The year 2022 marks the beginning of the video game industry’s last unbroken stretch before the holiday season. Long-awaited games, as well as some pleasant surprises, are on the way to the Switch, as well as the PS5, Xbox Series, and PC platforms. This is our pick of the top works that are being produced right now.
It is important to keep in mind that this selection will be changed on a consistent basis during the course of the year. Only video games that were released in 2022 are taken into consideration here.
Horizon Forbidden West
After creating an impact on players in 2017, Aloy is getting ready to embark on a new journey with Horizon: Forbidden West for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. It is a voyage that can only be offered by and is capable of being offered by great works of science fiction. As one travels across the desolate landscape of Aloy, one can’t help but be reminded of the works of Pierre Bordage and Jack Vance. This episode of Horizon: Forbidden West, which comes immediately after the Zero Dawn episode, continues to toy with the concept of the environment.
In addition to the excellent technical performance, the studio creates an intriguing science fiction setting. The many action sequences, which are nonetheless amazing, are separated by lengthy talks that should not be ignored if you want to appreciate this wonderful immersion in this post-apocalyptic universe that has been envisioned with an extraordinary wealth of detail. At the conclusion of this trip, one almost feels the want to quote Joachim du Bellay in their own words. “Joyful and happy people who had a good vacation, much like Aloy.” Because this journey to the Forbidden West will undoubtedly be one of those that stays in our memories for a very long time.
To novice players, Elden Ring and its vast environment might seem to be both interesting and oppressive. This is because Elden Ring is a brilliant effort. Even if veterans of the Dark Souls series may be able to discover some tactics with relative ease, Elden Ring is nevertheless a work that takes a different approach to solving problems. Our hero, a Sans-Eclat, travels into a cosmos that is huge and bleak, the nature and architecture of which have been broken, and in which an astounding bestiary populates the windswept regions.
And much like in every other game produced by From Software, the battles are difficult, often bloody, and lightning quick. However, its creator, Itedaka Miyazaki, who was supported by George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) to lay the foundations, thought of proposing new approaches that often prove to be more beneficial and motivating than in his previous titles that were more punitive. These new approaches can be found in the game “The Wind Rises” (Sekiro or Bloodborne). You should not lose faith since Elden Ring is an unending call to adventure as well as a magnificent title that has already sold 12 million copies all over the globe. Excellent work.
In recent years, we have every reason to anticipate a Pokémon game with a higher level of ambition. At the beginning of the year 2022, then, the focus of trainers all around the globe is going to be on Pokémon Arceus. In addition, we set out on this new journey in order to fulfill all of these expectations, which fostered our decision to do so. We stumble onto a game that, at long last, offers a significant amount of creative leeway and is replete with appealing settings and people. Game Freak, the company that produced the Pokémon video game franchise, is revamping a large number of the game’s mechanisms and figuring out a means to continuously engage the interest of the player via the introduction of new difficulties, some of which may be too many to reveal here.
Even though Pokémon Arceus isn’t flawless, we have never had so much pleasure going back to explore the wide world of the game, which is full of different obstacles and little quests to do. It is the most amazing experience to go over the plains on the backs of Pokémon and to consider that none of the Pokémon in our Pokedex have any more mysteries for us to discover. Above all all, Pokémon Arceus alludes to the goals of a particular Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, by continually teasing our sense of wonder as gamers in order to further rekindle our interest. An accomplishment that only a select few games can claim.
When we think back on the toy catalog of this platform 10 years from now with a certain sense of nostalgia, there is little question that Triangle Strategy will be among the games that stand out as the Switch’s crown jewels. This new title was produced by the role-playing game experts at Square Enix, and it is a tactical role-playing game that follows in the footsteps of another iconic game that was launched in 1997 on PlayStation: Final Fantasy Tactics. An outstanding example of the genre, which at the time presented thrilling battles that were carried by a storyline written by an accomplished author. 25 years later, Triangle Strategy reveals that Square Enix has not lost its core competency and provides us with a challenging experience.
After that, we find out the horrible end that will befall three kingdoms, all of which will fight each other for their own geopolitical reasons. A clash of civilizations that the player will have to see through the eyes of a warlord who will be presented with tough decisions in order to attempt to break the impasse of bloodshed. Triangle Strategy is quickly shaping up to be one of the most impressive releases for Nintendo Switch this year thanks to its breathtaking visuals and awe-inspiring musical mood.
Grand Tourer 7
Gran Turismo 7, a game that is a genuine hymn to love for the world of automobiles, has returned to the PlayStation platform to gratify fans of gorgeous mechanics. It has a lifespan of 25 years. Polyphony Digital, a video game developer based in Japan, and the world of motorsports provide the backdrop for a charming love tale. Within the realm of PlayStation automobile simulation games, Gran Turismo is considered to be the gold standard. When we speak about driving here, we’re talking about taking it very seriously, being realistic, and having a precise trajectory in order to obtain the greatest times. Suffice it to say that it’s not a joke, yet despite this, there are a lot of people that follow it, notably in France.
