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@manburger: Thank you so much! I've always challenged myself to write concisely on this site, especially on lists like this. I actually find it harder to write less but still effectively say what I want to say, but I think/hope it makes for a better read. So I'm glad if and when it does!

Astalon definitely strikes me as a game that went under the radar this year, but in a year full of Metroidvanias, I think it's one of the more interesting ones I played. And Unsighted is just good! Both worth checking out if you like those types of games :)

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This is quite the list! Axiom Verge 2, Unsighted, and Astalon were my 3 favorite "explormers" from 2021's deluge, I'd be curious what you think of them if you get around to them!

Good luck with this list.

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Good list! I'd like to play Bowser's Fury, but don't really want to pony up for all of 3D World again. Maybe someday. I also wish I liked Wildermyth more than I did, once I started getting repeat story events it kind of fell apart for me haha. Anyway, lots of good games on here!

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@daavpuke: Thank you! The Forgotten City is worth looking into if you like detective/mystery types of games, or just a good time loop premise. It's also on game pass right now if you're in that ecosystem!

@slag: Thank you so much! I think you'd probably enjoy a lot of these too :)

I wish I liked Deathloop more than I did, but it just never really clicked with me. I'm now working on my extended rankings list where I'll talk more about it. I'm glad you really enjoyed it!

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Fun list, and well-written! Your description of Unpacking captures a lot of that game's charm.

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@chaser324: Thanks! Yeah, Astalon definitely seems to have been widely overlooked, which is a shame, but I did see it on your list too! I think in this year full of Metroidvanias, it manages to stand out. Axiom Verge 2 is another one that seems to be overlooked, or maybe just divisive. But I enjoyed it a lot!

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Nice list! I wish I liked Inscryption, Loop Hero, and Fights in Tight Spaces more than I do, because I think they are all very cool ideas.

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Great write-up! I may have to try Guardians someday, people really seem to like it. Also, I too got around to Bug Fables this year, and that game is quite a treat. Nice to see it get some recognition even if it's not a "new" game. I think it was overlooked at the time.

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This is a good read, Dan. I should really get around to playing Dragon Quest V. I picked up the DS version years ago, but still haven't played it. And glad you enjoyed Super Metroid, one of the games in contention for my favorite game :)

Sorry for your losses this year. Here's hoping 2022 treats you (and all of us) better.

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@mento: Can always count on you to rep Ys :) That said, these songs you shared do sound appropriately rad! I didn't play many long games this year, many of which likely have great music, such as Ys. I suspect games like NEO: The World Ends With You, Nier Replicant, and The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles also have great music, but alas, I did not get around to them this year.

Fortunately the games I did play had plenty of great music!