games of 2020

All killer, no filler.

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2020's most controversial video game reveals the worst thing about fandom

A perpetual motion machine of outrage.

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The most important video game of 2020 is coming out ... in 2021

The absence of Halo Infinite is painfully obvious.

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The biggest video game flirt of 2020 changed gaming history

I love you, Jessie Rasberry.

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Persona 5 Strikers perfects dungeon crawling, but there's one big catch

RPG elements? Hardly know em!

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2020's most beautiful video game makes diversity divine

It’s rare to find a game this sexy.

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The best boss battle of 2020 changed video games for me forever

Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Rat King.