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Kickstart your game with 10 of the most anticipated video games of 2022

FORBIDDEN HORIZON WEST (February 18)

Aloy is back and ready to take on some monstrous new machines in the sequel to Sony’s 2017 hit “Horizon Zero Dawn.” This time around, the hunter armed with a bow and arrow will explore a post-apocalyptic version of the American West Coast on a quest to uncover the origins of a mysterious, deadly plague. Lose yourself in ancient ruins of the Ancients, scale snow-capped mountain peaks, and dive into the depths of the ocean as you navigate a truly massive map of breathtaking new environments in “Horizon Forbidden West”. Available on Playstation 4 and Playstation 5

ELDEN RING (February 25)

Beloved “Souls” creator Hidetaka Miyazaki teams up with legendary “Game of Thrones” scribe George RR Martin for what could be the biggest title of 2022. An ambitious fantasy action role-playing game, “Elden Ring” takes players on an epic journey through the Lands Between, where they must battle devious demigods and menacing monsters in order to unite the Great Runes to become Lord Elden. For fans who love the grind of games like “Bloodbourne” and the “Dark Souls” series or want to immerse themselves in a fantasy world of Martin’s mind, this game is for you. Available on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

GRAN TURISMO 7 (March 4)

Buckle up and get ready to go turbocharged as Sony’s fan-favorite racing sim franchise is back with a fresh coat of paint for its 25th anniversary. As the first “GT” game to debut on the Playstation 5, expect it to take full advantage of the next-gen console’s real-time ray tracing capabilities and updated 4k resolution graphics. up-to-date, as well as super-fast loading times and immersive haptics. feedback controllers. Players can get behind the wheel of their dream car and race against friends online when “Gran Turismo 7” hits stores later this year. Available on Playstation 4 and Playstation 5

FORGOTTEN (May 24)

Square Enix seems to have a hidden gem on its hands with its upcoming open-world role-playing game. “Foresspoken” centers on a young woman named Frey who finds herself surprisingly transported from the streets of New York to the mysterious land of Athia. Armed with a mystical (and verbal) bracelet, Frey must find her way back home by adopting new abilities and battling foes like dragons, witches, and other magical monstrosities. Available on Microsoft Windows and Playstation 5

STARFIELD (November 11)

After innovating with “The Elder Scrolls” and “Fallout” franchises, Bethesda Game Studios embarks on an adventure to the stars with its next action role-playing game. “Starfield” marks the studio’s first new IP in a quarter century and will send players on a ride across the galaxy. As a fully customizable character, explore the far reaches of space in a future where humanity is recovering from deadly wars waged on newly colonized worlds. Available on Microsoft Windows and Xbox Series X/S

GOD OF WAR: RAGNARÖK (to be determined)

Ragnarok is coming. The ancient Norse gods of the nine kingdoms face their glorious end of days when the hit action-adventure franchise returns later this year. Following the winner of Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2018, the upcoming “God of War” will once again follow the mighty Kratos and his son Atreus, who grapples with his true secret identity as Loki. Of course, that puts them on a collision course with a certain hammer-wielding God of Thunder, who will sport a very different look than Marvel movie fans are used to seeing. Available on Playstation 4 and Playstation 5

THE HOGWARTS LEGACY (TBD)

While its official release date currently remains as shrouded in mystery as Chamber of Secrets, Wizarding World fans will soon be able to live out their inner Harry Potter fantasies when “Hogwarts Legacy” hits consoles later this year. Set in the 1800s, play as a student attending the famous magical boarding school, where you’ll learn all the classic spells, befriend enchanted beasts, and hopefully make the houses of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin proud. in the process. Available on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

SUICIDE SQUAD: KILL THE JUSTICE LEAGUE (TBD)

It’s never a good idea to shoot Superman’s cape, let alone go after him and the rest of the Justice League for a big fight. Unfortunately, that’s the job for the misfit killers of DC Comics’ notorious Task Force X, also known as the Suicide Squad. In this anti-hero action adventure, fans can take on the role of Harley Quinn, King Shark and other super villains, who end up being humanity’s last hope when an evil alien brainwashes heroes like The Flash. , Wonder Woman and everyone’s favorite Big Blue Boy Scout. Krypton. Available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S

UNTITLED SEQUEL TO THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD (TBD)

Another strong contender for the most anticipated game of 2022, the upcoming sequel to 2017 hit “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” still remains shrouded in mystery. Although not much is known about his plot (or even his official name and release date), fans can expect to return as the hero Link for a new open-world adventure through the land of Hyrule. It’ll be interesting to see how Nintendo tries to top previous installment “Breath of the Wild,” which has already earned some nods to the “greatest game of all time” from gamers and critics alike. Available on Nintendo Switch

Matt Juul is a Boston-based writer. Follow him on Twitter @RunTheJuuls.