The 9 Ultimate 2022’s Must Played Video Games: More and more fantastic games are available for everyone’s favorite consoles as the gaming industry readjusts to life after the pandemic. Sony released several of the year’s most anticipated first-party blockbusters, such as the excellent God of War: Ragnarok, the massive Horizon: Forbidden West, and the reworked The Last of Us: Part 1.
Meanwhile, Microsoft and Nintendo can boast exclusives like As Dusk Falls and Bayonetta 3 under belts. Elden Ring, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Need for Speed Unbound were among the many fantastic third-party releases in the gaps.
We’ve spent a lot of time playing games this year, and now that the holidays are approaching, we’ve decided which ones we think are the best for 2022. These games cover various genres and systems, so there’s something here for every gamer.
God of War Ragnarok
Not only did 2018’s God of War successfully reboot a series that had been dormant for five years, but its more mature tone and emotionally engaging father/son story also set a new standard for the action genre.
Ragnarok, the third installment in the God of War series, amps these ideas significantly. Ragnarok is a substantial expansion over its forerunner, with improved combat and traversal.
It makes gameplay feel very new and a story that does an excellent job of bringing the Norse mythology arc to a satisfying conclusion.
Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon: Zero Dawn introduced a world where machines have taken over the world and a phenomenal lead in female hunter Aloy, making it one of the few successful original franchises launched during the PS4 era. Horizon Zero Dawn’s beautiful open world and gameplay, which combined stealth with some of the best arrow combat in gaming, attracted a lot of players.
In its Western setting, Horizon: Forbidden West accomplishes all that and more. This is a worthy sequel because it maintains all of the aspects that made the original enjoyable while adding new ones, such as the ability to move and fight while submerged.
Discussing the best games of 2022 is to examine the grand epic Elden Ring inevitably. This crossover project between the creators of Dark Souls (From Software) and “Game of Thrones” (George R. R. Martin) not only sold nearly 18 million copies but also set a new record for the fastest-selling game at Bandai Namco.
Elden Ring is a game that brings the Dark Souls formula to a broader audience. It does so by retaining the punishingly challenging gameplay that From Software has been known for a while, also throwing players into a massive open world with a slightly more coherent story. Elden Ring became a true champion when many players complained that games had become too easy.
As Dusk Falls
Take a look at As Dusk Falls by Interior Night, a group comprised of ex-Quantic Dream interactive drama veterans.
Dusk Falls, one of this year’s most innovative games, features a slick art style, a beautiful yet heartbreaking narrative of two interwoven families, and an interactive story in which your decisions shape history.
The game’s clever multiplayer mode, which lets groups craft their branching narratives in couch co-op or real-time with Twitch viewers, certainly doesn’t hurt.
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Gran Turismo 7
Polyphony Digital, creators of the Gran Turismo racing simulator series, are back with a new installment five years after the PS4-exclusive release of Gran Turismo Sport. Gran Turismo 7, released for both the PS4 and PS5, is a visual marvel for either console.
The current-gen edition, however, is a particularly stunning visual treat, thanks to its support for real-time ray tracing, 4K native resolution, and smooth 60 frames-per-second gameplay.
That’s in addition to some significant gameplay enhancements, such as the reinstatement of busy times and the addition of rain as a real-time weather effect. However, remember that even the robust single-player mode requires an active internet connection.
Despite Nintendo’s reputation for family-friendly games, the House that Mario Built is more than capable of exploring mature themes. Bayonetta 3 is the best example possible. Bayonetta 3’s hack-and-slash gameplay, developed by Platinum Games, is just as over the top as the game’s universe-hopping plot.
One of the best action games of the year, Bayonetta 3, features a variety of playable characters and new gameplay mechanics for the protagonist, such as the ability to summon massive infernal demons to fight alongside you.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the first game in the series to be presented in full 3D, and it is also one of the best exclusives for the Nintendo Switch this year. Forgotten Land follows a linear plot as players guide the adorable pink creature through the cutest post-apocalyptic wasteland ever seen in a video game.
The game’s defining features, such as Kirby’s copy ability, can now be improved, and local co-op play is supported. The new “Mouthful Mode,” in which the protagonist swallows large objects like cars and traffic cones, is the game’s most exciting and entertaining feature.
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Call of Duty 2: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty returns for a new installment from Activision every year. Since the 2019 Modern Warfare remake set such a high bar, the subsequent games in the series (Cold War and Vanguard) have fallen flat.
The battle royale action of Call of Duty: Warzone, available for free, has since become a phenomenon in the gaming world. To sum up, this makes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 such a great game.
The single-player is the best in the series in a long time, and the multiplayer is just as good as always. In the meantime, the game has some of the year’s finest audio/visual presentation for a shooter.
Need for Speed Unbound
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Need for Speed: Most Wanted were two of the best racing games in recent memory, and they were developed by Criterion Games, the studio responsible for Burnout. Recent entries, however, such as Need for Speed 2015 and Need for Speed Payback, have signaled a decline.
While Need for Speed: Heat was a welcome departure for the series, Need for Speed Unbound is a triumphant return to form. Unbound has a great visual style that combines photorealism with an appealing anime vibe in its depiction of the world and its automobiles.
In addition to being one of the few high-budget arcade racers, it also features a forgiving driving model that allows you to concentrate on speed and style.