With the release of Gran Turismo 7, Kazunori Yamauchi, who is in charge of both the development studio and the overall project, has once again created a formula that pays homage to the world of automobiles while remaining (maybe too) loyal to the series’ core principles. Because GT stays GT. A racing game that is accurate, intense, and comprehensive in its content. If you haven’t played Gran Turismo since the sixth installment, you’re missing out on a truly special game that will give you hundreds of hours of fun behind the wheel of some of the most stunning automobiles in the world. Owners of Gran Turismo Sport won’t find many new features in this opus, but players who are new to the series will be blown away by what they find.
Kirby And The Forgotten World
This year, the small pink ball known as Kirby is making a comeback with an adventure game that, at long last, adds something fresh to this series. The Nintendo Switch will get a family-friendly game similar to Super Mario Odyssey in the form of Kirby and the Forgotten World. Our spherical tiny hero is going to play the gluttons once again in order to investigate the many crevices and corners of this cosmos and search for the treasures that are hidden throughout.
And while Kirby may always usurp the abilities of the adversaries that they will consume on his route, he is also allowed to take control of portions of the surroundings in order to expose truths that have been kept hidden. Always in tip-top shape, Kirby provides a challenge that is approachable for players of any age, along with the opportunity to play two copies of the game at once, or to bring players from different generations together in front of the same screen, and even the potential to become addicted to fun minigames. Fun and generous.
What if we told you that you were going to have a fantastic time? In a few words, this is the promise that is provided by the title that was conceived of by the unaffiliated French studio Alkemi. The game blends a variety of genres to create a brew that is not only novel but also enjoyable. It has an aesthetic that is quite cartoony and was likely influenced by older Disney masterpieces. This is a narrative card game in which your decisions will have an effect on the progression of the tale. In addition to this, there will be tactical conflicts and even puzzles to solve. In spite of all of this variety, Foretales manages to be completely approachable. Another one of its many virtues is that it has this. To participate in the adventure, it is not necessary to have the gaming skill level of an ultra-gamer.
Character cards and action cards are in the player’s possession (skills or objects to use). In front of him were cards depicting locations or persons with whom it would be essential to interact in order to advance the story and sometimes set off certain events. Will you choose to face the adversary in battle, play your gold cards in an attempt to bribe them, or use your reputation cards in an attempt to impress them? To make progress, you are required to behave in a thinking manner and, at times, to speculate on the appropriate steps to do by taking into consideration the hints that have been distilled here or there. To the player’s relief, there is an assistance system that ensures they will never get stuck, allowing them to uncover a game that is not only creative but also intellectually stimulating and delectably addicting. All of this is powered by the (always) wonderful compositions of Christophe Héral (Rayman Legends). Moreover, this delicacy may be had for just twenty euros.
The King of Fighters XV
The King of Fighters series is widely regarded as one of the most legendary titles in the field of fighting games among players that are dedicated to the genre. Moreover, the year 2022 sees the release of the 15th canonical opus, which is sure to be a hit among gamers who want to engage in combat while seated in front of their computers.
This King of Fighters XV, which is still created by SNK, is a demonstration of the company’s ability in this field. In 2019, SNK did an excellent job of relaunching the Samurai Shodown series. The opening parterre consists of 39 combatants who will have to battle against each other in a format that pits three teams against each other. The SNK game is tense and complex, and it has some gorgeous 3D animations and shots on top of being punchy and fun. KOF XV proves to be subtle since it challenges veterans of the genre to become more demanding with themselves in order to thrive in the game, while still providing enough opportunity for newcomers to get their feet wet. A standard arcade game that we like playing with our friends and will continue to do so in the future.
Windjammers is an arcade legend. Its magnificent sequel may be played on consoles as well as on the personal computer. Sprites in two dimensions that are enormous, garish colors, and a questionable sense of fashion… The frisbee game that was first published in 1992 has been updated in 2022, and it is clear that the new version is an ode to the original. On paper, Windjammers seems to be a very straightforward game. On a field, two competitors with very personal appearances square off against one another while throwing extremely fast Frisbees at one another. Those who are unable to successfully capture the item will not get any points. Simplistic? Yes, but this combination of a game of beach volleyball and pong is of course made more interesting by a wide variety of alternatives, all of which you are required to become proficient with in order to progress.
Before diving into the deep end of online ranked matches, which are particularly harsh for novices, it is recommended that players spend a few hours practicing in the Arcade mode or against a buddy. The patient player will eventually be able to climb the stairs of success.
There is unquestionably a Nintendo know-how, a distinctive spin on things. The Japanese publisher demonstrates, once again, with the release of Splatoon 3, that it excels above all else in the ability to create humorous titles. This series, which debuted in 2015 (on the Wii U), at the time enabled the user to compete against other players in confined venues that needed to be… repainted! a kind of shooting game open to everyone, in which the elimination of one’s opponent is not required for one to emerge victorious. After seven years, the concept has not been altered, but it has been significantly expanded, as has the aesthetic quality of the levels, which are, according to some players, really worth a look.
New play areas (a total of twelve), new types of weaponry, new ways to maneuver… The game was developed for use in multiplayer settings (the winning team is the one that has managed to paint most of the arena with its color), but it also offers a varied, fun, and rather pretty solo adventure. This solo adventure has the advantage of allowing the player to become familiar with the game’s nuances before diving into the meat of the experience. When playing these fast-paced yet consistently entertaining games online with a group of people, collaboration and mutual support are essential to coming out on top. Unquestionably the most popular and successful episode, as well as the most enjoyable.