It’s almost the end of the year AGAIN so it’s time to churn out that easy content we all look forwards to each and every year, so without further ado/any fuss whatsoever – here are my top 10 games of 2022!

10) TMNT: Shredders Revenge

Coming in at number 10 on my list of top 10 games in 1994 2022 is TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge. This game was so fun, a throwback to the early arcade games. Shredder’s Revenge completely captures the magic and was one of my favourite experiences of the entire year in gaming. I think a large part of why this game was so fun for me was the getting together with friends I haven’t played with in a long time to play it, smashing through the entire game in one sitting and then going again. It just reminded me of the old days of people knocking on my door asking to come play Sega with me.

9) Stray

I didn’t expect to like Stray as much as I did. A simple game about a cat trying to get home, I expected Stray to be boring and pretentious but instead I found it was one of the most heart-warming and lovely platformers I’ve ever played, I don’t really have much I can say about Stray, but you should definitely play it.

8) Marvel’s Midnight Suns

Part Persona, part XCOM, part Fire Emblem, part Hearthstone and ALL Marvel, Midnight Suns is a bit of a weird mix of all these things that somehow comes together to make something better than it has any right to be. I went into Marvel’s Midnight Suns not really expecting much but found myself absolutely enthralled by the story and the games combat. I could give or take the friendship building mechanic, but it wasn’t something that ever ruined my enjoyment of the game.

7) Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Stranger of Paradise is a 9/10: 7/10 game. What I mean by this is that Team Ninja’s attempt at a dark prequel to the original Final Fantasy game as a Soulslike leads to cringey dialogue, engaging combat and a predictable storyline… but I was hooked from start to finish. If you want to read more of my thoughts on this game you can check out my review here.

This game would of no doubt got a lot higher if it hadn’t been for the DLC really pissing me off and making me drop it a few spaces out of spite.

6) God of War: Ragnarök (mild spoilers for this entry)

Now, God of War Ragnarök is the only game on this list that I felt a little disappointed by. It’s still an absolutely phenomenal game but it doesn’t come close to being a fragment of the quality of the previous Nordic adventure. Ragnarök felt bloated due to the apparent decision to put two games into one instead of going for a trilogy, and the storyline and Atreus playable moments simply didn’t do anything for me.

This being said and as mentioned: Ragnarök is still an incredible game, the times with Kratos are excellent and being able to fully explore all of the realms was a real treat.

5) The Callisto Protocol

OMFG! Is Luke putting Callisto Protocol above God of War? That game that everyone is ranting about being bad online? Yes, I am. What the hell is everyone playing to hate this game? I absolutely adored my time at Black Iron Prison and found the combat and story to be absolutely stellar. To be fair though dear readers, I do give survival horrors a pass just for existing.

4) Bayonetta 3

I adore character action games, I love every single Devil May Cry (except 2) and I love Bayonetta 1 and 2. I was a little worried about the controversy surrounding the change in VA’s for this one potentially ruining the story but I think I have to say now that Jennifer Hale is MY Bayonetta after all. If you like the previous games in the series and are a fan of Platinum Games brand of batshit storytelling then you will find a lot to love with Bayonetta 3.

3) Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 – Reunion

Despite the bloated title, Crisis Core’s remake is the definitive way to play the beloved PSP classic. Featuring way less Cloud and more Zack and having loads of quality of life upgrades, Crisis Core on PS5 is the only JRPG to make it into my list this year – which is a surprise to me as usually my lists are peppered with them!

2) Metal: Hellsinger

Doom. Guitar Hero. Metal. In my review of Metal: Hellsinger I had this to say:

First thing to state is that I am absolutely terrible at Metal: Hellsinger, having to repeat the levels 3-4 times before I am able to beat them. The main thing that sticks in my brain is that not once have I felt having to repeat any of the games levels multiple times was in any way a hassle. If anything, each subsequent playthrough was a pleasure and even once I had completed the levels I found myself going back to each one to improve my score. Once Metal: Hellsinger had its hooks in me, I just couldn’t stop.

1) Elden Ring

Elden Ring,' 'God of War Ragnarök': Best games of 2022 – DW – 12/09/2022
Fuck off Malenia

What more can be said about Elden Ring that hasn’t been bashed over your head at this point? The game is in contention to become one of the greatest games of all time. Whilst I was playing it I felt like I was truly playing a piece of video game history that will be taught in universities around the world for years to come.

I am also a known Souls fanboy so was this entry really going to be anything else?

And there we go! My top 10 games of 2022. Anything in there piss you off? I bet it did! What were your favourite games of 2022? Let me know in the comments below.

Written by Luke.

Edited by Alexx.