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The Best, Worst, and Blandest of 2021 – Zero Punctuation


This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee recounts the five best, worst, and blandest games of 2021.

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Feels a bit inappropriate to say “Happy new year” these days. We should just say “New year.” New year, internet. New year, Yahtzee. The cosmic odometer has indeed ticked over again. ‘Tis the season of writing the wrong date on all our official documentation for the next couple of weeks. Many indifferent returns. If I sound a bit unenthused in this, the intro to the Best, Worst and Blandest games of 2021, it’s because picking the best games of 2021 was like picking my most acoustically satisfying bathtime farts. Most years have at least one thing that jumps out and takes me roughly by surprise and reminds me why I’m still doing this bullshit, but I struggle to think of anything that excited me in 2021. No Undertales, no Obra Dinns, no Spiritfarers – well, there was one thing, but, well, we’ll get to that.

About the author

Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.