Best in 2022 is the week-long celebration of ComingSoon in the entertainment that made this past year so memorable.
Like most years, 2022 is a big time for players. Although the pandemic has a continuing impact on the entire industry, it still cannot stop the flow of entertaining titles. There are so many titles coming out that I haven’t even gotten to the big names God of War Ragnarök, Cult of the Lamb, Midnight Suns, Old Ring, AI: The Dream Files: Nirvana Initiativeand Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe. They can be on this list if there are at least 48 hours per day.
But that’s enough introduction. Let’s take a look at my top 10 games from 2022.
10. Soul Hackers 2
Shin Megami Tensei is a grand RPG series. You could argue that no other franchise has had as many successful spin-offs, with person series that actually became its own major franchise. Soul Hackers 2 be less at the level of Shin Megami TenseiThe best, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. The tried-and-true Press-Turn combat system is even more refined and satisfying here, while the overall aesthetic is cool as hell. When you sleep Soul Hackers 2 last year, I highly recommend trying it.
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Ninja Turtles are always associated with fun beat ’em ups, therefore Shredder’s Revenge Being unique is not a surprise. The amount of love and affection for all the favorite beast-mutant warriors (sorry, Street Sharks and Biker rats) is clearly visible throughout every inch of this game, but even if you have not seen a piece of Turtles media, the core game is a lot of fun — especially on the couch with friends. Also, that intro is too nostalgic.
8. White Neon
Because it mixes the edgy anime aesthetic of the mid-2000s with the Dreamcast/PS2-inspired visuals of the year 2022, White Neon is the definition of “up my alley.” Splashing episodes back and forth to get better moments while building relationships with all sorts of cliché anime archetypes served as the perfect way for me to end the year, especially with Steve Blum’s dulcet tones complementing the whole thing. If you have a soft spot for that era of anime dork culture, White Neon brings back happy cringeworthy memories.
7. Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins
A bunch of bros decided to kill the evil Chaos. That’s the plot. What more incentive do you need to do that? Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy OriginsThe game made by Team Ninja is surprisingly deep, and this story had me deeply invested in the end. I like to be weird Final Fantasy spin-offs like this – especially when they all have trucker hats.
6. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII: Reunion
As someone whose username used to be CrisisCoreKid, I’m glad Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII: Reunion. The voice acting is disappointing compared to the original, but otherwise, Reunion improves on the PSP prequel in every way. It looks amazing, the gameplay is exciting and engaging, and the story is just as crazy, emotional, and weird as ever. The end still hit and the Junon cannon fight linked above? Well, that’s a little “rule of cool” as it used to be when I was a teenager.
5. Sonic Frontiers
I wrote a fair share Sonic Frontiers since its launch, but honestly I haven’t been engrossed in a game in a long time. Running through large open fields and collecting various baubles just triggered something in my brain that I had been unconsciously roaming the plains of the Starfall Islands whenever I wasn’t working or sleeping. The more serious story also serves as a delightful change for the franchise, and I feel more hopeful than ever for future entries in Sega’s most iconic series.
4. Digimon Survive
In some ways, the Digimon/Pokémon the battles of the late ’90s are still going on. Digimon won this year, however, not only Digimon Survive totally serviceable, but it’s a great game overall on top of that. The story of a group of children trapped in a terrifying world with Digimon allies will be familiar to fans of the series, despite the intense and dark tone of the live makes it unique among similar stories in the series. The simple tactical combat is fun when it comes to it, but it’s the emotional narrative that really sells it. Even if you don’t know it yet Digimon, live worth trying for those who want a new taste of ‘mon.
3. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
My free time in the first half of this year was consumed only by getting 100% Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. I’ve never seen so much content put into a game, such a big one Star Wars fan, I’m almost in heaven.
The usual endorphin-releasing collectible-fueled exploration is perfected here, and the revamped combat system makes me more excited for the upcoming TT Games than ever. I don’t know what license TT will do next, but if it is half as much fun The Skywalker SagaI will go on the first day.
2. Vampire Survivors
I guarantee that when you first see the footage of Vampire Survivors, you might think, “Oh, that’s good.” It is simple, straightforward, and invisible. That changes when you play it, because your brain is completely engulfed by the exciting gameplay, sound effects, and colors. I don’t know when was the last time a game got me so excited, because my Steam Deck was just one Vampire Survivors engine for a good month or two.
Friends and I eagerly talk about its many secrets as if we were in the schoolyard — an experience that doesn’t happen very often when you’re 26. Legacy of the Moonspell The DLC just came out, although I’m hesitant to try it with how much I have to do this month, and I know that going back just one run will make the game sink in its fangs at me again.
1. Xenoblade Chronicles 3
I’ve been thinking a lot about mortality lately, because of its uniqueness Xenoblade Chronicles 3 embrace the subject and all the uncomfortable baggage that comes with it. The great world that awaits Xenoblade Chronicles at this point does not disappoint, nor the brilliant cast of characters and captivating story.
The gameplay is less heavy than that Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but just as deep, and the voice acting is once again as captivating. It’s rare that a series can be this good all the time Xenoblade Chronicles, but the third entry shows that Monolith Soft is unmatched. I don’t know what’s next for the series (beyond the upcoming DLC), but I know it’s likely to be incredibly similar.