Apple recognized the best developers on its platforms with the 2021 App Store Awards, and games have become an important part of it, such as Toca Life World, which received the iPhone App of the Year and Among Us! receiving the “Trend of the Year” award. Video games are so important that the media have their own category of awards.
“In 2021, apps have played a more important role in our lives than ever before,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a streaming announcement. “They helped us move forward during a year that continued to challenge us as a global community and our own lives. The apps have helped us build stronger bonds with each other, show creativity and meet new people, experiences and cultures. ”
In terms of games, these games received the highest ratings:
IPhone Game of the Year League of Legends: Wild Rift by Riot Games
IPad Game of the Year: “Marvel Future Revolution” by Netmarble Corporation
Mac Game of the Year“Myst” by Cyan
Apple TV Game of the Year Marshals of Space 3 by Pixelbite
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: “Fantasy” from “The Wanderer of the Mists”
Fantasy is the most visible project on the list for two reasons. First, it was directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the highly influential Final Fantasy series. His work shaped the genre as consoles grew more powerful from generation to generation, and his influence was unmatched. Therefore, fans should pay attention to this game, because it may become the final one.
“I approached this project as my last potential project and it is worth it,” he said.
The second reason Fantasy stands out is because Sakaguchi took a different approach to creating it. The developer first worked with sprites, but in Final Fantasy VII he switched to polygons. In this arcade game for Apple Arcade, he went the old school and used dioramas as part of the design to create environments that would be home to CGIs. It is a combination of analog and digital.
Sakaguchi said that dioramas remind him of working with sprites. Back in the days of cathode ray tube televisions, he said, display technology made things more circular as game information was broadcast on the screen and images were mixed. This contrasts with working with polygons, which appear to be more angular and sharper, he says. The process of using dioramas and creating sets and accessories was more like working with sprites.
Looking at the game, Fantasy is really different and players can appreciate the work of over 150 different artists in 200 environments. The details are so demanding that players can see miniature piano keys.
Sakaguchi’s studio, Mistwalker, recently released the second part of Fantasian. This essentially completes the game. He said that there will be another update in December, but now the project that he conceived is coming out, albeit with reconfigured bosses.
“I wanted the player to have the satisfaction of finally defeating the last boss,” he said. Sakaguchi said that even if the players feel that Fantasy is harder towards the end, they should stick with it. “I urge players not to give up.”
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Another App Store Award winner is Marvel Future Revolution, which combines the appeal of the superhero genre with a massively multiplayer online RPG game. Think it’s the comic book version of last year’s App Store winner “Genshin Impact.”
In the game, players control one of eight heroes, and they lead the protagonist through the campaign on the Primal Earth. It is a planet that has gone through Convergence, where different universes merge into one central point. This is how players will be faced with a diverse world, which has sections ruled by Hydra, and a world in which Tony Stark controls the city. Other zones are part of the universes where the Asgardians take refugees to Earth, and in the same way the surviving Xandars settle on the planet. It’s a diverse world well worth exploring.
The appeal of “Marvel Future Revolution” lies in its visuals, which of course appear on the iPad, but its appeal also lies in the fact that players can create their own superhero using the gear they receive on their adventures. Joe Lee, head of production at Netmarble, said players have 400 million customization options.
This number will grow as Netmarble adds Magic to the hero roster. Like Genshin Impact, Marvel Future Hero is a game that is expected to grow larger and larger over time.
While Space Marshals 3 may not be as well known as the other laureates, it is a commendable title. The winner of the Apple TV Game of the Year by Pixelbite is the third player in a top-down, two-stick action series.
What sets this franchise apart from the competition is its emphasis on stealth rather than continuous shooting. Players control the main character, Burton, in multiple story missions in which he is often outnumbered, and players will have to sneak or destroy enemies by distracting them or hiding in bushes.
It’s a more tactical approach that looks great on the big screen. Co-founder Matthias Olsson said he was given the honor back. “We are very excited,” he said. “We were totally surprised to find out for this. It’s really cool.”