Players’ Choice: Vote for December 2021’s best new game

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Alright gang, let’s do this one more time. The polls have officially opened for the final Players’ Choice poll of 2021! You’d be forgiven for assuming December was a quieter month, but we were graced by the release of long awaited titles like Among Us, Solar Ash, Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach, Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker, and more.

We’ll close the polls at 11:59pm Pacific on Sunday, January 9, so get your vote in before then.

Welcome to 2022!

How does it work? At the end of every month, PlayStation.Blog will open a poll where you can vote for the best new game released that month. Soon thereafter, we’ll close the polls, tally your votes, and announce the winner at PlayStation.Blog. PlayStation Store will also showcase some top Players’ Choice winners throughout the year.

What is the voting criteria? That’s up to you! If you were only able to recommend one new release to a friend that month, which would it be? In keeping with our long tradition in the Game of the Year Awards, remastered or re-released games won’t qualify. Ambitious, larger-scale rebuilds and remakes like Demon’s Souls and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will.

How are nominees decided? The PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store editorial teams will gather a list of that month’s most noteworthy releases and use it to seed the poll. Write-in votes will be accepted.


Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

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Hello everyone, how was your 2021? For me, 2021 has given me opportunities to play more games than in previous years, as having access to PlayStation 5 has not only removed most of the wait time to get into the games I want to play, but also their loading times thanks to the console’s blazingly fast SSD. 

Throughout the year, we have seen lots of amazing, charming, beautiful and totally engaging indie games on PS4, PS VR and PS5. Here are 12 of my personal favourites. 

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

This beautiful yet oppressive Japanese explorative platformer has an interesting approach to combat: discover downed knights and cleanse their souls to have them fight for you, while defeating certain enemies allows you to adopt their abilities for your own use. 

Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation indie games of 2021

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

At first glance Chicory may seem like an interactive coloring book, yet at its heart lies an engaging adventure. The story’s themes – self-doubt, redemption – are universally relatable. 

PlayStation Plus games for January: Persona 5 Strikers, Dirt 5, Deep Rock Galactic

Persona 5 Strikers | PS4

Jump into the stylish world of Persona in an all-new story featuring the Phantom Thieves as they embark on an epic road trip across Japan. A summer vacation with close friends takes a sudden turn as a distorted reality emerges, thrusting you in an epic tale as you strike back against the corruption overtaking cities. Dynamically control your team during explosive action combat as you reveal the truth and redeem the hearts of those imprisoned at the centre of the crisis.