Don’t Count Out 2022 Just Yet: Games to Keep on Your Radar

The Unpredictable World of Gaming

Surprise, surprise: God of War Ragnarok is receiving rave reviews and is already a strong contender for the title of “game of the year” in 2022. But hold your horses! The year is not over yet, and there are plenty of games that could steal the spotlight. So, before you finalize your “best of 2022” list, let’s take a look at some upcoming releases that might change the game.

Pentiment: A Renaissance Thriller

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Xbox may not have had a great year, but that could change with Pentiment. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind Fallout: New Vegas, this narrative RPG is not your typical Xbox exclusive. Set in the 16th century, Pentiment follows the adventures of Andreas, a journeyman entangled in a web of crimes and mysteries spanning decades. What sets this game apart is its stunning art style, inspired by medieval art forms like woodcuts and manuscripts.

I had the opportunity to play Pentiment at Gamescom this year, and I was immediately captivated. The beautiful art direction aside, the RPG systems impressed me the most. The ability to customize Andreas and see the real impact of my choices in a short demo has me eagerly anticipating the full game. If the rest of Pentiment lives up to its promise, it could be one of the biggest surprises of 2022 and a much-needed win for Xbox.

Pentiment launches on November 15 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

Somerville: A Journey into the Unknown

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Sometimes, the best things come from unexpected places. Somerville, the debut title from Jumpship, a studio co-founded by Dino Patti, the former co-founder of Playdead (known for Limbo and Inside), falls into that category. This atmospheric adventure game has been quietly brewing and is finally ready to make its mark.

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Details about Somerville are scarce, but what we’ve seen so far promises a haunting alien invasion story reminiscent of War of the Worlds. The visuals alone create an eerie atmosphere, and I have high hopes that it’ll deliver a thrilling 2D experience worthy of Playdead’s legacy.

Somerville launches on November 15 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: A New Pokemon Adventure

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Pokemon fans, get ready for something different. Nintendo’s final major release of the year, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, is a complete reinvention of the traditional Pokemon formula. It introduces a true open-world format and brings co-op multiplayer to the series for the first time ever. This could be the refreshing change that the franchise needs.

Having spent an hour with the game, I can confidently say that it’s a breath of fresh air. The classic Pokemon elements are still there, but the open-ended adventure gives players unprecedented freedom to explore and tackle objectives in any order they desire. This newfound freedom has me excited, and I believe Nintendo’s holiday offering will leave a lasting impression.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet launch on November 18 for Nintendo Switch.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide – Unite and Fight

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If you’ve never dived into the world of Warhammer, now might be the perfect time to join the battle. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, a co-op multiplayer game inspired by Left 4 Dead, presents an excellent entry point. Form a squad, fight hordes of monsters together, and collect valuable loot along the way.

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During the recent beta, I had the chance to experience the game’s intense missions and satisfying gunplay. It reminded me of the good old days grinding strikes in Destiny with my clan. With its live service approach, Darktide has the potential to grow into something even more remarkable. In a year where multiplayer competition is sparse, Darktide could easily emerge as one of the best games of 2022.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide launches on November 30 for PC.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns: Superhero Tactics

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Marvel’s Midnight Suns is the big unknown of 2022. From Firaxis, the masterminds behind XCOM, this game promises an exhilarating blend of tactics and superheroes. While delays have raised some concerns, I remain optimistic about its potential.

Firaxis has a strong track record, with hits like XCOM 2 and Civilization VI under its belt. Their previous game, XCOM: Chimera Squad, breathed new life into the tactics genre, making it more accessible. If that same energy carries over to Marvel’s Midnight Suns, it could give even Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope a run for its money.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns launches on December 2 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The Callisto Protocol: A Nightmare Awaits

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Save a spot on your game of the year list for The Callisto Protocol. Developed by Striking Distance Studios, this horror game is shaping up to be a worthy successor to Dead Space, possibly even surpassing EA’s own Dead Space remake. It promises gruesome violence, a pitch-black atmosphere, and the same limb-slicing gameplay that made Dead Space a classic.

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Having recently gone hands-on with The Callisto Protocol, I can assure you that it pulls no punches. The demo’s vivid visuals, haunting sound design, and challenging gameplay evoked the same fear I felt when playing the original Dead Space. If you’re a fan of horror, don’t let this game slip under your radar.

The Callisto Protocol launches on December 2 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

More Games to Anticipate

Don’t forget to keep an eye on these other upcoming releases that might surprise you:

  • A Little to the Left — November 8
  • Among Us VR — November 10
  • Tactics Ogre: Reborn — November 11
  • Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 — November 16
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil In Me — November 18
  • Evil West — November 22
  • Gungrave G.O.R.E. — November 22
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners 2 – Retribution — December 1
  • Need for Speed Unbound — December 2
  • Sunshine Shuffle — December 6
  • Hello Neighbor 2 — December 6
  • Choo-Choo Charles — December 9
  • Dragon Quest Treasures — December 9
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy Reunion — December 13
  • High on Life — December 13

Don’t Miss Out on the Best Games of 2022

Before you finalize your “game of the year” list, make sure to keep these exciting titles in mind. They might just redefine the gaming landscape and leave a lasting impression on you.

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