On Metacritic, Forza Horizon 5 is the best video game of 2021

On Metacritic, Forza Horizon 5 is the best video game of 2021

According to Metacritic’s own dedicated page of 2021 video games, Forza Horizon 5 ended up taking the top spot overall for titles that have been reviewed since the start of the year. The game boasts an overall “Metascore” of 92, which puts it a full point higher than that of Psychonauts 2, which ended up coming in second place when compared to other games that were released this year. All in all, it was a strong year for Xbox Game Studios.

We have a clearer sense of which titles are considered the greatest of the best in this span of 12 months now that 2021 is coming to a close in less than ten days and big video game releases have virtually wrapped up for the year. While we’ve clearly been reviewing plenty of significant video games here on ComicBook.com throughout the course of 2021, Metacritic, an aggregate website that aggregates reviews from a variety of sources, has been keeping track of the overall impact these games have had this year. And, based on the data gathered, Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox appears to be the year’s most critically lauded title.


  • It’s also worth noting that other newly-released versions of games that released in previous years also rated higher than Forza Horizon 5. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut was technically the best-reviewed title of the year and had a 97 score. The Nintendo Switch version of Tetris Effect: Connected also achieved a 95 aggregate score, while the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 version of Hades achieved a 93. So while Forza Horizon 5 was the top new game that launched this year, some titles did end up technically ranking higher.

  • While Forza Horizon 5 was the top new game that launched in 2021, there are a few caveats with its win. For starters, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, which is the latest expansion for the ongoing MMO, also ended up receiving an overall Metascore of 92, which puts it toe-to-toe with Forza. However, since this is an add-on rather than a full new game, Endwalker kind of slots into its own category.

As a whole, what do you think about Forza Horizon 5 being the big winner of 2021 in the eyes of critics? Do you agree with this ranking? Let me know what you think either down in the comments or hit me up on Twitter.