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Siliconera’s PlayStation 4 Game of the Year 2021

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Siliconera PS4 Game of the Year 2021

The next generation may be here in some ways, but it’s definitely been delayed in others. You know, by “global conditions” and such! Thankfully, if you’re still rocking a PlayStation 4, there were a wealth of great games to play in 2021. Here are the ones you really shouldn’t miss!

These awards represent the consensus of the Siliconera staff. For more of the year’s award selections, check out our Game of the Year 2021 archive.

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Winner: Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a triple threat. It has a snazzy aesthetic that you can help to build, and it has a deep message about mental health. And people know that about it! But the third thing? It’s a heck of a lot of fun to play. The controls are smooth, the level design is clever, and the co-op is top-notch too. If Chicory somehow managed to slip by you at release, don’t make that same mistake now.

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NEO The World Ends With You

Who would have thought that we’d ever get a sequel to The World Ends With You? It’s a miracle that NEO TWEWY even exists. So it also being a top-flight JRPG in its own right? We’re truly blessed. It translates the combo-based gameplay and signature style to the modern era faithfully, but newcomers will find a lot to love even without that nostalgia.

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NieR Replicant

Yoko Taro is truly something special, and more people know that these days than they did at the original release of NieR. Replicant — you know what, we’re giving it an award, sure, let’s use the full name — NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… makes it easier for people to enjoy its narrative, and it augments and smooths out elements to make it more integrated and modern. It’s an emotional game! And all these things help NieR get out of its own way and deliver that emotion to players.

What are your PlayStation 4 Game of the Year 2021 selections? Let us know in the comments! And stay tuned for more of Siliconera’s GotY 2021 awards.

Graham Russell
Graham Russell, Siliconera's Managing Editor, has been writing about games for various sites and publications since 2007. He’s a fan of streamlined strategy games, local multiplayer and upbeat aesthetics. He joined Siliconera in February 2020. When he’s not writing about games, he’s a graphic designer, web developer, card/board game designer and editor.