- I'm assuming that you're asking about our favorite(s) game(s) that was(were) released this year, and not games from previous years? The reason I ask is that I see a few games mentioned that weren't.
Anyway, sticking with games (including remasters) that were released this year:
Mass Effect Legendary
would be my top pick, I think Bioware did an excellent job with it, and having all 3 games unified as 1 is great, as those 3 games basically comprise a complete story. I've yet to finish it yet, because I need to go back and trouble shoot a surround sound issue that occurs in ME1.
Solasta Crown of the Magister
would be my next choice. I've talked about it in other posts, but it's an excellent Indie CRPG.
Diablo 2 Resurrected
recaptures that feeling I had 20 years ago when I first played.
And those were the only 3 "new" games I purchased/played in 2021. I played several others, and purchased a few on sales, but none were released this year.
I've had my eye on this game for a long time now, as I love a good single player zombie infested game. I know it's a port from a PS4 game which doesn't bother me. But there was one Steam review that mentioned that a keylogger is also installed. I don't know if it's actually true or not, but I've hesitated mostly because of that. I won't list the whole review as it's rather long, but here is the section that mentions the keylogger:
,,,,very intrusive data collection and DRM the game forces you to accept. There is no way to not accept it, and you are forced into playing with a key logger attached that is active regardless if the game is active or not THIS INCLUDES VISITED WEBSITES. This is the same thing that made me refund Horizon Zero Dawn
These are just part of the terms you have to accept. And this is just from their "limited" option. (I have also taken screenshots of theses terms to show just how blatant they are, but I have no clue how to attach them to a review.)
Network Data: Information about your device's network connections (such as mobile, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) including IP address and the number, requirements and speed of the connections.
Configuration Data: Information about your device's configuration, such as the manufacturer, model, number of processors, display size and resolution, date, region, language, locale and capabilities.
Security Data: Information necessary to detect and investigate malicious, unauthorized or fraudulent activities.
Legal Data: Information required by applicable law and to demonstrate compliance.
Maybe all DRM does this and I just wasn't aware of it, but it seems overly intrusive by collecting personal data outside of playing the game itself.