Quarter-final number three could be a close one, but will the power of the Marvel universe be enough for Guardians of the Galaxy to escape the murderous gaze of Hitman 3's Agent 47?
Don't worry, we're also running a more traditional straight-up GOTY vote, but we thought a bracketed tournament with daily face-offs might be a fun way to keep the conversation going throughout December, plus it'll be interesting to compare results at the end. We picked the 32 highest-rated new games based on their TA user scores (omitting a handful of games that didn't really fit the bill of being 2021 releases, mainly new-gen ports like Control Ultimate Edition), then seeded them randomly to keep things interesting. Check out the full bracket below to see what other clashes are coming up — voting for each will be open for 24 hours, after which we'll kick off the next showdown at 13:00 UTC every day throughout December. But enough chit-chat... to battle!
Death Awaits. Agent 47 returns in HITMAN 3, the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy.
Fire up a wild ride across the cosmos with a fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In this third-person action-adventure game, you are Star-Lord, and thanks to your bold yet questionable leadership, you have persuaded an oddball crew of unlikely heroes to join you. Some jerk (surely not you) has set off a chain of catastrophic events, and only you can hold the unpredictable Guardians together long enough to fight off total interplanetary meltdown. Use Element Blasters, tag-team beat downs, jet boot-powered dropkicks, nothing’s off-limits. If you think it’s all going to plan, you’re in for a world of surprises, with the consequences of your actions guaranteed to keep the Guardians on their toes. In this original Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy story, you’ll cross paths with powerful new beings and unique takes on iconic characters, all caught in a struggle for the galaxy’s fate. It’s time to show the universe what you’re made of. You got this. Probably.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Pre-order Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to obtain an early unlock of the Throwback Guardians Outfit Pack. It allows you to instantly receive one outfit for each of the Guardians, which are faithful interpretations of some of their most iconic looks from the Marvel comics.
The outfits included in this pack are:
- Team-Lord (Star-Lord)
- Black Vortex (Gamora)
- Thanos Imperative (Drax)
- The Stinger (Rocket)
- Impaler (Groot)
Fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos in this third-person action-adventure game, a fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the unpredictable Guardians at your side, blast your way from one explosive situation to another, with original and iconic Marvel characters caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe. You got this. Probably.
Digital download bonus:
- Social-Lord Outfit for Star-Lord (Early Unlock)
Game of the Year 2021 voting round 27: Hitman 3 vs. Guardians of the GalaxyWe've had 1635 responses.