Game of the Year is an award given to games that have exceeded expectations in several ways, in terms of their storytelling, gameplay, presentation, and design. While the most prestigious ceremony that bestows this award is The Game Awards, other award ceremonies also bestow this title.
The Game of the Year award is the most distinguished recognition a video game can receive, earning it a place in video game history. With 2022 halfway through, a handful of games released so far stand a good chance of being contenders for game of the year.
Over the past six months, there have been some truly fantastic video games that have wowed fans and critics alike and showcased the best the gaming industry has to offer. Here’s a look at five of the top contenders for the Game of the Year 2022 so far.
Note: This article reflects the opinion of the author.
5 game releases in 2022 that can compete for game of the year
1) Forbidden Horizon West
Guerilla Games’ sequel to its hugely successful Horizon Zero Dawn had a lot going for it. However, upon release, Forbidden West not only lived up to its predecessor, but also excelled in areas it lacked. Released on February 18, 2022, the game has come to PS4 and PS5, much to the dismay of PC users.
Horizon Forbidden West continued the story of protagonist Aloy as she assumed the role of protector of her tribe and ventured into the wild lands of the Forbidden West. After the destruction of the AI known as GAIA, Aloy searches for a backup, something also sought by a mysterious new group of technologically advanced humans.
The game retains much of the great gameplay from the previous title and improves it with some tweaks, slight changes, and simple quality of life tweaks. The user interface is reduced, combat is much smoother, and climbing is no longer a chore. Forbidden West is definitely an improvement on a great game and possibly qualifies for the Game of the Year award.
2) Elden Ring
Speaking of great games, the one that’s definitely up for the Game of the Year award is Elden Ring. FromSoftware is a studio well known for its Dark Souls games, as well as Bloodborne, Demon’s Souls, and Sekiro, but Elden Ring was going to be their first attempt at a truly expansive open-world game.
While doubts lingered when the game was in production, they were all allayed when it launched. The iconic feel of playing a FromSoftware game was still present, even in this completely open setting. While it might be the most accessible game in the developer catalog, it didn’t reduce the game’s difficulty curve or its penchant for hiding crucial knowledge in item descriptions.
Boss fights were as difficult (if not harder) than they always had been. Gameplay has been smoother than ever, allowing for a much more flexible building system. Adding a jump button only meant that falling and dying could no longer always be blamed on level design. Many believe that Elden Ring is the game to beat for the Game of the Year award.
This indie action-adventure game came as a surprise to many, as it turned out great. Developed by Andrew Shouldice and published by Finji, Tunic was released on various platforms on March 16, 2022 to fabulous reviews. The game’s design and gameplay was highly praised and garnered much admiration due to its homage to older games.
While indie games are rare for Game of the Year nominees, in July 2022 Tunic is one of the highlights of the year. Set in a fantasy world full of dangers and hostile creatures, players take control of an anthropomorphic fox as he embarks on his journey.
Presented in an isometric world, players must guide the fox through different areas of the game while fighting enemies and collecting items. It features many soul-like mechanics as well as a Metroidvania-like level design. It’s one of the top two indie games this year.
4) LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
LEGO managed to hit the nail on the head with this year’s Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Even fans who haven’t been happy with recent Disney films will be happy to get their hands on this version of the series’ nine main films. star wars universe.
Set across three sagas, it’s an epic tale, one that’s so spectacularly realized in the style of LEGO that it would be surprising to see it miss out as a Game of the Year nominee. Players can start the story in one of three sagas, from which they can play through the many events featured in each trilogy.
The hub world consists of a wide range of explorable planets and allows players to travel and explore. Award of the year, to be honest.
5) Go astray
Developed by BlueTwelve Studios, Stray is a game where players take on the role of a cat and explore a vast open world in an alternate cyberpunk future. Published by Annapurna Interactive, this game was released on July 19, 2022 and is available on Playstation 4 & 5 as well as on PC.
Informally known as “The Cat Game”, Stray achieved something no other game had before: properly capturing the essence of this species of domestic feline. As a chat, players have the option to be as calm or chaotic as they wish with the environment, the latter of course being more realistic.
Controls are simple and intuitive, with a dedicated “Meow” button. Traversing and solving puzzles are the main gameplay loops. However, the story centers around the star feline finding its way back to its cat family, locating various objects, talking to NPCs, and finding clues.
While Elden Ring is a great game, Stray will obviously beat it for Game of the Year because it has something Elden Ring doesn’t have: an adorable cat.
Note: This list is subjective and reflects the author’s own opinions.
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