AWESOME games greeted us at the start of 2022.
To name some of the few gems that we received to kick off the year: PC gamers finally got the God of War reboot after three years as a PlayStation exclusive. The new Pokemon game, Arceus, took the series in a very experimental but interesting direction — definitely a breath of fresh air. The anticipated Horizon: Zero Dawn sequel, Forbidden West, released in February to a lot of positive fanfare, showcasing the power of the PlayStation 5 while still eking out the graphical power of the still-good PS4.
Then there was Elden Ring, the latest Souls-like from From SoftWare, which was a huge success early this year, hooking newbies and veterans alike by marrying a vast open world with unforgiving combat.
Gamers will have plenty more to look forward to in the year as 2022 is looking spicy when it comes to releases yet to come. Here are some of the Triple-A games you definitely should be putting on your radar.
Honorable Mention: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Breath of the Wild 2 would have been a shoe-in for the list if it wasn’t for the recently confirmed delay. The sequel to the critically acclaimed masterpiece on the Switch will need some extra time in the oven, according to Nintendo, so the game will be released next year. Link’s latest adventure will have to wait.
Hogwarts Legacy (Holiday 2022)
Everyone needs a little magic in their life. Hogwarts Legacy is looking like the game Potterheads all over the world have been waiting for all of their life. Set in the late 1800s, you play as a student enrolled at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which means you'll get your very own wand, attend classes, and master spells or even the dark arts.
Since the game is set before the story of Harry Potter, most characters in the game will be new, except for ghosts like Nearly Headless Nick. But that’s totally okay, as we can’t wait to put on the Sorting Hat early next year and explore the enchanting world of Hogwarts.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (Holiday 2022)
Nobody expected Nintendo to announce another Pokemon game shortly after the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus. It’s not just any Pokemon game too — it's a mainline entry to the series with Pokemon Scarlet/Violet.
After the British-inspired Sword/Shield, for Scarlet/Violet takes us to a new land clearly inspired by the Iberian peninsula. The starter trio this time is composed of Sprigatito, a Grass-Type cat, Fuecoco, a Fire-Type crocodile, and Quaxly, basically a Water-Type Donald Duck. (I’m hoping Quaxly is a Don Quixote reference.) In what we’ve seen so far, Scarlet and Violet are definitely looking muy caliente.
Gotham Knights (October 25, 2022)
It’s been roughly seven years since we got the last Arkham game with Arkham Knight. While Gotham Knights isn’t a direct sequel to Arkham Knight, the inspirations are clear as day (or night because Dark Knight? Never mind). In Gotham Knights, Batman is dead and it’s up to Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood to watch over Gotham in his passing.
Each of the four characters will have distinct playstyles. Red Hood focuses on brutality and has guns. Nightwing is inhumanly acrobatic. Robin is a stealth maestro. Batgirl utilizes environmental hacking to her advantage. The game can be played solo or with friends as you try to clean up the mean streets of Gotham.
Forspoken (October 12, 2022)
Forspoken is basically a reverse isekai from Japanese company Square Enix. Forspoken puts you in control of Frey, a New Yorker whisked to the beautiful and dangerous world of Athia. Frey gains incredible power as she tries to find a way home in this dazzling game.
The scale of the game looks humongous as you see Frey flying and jumping through incredible scenery and fighting with fantastical abilities. Forspoken is one of the most visually advanced games so far and we can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype in October.
Starfield (November 11, 2022)
Starfield was first announced by Todd Howard and Bethesda in 2018. The game is Bethesda’s first new IP in nearly 25 years as they reach for the stars after massive success with Fallout and the Elder Scroll series.
Starfield is set in the year 2310 after a bloody Colony War between two of the game’s main factions, the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective. In classic Bethesda fashion, the game will be playable in first-person or third-person as Starfield aims to be a stellar sci-fi RPG worthy of their reputation. Expect similar mechanics from Bethesda’s other games to be present in Starfield. Space combat and Fallout-style gunplay has been teased in the game but have yet to be showcased. We hope Starfield won’t turn out like CD Projekt Red’s disastrous Cyberpunk 2077 launch and we’re expecting gameplay footage very, very soon since all we have now is a handful of teasers.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns (Late 2022)
You can’t have a DC game in this list without a Marvel one. Marvel’s Midnight Suns is an interesting mix of different strategy games, so I’m going to explain it as best as I can.
Midnight Suns is basically XCOM where you can use characters such as Wolverine and Dr. Strange in turn-based tactical combat. But there’s also a Fire Emblem-like system where you build relationships with your characters to strengthen them. It’s a weird mix, but it may work with the supernatural and mystical story. Oh, and Blade is in this one, too, so I know I’m oddly interested.
What game are you looking forward to the most in 2022?
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