Best video games of 2022 so far


The Washington Post – It’s only the first quarter of the year, and there are already a lot of great games released this year that are in the game of the year conversation. Elden Ring is, without a doubt, one of those games. On the other side of the spectrum, so is Wordle, whose success has spawned dozens of pop-up shows.

We will keep this list updated as the year goes on. We’ve heard promising word of mouth for games like NORCO and Tunic, but I simply haven’t had a chance yet to play those titles.

Furthermore, some of the games listed here may lose their positions, as other, more compelling candidates rise to claim the mantle of GOTY.

Across Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC, here are the games you should be playing right now.

ELDEN ring

“If you’re a Souls fan, you’ve probably already made the decision to play Elden Ring, the new From Software game co-written by Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin,” Jane Park said in a Washington Post review of the game. “For others, this game is still hard to skip.”

The game features an engagingly mysterious story and asks players to piece it together. It’s a comical game where the difficulty turns players into a point of control – which is a good thing.

It’s also one of the easiest Souls-like games to get into, a feat for a genre known for its punitive difficulty. We haven’t even gotten to the middle of the year, but Elden Ring is practically a stunner in any definitive game on the year’s list.

Available at: PC, Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4

The gameplay of “Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands”. Photo: GEARBOX SOFTWARE
Word is simple and social. Photo: AFP
Above and below: gameplay from ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’; and “Lost Ark”. Images: The Pokémon Company / Tripod Studio

Above and below: gameplay from “Rainbow Six Extraction”; and Elden Rings. PHOTOS: UBISOFT MONTREAL / FROMSOFTWARE

Gameplay of “Horizon Forbidden West”. Photo: guerrilla games

word

Wordle, a free online word game, was technically released in 2021, but really popularized in 2022 and was bought in January by the New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure sum. Now, it has “millions” of players daily, according to The Times. Players get six attempts to figure out a five-letter word – a word that’s meant to be part of common vocabulary – that’s the key. There is only one puzzle to solve each day.

It’s easy to understand how the game has gone so far. The game can be accessed from any web browser, and people have enjoyed sharing their scores on social media, demonstrating their prowess with words. The game has also inspired several spin-offs, expanding the game’s legacy beyond the five-by-six grid.

Available at: PC and mobile via browser

Pokemon Legends: Arsos

For decades, The Pokémon Company has been trying to replicate the full glory of catching bugs, which is a huge inspiration for its titular series, and over the decades, it has been disrupted by RPG models, hardware limitations, and an uninspired repetitive design philosophy. Enter Arceus, a game that proves that even bread and butter series like Pokémon can greatly improve their formula. Gone are the tropes of previous major games, replaced by an open world set in the ancient past, heavily based on feudal Japan. The typical ‘weak battle, then capture’ format has been replaced with a mechanism to encourage players to sneak in and throw balls in third person shooter style. Best of all, Pokemon of all rarity spawn right in front of you.

Arceus is a much-needed Pokémon formula. It is a game that, like Breath of the Wild, inspires you to search its world for more secrets and more puzzles.

Available at: Nintendo Switch

Forbidden horizon west

It’s easy to get lost in the gorgeous open world of Horizon Forbidden West, Guerrilla Games’ highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn RPG.

Exploration has been replenished with the protagonist’s new arsenal of Aloy’s gadgets, allowing her to glide through valleys and swim through sunken cities. Weapons, map, enemies – everything seems to be scaled up. The writing and characters are captivating, especially the new Aloy’s crew, a mix of new faces and allies from the first game. Although the plot has derailed a bit, leaning more sci-fi this time around, Guerrilla Games’ masterful world-building comes together in an endearing tale of human hope and perseverance – no easy feat in a series with such a grim premise.

Available at: PS5, PS4

TINY TINA WONDERS

“Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is the closest game developer ever made to recreate Dungeons & Dragons (D&D),” Michael Kazar wrote in a Washington Post review of the game.

“There are a lot of games that share similar D&D combat mechanics,” Kazar wrote. “But what Wonderlands focus on — and nails — is the feeling of sitting around a table playing D&D: moments of chaos when the dungeon master only has seconds to improvise a way forward for players; times when teams throw a good plan out the window, but it all works out The end; the fiery arguments that might overwhelm a group of friends just trying to have fun; the feeling of knowing which jokes will go down with your dungeon master and which ones won’t. That’s what makes Wonderlands a true D&D game.”

Available at: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Series S.

lost ark

Lost Ark, a South Korean multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) published in North America, Europe, and other regions by Amazon Games, has always remained on top of the ratings for the number of active players on the Steam PC game store. More than 20 million registered accounts have been registered. Right from the start of the game, it has grabbed the players by throwing them into the fight with flashy and eye-catching skills and stunning graphics. Players noted that they felt they got a great deal of value for a free title. A harsh endgame where teams must band together to take down challenging bosses isn’t for everyone, but the community hung around it seems pretty loyal.

Available at: PC

VI Rainbow Extract

In a year themed Elden Ring, it’s hard to recommend Rainbow Six Extraction as the straight-faced competition game of the year. And yet we’re here.

Extraction, a cooperative player versus everything first-person shooter, is a rare breed of game in which you get in, do what you want to do, and get out. There are a limited number of missions, and each challenges you to collaborate with your teammates and cleverly use your entire toolkit to conquer cleverly designed shooting puzzles arranged semi-randomly around the levels.

Even better, these missions get really challenging as you level up, and your mistakes have serious consequences for your ability to progress. This way (and I’m surprised I’m even writing this) the extraction is kind of like Elden Ring, if you stare a little.

Available at: PC, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna

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