XboxEra Community Game of the Year 2021 - Post your lists!

  1. Psychonauts 2 - Surprised how much I loved this as I don’t typically like this genre nor did I like the original. Gameplay was serviceable but everything else was top shelf. Writing , story, characters, art, level design. One of the most memorable game experiences I’ve ever had.

  2. Halo Infinite - Best Halo I’ve ever played. Played the MP every day for a month which is rare for me these days. I’ve always been more of a CoD guy but I think this is the first Halo that matches if not exceeds the game feel of those titles.

  3. Hitman 3 - A great conclusion to arguably the best trilogy of recent times. This series epitomises everything that is great about gaming.

  4. Lake - A really warm and cosy game where you play as a middle aged woman delivering mail to the residents of a small town. There’s really nothing that stands out from a gameplay or story perspective but I really enjoyed my 6 or so hours in this world.

  5. Forza Horizon 5 - I was a little disappointed with the lack of polish at launch, but overall I’ve had a great time with this one.

Ongoing game

  1. Fallout 76 - I played the snot out of this in the first half of the year, reaching level 140 odd. If you like the Bethesda formula of exploring, looting and crafting you really should give this a go.

  2. State of Decay 2 - Downloaded this recently on the Series X and was pleasantly surprised to see how far this game has come. It really feels like a remaster of the Xbox One version. Better lighting, textures, loading and just all round polish. They’ve also added new maps, outfits and weapons and made some tweaks to the gameplay. This series feels like a sleeping giant for Xbox.


3 days remaining!

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  • 1: Psychonauts 2
  • 2: Halo Infinite
  • 3: Deathloop
  • 4: Resident Evil Village
  • 5: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 6: Metroid Dread
  • 7: Forza Horizon 5
  • 8: Little Nightmares 2
  • 9: Returnal
  • 10: Sable

A bit more than 24 hours to go! Make sure to enter your lists prior to January 31st 11 PM GMT!

  1. Psychonauts 2
  2. Metroid Dread
  3. Fantasian
  4. Shin Megami Tensei V
  5. Death’s Door
  6. Resident Evil Village
  7. Halo Infinite
  8. Tales of Arise

Moar! Moar!


1: Forza Horizon 5

2: It takes two

3: Halo infinite

4: Back 4 Blood

5: Outriders

6: Age of empires IV

7: Unpacking

8: rain on your parade

9: second extinction

Pretty much the only 2021 releases i played/tried

Ongoing Game 1: Minecraft

Ongoing Game 2: Grounded

Ongoing Game 3: Human fall flat ( if it counts lol )


Goooooooooooooo Unpacking!!


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  1. Halo Infinite The most fun I’ve had in any multiplayer/arena game. Forge can’t come soon enough.

  2. The Ascent I feel like this one just launched with some fanfare but never really did anything too big or so. Soundtrack, setting and some of the plot was really enjoyable.

  3. Forza Horizon 5 Playground just keeps upping their own games and I’m not sure how they keep doing this. My favourite racer of all time got dethroned after more than a decade and I’m happy it’s this game that did it. Amazing setting as well.

  4. Psychonauts 2 A pleasant surprise although I did expect something really good out of Double Fine.

  5. Scarlet Nexus Really tight gameplay and hopefully the start of a cool new Bamco series.


Excited to see the end results.


Four hours remaining!

  1. Psychonauts 2

The themes this game chose to tackle was approached in a far more thoughtful way than I would typically expect from the Xbox brand. Microsoft is lucky to have them on their team and I hope their talents are not wasted.


Mad lad :smiley:

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1, Halo infinite 2,Psychonauts 2 3,Mario party superstars 4, marvel guardians of the galaxy 5The artful escape.

  1. Halo Infinite
  2. Death’s Door
  3. The Ascent
  4. Forza Horizon 5
  5. Half-Life: Alyx (this will always be on my list, forever)
  6. It Takes Two
  7. Hitman 3
  8. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  9. Psychonauts 2
  10. The Arttful Escape

Ongoing Games

  1. The Division 2
  2. Rocket League
  3. Minecraft Dungeons
  1. Psychonauts 2
  2. Resident Evil Village
  3. Death’s Door
  4. Forza Horizon 5
  5. Halo Infinite
  6. The Artful Escape
  7. MLB The Show 21
  8. New Pokemon Snap
  9. Genesis Noir
  10. Mario Golf: Super Rush

I played 20 games from 2021, so here they all are ranked from best to worst. Managed to beat all of them except for one.

1. NEO The World Ends With You : Incredible sequel that honors original. 9/10

2. Returnal : Gripping and gorgeous gameplay loop. 9/10

3. Persona 5 Strikers : Fantastic followup to wonderful game. 9/10

4. Pokemon Shining Pearl : Gen 4 remains second best. 9/10

5. Shin Megami Tensei V : Fantastic gameplay with repetitive exploration. 8/10

6. New Pokemon Sn ap: Sequel decades in the making. 8/10

7. Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart : Gorgeous and breezy. Not bad. 8/10

8. Guardians of the Galaxy : Great story, but too long. 8/10

9. Back 4 Blood : Can’t match original, but good. 7/10

10. Halo Infinite : A huge surprise. Best Halo. 7/10

Games ranked 11-20

11. Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain : Very cute and breezy. Good 7/10

12. Warioware: Get It Together: Poor design hampers decent game. 6/10

13. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles: long long long long long 6/10

14. Resident Evil Village : Starts promising, but implodes spectacularly. 5/10

15. Little Nightmares II: Gorgeous but infuriating to play. 5/10

16. Kena: Bridge of Spirits : Gorgeous but boring. Didn’t finish. 4/10

17. Nier: Replicant : Starts okay, but implodes spectacularly. 4/10

18. Destruction Allstars: Multiplayer was a ghost town. 3/10

19. Scarlet Nexus : Infuriating gameplay, characters, and music. 3/10

20. World’s End Club : why 2/10


I didn’t have the opportunity to play as many games as I would have liked last year, but I was lucky enough to beat a few gems and here were my favorites:

  1. Halo: Infinite
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Psychonauts 2
  4. Forza Horizon 5
  5. It Takes Two
  6. Deathloop
  7. Hitman 3
  8. Age of Empires 4
  9. The Artful Escape
  10. Hades

Ongoing Games:

  1. Fallout 76
  2. ESO

Thanks everyone for voting for our Community GOTY. We’ll share the results soon in a feature on our site (and on the forums!)