SA Gamer Awards 2021: Best Action Adventure

Usually, here at SA Gamer, we tend to have just a single Action category. However, this year it seemed almost every next game would fit in the category and so we decided to go the Game Awards route and try to split up Action and Action Adventure. It sounds like a great idea on paper, but actually trying to define the difference between the two – is all about splitting hairs and largely based on your personal opinion/experience with a game. However, what we tried to do is define Action games as games that are primarily about moving, jumping, shooting… that sort of thing. That would then leave other action games that also have a heavy focus on mood, tone, puzzles and exploration to fit into the Action/Adventure category. It’s not a perfect system (and some games seem to fit neatly into either category) but it does allow us to spread the award love a little more, and that’s never a bad thing. So, here we go… the winner of this year’s Action Adventure category is:

Metroid Dread

Metroid Dread | Nintendo Switch games | Games | Nintendo

A series that’s come to literally name and largely define a whole genre, Metroid Dread provided the resolution to the 2D Metroid story we didn’t know we needed. A game that is quite quintessentially about a lot of action and exploration, Dread had Samus returning with a bevvy of abilities we know and love as well as flexing her slide and jump in a variety of new ways too. The newly programmed EMMI brought an interesting level of… well, dread… to proceedings and while you were smashing just about every button on the controller to beat bosses, the intricate level design and general ‘adventuring’ was seriously satisfying.

Runner-up: Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Honourable Mentions: Hitman 3, Guardians Of The Galaxy

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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