Despite this year’s many game delays — God of War Ragnarok, Hogwarts Legacy, Horizon Forbidden West, Gotham Knights, and many others were pushed into next year — 2021 has thus far been a great year for video games. The first full year of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S era has brought us over 70 games (so far) that IGN awarded a review score of 8 or higher.
As we enter the final quarter of the year, we’ve compiled a list of every such game — new, standalone releases (no DLC) that received an 8 (“Great”), 9 (“Amazing”), or 10 (“Masterpiece”) from IGN. Click through the gallery below or continue scrolling for our full list of 2021’s 75 best games, ordered from lowest score to highest.
Note: This list will be updated through the end of the year if/when a new game receives a qualifying review score.