It’s that time of year again, everyone, where we celebrate the best games of the year. Despite being a heavily disrupted year thanks to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, 2021 produced some incredible games, almost from day one, and as a result, our awards this year has the most variety of games ever – almost 50 different titles got at least one award, and as you’ll see as we announce each category, it really is an endless stream of incredible experiences.
This year we had a special, expanded judging panel, with the entire DDNet team participating, but we also invited some prominent people from independent game publications outside the Website to participate, so we could get a broader range of insights and thoughts into the winners from each category. Our additional judges this year included Pete Davison from Rice Digital, Thomas Knight of Nook Gaming, Robert Allen of Tech-Gaming, Matt Ryan from Shindig, and academic and freelancer, @TsuChanJohnson on Twitter. The total judging pool for the awards was ten people this year around, and there was some heated discussion about the worthiest titles in each category indeed!
It’s time to celebrate the big one! The last 16-odd days of awards have been leading to this one: the overall game of the year! All four of the winners here were pulled from a shortlist based on the other category winners, and they really are the finest of fine games that we’ve played in 2021. Overall this has been a great year for gaming, I think you can all agree. Enjoy, and thanks for following along with us on these awards this year!
Lost Judgment is a blockbuster game in terms of its size and scale. It’s a full-on cinematic project, featuring real-world stars, a rich and vibrant open world, and dozens of hours worth of cutscenes, side quests, vignettes and locations to visit and explore. This game cuts no corners, and is as ambitious and large as any of the other big games of the year.