Eastward is one of those Indy titles you can just feel GOTY potential dripping off of looking at the cover art. The level of polish on the loving pixel art is off the fucking charts. The premise is on point, the father daughter protagonists were made in a lab for attracting awards (almost literally), and the story, well the story just doesn’t quite bring it home.

It’s a shame. I love this game. I love it’s writing, I love it’s heart. I love that it can stir genuine emotion in me. So despite it not being the top dog of 2021 it still deserves some recognition. Like, just listen to this music dude.