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That’s 2021 done, dusted… clocked, as some of you used to say. Never quite got that myself. Anyway, 2022 is already loaded up with new games we can’t wait to play. Here is a list of just ten of them, which we hope you’re excited for, too. And these aren’t in any order, before you scream off to the comments.
God of War Ragnarök
God of War Ragnarök maybe needs no introduction, but we’re kicking off our unranked list with it anyway. Destined for PlayStation 5 and PS4 sometime in 2022, this sequel to 2018’s outstanding God of War again finds Kratos having to battle through armies of Norse mythology nasties, and will no doubt find time for our axe-tossing hero to pound in a few godly skulls along the way. Atreus is here too - older, if not wiser - and he’ll be wanting to explore his true identity of Loki, a twist revealed at the end of the previous game.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is locked in for release on January 28th, so fans of all things pocket monster-ish really don’t have long to wait until this adventure arrives on Nintendo Switch. Set in Pokémon’s past, this game will supposedly task the player with creating the first-ever Pokédex. New gameplay features include base camps for crafting and resting, and wild Pokémon can be captured without the need for battling them first. Tough alpha Pokémon will present a challenge though, and will chase the player if they catch sight of them - so catch ‘em all carefully, okay?
Stray lets you play as a cat, and there are robots, and it looks really cool. Do you need more? Okay, there are also puzzles, and the aim of the game is to get yourself, the cat, back to its owners, navigating a world of robotic humanoids. You’re accompanied by a handy drone called B12 - sounds like something out of a Nier game - and there are enemies to deal with, including swarms of something called Zurks. Stray is coming to PC and Playstations 4 and 5 sometime, hopefully, in the first half of 2022.
Baldur’s Gate III
Baldur’s Gate III is the third main entry in its series, coming a whole 21 years after Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and set 120 years after the events of that game. In development at Larian Studios, everything we’ve seen so far of this dark fantasy role playing game is making us very excited indeed. Early access players have been enjoying Baldur’s Gate III for a while, but the rest of the world will be able to step forth to combat the powers of darkness when this one releases for PC, Stadia and Mac sometime in 2022.
The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 has shown us a world above Hyrule in its preview videos, giving off strong Skyward Sword energy. We don’t actually know for sure what this adventure will be called yet, as Breath of the Wild 2 is just a placeholder, but we’re eagerly anticipating the follow-up to the game we called the greatest of all time in 2020. This Zelda adventure is, unsurprisingly, a Switch exclusive - and we’re sure it’ll look incredible on the new OLED console.
Tunic is a very Zelda-looking game, starring an adventurous fox and featuring an art style best described as cute as heck. But don’t let its looks deceive you: from what we played of Tunic, in its E3 demo, it can be a tough nut to crack, even while looking delightful. Mostly the work of a single developer, and published by Finji - the name behind previous GAMINGbible favourites Night in the Woods and Chicory: A Colorful Tale - Tunic is shaping up to be a classic. Don’t sleep on this one when it emerges on March 16th for PC, Mac and Xbox.
A Plague Tale: Requiem
Requiem is the sequel to 2019’s A Plague Tale: Innocence, and will again ask players to use stealth to avoid being overwhelmed and consumed by huge swarms of rats. This time, the sibling pair of Amicia and Hugo are seeking safety on an island only spoken of in prophecy. Whereas the first game really put an emphasis on sneaking, Requiem’s gameplay suggests that the older Amicia can now put up a fight against certain enemies. If Requiem builds on the strengths of Innocence, this could be one of the best games of 2022.
Elden Ring is famed developer FromSoftware’s shot at a proper open-world adventure, after achieving so much with its Dark Souls franchise and Bloodborne. It’s a dark fantasy adventure where the player is cast as a Tarnished and tasked with restoring the Elden Ring, and bringing order back to lands cursed by evil. Expect huge bosses and punishing battles, but with more freedom to explore than Dark Souls games. It’s released on February 25th for consoles and PC, and we’re very excited by what we’ve seen and played so far.
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals might be the closest gaming gets to a series of Stranger Things in 2022, certain to be creepy, mysterious, and full of nightmare fuel. Set five years after the events of the first game (one of our favourite narrative adventures ever, BTW), Lost Signals sees the player-controlled Riley trying to stop a cult from reopening portals to an interdimensional corruption sealed away in the earlier title. Just like the first game, this sequel has an emphasis on brilliant writing and a very organic flow to conversations, so adventure fans shouldn’t miss this one when it comes out sometime in 2022. Fingers crossed for sooner, rather than later.
Starfield is Bethesda’s first new IP for some 25 years, and has been curtly described as “Skyrim in space” by the company’s Todd Howard. We’re expecting a game far bigger than any Elder Scrolls title, though, as rumours suggest that Starfield will have a number of explorable planets, each one larger than the whole of Skyrim’s map. While set in the future, Starfield builds its story out of very real foundations, looking at how NASA might evolve and how mankind may finally step beyond Earth and into extraterrestrial living. Starfield is released on November 11th, exclusive to Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Featured Image Credit: Annapurna Interactive, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment
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