Top 20 Best Games of 2022

I think it’s safe to say that, despite some turmoil here and there, 2022 was a better year than 2020 and 2021. Not only in the sense of, well, all the crap happening in the planet, but also when it comes to video games. Never have we reviewed so many good games in a year, and never have we had to remove so many phenomenal games from our Top 20 list simply because there was not enough space to fit them all. To the point that, well, we could actually make a Top 20 Honorable Mentions of 2022 if we wanted to.

Which we will. Screw it. Here they are:

Rise of the Third Power Pokémon Legends: Arceus Horizon Forbidden West Silt Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Tinykin The Quarry Sifu Digimon Survive A Plague Tale: Requiem
Nobody Saves the World Tyrant’s Blessing Rune Factory 5 Moss: Book II Rollerdrome
Ghostwire: Tokyo Dying Light 2 Stay Human OlliOlli World Cities VR Two Point Campus

This goes to show how impressive 2022 was in terms of releases. In any other year, a list like this would have dominated awards ceremonies, GOTY lists, conversations, and much more. It was just that good of a year, as you can see. And we enjoyed every single second of it. Not to mention the tons of ports (Iron Man VR for Quest 2), next-gen remasters (The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077) and compilations (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection) released through the year. Truly a great time to be a gamer.

But we all know you’re here for the big ones. The games that made the cut. The best games in a year, filled to the brim with gems and bangers. Let’s get this party started.

 

20 – Potion Permit

Potion Permit - Calling my dog

Thanks to a wonderfully polished visual aesthetic, great writing, and a couple nice quality of life adjustments, Potion Permit had me smitten. Hell, I was very much encouraged to seek out my boo. Thanks to my dog pal being capable of sniffing out my potential baes, there was no reason to be alone. It’s a unique take on the cozy genre and yeah, it was nailed. – Fernando Da Costa

 

19 – Taiko No Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival

Rhythm Festival Fail

Rhythm games aren’t exactly “special.” It takes a lot for a game to have the same appeal that Guitar Hero 3 had way back when it came out. Rhythm Festival however has kept me coming back at least a few times a week to play new songs releasing constantly through their subscription service, which saves you from paying hundreds or thousands of dollars into DLC. Just like younger me did with Rockband. – Aaron Price

 

18 – Prodeus

Prodeus Level Editor

I would have already given Prodeus a stupidly high score if it was just this high-quality Doom 2016-inspired “boomer shooter”. But the ludicrous map creator, and the endless replayability it provides, took this game to a whole new level of awesomeness. For crying out loud, there’s a Mario 64 level in a first-person shooter. Genius! – Leo Faria

 

17 – Triangle Strategy

Triangle Strategy Visuals

I’ll admit, my initial interest in Triangle Strategy was based solely on my love for Final Fantasy Tactics. But it wasn’t long before the game won me over based on its own strengths, not just because of nostalgia. The fantastic world-building, gripping story and characters, alongside the phenomenal combat all create a game that doesn’t live in Final Fantasy Tactics’ shadow, but proudly stands alongside it. – Thomas Medina

 

16 – GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon

Bosses

This is the game that made me realize Konami is back at it. GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon took the “Castlevania meets roguelikes” formula from Dead Cells, added a jaw-dropping coat of paint on top of it, and tweaked some elements, namely its combat, to make it addicting. I don’t remember the last time I had this much fun with a roguelike. – Leo Faria

 

15 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Shredder's Revenge Level 1

A game that makes the seminal Turtles in Time feel lame in comparison. Shredder’s Revenge isn’t just nostalgia bait or pure fanservice, even though it excels at being that. It’s easily one of the best beat-em-ups ever made, without a shadow of a doubt. – Leo Faria

 

14 – Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope Cover

The first Mario + Rabbids game had no right being as good as it was. The best thing about it was the fact it did leave a TON of room for improvements in a possible sequel. Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is this possible sequel, with all the improvements I could have wished for. One of the best Mario games in recent memory, and clear proof there is still hope for Ubisoft. When they are let free to do their thing, with no corporate meddling, magic ensues. – Leo Faria

 

13 – Lost in Play

Lost in Play Mechanical Dragon

The art design alone was enough to pique my interest in Lost in Play, but what it delivered in its point-and-click adventure experience, made it an even memorable standout from so many others in the genre. With inventive puzzles that actually make sense to solve, to its whimsical and absurdist atmosphere, Lost in Play is game for just about everyone. If you’ve ever wanted to play a Saturday morning cartoon, here’s your chance.- Heidi Hawes

 

12 – Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands - Instrumental magic

