GOTY 2021

The Fancies 2021: The Fanbyte Mod Squad’s Game of the Year Lists

The Fanbyte community moderators decided to share some of their favorite games (and their favorite stories about them) from the year! Take a look below for their choices.   Plants vs Zombies (2009) Taylor: Yeah, you’re reading that right. The one from 2009. This year I got an Xbox Series…

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The Fancies 2021: The Big Fanbyte Game of the Year 2021 Roundup

We finally did it. We killed another year — 2021 this time — and now laugh and dance on its atemporal corpse. Its reign of tyranny is over and now we feast… on some very good video games. Specifically, we’re taking a look at Fanbyte Game of the Year 2021…

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The Fancies 2021: Fanbyte Community Picks

Community Picks include any game that prominent members of our community enjoyed this year, regardless of release date, genre, or format! (They’re really good, too. Last year’s list introduced me to some of my new favorites.) These goofballs genuinely made my year. Thanks to everyone who read, watched, kicked my ass…

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The Fancies 2021: Steven Strom’s Game of the Year List

Another year, another landslide of problems to try and escape in the world of video games. I won’t go too deep on just how hard 2021 has been. I edited most of our end-of-year pieces by my coworkers. They already did a much better job of encompassing the struggles we…

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The Fancies 2021: Fūnk-é’s Games of the Year 2021

Sweet! We made it to the end. I’m glad we got through this. The year 2021 started off rough for me. My cat Joemama, one of my best friends in the world, passed away suddenly in January. I’ve dealt with death before, but only as a child, tangentially saying goodbye…

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The Fancies 2021: Colette Arrand’s Top Wrestling Games

Unless we’re looking at AEW Casino and AEW Elite GM as full-fledged wrestling games, 2021’s default wrestling game of the year was Retrosoft Studio’s RetroMania Wrestling, a classic arcade game evoking the beloved WWF WrestleFest coin-0p that I did not play on account of its roster not appealing to me beyond the Road Warriors…

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The Fancies 2021: John Warren’s Top 10 Games of the Year

In a year I promised myself I’d play more Final Fantasy XIV to prepare for Endwalker, I ended up playing everything besides the best MMO on the market today. It’s not that XIV isn’t great, nor that I don’t want to see it to its magnificent conclusion. It’s more that…

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The Fancies 2021: Niki’s Normal and Regular Game of the Year List

I spent my last night as a 25-year-old weeping on the floor. The floor is an underrated place to cry, imo. You can just kind of writhe there and not hit anything. The rug that I wept on used to sit under my coffee table and couch in LA. It…

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The Fancies 2021: Dillon Skiffington Breaks the Rules Again

I’m going to go ahead and rip the Band-Aid off right now — my game of the year lists are always a bit strange. As a guide writer, I get far too into a couple of games per year (many of which never end) and spend five to ten hours…

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The Fancies 2021: Michael Higham’s 10 Favorite Games That Aren’t FFXIV Endwalker

Trust me, there are other games I play besides Final Fantasy XIV. Still, I’m predictable as hell, but I know what I like. Life isn’t all catgirls and bunny boys, crystals and aether, or calamity and Primals — though many of my favorite games share similar themes. I think for…

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The Fancies 2021: Je’Nae Singh’s Games of the Year 2021

This guest list is brought to you by former Fanbyte production intern and The Sims lover Jae, who worked with us during the summer of 2021. Love you, Jae! It’s crazy to imagine that we’re already wrapping up 2021. In just a few days, we will enter 2022 — a…

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The Fancies 2021: Some of Imran’s Top Games of the Year

I don’t think we have enough appreciation for how weird 2021 has been for video games — or really anything. That anything came out this year is a small miracle; that enough really good things came out this year to fill a list, much less the list of 50 games…

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The Fancies 2021: Elise’s Top Games of the Year

This is going to sound corny, but this past year has been a huge lesson in happiness and balance for me. I changed jobs, moved across the country, and started anew in more ways than one. Part of that transition has been interacting with games differently than before, allowing myself…

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The Fancies 2021: Andrea Shearon’s Game of the Year List

I’m gonna kick off my Game of the Year list with a spoiler: every year, when there’s a Final Fantasy XIV expansion, said expansion winds up being my number one. I still want you to pretend to be surprised when you get to the end and see Endwalker. That being…

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The Fancies 2021: Danielle’s Top Games of 2021

Content warning for a mention of a COVID 19-related death in this article. I’ve been writing about video games professionally since 2006. I’ve done it full-time since early 2013, when I joined the staff at Polygon, and I think this is the first time since then I haven’t had a…

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The Fancies 2021: LB Hunktears’ Games of the Year

Game of the Year, Period, 2021: Wildermyth The reason Wildermyth is my game of the year is pretty simple: it does nothing I don’t like. It’s beautifully balanced. Tonally, it’s the perfect fantasy adventure game — the stakes feel high, but not stressfully so. Sad things happen, and they feel…

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The Fancies 2021: Collin’s Guide to Picking Your GOTY

It’s that time of the year again where we at Fanbyte share our favorite games of the year. This discussion typically includes insightful listicles, chaotic podcasts, and the infamous Jordies. Yet, I realized that you, the humble reader, do not get to join in and pick your game of the…

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The Fancies 2021: Natalie Flores’ Game of the Year List

2021 has often been pretty terrible, but at least it’s been a fantastic year for video games. I genuinely mean that. Video games are in some way tied to every source of happiness I’ve had throughout the last 12 months. That they’ve had such a spectacular year, offering plenty of…

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The Fancies 2021: merritt’s Top 10 Games of the Year

Games! Oh my god, games. These games rule. 10. Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective Were you into Where’s Waldo books as a kid? Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is like one of those come to life — in fact, it’s an adaptation of a Japanese series of books with a similar premise…

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The Fancies 2021: Kenneth Shepard’s Favorite Games That Weren’t Mass Effect

Gosh, 2021 is much harder to define for me than last year. 2020 was full of turmoil, and grief, but it was also a year of putting myself back together and coming out stronger on the other side. Now that 2021 is ending, there are a lot of things that…

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