Games of the Year according to Rogier

One of the funniest things is looking back every year on a year full of games, adventures and announcements. We at the editors always have wild discussions about it and so this year we are all going to pop a list on the site with our favorite games. This year I am kicking off the Game of the Year according to the editors!

2021 has been an eventful year for the whole world. The game world has also recently had to learn to adapt to all the changes in the world, so that the development of games went less smoothly than hoped. Many games have therefore been postponed to 2022, which were scheduled for the end of 2021. Many of the titles of 2021 are therefore remasters and remakes, with many games that have received a PS5 upgrade. From Gamingnation, we have decided not to include titles that have received such an upgrade from PS4 to PS5 – such as Ghost of Tsushima and Death Stranding. But without further additions, here are my top 5 games of 2021!

5: Little Nightmares 2

Long after release I only played the first part, without actually having heard of it. I was wildly enthusiastic, and at least as enthusiastic with the second part. This was more of the same, but again very exciting. The larger world gives you an ominous feeling again, bizarre creations and creatures are after you and you as a small person have a hard time staying ahead of them. A good combination of tension, action and thinking. Curious about what it is, read the review here!

4: Valheim

quite a surprise, Valheim came on the radar spontaneously through reports about the fantastic sales she made. The Vikings themed survival game also took me by storm. Alone or together with others you build a base in the Norse afterlife and you fight as a real warrior against various mythical creatures. Building works surprisingly well and is challenging, because you have to take into account the structure and foundation, so that your house does not collapse immediately. There will also be new content coming so next year I will (hopefully) not be done with it!

3: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

As mentioned above, we let the ‘Director’s Cuts’ and ‘Enhanced Editions’ -or the previous-gen to next-gen updates- behind, but fortunately this rock-solid HD remaster is allowed. The Legend of Zelda is woven into my life on all sides, so it’s no surprise that I really enjoyed this edition. The strong story that kicks off the timeline, the interesting world and special controls make it a worthy game in the series. A pleasure to play even after ten years, and certainly one that belongs on my list.

The Legend of Zelda, Skyward Sword HD

2: The Ruined King: a League of Legends Story

A very unexpected one! Until the game was announced at the end of November, I hadn’t actually heard of it. Shortly after this it came out and as a fan of League of Legends (and the new series Arcane) I really wanted to play this one. And damn what a fun game. Ruined King highlights a number of game characters and brings them together for strange circumstances. I was surprised and I can’t wait for more games from this diverse universe!

1 Kena: Bridge of Spirits

It may already be clear to those who have read my review, but this is the undisputed champion of the year for me. It has interested me since the announcement and I was glued to my PC with every news. Ember Labs has delivered an unprecedented performance for a first game. From the world to the interesting and exciting story, I’ve been on the edge of my seat and hope to see more from both this studio and Kena. The absolute Game of the Year for me!

Kena, Bridge of Spirits, Ember Lab, Playstation 5
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