As we near the midpoint of 2021, we’ve decided to take stock of the past six months by tasking the adorable and enthusiastic Push Square community to rank their favorite PlayStation games of the year so far. This has resulted in over 5,000 votes placed over the past five days, with conflicting PS5 exclusives and PS4 experiences still up to par. That leaves us with an excellent top 10 list that surely has at least something for everyone. But if not, we still have half a year left for you to find something to love. So let’s take a look at your top 10 PS5 and PS4 games of 2021 so far.
ten. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut – 116 votes (2% of total votes)
9. Yakuza: Like a dragon – 132 votes (2%)
8. Hitman 3 – 164 votes (3%)
7. Control: Ultimate Edition – 193 votes (4%)
6. You need two – 193 votes (4%)
Cloud Strife’s triumphant return to PS4 just wasn’t enough for you, as the cranky hero made his way into the top five a year later thanks to a current gen upgrade packed with a pretty chunk. by DLC. Yuffie from Wutai stars in a new story that details what happens when the main protagonist isn’t around to swing his Buster sword. And while it might be a bit of a short experience, fans of the classic PS1 will find a lot to love. Plus, the base game looks and performs better than ever now. Square Enix fixed Cloud’s front door, so the PS5 version must sort of rank well.
Commander Shepard is finally back and he looks better than ever in this full remaster of the RPG trilogy. BioWare has truly gone to town, making sure every detail shines for the next generation and modernizing the mechanical and gameplay aspects that need it most. You know what you’re going to get with Mass Effect, and that’s exactly why fans have flocked to a series’ role-playing masterclass in droves for the past few months. Save the galaxy, pass Paragon or Renegade tests , and maybe even romance an alien or two along the way. The Mass Effect franchise is back, and the world is a better place for it.
Resident Evil Village quickly established itself as one of the best entries in the horror franchise to date. Love it or hate it, but protagonist Ethan Winters returns for a wild journey through a remote European village teeming with great ladies, werewolves, and all manner of other monsters. No zombies to see around these parts. The result is another awesome first-person experience with great boss fights, intense action, and memorable characters that will be part of Resident Evil lore. Who knows what’s next for the Winters family, but we’ll definitely be there to witness the wrap-up. A good start for the series on PS5.
2. Back – 816 votes (15%)
The AAA version of Housemarque on the rogue-like genre catapulted the Finnish studio to second place with Returnal. This is no surprise, however, given the developer’s previous work on Resogun and Nex Machina. Although, with Sony’s support and funding fueling her efforts, Selene Vassos’ fate takes things to a whole new level. Your senses are constantly under attack as a barrage of alien life forms throws everything they have at you, regularly resulting in death after death. However, these setbacks only make the ups and downs even better. Housemarque has set a whole new standard for the rogue-like genre – one that we don’t expect to be surpassed anytime soon. What a game.
Ratchet and Clank’s planet- trotter duo tops your list of the best PS5, PS4 games of 2021 so far! Joined by Rivet and Kit, the last duo fit so well into the story that one cannot imagine a sequel without them. That doesn’t mean, however, that longtime fans of the saga have been left out. The classic action and platform gameplay loop has returned with a few new bells and whistles to keep us entertained, while also looking exceptional and giving the PS5 SSD a purpose. Will this be the best overall PS5, PS4 title of 2021? We will meet in six months to find out.
How does your personal list of the best PS5 and PS4 games of 2021 so far stack up against the top 10 in the Push Square community? Do you agree or has a certain title been forgotten? Let us know in the comments below.