Top 10 Best Games of 2022 (So Far)
VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci
WRITTEN BY: Ty Richardson
We're only haflway through 2022 and we've already had so many great games! For this list, we're taking a look at the best games that have come out within the first six months of 2022. Our countdown includes “Kirby and the Forgotten Land” (2022), “Evil Dead: The Game” (2022), “The Quarry” (2022), “Horizon Forbidden West” (2022), and more!
Script written by Ty Richardson
We're only haflway through 2022 and we've already had so many great games! For this list, we’re taking a look at the best games that have come out within the first six months of 2022. Our countdown includes “Kirby and the Forgotten Land” (2022), “Evil Dead: The Game” (2022), “The Quarry” (2022), “Horizon Forbidden West” (2022), and more! Which title is your Game of the Year so far? Let us know in the comments below!
#10: “The Quarry” (2022)
Supermassive Games has had a bit of a rough patch since “Until Dawn’s” success on PlayStation 4 in 2015. While the “Dark Pictures Anthology” has found its own audience, the mediocrity had us worried when “The Quarry” was announced just a few months before launch. To our surprise, “The Quarry” ended up WAY better than we expected. Under one’s selfishness, six friends are forced to spend one more night at a campground that holds a dark secret. What follows is a frightening tale that pays homage to 80’s horror with its aesthetic, music, tropes, and humor. If you’re a fan of horror movies, this game is a must-have!
#9: “WWE 2K22” (2022)
For a time, it was tradition to see a WWE game on our Worst Games of the Year lists. Imagine our shock when “2K22” launched and was actually fun to play! The reworked mechanics and controls make for a fun fighting game that’s easy enough for anyone to get their hands on. On top of the usual fixings like Showcase, “2K22” added in MyGM, a mode where you can run your own WWE show, and an extensive campaign known as MyFACTION where you can assemble your own teams of wrestlers and give them power-ups to blast through challenges and earn more wrestlers. And do we even need to mention the insanely deep levels of customization that allowed the MojoPlays team to make their own arena?
#8: “Evil Dead: The Game” (2022)
Few multiplayer games manage to rise to the top, and in the case of “Evil Dead: The Game”, it blew everything out of the water. Four players act as Survivors and must assemble the Necronomicon and the Kandarian Dagger while a fifth player acts as the Kandarian Demon and must take them out. What’s so fascinating about “Evil Dead” is how fair the game is. Both Demon and Survivor have numerous opportunities to turn the game around no matter how badly certain phases go. With characters boasting unique abilities, a helping of tough single-player missions, and plenty of references for fans of the series to gush over, “Evil Dead: The Game” can only be described with one, simple word: groovy.
#7: “Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” (2022)
After suffering from several delays and a number of years without any other output, TT Games managed to deliver with their newest title. “Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” celebrates the “Star Wars” franchise by taking players through all nine movies and allowing them to explore more than twenty planets as they seek to collect all twelve hundred Kyber bricks. “Skywalker Saga” is simply loaded with passion, and you can see it in the way characters are animated, combat is fleshed out, skill trees unlock unique abilities, and the way quests are written and structured. It is absolutely gushing with love for “Star Wars” and “Lego”, and fans of either brand absolutely need this game.
#6: “The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe” (2022)
We try not to load up our Best Games lists with too many remakes unless they are of top-notch quality. In the case of “The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe”, we didn’t get a remake - we got a full-blown sequel! “Ultra Deluxe” didn’t just come with a slightly altered version of the original 2013 PC game. It came with a plethora of new features and even more endings for players to discover while parodying video game tropes and commentating on various topics within the medium. It’s witty, it’s hilarious, and most importantly, it has buckets. How can you say “no” to a game with buckets?
#5: “Pokemon Legends: Arceus” (2022)
The “Pokémon” series has gone through a bit of a dry spell in recent years, to the point where folks were asking for some kind of change or shift to another formula. Perhaps a new spin-off series? Well, “Pokémon Legends: Arceus” came, and it certainly delivered! This new experience blended the classic turn-based combat with modern action-RPG mechanics, requiring a little more thought in actions while also making sure to keep your Trainer out of harm’s way. On top of that, players were allowed to interact with the world way more than the core games; sneak up on Pokémon to catch them without battling, use Pokémon as mounts to quickly traverse the land. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a sequel within the next couple years!
#4: “Horizon Forbidden West” (2022)
When your first game was already a strong showing, it can be difficult to outdo yourself. However, developer Guerrilla Games managed to take what few areas the first “Horizon” felt weak in and strengthened them up quite a bit. Character animations look and feel more natural, villages have more reason to hang around and explore with more side quests and minigames, combat feels tighter than ever, and the enemy variety and level design bring a whole new level of challenge for even veteran players. That said, “Horizon Forbidden West” is worthy of your time regardless if you’re playing on PS4 or PS5.
#3: “Kirby and the Forgotten Land” (2022)
The “Kirby” series is already a splendid collection of games, but it’s never made a leap quite as enormous and ambitious as this! “Kirby and the Forgotten Land” is the “Super Mario Odyssey” for our pink orb of infinite voids, bringing the series into a full 3D adventure. From upgrading powers to rebuilding a town for the Waddle Dees, Kirby’s latest outing is a fun romp through and through, and it quickly establishes itself as a necessary game for Switch owners to have. Plus, it’s almost impossible to play this game and not crack a smile at the fun it has with its own mechanics and levels.
#2: “Nobody Saves the World” (2022)
Drinkbox Studios, the studio behind “Guacamelee” and “Severed”, return with this remarkable action-RPG about a bland-looking humanoid who possesses the power to morph into various forms. “Nobody Saves the World” is an incredibly satisfying game to play with its imaginative dungeons, enemy design, and humor. But the main attraction is in the fun and creative forms that come with their own abilities, which you’ll eventually be able to use with other forms as you mix up status afflictions mid-fight. It all comes together for an immensely entertaining experience, and it just might be Drinkbox Studios’ best game ever.
Before we reveal our (probably obvious) top pick here are a few Honorable Mentions…
“Dying Light 2: Stay Human” (2022)
Fun to Play, But Still Buggy Four Months After Launch
“Martha is Dead” (2022)
Unique and Thoughtful, Short and Sweet, Disturbing and Haunting
“Nightmare Reaper” (2022)
The Best Boomer Shooter We’ve Played in YEARS
“Triangle Strategy” (2022)
A Small Yet Ambitious Game from Square Enix and Artdink
#1: “Elden Ring” (2022)
Honestly, we don’t know what else there is to say that hasn’t already been said about “Elden Ring”. Developer FromSoftware has knocked almost every single game out of the park, and just when we think their next game won’t be as great as the last, they somehow exceed expectations with their worldbuilding, characters, combat, level design, etc. Allow us to put it like this; one of the guys at MojoPlays is very apathetic towards Soulsborne games. He ended up playing “Elden Ring” for an entire month and came back with nothing but praise. This is one of those rare games where you cannot take others’ words for it, not even ours. Go and play it yourself. We promise you it is well worth your time and money.