It’s that time of year again when we start talking Respawning’s official Game Of The Year! Here’s a quick rundown of how it works this year..

Each content creator here at Respawning will list their Top 10 games of the year across all platforms. Each place gets awarded an amount of points depending on where they come. So for example the 10th place game gets 1 point, 9th place gets 2 points all the way up to 1st place which gets awarded 10 points, you get the idea!

Then come the end of the week we’ll add up all the scores to confirm Respawning’s official overall Top 10 and our Game Of The Year in a special video over on our YouTube channel! Next up, it’s Javier!

This year has certainly been an odd one, one small victory for me has been the amount of extra time I’ve had for games. Being furloughed with not many options on things to do has only meant I’ve poured hours into the Switch and the PS4 (hopefully the PS5 soon). Now the downside is I’ve been catching up on old games such as Persona 5, AC Odyssey and all the Souls. So this list was tricky to put together, but thanks to Respawning I’ve played lots of new games I may have otherwise not looked at, and hopefully this will reveal some gems for you avid reader! I imagine Valhalla would also be quite high in this list….but I haven’t played it yet.

10) Mortal Shell | 1 point

I like this game but it was simply a little too hard! Hey definitely one to check out if you’re looking to scratch the Souls itch. I really liked the setting and the way it played and will definitely be returning to it one day.

9) Watch Dogs Legion | 2 Points

This could have been a GREAT game and a potential list topper but unfortunately it was just bloated and the boredom I encountered has meant that I never finished it, and may not. However I can’t deny that the good parts were really enjoyable and I think with the eventual COOP addition will be rad.

8) Scourgebringer | 3 Points

Just…….play this game…..Great little indie title.

7) Animal Crossing New Horizons | 4 Points

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This is a big surprise to me to be here, it honestly is. I bought this as a game for the missus, as an early birthday present, and unfortunately I’ve got massively into it! It’s just easy to play and really flippin charming! Not only that but it’s also a brilliant coop experience where you can work together to build a lovely island together. Definitely a game for the casual gamer, or the partner who doesn’t really play games!

6) Doom Eternal | 5 Points

Although I never actually finished it…….it’s a great game.

5) Hellpoint | 6 Points

Hellpoint is a game I loved but didn’t play a lot of, but it’s always good to have something to look forward to! It takes Dark Souls, makes it a little easier and puts it in space. One to play after all the other Souls games.

4) FIFA 21 | 7 Points

To be honest the list gets loose under number 3 and it could kind of be ‘other games I’ve played that were released this year’ but I was trying to think of the other games that I simply enjoyed, and this is one of them. Although not a huge step up from 20 the revamped Volta and career modes have meant they’ve done enough to make it worth the new price tag. They just need to add more of the couch vs modes into online! Don’t forget to catch our career mode battle.

3) Paper Mario : The Origami King | 8 Points

Platformer of the year from me, well platformer-RPG hybrid of the year anyway. I’d never played a Paper Mario game before and have had the best intro to the series EVER! It uses meta, and often adult, comedy to tell a really unique Mario story supported by awesome, puzzle solving combat. This is not one to miss.

2) The Last Of Us Part 2 | 9 Points

What a game amirite! If you hated this game because of the ‘controversial’ reasons it raised…..get a grip. Phenomenal story telling, graphics, gameplay…what more do you want. Never have I played a game that’s made me feel so torn and almost made me not want to press buttons at certain points! It was only just knocked off the top spo…..

1) Final Fantasy 7 Remake | 10 Points

I could go on and on about how good this game is but why not just watch my video where I blow smoke up it’s ass. This game enveloped me like nothing else this year, I couldn’t think about anything else until I’d finished it and it’s easily one of my favourite games ever.

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