Considering 2022 was a ‘quiet’ year for new games, the quality on show was unquestionable. From blockbuster releases to smaller yet equally as impressive Indies, the last 12 months has been a stellar year whether you play on console or PC.
Two long-awaited giants lead the pack, with Santa Monica Studios’ God of War Ragnarok closing off the latest chapter in Kratos’ epic journey in style, while Elden Ring once again proves that FromSoftware and Hidetaka Miyazaki raise the bar with everything they make. Immortality boasted powerful performances and a gripping story, Tunic’s unapologetically challenging gameplay was charming and rewarding in equal measure, and Marvel Snap upended the collectible card game genre with truly fresh ideas. Mario makes it into our best game list once again, but this time alongside the Rabbits in a game that’s a major leap forward over its predecessor, and Vampire Survivors is an outwardly simple roguelike that digs its teeth in deep.
These are our nominees for the Best Game of 2022. Come back next week to find out which is the winner!