Noisy Pixel’s Best Games of 2021: Best Game of 2021 and Reader’s Choice

So here are the awards that everyone has been waiting for. The best game of the year came down to what we felt was a title that sparked imagination, creativity, and endless fun from beginning to end.

Reader’s Choice is also a category that holds a lot of weight when discussing Game of the Year. This year 3,247 readers voted. However, enough time wasting, let’s get onto the awards.

Best Game: NEO: The World Ends with You

NEO The World Ends With You

Most fans truthfully did not expect to see a sequel to the cultural phenomenon that was The World Ends with You, so NEO: The World Ends with You was a pleasant surprise. From its fantastic soundtrack to its amazing story, this sequel just offers a breath of fresh air compared to your typical Square Enix RPG. Here’s to hoping Square Enix develops the series further, and we can once again enter the world of Shibuya.

Most Anticipated: AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative

AI The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative

Kotaro Uchikoshi has a fascinating ability to write crazy stories that are mind-bending and very enjoyable. As the first AI: The Somnium Files was a significant highlight of 2019. With all the information we have on its upcoming sequels, it’s impossible not to be thrilled for nirvanA Initiative.

Once again, a messed-up situation with a body in impossible conditions triggers what we expect to be a complex web of strange events with random trivia thrown into it for good measure. But most of all, things aren’t looking good for Mizuki and the alarmingly little highlighted Kaname Date. We doubt most people are ready for whatever twists Uchikoshi has in mind.

Readers Choice:

Best Game: Tales of Arise

tales of arise

Tales of Arise was a highly-anticipated return of the long-running action RPG series, promising a significant leap for the franchise. It had been about five years since the Japanese release of Tales of Berseria, and while not dormant, fans were eagerly waiting for a new entry. Visually stunning and with a memorable cast and the smooth and responsive combat essential for its genre, Tales of Arise is a solid pillar for the series going forward.

Most Anticipated: Elden Ring

Elden Ring

FromSoftware has a long-running history in the gaming industry with titles such as King’s Field and Armored Core. Still, they are more notoriously known for Dark Souls, which revolutionized gaming genres as a whole. So it’s no surprise that their upcoming game Elden Ring, in collaboration with author George R.R. Martin, has won Most Anticipated Game two years in a row at The Game Awards and is now the most wishlisted game on Steam.

The game was announced back in E3 2019 and featured the first-ever open-world iteration of a Souls game set in a high fantasy setting where you play as a lowly Tarnished in search of the Elden Ring. So get ready to explore a world filled with magical secrets, breathtaking boss encounters, and a deep mythos that combines the very best of all of FromSoftware’s past games.


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