As 2022 comes to a close, we have nothing but fond and exciting memories of the video games that have helped us through. We’ve gone on several adventures and completed thousands of missions and quests. Plus, we can’t forget all of the time we spent uncovering mysteries, wooing our favorite murderers, and fighting crime. So, as 2022 draws to an end, we are taking a look at 10 of the best video games of 2022.
What happens when you mix two of our favorite genres, narrative-driven games and horror? You get Supermassive Games’ The Quarry. This interactive horror drama takes us to a remote summer camp where the ghost stories around the fire might just be real. Knowing that every choice you make will have lasting effects on the story doesn’t just make one playthrough fun; it allows for multiple runs.
The Quarry gave us everything we wanted in a supernatural mystery and horror adventure. And best of all, friends can work together (or against one another) with the multiplayer mode. And gaming with friends is always a treat.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Everyone’s favorite ever-hungry pink guardian came back for 2022 in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. It combines all of the best elements from the previous installments with humor, excellent color design, and remarkable transformations. I immediately fell in love with this game as it played like an actual main series game rather than the collection of minigames we have been given in recent years.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land was a nearly perfect game for us. It was an innovative step for the series bringing in a new generation of Kirby fans, adding new (adorable) enemy types and, most importantly, the infamous car cake.
Hooked on You
What happens when you take a dating sim and add characters from a horror game? You get Behaviour’s Hooked on You. Do we really need to explain why this fun-filled tropical island adventure is a great idea? Maybe it’s getting the chance to win the heart of the Huntress? Or the Trapper? You can even woo the Wraith or the Spirit. Plus, it is laugh-out-loud hilarious while also providing engaging plot lines that will have you wanting to uncover the truth.
Hooked on You doesn’t require you to have any real knowledge of how to play Dead by Daylight, but it might be helpful to at least know the characters. However, this dating sim is stand-alone and perfect for those too scared to dive into the true horror of Dead by Daylight.
Charming, colorful and sporting a beautiful art style, Tunic easily made its way to the top of our best video games list for 2022. Tunic plays like a love letter to the early isometric action-adventure style of the first The Legend of Zelda games. It will put your puzzle skills to the test, and the combat is deceptively intense for the whimsical world and bushy-tailed protagonist.
Tunic is stuffed full of callbacks to classic games, challenging puzzles and responsive combat set in a new (yet familiar) world. We loved the way this game played from the moment it dropped us in with no direction. All of this, along with the serene soundtrack, was enough to earn Tunic a spot on the list.
Our favorite folx at Flying Wild Hog brought us one of the best third-person shooter games of 2022 with Evil West. It is a western style vampire story set in the time of Abraham Lincoln. Think Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, mixed with Wild Wild West, mixed with steampunk-type weapon upgrades and armor. If you like even one of these things, you will love this video game. The action is incredible, and the story is worth the time invested to play.
From Evil West‘s story to the combat system and more, it is easily one of our favorite video games of 2022 and sure to be one we constantly revisit in 2023. If you haven’t had the chance to visit this wild western vampire adventure – get to it.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Gamers were not treated to a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild this year, but Pokémon Legends: Arceus came pretty close to recapturing the magic. That’s because it doesn’t play like a typical Pokémon game at all. Everything you know about the typical formula was scrapped, so instead of systematic gym battles, random encounters and a buildup to the Elite Four, we are treated to a fresh journey.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes the open world frame world started in the Pokémon: Let’s Go games and builds on it. The reimagined gameplay is inventive, the new take on the story is refreshing, and the map makes the world feel truly massive for the first time in the series. Even though newer Pokémon games have come out since the release of this one, we are still playing it, which earns Pokémon Legends: Arceus an easy spot on this list.
One of our most anticipated releases for 2022 was FromSoftware Inc’s Elden Ring. We’ve been waiting for years for another gritty, dark RPG, and it delivered. This game was hard in all of the right ways yet still accessible to those gamers just looking to enjoy the story and gameplay style. We can honestly say that we became better gamers playing through the battles and open-world content.
Elden Ring doesn’t fail to remind us of exactly what it is and why we love it, even when we are breaking controllers and sobbing uncontrollably into our hands. It’s all about the experience and growth folx. The high of finally toppling that terrifying boss is worth all of the struggles.
Cult of the Lamb
Cult of the Lamb is a base-management game that lets you play god (almost literally) with your followers’ lives. Balancing both time-management and rogue-like sections over a horrifyingly adorable art style, Cult of the Lamb was an immediate hit with gamers the world over.
The combat is easy to pick up, the followers are easy to convert, and this game is easy to love. Did we have to clean up more poop than we expected? Yes, but that wasn’t a bad thing for us. In fact, the goofiness of these moments laid over the more serious themes is what balances the game and lands it on this list.
What is better than a DC Batman game? A DC Batman game that focuses solely on the Batfamily. This is why Warner Bros’ Gotham Knights was exactly what we needed. In this action role-playing game, we had control of Nightwing, Red Hood, Batgirl and Tim Drake’s Robin as we fought crime and uncovered the mysteries of Gotham after the death of Batman. With a fun cast of Batman villains and exciting multiplayer gameplay, it made this one a no-brainer for our best video games of 2022 list.
And that is before we even get into all of the stuff we are able to customize and the open-world feel of Gotham Knights. We spent ours just venturing out at night cleaning up crime in Gotham before actually pushing through the storyline itself. Let’s hope that Warner Bros gives us more games just like this for 2023.
Few things go together, like cats and robots. Stray combines these themes and puts them into a unique cyberpunk world. I loved exploring the world on paw level. The silent protagonist allows you to investigate the environment, using context clues under the neon-hued lights.
Get ready to catch the carpet, do some light puzzling and a lot of exploring. Is it too cheesy to say that Stray is the cat’s pajamas? Maybe, but it’s how I feel.
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