Best of 2021: Game of the Year Awards

  • Publish Date: March 3, 2022
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2021 Video Game Awards Tracker

Here are the games released during 2021 that have won major industry awards or received nominations for those awards.

Recent updates:
Added Apr. 8: BAFTA winners
Added Mar. 24: GDC winners
Added Mar. 3: Awards tracker launched with all previously announced winners/nominees for 2021 and today's BAFTA nominations. Note that GDC winners will be added when announced in late March and BAFTA winners will be added when announced on April 7, 2022.

Key to awards:
[BAFTA] BAFTA Games Awards
[DICE] D.I.C.E. Awards (Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences)
[GDC] Game Developers Choice Awards
[MC] Metacritic Game of the Year (overall highest Metascore)
[NY] New York Game Awards
[TGA] The Game Awards

WinWins in bold / nominations in regular text

Game of the Year

Chicory: A Colorful Tale - NY

Deathloop - BAFTA, DICE, GDC, NY, TGA

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut - WinMC

Dorfromantik - NY

Forza Horizon 5 - BAFTA, GDC

Halo Infinite - NY

Inscryption - BAFTA, DICE, WinGDC

It Takes Two - BAFTA, WinDICE, GDC, WinTGA

Life Is Strange: True Colors - NY

Metroid Dread - NY, TGA

Psychonauts 2 - WinNY, TGA

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - BAFTA, DICE, TGA

Resident Evil Village - GDC, NY, TGA

Returnal - WinBAFTA, DICE

Indie Game of the Year

12 Minutes - TGA

Before I Forget - NY

Chicory: A Colorful Tale - NY

Death's Door - DICE, NY, TGA

ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights - NY

Genesis Noir - NY

Inscryption - DICE, TGA

Kena: Bridge of Spirits - WinTGA

Little Nightmares 2 - NY

Loop Hero - DICE, TGA

Sable - DICE, WinNY

Unpacking - WinDICE

Wildermyth - NY

Debut Game of the Year

The Artful Escape - BAFTA, GDC, TGA

Eastward - BAFTA

The Forgotten City - BAFTA, TGA

Genesis Noir - BAFTA

Kena: Bridge of Spirits - GDC, WinTGA

Maquette - BAFTA

Sable - GDC, TGA

Toem - Win BAFTA

Valheim - WinGDC, TGA

Wildermyth - GDC

Multiplayer/Online Game of the Year

Back 4 Blood - BAFTA, DICE, TGA

Call of Duty: Vanguard - BAFTA, DICE

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker - DICE

Forza Horizon 5 - BAFTA

Halo Infinite - BAFTA, WinDICE

Hell Let Loose - BAFTA

It Takes Two - WinBAFTA, WinTGA

Knockout City - DICE, TGA

Monster Hunter Rise - TGA

New World - TGA

Valheim - TGA

Ongoing/Evolving Game of the Year
[Games first released prior to 2021 with new content added in 2021]

Among Us - BAFTA

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - BAFTA

Apex Legends - BAFTA, TGA

Call of Duty: Warzone - TGA

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut - BAFTA

Final Fantasy XIV Online - WinTGA

Fortnite - BAFTA, TGA

Genshin Impact - TGA

No Man's Sky - Win BAFTA

Best Story/Writing

Before Your Eyes - DICE

Chicken Police - Paint It Red! - NY

Deathloop - GDC, TGA

The Forgotten City - DICE

Inscryption - DICE

It Takes Two - BAFTA, GDC, TGA

Life Is Strange: True Colors - BAFTA, WinNY, TGA

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - BAFTA, WinDICE, GDC, NY, WinTGA

Persona 5 Strikers - NY

Psychonauts 2 - BAFTA, DICE, WinGDC, NY, TGA

Resident Evil: Village - NY

Returnal - BAFTA

Strangeland - NY

Unpacking - WinBAFTA, GDC

Mobile Game of the Year

Behind the Frame - DICE

Crash on the Run - NY

Fantasian - DICE, NY, TGA

Genshin Impact - WinTGA

League of Legends: Wild Rift - DICE, TGA

Marvel Future Revolution - NY, TGA

Moncage - DICE

NieR Re[in]carnation - WinNY

Pikmin Bloom - NY

Pokémon Unite - WinDICE, TGA

Queen Rock Tour - NY

Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes - NY

AR/VR Game of the Year

Demeo - DICE

Floor Plan 2 - NY

Hitman 3 - TGA

I Expect You to Die 2 - DICE, TGA

Lone Echo II - WinDICE, TGA

Mare – Quest - NY

Ragnarock - NY

Resident Evil 4 VR - DICE, WinNY, WinTGA

Sniper Elite VR - TGA

Song in the Smoke - DICE

Star Wars Pinball VR- NY

Traffic Jams - NY

Genre-specific awards

Action Game of the Year

The Ascent - DICE

Back 4 Blood- TGA

Chivalry II - TGA

Deathloop - DICE, TGA

Far Cry 6 - TGA

Halo Infinite - WinDICE

Metroid Dread - DICE

Returnal - DICE, WinTGA

Adventure (or Action-Adventure) Game of the Year

Death's Door - DICE

It Takes Two - DICE

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - WinDICE, TGA

Metroid Dread - WinTGA

Psychonauts 2 - DICE, TGA

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart - TGA

Resident Evil: Village - DICE, TGA

Fighting Game of the Year

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles - TGA

Guilty Gear Strive - WinDICE, WinTGA

Melty Blood: Type Lumina - DICE, TGA

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl - DICE, TGA

Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown - TGA

Role-Playing Game of the Year

Cyberpunk 2077 - TGA

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker - WinDICE

Monster Hunter Rise - TGA

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - DICE

Scarlet Nexus - TGA

Shin Megami Tensei V - DICE, TGA

Tales of Arise - DICE, WinTGA

Wildermyth - DICE

Simulation/Strategy Game of the Year

Age of Empires IV - WinDICE, WinTGA

Evil Genius 2: World Domination - TGA

Gloomhaven - DICE

Griftlands - DICE

Humankind - TGA

Inscryption - DICE, TGA

Loop Hero - DICE

Microsoft Flight Simulator - TGA

Sports/Racing Game of the Year

The Climb 2 - DICE

F1 2021 - DICE, TGA


Forza Horizon 5 - WinDICE, WinTGA

Hot Wheels Unleashed- DICE, TGA

Mario Golf: Super Rush - WinDICE


Riders Republic- DICE, TGA


Note that most awards organizations also honor games and creators in additional categories not listed above. We opted to concentrate on those categories that tend to recur most frequently among the different awards groups. In addition, we have omitted awards and organizations (such as the Golden Joystick Awards) that are determined solely by public voting, as well as any awards (like those theoretically handed out in the summer at E3) that don't primarliy correspond to the calendar year.


Comments (1)

  • VidyaGaemAwards  

    Our voters awarded Metroid Dread the "Least Worst Award" for least worst game of the year, this is the equivalent of Game of the Year.

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