Best action/adventure games of 2021

It’s awards season time here on emagtrends, so we’re taking a look back at the best games of the past year. 2021 has seen an impressive number of action/adventure games, each of which takes us on unforgettable journeys. Voted for by our own editors and staff, these are the best action/adventure games of 2021 that offered the richest experiences of their kind.

Best action/adventure games of 2021

Honorable Mention: Scarlet Nexus

Editor-in-chief Giuseppe Nelva: When Scarlet Nexus was announced in 2020, it was different from many other games coming out of Japan. It was one of the first announced for next-gen (now current) consoles, and it was set to release alongside an anime series from the prestigious Studio Sunrise. It embodied Bandai Namco’s new intellectual property policies, so I had high expectations of it.

I was not disappointed while playing the game. While the story isn’t exactly shocking to those familiar with Japanese media (but it may shock others), it is told in a fresh and interesting way, and the gameplay is great fun, leaving plenty of room for creativity. It’s definitely one of the best games to come out of Japan in 2021, and I’d say it’s pretty underrated overall.

If you liked Persona 5, chances are Scarlet Nexus is right up your alley, and I don’t make the comparison lightly. Sure, it doesn’t play the same in many ways, but it’s based on a similar core that builds the game on the interaction between a group of friends. It’s basically a playable anime, and it’s fantastic in my book.

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