Best in 2022 is the week-long celebration of ComingSoon in the entertainment that made this past year so memorable.
2022 was a memorable year for gaming that delivered some classics, and many great games. However, it was a great year for gaming narratives as we saw examples in the indie space, triple-A titles, and worldwide pushing gaming beyond expected norms both in content and quality.
There are also some titles that are a strong game, so let’s take a look at my 10 favorite games of the year.
10. Soul Hackers 2
I didn’t go to as many role playing games as I wanted to this year but Soul Hackers 2 definitely scratched that itch. the Shin Megami Tensei The combat system is fantastic and it’s the actual combat that shines here as the story is passable but rarely memorable and the characters are mostly archetypes without much to say. While it clearly has its flaws, and doesn’t reach the same heights as the best in the franchise, those looking for a solid 40-hour RPG can’t go wrong here.
9. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
I’ve always been a big fan of metacommentary, especially within the game because the developers are able to more fully play the player and their expectations due to the interactive nature of the game. Ultra Deluxe wind of that is more of a quasi-sequel to The Stanley Parable, all while lambasting the ideas of indie darlings that have become commercial properties and the slight upgrades that multiple releases have gotten. It is a real pleasure.
8. Gran Turismo 7
nextlander’s Alex Navarro made a hilarious observation that “Gran Turismo 7 is your father’s racing game.” That couldn’t be more true. The way Polyphony Digital presents its racer, which is a celebration of the entire automotive industry, feels straight out of the aughts and inspires passion for how it wants to dork cars. Oh, and the actual racing is stellar too. It’s one of the few games this year that I keep booting up once a month or so to play more.
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
While I love them, there’s no denying that brawlers are largely a relic of the past. That’s why Shredder’s Revenge a great experience as it helps balance between staying true to the genre while also offering modern gameplay in a game. Wallopingly iconic TMNT Co-op enemies are a ton of fun and the levels all move at a fast pace. It’s all killer, no filler, and it’s one of the most replayable offerings of the year as I’m sure I fit in the annual replays because it’s just fun.
6. OlliOlli World
OlliOlli World kept me entertained for most of the year thanks to a solid base game and two really fun expansions. Despite some strong competition from Session, it remains the best skateboarding game of the year and one that manages to improve from previous titles thanks to its mix of new mechanics and the exploitation of multi-layered 3D levels. Additionally, Danny Trejo appears and you can place a cutout mask of his face on your character. That’s rocky.
5. Lost Judgment: The Kaito Files
It’s rare that a game from Ryu ga Gotoku Studio doesn’t top my year-end list, but this expansion for Lost Judgment still stellar. While I was skeptical about Kaito as a leading man, the Like a Dragon The developer has done a great job further developing the brute class and telling a touching story with him that culminates in one of the coolest boss fights of the year. The only drawback is the lack of side activities (I want to sing karaoke as Kaito so badly), but the overall story about love and doing what you can to protect the ones that matter to you still resonates strongly. .
4. Atari 50 The Anniversary Collection
When Digital Eclipse relaunched in 2015, the studio explained that its goal was to provide Criterion Collection quality compilations for gaming. Since then, the team has created some amazing collections, like this year Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, but it never reached the high quality mark it set for itself. That all changed with Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection, which features a full museum and in-depth video segments that contextualize the history behind the game’s collection rather than its faithful inclusion. This is a great collection and what everyone wants. This is how games should be preserved.
3. God of War Ragnarok
Full disclosure, I haven’t finished the second Norse God of War game (it’s long!), but the moments I experienced absolutely earned it a place on this list. Ragnarök features the most polished combat I’ve experienced in years, an exciting mix of brutality and strategy. It’s also a great experience, triple-A gaming at its peak because a lot of care (and manpower) went into making each of the realms beautiful and interesting to explore. It’s also surprisingly funny with some legitimately hilarious moments that break up the serious main plot.
Most impressive though is how the game manages to make Atreus an interesting character. Not only is he amazingly fun to play, but he’s grown in a way that makes me retrospectively appreciate how little he was in the game in 2018. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but bring an expansion or sequel starring Atreus. More than I am below.
2. Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins
Stranger in Paradise In the beginning I had my heart set on all the Chaos memes that were all over social media. Jack, the protagonist of the game, appears to be a hilarious edgelord and comes from a tired background of an outsider who comes from another world. So imagine my shock when Team Ninja not only put him in something deeper and more interesting, but also used him to completely recontextualize the events of the original. Final Fantasy with one of the best final acts in the game.
Even before I was fully invested in the story, the combat of Final Fantasy Origins I’m on my toes. Mix it in Final Fantasy Enemies in a more action oriented way is a blast, especially how Jack brutally crystallizes his enemies and watches them shatter. Some of the kills are absolutely barbaric and the opposite of what you’ve seen Kratos or the Doom Slayer do. What started as a guilty pleasure has quickly become one of my favorite games of the year and one that I am proud to champion.
1. AI: The Dream Files: Nirvana Initiative
I love murder mysteries, so the original AI: The Dream Files is a total blast because it features a serial killer called the Cyclops Killer who keeps gouging out the eyeballs of his victims. It becomes a great story because of the sci-fi elements, although some of the puzzle solving (you enter people’s minds to sort out their trauma and lies) is frustratingly part. In fact, it’s a great game that’s begging for a sequel to clean up some rough edges.
Thank you, Nirvana Initiative not only polished the ideas of the original but managed to advance it thematically and through gameplay. The murder mystery is even wilder, spanning two timelines six years apart with people cut in half at the molecular level. The twists are even more mind boggling and there is a wild amount of variety and heart involved in all of its parts.
It’s also one of the funniest game scripts written on top of being completely wild. A game shouldn’t be able to be this funny and funny while being thoughtful and emotionally impactful, but it’s a way that works. It was a total trip and one that I wish I could take again for the first time.