March 27, 2023
God of War Ragnarok is not the last contender for Game of the Year 2022 |  Digital trends

God of War Ragnarok is not the last contender for Game of the Year 2022 | Digital trends

Surprise Surprise: God of War Ragnarok is one of the highest rated video games of 2022. Even before the game’s review embargo, you probably could have predicted it from contextual clues. The sequel didn’t seem to stray too far from the incredibly well-reviewed God of the war (2018), so review scores would likely follow closely. And with those scores would surely come the inevitable “game of the year” chatter.

With little time to digest the game by December, recency bias dictates that God of War Ragnarok will likely top the year-end lists. It might be a deserved honor for Sony’s impressive saga, but 2022 isn’t over yet. Just as the final minutes of a basketball game can completely overturn a team’s fortunes, November and December have a habit of delivering hits that can easily go to waste once the biggest outing of the season hits. holiday falls. buzzer-beaters like solar ash and Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon were among the best titles of 2021, but their late release dates meant they struggled to enter year-end conversations.

Looking at the rest of the 2022 games release schedule, it looks like it could happen again. God of War Ragnarok might be the last giant to launch this year, but there are still plenty of games that might end up being some of the most memorable experiences of the year. Here are some games you should keep on your radar that show there’s still a quarter of the game to go before you lock in your “best of 2022” lists.

Repentance

It hasn’t been a good year for Xbox (to put it mildly), but that could change in a few weeks thanks to Repentance. Developped by Fallout: New Vegas studio Obsidian Entertainment, the narrative RPG probably isn’t what you’d expect when you hear the phrase “Xbox exclusive.” That’s exactly what makes it so intriguing, though. Pentiment is a 16th century murder deduction story that chronicles the life of Andreas, a companion who becomes embroiled in a series of crimes and mysteries that span decades. What draws the most attention, however, is its illustrative art style which draws beautifully from medieval art, from woodcuts to manuscripts.

I had the chance to play Repentance at Gamescom this year and I found myself instantly absorbed. Its gorgeous art direction is immediately noticeable, but the RPG systems are what stood out to me the most. I was able to customize Andreas to my liking, giving him specific skills (like a background in occult studies) that would have a real impact on my story, even in a short demo. If this is true throughout the game, Repentance could end up being one of the biggest surprises of 2022, giving Xbox some well-deserved success.

Repentance will launch on November 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Somerville

The characters explore a dark room full of mysterious figures in Somerville.

Somerville is one of those independent critic darlings that seems to come out of left field, even though it’s been right under our noses the whole time. The atmospheric adventure game is the debut title from Jumpship, a studio co-founded by former Playdead co-founder Dino Patti. Playdead was responsible for creating two of the best indies of all time in both Limbo and On the insideso expectations for Somerville are a bit high.

From what little we’ve seen of it so far, it looks like Somerville could live up to Playdead’s greatest hits. The trailers have teased a haunting alien invasion story that feels like a scaled-down version of War of the Worlds. If nothing else, Somerville seems to offer a striking visual style that should at the very least make for a weird 2D thriller.

Somerville will launch on November 15 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Bellibolt standing near a pond.

The jury is still out on whether or not Pokemon Purple and Scarlet will be another win for the long-running monster-catching franchise, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it here. Nintendo’s latest big release of the year is a total reimagining of the traditional Pokémon formula, adapting the game to a true open-world format. Not only that, but it brings true co-op multiplayer to the series for the very first time. That might be enough to make it one of the newest Pokemon games of the decade.

I recently spent a full hour with the game and the format change certainly seems to be working for the series. The traditional Pokemon hooks are there, but Adventure gives players a lot more freedom to move around and tackle objectives in any order they choose. This newfound freedom has intrigued me before, so I can’t count on Nintendo’s big holiday monster just yet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Purple launching November 18 on Nintendo Switch.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

A team of players come together in Warhammer 40K: Darktide.

If you’ve never gotten into Warhammer games, I can’t say I blame you. The tabletop franchise produces several video games a year, which can make it difficult to keep track. However, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide may be the one game to keep on your radar if you’re looking for an entry point. Cooperative multiplayer gaming is cut from the left for dead mold, allowing players to team up and blast hordes of monsters together (while collecting valuable loot, of course).

I took part in a few missions during the game’s recent beta and came out impressed. Its tense missions and tight gunplay brought me back to my Fate glory days when I ground strikes with my clan for hours. Given that The oil spill is about to have live service DNA, I imagine it’s the kind of game that can only get bigger, better and more acclaimed throughout its lifespan. In a year where multiplayer competition is light, Daktide could be one of the best of 2022.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide launches November 30 for PC.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns

Spider-Man lands ahead of other heroes in Marvel's Midnight Suns.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is currently the biggest question mark of 2022. The next game from the tactics pros at Firaxis is basically like XCOM with superheroes, which sounds like a winning pitch on paper. However, there’s good reason to be skeptical given that the game has been delayed multiple times since it was first announced, raising questions about how it will look ahead of a December launch.

Even with these potential red flags, I find myself very optimistic about Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Firaxis generally has a strong track record, with successes like XCOM 2 and Civilization VI to his name. His most recent game, 2020 XCOM: Chimera Squad, was a particularly underrated gem that made the sometimes daunting tactics genre much more accessible. If that energy finds its way into Marvel’s Midnight Suns, I imagine it could give the fantastic Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope a race for his money.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns will launch on December 2 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC.

The Callisto Protocol

Callisto Protocol Monster

Whatever you do, don’t lock your game lists from the year before The Callisto Protocol spear. Striking Distance Studios’ debut horror game is shaping up to be a worthy spiritual successor to dead space – one that might even top EA’s upcoming remake of dead space himself. It seems to hit all the right beats with gruesome violence, pitch-black atmosphere, and the brand of razor-sharp gameplay that made dead space such success in the first place.

We recently had the good fortune to work with The Callisto Protocol and he certainly doesn’t hold back. “My adventure through a crumbling water purification facility highlighted the strengths of the game’s visuals, sound design, and difficulty that make me fear for the life of the protagonist in the same way I do. did for Isaac Clarke in the original. dead space“, Tomas Franzese recently wrote in a preview of the game. If this sounds like your disgusting cup of tea, don’t let it fly under the radar.

The Callisto Protocol will launch on December 2 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

More games to watch

  • A little to the left — November 8
  • Among us VR — November 10
  • Ogre Tactic: Reborn – November 11th
  • Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 — November 16
  • Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me — November 18
  • bad west — November 22
  • Gungrave GORE — November 22
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners 2 – Retribution – 1st December
  • Unlimited need for speed — December 2
  • Sunshine mix — December 6
  • hello neighbor 2 — December 6
  • Choo-Choo Charles — December 9
  • Treasures of Dragon Quest — December 9
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy Reunion — December 13
  • Raised on life — December 13

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