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Great games launch every year, that's no secret. But every once in a while, we're gifted with a year so strong, so filled with truly incredible titles that offer something for everyone, that it becomes almost impossible to keep up with the sheer amount of quality being thrown our way.
Who could forget 2004, for example? Halo 2, Half-Life 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, World Of Warcraft, Fable, and Spider-Man 2 all in one glorious 365-day period.
Then there was 2017, which saw The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Nier Automata and Super Mario Odyssey all stake rightful claims as the best releases of that year - if not the decade.
Years like these don't come around often, but when they do, we are all one in a constant state of gaming-induced euphoria. Barely a month goes by without something new to play, and almost every release could be considered a genuine 10/10 GOTY contender. I submit to you, dear reader, that 2022 stands to be just such a year.
Consider January alone: In the space of one week of the first month of 2022, we'll have Elden Ring and Pokémon Legends: Arceus, two of the most-anticipated video game releases of the last few years. Whether or not these games end up being any good remains to be seen, but I'd be willing to be they absolutely will be. FromSoftware just don't miss, and what we've seen of Elden Ring so far looks like a killer celebration of everything that makes the studio great. Meanwhile, Pokémon Legends: Arceus looks to be exactly the open-world experience longtime Pokémon fans have been crying out for.
The rest of the year is still up in the air in terms of release dates, but there are plenty of huge titles that are almost certain to release at some point in 2022. The sequel to Breath Of The Wild is bound to drop in the first half of the year, and if you don't think that's going to be something extremely special? Well, you haven't been paying attention. Ditto for the in-development sequel to God Of War, which is bound to build and improve on the 2018 epic in all manner of unexpected ways.
Elsewhere we have two DC games in Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, both of which look absolutely fantastic based on what we've seen so far. Anyone looking for a more immersive RPG-style experience will be more than catered for, too: Hogwarts Legacy is shaping up to be an incredible experience for Potter fans, while Starfield will let gamers live the dream of playing a Bethesda game that washes away the taste of Fallout 76. Hell, there's even a brand-new 3D Sonic game coming out, which is super exciting for people like me who refuse to admit that all 3D Sonic games are actually just a bit shit.
Outside of the video games themselves, there are at least two major video game adaptations on the horizon too! The Uncharted movie is finally releasing after years in development hell, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 promises to build on the surprising success of the 2019 film.
Call me an idiotic optimist, but I truly believe that 10 years from now, we'll look back at 2022 with the same misty eyed wonderment with which we regard the likes of 2004 and 2017. After the last two years, I think we could all use something like that to look forward to, right? So bring on the games.
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