By Eric, Getty, Gettinger
This year was a real blast when it came to hot new games. 2022 didn’t pull any punches and the pun is intended. Personally I had a few older games that still managed to creep in but with good reason. So this year I am doing something crazy and ranking my top 10 games I finished this year.
10. Pulling No Punches
While I could have pulled out Cyberpunk 2077 or even Horizon Forbidden West I have instead added this in your face beat em up. Pulling No Punches is loud, proud, and it wants you to know that there is no place in this world for rude or inconsiderate people. With a cast of four characters you battle your way from the grocery store where people are walking about sneezing without face coverings all the way to the president’s house. With unlockable skills, fun premise, wacky battles Pulling No Punches is a fun game to solo or rumble through with friends.
9. What Remains of Edith Finch
Another game that I did not get the opportunity to play before this year is the beautiful and heartfelt What Remains of Edith Finch. A first person interactive storybook that finds Edith returning home to uncover her past and that of her family. With a variety of different minigames that are story driven the journey is a short one. While this is a game it goes against normal conventions and takes you to great and terrible places. Do not miss What Remains of Edith Finch, I regret not playing it sooner.
I did not get the opportunity last year to experience the craze that was Inscryption and this is me making up for it. This rogue lite card game with high stakes goes a lot of places, rife with mystery and some first person survival horror elements makes it the game of a decade. The lore and real life hints that litter the gameplay can keep you enthralled for hours, and the only means of escape is solving the riddles of this creepy cabin. What I learned early on, sacrifice is necessary.
7. The Quarry
Super Massive games continues to bring in the heat year after year with their dark pictures and I didnt get to try their newest joint. What I did play through multiple times though was The Quarry. Introducing a star studded cast of teens using state of the art motion capture to give them horrifyingly realistic expressions is a treat as always. Controls for The Quarry were simplified so there is more focus on exploration and finding clues and less on uncontrolled running.
I am a cat and I will do what I want and that’s how I played Stray for 15 hours. What Stray, specifically Stray on Playstation 5 does correctly resolves around haptics and simplicity. While some of the puzzles can seem obtuse it still wears its heart out in the open. A dramatic and emotional story in a world that’s supposed to be devoid of its humanity still hits the right notes Also getting to nap, push items over, and that dedicated meow button help.
5. Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
The Witch Queen expansion for Destiny 2 was a return to facing off against old enemies and them weaponizing the Light against you. Destiny continues to do things that pull you back in and this year I saw the dynamic of the series continue to shift. Once I looked at Destiny as more of a loot shooter where you are just collecting and upgrading in a grind. What I saw was a first person horror survival with the loot shooter mechanics. There is also something to be said about crushing a hive Ghost in your hands because D2 knows how to give you a quick burst of serotonin.
4. Power Wash Simulator
Assuredly the gift Joel got me from last year’s white elephant turned out to be perfect soul food. Power Wash Simulator is just a super relaxing and tedious first person game. Traveling from location to location cleaning dirt and grime off everything is entrancing. With upgradable washers and attachments I have never cared so much about cleaning. At the same time I got lost for joyful hours in this one. I will also say though, the moment you walk into a new level and see the extent of the cleaning job is panic inducing.
3. We Are OFK
A real treat and surprise was the story of OFK. While I am not normally the visual novel type, We Are OFK follows the lives of a group of friends as they form a bad. With fun dialogue options and deep dives into the characters lives is a slice of life. The playable music videos offer a fun break from the narrative but also add to the overall story of the band. If you like indie games and indie music this is worth a play.
2. God of War: Ragnarok
God of War has always been a favorite franchise of mine and it has matured and evolved with time. In some ways it’s more of the same from the last entry but so much more now. Kratos and Atreus continue to develop and build upon each other. Honestly this game has no right to be as good as it is. Utilizing non-stop action but also weaving the expanding story of this series is outrageous. Lets not forget all the twists and turns that happen along the way as this family fights against all odds.
1. Elden Ring
I have been hyping this all year even after being late to the train. From the slew or weapons, magic, play styles, paths, and endings have something for everyone. The setting and lore shine bright in the world filled with tarnished souls as you battle to the top to save or burn the world. While Elden Ring can be tough and tedious at times with enough practice and time you can overcome a lot of challenges. Exploration and investigation are essential but it was