It feels like MS underestimated how much Series consoles would sell worldwide early on while Sony, having all the momentum, produced more than they did early on with PS4 and enjoyed huge supplies in the first year of the console launches.
Seems to me like MS is waking up and getting everything they can get their hands on, maybe paying premium I really don’t know. Guess at this point everyone is trying their best to get their hands on as much supply as possible, maybe MS is just having an easier time securing foundry time thanks to higher funding on their part, I really have no clue. Lately though they seem to be doing really well, so for sure they must have readjusted how much they are producing to meet a higher demand.
2017: Persona 5 / NIer Automata. It’s too close I would call these some of my favourite games of all time so, they’re both getting listed.
2018: Red Dead Redemption 2
2019: Outer Wilds
2020: The Last of Us Part 2
2021: Psychonauts 2 (this one was really close between Halo and Forza but I already cheated on 2017 so I had to pick one)
Starting with Kojima was honestly a big ass statement. I also feel they wanted Wo Long to be a publishing partnership but couldn’t get to that point and were only able to get it for Game Pass which, hey, is honestly also a great partnership still.
I always forget how good Psychonauts 2 was, probably #2-3 for me last year. Chicory was just a special experience. RDR2 is one I “beat” and would love to spend more time in but…too many games! I hope people keep this going, it’s awesome to look back and remember some absolute stellar games.