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I like to do at least one dedicated favorite games list thread per year. It's just a fun way to get to know each other a little better. Traditionally, I've asked people to list their favorite game from each year that they have a library from. This year I thought I'd change it up by focusing on games released in the last five years to get a bigger picture of what newer material we're into. What are your five favorite games from each of the last five years, as in beginning with games released in 2016 and concluding with games released in 2020?

(If you don't recall a game's release year, just like Google it or something. Also, if you don't own five games originally released in a given year, you can just list the games you do own from that year in your order of overall preference. Also also, you have the option to list your five fave games from this year as well if you want, but including games from this year isn't required since the year's only half-over.)

My picks are not objective. They reflect my personal biases. Anyway, for me...


1) Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
2) Ittle Dew 2
3) That Dragon, Cancer
4) Pony Island
5) The Last Guardian


1) Butterfly Soup
2) What Remains of Edith Finch
3) Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
4) Night in the Woods
5) Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice


1) Celeste
2) Donut County
3) Return of the Obra Dinn
4) Alwa's Awakening
5) God of War


1) Knights and Bikes
2) Death Stranding
3) A Plague Tale: Innocence
4) Gato Roboto
5) Untitled Goose Game


1) The Last of Us Part II
2) Spiritfarer
3) Hades
4) Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
5) ScourgeBringer

2021 (so far):

1) It Takes Two
2) Returnal
3) Oddworld: Soulstorm
4) The Medium
5) Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

I've used a dividing line for my 2021 selections to denote the fact that the first two entries are likely to remain in my top five picks for the year indefinitely, while the other three are pretty likely to be booted out of the top five by titles I'm anticipating later this year, like maybe Cris Tales, Where the Heart Leads, Psychonauts 2, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Lake, 12 Minutes, Metroid Dread (needless to say), Deathloop, and above all by the likes of Stray, Solar Ash, and Goodbye Volcano High if those last two games come out this year. Yeah, I liked Returnal. Also...

Honorable Mention: Kentucky Route Zero

I'm giving this one a special mention because it's among my favorite games ever, but it was released in chapters over the course of many years, with the last one released last year, so...technically kinda sorta compatible with the format here, but not totally.

Anyway, your turn next person!

Last edited by Jaicee - on 26 June 2021