Psychonauts 2 is the game of the year, Phil Spencer has no doubts

Psychonauts 2 is the game of the year, Phil Spencer has no doubts

Psychonauts 2 is the game of the year

Phil Spencer is known in the gaming industry for being a very active figure on social media and who is never afraid to give his opinions on particular games or events. Today we discover that the head of Xbox has revealed what is, according to him, the real game of the year: it can only be Psychonauts 2, the platform of Double Fine which is also nominated as Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2021.

It is no surprise that Psychonauts 2 received such high praise from Phil Spencer, especially after the countless praise bestowed upon the title when it was released, including ours. Curious, however, that Spencer has become so fond of the work of Double Fine rather than the more recent, and equally positively evaluated, Forza Horizon 5. He revealed his preference in a video posted on Larry Hryb's official channel, Major Nelson, in which he explained that his personal 2021 GOTY award goes to Psychonauts 2.

You can play Psychonauts 2 also thanks to Xbox Game Pass: you can subscribe for 1 month or 3 months and play it on Xbox Series S.

Spencer then claimed to believe that it is the best Double Fine game ever made. In the video he stated that "the way I see it as a Double Fine fan, it's the best game they've ever made." Phil Spencer's award ceremony, however, is not the first and it will not be the last: these months are particularly important for the gaming sector given that there have been the Golden Joystick Awards and The Game Awards 2021 will arrive shortly.

During the first ceremony, however, two very special prizes were also received: the PC was defined as the best gaming platform of all time, while Dark Souls was awarded as the best game ever, however, unleashing a lot of criticism. We'll see what other surprises await us with the Geoff Keighley ceremony, where Psychonauts 2 is among the contestants for the Game of the Year. What do you think will be the game of the year 2021? Please let us know by commenting at the bottom.

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Psychonauts 2 is your Xbox Game of the Year at the Golden Joysticks 2021

Psychonauts 2 has invaded all the minds of voters to secure its position as the Xbox Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards. 

Of course, the brilliance of Double Fine's long-anticipated sequel meant that no mind manipulation was required to ensure the win. No, Raz's latest adventure didn't need help at all to win out over the likes of Yakuza spin-off Lost Judgment or stunning Annapurna title The Artful Escape.

The full list of nominees was as follows:

  • Lost Judgment
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Psychonauts 2 (winner)
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Ascent
  • 12 Minutes
  • Psychonauts 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic title released in 2005. It was originally funded via Kickstarter in 2015, but was eventually published this year under the Microsoft Game Studios banner after it acquired Double Fine in June 2019. However, it turned out it was more than worth the wait, with Double Fine delivering a game that's an utterly brilliant, constantly creative, plaformer.

    In our review, we called Psychonauts 2 a 'time sink', before clarifying that's not a negative thing at all.

    'Developer Double Fine has delivered a generous and expansive adventure full of heart and humor. Psychonauts 2 is a time sink in the truest sense, in that your time will sink into the ether as you play. Minutes will turn to hours with ease, and before you know it, the credits are rolling and your cheekbones are sore from all the smiling. Double Fine's psychodyssey defies all expectations. And what expectations they were.'

    Psychonauts 2 is available now on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X. It is also available on Game Pass for Xbox and PC. 

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