Best of 2021!
I started this list in March; and boy the year was off to a rocky start with PS5 having tons of bugs/issues - still no expanded hard drive until August - and it was still wonky for a bit, was still hard to bring PS4 games over (made easier with some updates), and you just cant find one. Xbox and PS5 were sold out everywhere still at the turn of the year into 2022.....
-- Switch still has drift issues, the games are really reaching the limit of the Switch's capabilities, and the "Switch Pro" rumor was a dud - it just had an OLED screen.... Pass! Their catalog is really port and remake and sequel heavy. And now Steam has a new portable coming out next year that buries the Switch in my mind - but time will tell. (Cant wait to see if it flops or becomes "next thing", but chip shortage will hit them too wont it?).
-- Microsoft seems to be doing better - but only because they bought studios for billions of dollars - so thats pretty lame. So far every single game would have been elsewhere but on Xbox anyway, now its just exclusive and PS4/5 versions seemed purposely gimped or its only on Xbox now. Seems real dirty.
Sony bought a bunch of studios too, but no real IP. Just tech and support studios they already worked with. Feels very different. Didn't take anything from anyone else. not like buying Sega and making it all exclusive or something (which Microsoft still might do!)... But it makes Gamepass worthwhile.
So yeah Gamepass is picking up buzz - Im still worried about it - just like Amazon, you put your competitor out then jack up the price - i also take a LONG time to play games - and my fear is realized - a bunch of good games leave (that always sucks) and i feel the need to buy them or just then never finish them. Makes me nervous to start games on the service (they dont put up an expiration date for some reason?).
IMO I still wish instead of buying existing studios - Microsoft could have won me over if they spent the same money but instead made new studios and new IPs -- it would mean more games to choose from; as it is now this just means games I already could choose wont come to PS5 and Switch. Yahoo!??? Its like a rich lazy mans way to make your console seem better. Meh.
And a streaming future is cool and all - they suggest a usb key or app on my tv so i wont need an xbox at all - if you have the internet for it. How will i buy games not on Gamepass (that 20% sale as games leave is lame), if i dont have an xbox or hard drive to store them on -- will all games stream? Will they be in a library for me?
Sony talked of shutting the PS3/Vita store. Was going to burn goodwill. So they left it open. But it shows to me that retro games are going to fade. Even though prices soared to stupid levels.
Million dollar sales by Wata and Heritage Auctions also seem to be illegally fraud rigged - so the retro games scene is terribly expensive suddenly...
I sold most of my retro stuff and am out now. ha-ha. i still have lots of old games and would love a Ps1-Ps5 Playstation still. It will never happen. When my PS3 dies Ill probably ditch it all? i dont use it much anyway.
But hey - we have emulation right? :)
Will Sony have an answer to Gamepass in 2022 (retro games?), Switch tried with a new tier of N64 games, its like $80 a year!? Crazy. nope. Pass.
I enjoy Gamepass though, im just worried of what it could turn into. Switch Pro is still potentially out there as Switch hits 100 million sold. And Sony sells all of the PS5's they can make (scalping is bad).
So the console war is lit, but who's winning? No idea.
it will be interesting to see what next year brings!
This list is not all games (I haven't played them all!). And Its MY list, i dont like Resident Evil games much for instance. So you dont see that here but do on many other people's 2021 list. But I dont see Psychonauts on theirs for example. Seems crazy to me, but thats what personal taste is all about. I just think these games are fun and you should give them a shot :)