From the first time I saw Tiny Tina, her personality and quirks won me over. So, when I saw a game dedicated to her and her obsession with the Borderlands equivalent of D&D, hell yeah I was there. The dumb humour that made the franchise soar is intact. The lootsplosion is alive and well, with so many guns to collect. Yes, a few decisions since launch has muddled things a bit, but I reckon it’s still worth a ride. Like a fine, curvy woman, the body is delightful. It’s time to stop reading and blow a MF’s face clean off like brap brap! – Fernando Da Costa

 

11 – Souldiers

souldiers

Souldiers was a genuine surprise from a dungeon delving, metroidvania style game. Everything in Souldiers felt so smooth, exploration felt plentiful, and battles felt exciting. If nothing else is said, this is one of the few games I’ve bought on multiple consoles just to experience over again. – Aaron Price

 

10 – Tunic

Alters

I had my eyes on Tunic since the first time it was publicly shown off. While the development time took a while longer than expected, boy did it not disappoint. Tunic took inspiration from classic adventure titles and added its own great ideas to it and became a game I won’t forget. It has very little hand-holding, and some truly inventive puzzles that might have you scratching your head for a moment or two, but make you feel elated when you solve them, and add more to the lore of the world. I implore anyone that grew up with classic Zelda, or anyone who likes isometric puzzle adventure games to play Tunic, and don’t give up on it if it stumps you, because it is worth it.- Jordan Hawes

 

9 – Signalis

Signalis Destruction

Signalis is a masterpiece in retro survival horror game genre. Providing an intense gameplay experience that draws heavily on the genre’s past, whilst delivering an engaging story that subverts expectations in the best of ways. Signalis is a must play for any fan of the genre. – Kyle Nicol

 

8 – Beacon Pines

Beacon Pines came out of nowhere to touch my heart and totally reignite my love of nonlinear storytelling. A spooky yet charming story, rife with plot twists, intrinsic mechanics, and a sublime soundtrack; the story cannot and should not be missed by visual novel adjacent fans. – Oliver Shellding

 

7 – Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising - Garoo helps CJ reach an object

Rather unjustly, expectations were set too high for what’s a spin-off of the yet to be released Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. It’s an action romp that is fast, fluent, and thanks to some intuitive controls, simply superb. Sure, the metroidvania-like approach may not appeal to some but given this was a mere side project, it’s not only an appropriate implementation, but it harkens back to the old days. There’s loot, cheerful characters, and the scenery is just damn gorgeous. It’s brilliant. Period. – Fernando Da Costa

 

6 – Infernax

2022 showed me what good retro inspiration could be with Infernax. A perfect encapsulation of pixel graphics, chiptune soundtrack, and metroidvania progression, the usage of tight controls and a multitude of easter eggs did the impossible: it brought back the feeling of being a kid with an NES. Cannot recommend this enough for those who love 8-bit. – Oliver Shellding

 

5 – Neon White

Cards

What happens when you take speedrunning first-person gameplay, card mechanics, and an anime-inspired visual novel? You get Neon White; probably one of the weirdest and greatest combinations of genres that provides a unique gameplay experience. I’ve never spent so much time trying to shave mere milliseconds off my times and climb the leaderboards before, but Neon White‘s utterly addictive gameplay loop encourages it in the best of ways. I have even more respect for the speedrunning community now. – Kyle Nicol

 

4 – Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Colony

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 balances ambition with polish, scale of story with deep emotional characters, and a huge open world with mountains of handcrafted narrative. I’ve loved this series since the first game, but this one is on a whole other level. A beautiful game, an absolutely phenomenal soundtrack, and one of the greatest parties in JRPGs. Truly, Eunie’s da boss. – Thomas Medina

 

3 – Rogue Legacy 2

Color Trail

In a sea of roguelites, for a game to put “rogue” in its title seemed hubristic, but Rogue Legacy 2 slapped me awake to real addictive gaming. With a plethora of classes, traits, equipment, and unlocks, this sequel totally eclipses the original in every way, and my PC play ensured that my Switch port was a day one purchase. Tight, seamless, and a joy for those who love to live, die and repeat. – Oliver Shellding

 

2 – Total War: Warhammer III

Total War: Warhammer III Bear

There will never be another strategy game like Total War: Warhammer III. Not only is the base game a phenomenal blend of RPG and 4X strategy, the promise of Warcraft III finally delivered on. But the Immortal Empires campaign is truly a masterpiece of strategy gaming. It combines all three games to create a gigantic blend of Paradox Grand Strategy and classic Total War gameplay. There will never be a bigger, more detailed, more varied, project of pure passion then this magnificent, beautiful, and most importantly crazy game. – Thomas Medina

 

1 – Elden Ring

Elden Ring Underground

It was inevitable. I did play and review tons of games in 2022, but none were as impactful or as memorable as From Software’s open world magnum opus. I’m counting the days for the DLC, because I simply don’t want for this hundred-hour-long epic to end so soon. Elden Ring was more than just “worth the hype”, it surpassed its sky-high expectations like very few games I have ever seen. – Leo Faria