- 7 Jun 2022
- Reading time
- 5 minutes
It was just like yesterday when the season's greetings filled the air and the New Year, 2022 was ushered in. Time truly waits for no man as we are fast approaching the mid-month of 2022. Let’s not focus on how the world is going right now as it would seem that we are leaping from a pandemic to a world war.
In the face of all these, most of us rely on our precious games and virtual reality to lift us to another space and time and then help set us free from the bustle of our everyday life. The good news is that there are some upcoming games this year that have been postponed due to the pandemic.
So we've taken it upon ourselves to sift through the sea of games released this year and to pick our best for your absolute entertainment. Websites like GameByte will be updating their page throughout the year to provide you with video game release dates, with the most current releases at the top, so you can stay on top of everything. This will be done for the finest movies, anime, and television series of 2022.
In all seriousness, we're likely to get fired after spamming our work slack for a full two months with a heady Elden Ring debate. But, even though we didn't always want to, we played titles other than Elden Ring this year. Your time is valuable, and even if you spend every spare moment playing, you'll never be able to finish these before the next wave of must-play games arrives. Gather around and follow along with fellow gamers as we get into the nitty-gritty of the best video games of 2022.
Numerous games have attempted to replicate The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's explorative wonder, but Elden Ring is the first to genuinely succeed. It's the type of game we've come to expect from the creator. The Software is cryptic, opaque, and ultimately rewarding, with an environment that will take years to completely grasp. However, its open-world features reinterpret much of the savagery of prior games, and instead of detracting from their obstacles, favor gradual advancement over raw force. It's very rare to become lost in a remote part of the world for a dozen hours, only to return to a prior task as an entirely different character, with stronger powers and newfound insight.
The plot of the game is enticingly vague, requiring players to put everything together. It's a comedy game in which the difficulty makes the players punchline which is a good thing. It's also one of the simplest Souls-like games to get into, which is impressive for a genre famed for brutal difficulty. We're just halfway through the year, but "Elden Ring" is probably a lock on any year-end list. Our best guess? The game of the year was released in February, which is bad news for any game released following Elden Ring.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
Borderlands' developers appear to be finally comfortable letting go of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, and the consequences speak for themselves. Wonderlands is a joyous journey through tabletop-RPG-inspired environments, with seemingly little changes that cause massive waves in the series' "Diablo meets firearms" formula. You may mix and match two different character classes, navigate a board-game-style overworld, and spend dozens of hours in the incredible "Chaos Chamber" climax. The gearbox is ready to admit that we're not here for a script or even a cohesive storyline, and it leans into that idea with an admirably scattershot plot. It doesn't take itself so seriously that it compromises surprise, delight, or the satisfaction of fascinating, well-won riches.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is the closest any game creator has gone to recreating the Dungeons & Dragons universe. There are several games with comparable fighting systems to D&D.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
It may seem strange to put a licensed Lego video game on our list of outstanding games, but buying Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga isn't just a quick cash grab. It is, nonetheless, one of the greatest Star Wars games ever developed. Seriously. It seamlessly mixes all nine major films into a massive open-world action-adventure that is a pleasure for Star Wars aficionados as well as ideal for youngsters and families to play together. It has hundreds of riddles, characters, planets, and spacecraft, as well as a slew of amusing quips and gags. And it all looks incredible, with every Lego character and ship coated with textures such as scratches, dust, and filth. If you like Star Wars, you should stop reading right now and go play Skywalker Saga.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (DLC)
Since its initial release in 2014, Destiny has faced several challenges, including a global pandemic and a sale to PlayStation, to mention a few. So it is practically a miracle that Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is the finest thing to happen to the franchise in eight years. It's more Destiny, to be sure, with a new campaign, a new setting, new weapons, and new powers. But it's also Destiny without the caveats or the chats laced with longing: "Imagine how fantastic this would be if Bungie implemented X, Y, or Z?" Bungie has spent the last several years capitalizing on the promise of their gigantic experiment, and The Witch Queen is the result.
This is, without a doubt, an expansion, yet it qualifies. Witch Queen adds so much new material, plot, and gameplay to Destiny 2 that, if you haven't checked in on the Halo-veteran-turned-Sony-bad-boy Bungie's golden child in a few years, it's far past time. With a free PlayStation 5 upgrade, some of the greatest and most addicting first-person shooter combat available, and a wild and immersive setting, it's time to face the Witch Queen Guardian once more.
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