2021 Reflections: Part 4: The Runners-up.

“But Ryan!” you shout, incredulously “Where was Part 3??”

I’ll tell you where Part 3 is. It’s here. I just didn’t add it to the post title, because I didn’t want to. There you go. There’s no lost chapter or anything. Just me being silly and inconsistent.

Anyway, just for kicks, here is the list of video games that I had considered for my 2021 Top 10 list, but didn’t quite make the cut. I think that these are all great games, but they just didn’t affect me the same way that the winners did. I would absolutely recommend any game from this list.

  • Downfall (PC)
  • Ys Origin (Switch)
  • Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished ~ Omen (PC)
  • Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished ~ The Final Chapter (PC)
  • Power Wash Simulator (PC)
  • Deltarune: Chapter II (PC)
  • Alisa (PC)
  • Kathy Rain: The Director’s Cut (PC)

And here’s every other game that was a candidate for the list. If you’ve forgotten, that only means that I played them for the first time in 2021. Not all of these get my seal of recommendation. I’ll let you peruse the Month End Wrap-Ups, should you feel the need to figure out which ones are good and which are… less good.

  • Astro’s Playroom (PS5)
  • Roki (Switch)
  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon II (Switch)
  • Vader Immortal: Episode I (Oculus)
  • Contra (Arcade)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (GBC)
  • Pixel Puzzle Makeout League (Switch)
  • Bravely Default II (Switch)
  • Little Kite (PC)
  • Pac-Man 99 (Switch)
  • The Persistence (Switch)
  • Picross S5 (Switch)
  • Inunaki Tunnel (PC)
  • Stigmatized Property (PC)
  • Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PC)
  • Crooked Silence (PC)
  • Madrobot X (PC)
  • Lorelai (PC)
  • White Day: A Labyrinth Named School (PS4)
  • Doki Doki Literature Club Plus (Switch)
  • Legend of Mana (Swtich)
  • Pixel Ripped 1995 (Oculus)
  • LISA (PC)
  • The Medium (PC)
  • Shutter (PC)
  • Mr. Driller: Drill Land (Switch)
  • Stela (Switch)
  • Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand (SNES)
  • Samsara Room (PC)
  • NieR Reincarnation (iOS)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (PC)
  • Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (PC)
  • Beat Saber (Oculus)
  • No More Heroes III (Switch)
  • Castlevania: The Adventure (GB)
  • Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi (PC)
  • Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (GB)
  • MediEvil (2019) (PS4)
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines (Genesis)
  • Ys Seven (PC)
  • Pokémon Shining Pearl (Switch)
  • The Room (PC)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach (PS5)
  • Maize (PC)
  • Tap Wizard RPG (iOS)
  • Trash Quest (Switch)

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