As the title implies, we've reached mid July already and I'm asking the community what their favorites video games of 2021 are right now? If you haven't played many 2021 games or have spent your time playing older games this year, you are welcome to mention what those games are here on this thread if your favorite game of 2021 is something that released from previous years.
For me, my personal GOTY is Chicory: A Colorful Tale. This game was an instant "SIGN ME UP" deal when I learned that this game was being designed by Wandersong developer Greg Lobanov as well as having music composed by Lena Raine (the game's Soundtrack is phenomenal btw). But when playing the game, I got an incredibly charming Zelda-style adventure where I got to color in and paint a monochromatic world to my liking. Chicory is a game where it encourages you to be creative with the paint mechanic as you can use a joystick or a mouse on PC to color in multiple black and white screens, which were once full of color by the titular character/brush wielder Chicory until one day the colors vanish. There's also plenty of clever puzzles that implement the magic paint brush in ingenious ways while also not being too overtly difficult. There's also PLENTY of content in the game as you will find yourself busy doing other side quests from taking art classes where you draw your interpretations on certain subjects to delivering mail to Picnic Province's vivid cast of NPC's and learn more about them. Chicory also has a story that frankly got me emotional invested as it tackles topics such as self-doubt and imposter syndrome and does it in a genuine manner without being too preachy. I honestly don't know if another game will overtake Chicory for GOTY this year.
However, I do want to give a few more shoutouts to a few other games I really enjoyed. I have spent a good chunk of the year playing the Hitman World of Assassination Trilogy. I got to play all the maps in Hitman 1 and most of the Hitman 2 maps and it was a blast finding different ways to eliminate these cruel targets whether it be thru the story missions or of my own doing. I had spent time with the starter pack of Hitman 3 this year, but finally got the whole package on sale this year and it has been really fun thinking of different traps or set ups to get my targets where I want them and take them out. I'm a sucker for getting them with non-lethal items such as newspapers and clothing irons and hope that those attacks lead to a death. If not I just finish them off.
New Pokémon Snap was a delightful time too. I never played the original Pokémon Snap on N64 so I came into this experience blind of the Snap experience. But what I got was an enjoyable and soothing experience taking pictures of different Pokemon out in the wild and trying to get them to act irregularly in order to get those elusive 4 star pics. Also I just really like the selection of Pokemon they brought to this game from older classics like Blastoise, Onyx and Furret to newer gems like Crabrawler and Toucannon. No Arcanine though, sadly.
And lastly, Dark Side of the Moon. Its technically not much of a "game" per say as its gameplay loop is simply going to different areas, click an item in your inventory in hope that it triggers a scene, replying back to other characters and 1 late game puzzle. But if you want some amazing FMV acting from the likes of Rupert Booth and Anarosa Butler of Contradiction fame, look no further than Dark Side of the Moon. The story definitely goes some places but it does so in a crazy and exciting way. Not to mention this game has 5 different endings for a game that's 2 hours long, so its not like its a huge grind to see what all the endings are.
Anyways, go on with your picks for favorite games of 2021 thus far, GB community.