Continuing Twinfinite’s awards season, it’s time to look back and reflect on the highlights from last year. And today, we’re here to celebrate the best console exclusive of 2021.
Voted on by all our staff and editors, these are the best games that were exclusive to a specific console. Indeed, thanks to their exclusivity to just a single platform, these titles tend to have that extra level of polish and je ne sais quoi. So, without further ado, let’s get into it, shall we?
Best Console Exclusive of 2021
Honorable Mention: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Senior Editor, Alex Gibson: Among the best showcases of next-generation console performance yet, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart has delivered spectacular visuals and production quality to PS5’s budding library of games. It feels as though every time Insomniac releases a new game in the series we’re declaring “it’s like playing a Pixar movie!” — but seriously, it really is this time!
Beyond just its sumptuous good looks, though, the gameplay is top-notch and proved not just one of 2021’s big highlights but one of the platforming genre’s all-time high watermarks.
Rift Apart is tactile in feeling and a complete joy to control across the board. It’s one of those games that puts a smile on your face every time you pick up the DualSense and start moving around; particularly so, with the added layer of immersion brought about by haptic feedback technology. Speaking of layers, the innovative dimension-shifting mechanic, which has been cleverly weaved into the experience, represents an industry-leading design that deserves a special mention.
We can’t wait to see which direction Insomniac takes the series in next, but for now, it’s about celebrating a platformer that is today a must-play for owners of PS5.