Nominations for The Game Awards 2021, and especially GOTY 2021, is a no-nonsense joke

According to what I wrote in December 2020, 2021 is not full of blockbusters, as many might have previously assumed. It lacked many productions that large publishers announced several dozen months ago. The largest ones include Dying Light 2 Stay Human, Horizon Forbidden West or the Elden Ring, which was lost even for most of 2021. All of these titles were moved to the first or second quarter of 2022, which ultimately led to the fact that noteworthy items released in 2021 can be counted on the fingers of both hands.

I will not present my TOP 10 games from 2021 now (because there will be time later in the year, when Halo Infinite sees the light of day), but I will highlight so quickly that I was most captivated by Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy, Forza Horizon 5 , Returnal (despite the fact that I could not finish the game, I am impressed how much Selene’s adventure was able to absorb creativity at every step) and Resident Evil Village. Only one of these games was included in this year’s nominations for the main prize of The Game Awards 2021 – the game of the year, better known as GOTY.

Certainty of 2021

It is no surprise that this is the next installment of the world-famous Resident Evil series, which expanded the story of Ethan Winters, which began in the “seven”. Considering the fact that it did not contain many innovative solutions compared to its predecessor, the title was still able to entertain, play on emotions and encourage thoughtful gameplay. Didn’t Returnal, Forza Horizon 5 or the hit Guardians of the Galaxy offer the same, and maybe even more fun?

In the meantime, let’s remind you who was nominated for the GAME OF THE YEAR category:

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Metroid Dread
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village

I am glad that “an international jury of 100 people who know video games” appreciated Psychonauts 2, It Takes Two and Deathloop, but I will not beat around the bush – these games have been pushed here simply by force, because there are at least three others , solid candidates for the TGA 2021 grand prize. Returnal eats for breakfast (especially after the save game patch) Deathloop under all the common gameplay features, and Guardians of the Galaxy are two tiers higher than such Psychonauts 2.

I’m not going to belittle the people responsible for It Takes Two, Psychonauts 2 or Deathloop because they did a great job, but someone did their job even better. I especially feel sorry for Housemarque and Eidos Montreal, who have spiced up the lives of players this year in a perfect way, and can only compete for side rewards in the end.

The further the … worse

Being already at the next nominations, it must be mentioned that it is not any better. Due to the fact that last year’s biggest premiere took place only in December, it was not taken into account in last year’s edition of The Game Awards. Of course, we are talking about the native Cyberpunk 2077, which caused even greater stir among players and critics than, for example, The Last of Us 2.

Looking at the third category from the top (link to the news with full nominations), interested parties can take a look at the list entitled “the best narrative”, in which the following was highlighted:

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Life Is Strange: True Colors
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Psychonauts 2

And even after rubbing your eyes a few times, you can’t see Cyberpunk 2077 here. Really? I fully understand that the game was in a deplorable state on the base PS4 and XONE models, but did this affect the quality of the story, main and side quests? I will repeat myself, but despite the fact that there is a lot bad to say about RED’s production, the writers cannot be accused of offering the audience a tedious, meaningless story. Many consider her one of the best (even the creator of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, who has seen the end credits at least twice), with which they have dealt, throwing the story of Geralt of Rivia from the podium, and the jury will not nominate CP2077 in this category? Laughter in the room.

The situation is even worse in the case of “Best Art Direction”, where Returnal (!) And the aforementioned Cyberpunk 2077 were missing, because instead of them low-budget The Artful Escape or Deathloop with retro-futuristic style appealing to few people were chosen. Similarly, as I mentioned above, I do not want to belittle the creators of both productions, but once again it can be seen that the nominations for The Game Awards 2021 are a funny joke.

Game presentations will save TGA 2021?

The awards gala will start on December 10 (Thursday-Friday night). I am disappointed with the choices made by the jury, but I will still watch the event with great interest. Geoff Keighley announced that around 40 unveiled and brand new game presentations will be revealed during it, and looking at what we were fed a year ago, I believe it will be even better this year. Maybe it will in some way help to forget about – in my opinion – unfair appointments.


About Steven Mark

Fan of video games and new technologies, I am editor in this environment for several years already. I like to share my passion through news, tests and other files. I also love wrestling and Marvel Comics.

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