GameUtha.com’s Top 10 Games of 2022

Ali Hasan January 1, 2023

GameUtha.com’s Top 10 Games of 2022

2022 was a weird year for the video game industry. It was the year that the pandemic finally caught up with the industry and its effects were felt not only in game releases (as we saw many major titles shuffle release dates several times) but also in the movement of hardware with the Xbox Series X and S and PS5 still being relatively difficult to get a hold of. Nonetheless, the year had a multitude of game releases, some delayed from 2021 and some from unexpected studios that absolutely stole our hearts. In a year filled with lots of uncertainty, we saw some of the best games come out of some of the smallest and relatively unknown studios while bigger studios and publishers had an equally as impressive showing.

While some games failed to live up to their hype many did and, in some cases, even exceeded it. From big-budget tentpole titles like God of War Ragnarök and Elden Ring to the smaller indie titles like Sifu and Stray, there was tones of diversity in the release schedule, giving us plenty of variety throughout the year and made for an enjoyable and well-rounded year for gaming. According to us, these were the best games of 2022.

10. Splatoon 3

Kicking off our list of the top ten games of 2022 is the Nintendo Switch exclusive Splatoon 3. Splatoon returned with yet another colorful and fun multiplayer experience with Splatoon 3. Building off of the previous two games, the third entry delivered a high-intensity yet whimsical combat experience. A diverse range of customization options was a welcome addition while and a new hero mode allowed you to craft your own Splatoon experience. Nintendo has historically done well with family-friendly games that are also a blast for adults and Splatoon 3 is a prime example of this.  

9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Next up on our list is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, the sequel to 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Picking up where the last entry left off, MWII delivered a largely enjoyable campaign though it wasn’t without its caveats. The multiplayer, gunsmith, and spec ops experiences all received refreshes in the form of new systems and mechanics that made for an extremely solid and fun multiplayer title complete with excellent animation and sound design. For our full review of Modern Warfare II, click here.

8. A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Requiem takes the eighth spot on our list. Continuing the gut-wrenching and bleak story of Hugo and Amicia, A Plague Tale: Requiem was able to pull off an incredibly poignant story with great character moments and sublime performances while also managing to innovate and build off of gameplay mechanics established in the first entry. For our full review of A Plague Tale: Requiem, click here.

7. Tunic

Tunic takes the seventh spot on our list. Tunic is an isometric, 2.5D, action-adventure title, taking heavy inspiration from the original Zelda games in a cute, colorful, and quirky package. Though it may seem simple and easy, at its core Tunic draws a lot from the Dark Souls game through its extremely challenging combat system and boss fights. The game almost serves as an oxy-moron given its art style and difficulty (like Cuphead did) but somehow it works and works extremely well.

6. Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta 3, another Nintendo Switch exclusive snags the sixth spot on our list. The third Bayonetta game retains the series’ signature stylish and over-the-top Devil May Cry-Esque combat in the most polished package to date. The game faced a lot of turmoil in its development but the end result was absolutely worth it as it not only upheld what made the first two entries so enjoyable but also modernized the franchise by introducing larger environments and more complex puzzles in addition to new combat mechanics.

5. Sifu

Sifu, a methodical martial arts beat-em-up game from developer Slo Clap takes the fifth spot on our list. An exciting and oftentimes frustrating spin on the traditional fighting genre; the aging mechanic in Sifu was the game’s highlight adding a sense of urgency and challenge that really hasn’t been seen in a game before. Making the player throw caution to the wind but also consider how the aging may help them or disadvantage them going forward. The game also featured incredible animation work and music and an art style that complimented the action perfectly.

4. Stray

Stray takes the fourth spot on our list. A beautifully crafted cyberpunk world, an inquisitive cat, and an adorable robot make up the core of Stray, an indie adventure game where the player assumes the role of a cat as it seeks to find a way back to its family. Developer Blue 12 showed incredible artistry in its world design and core gameplay loop, putting the player down to the level of a four-legged feline, while also finding ways to tell an engaging story, complete with interesting characters. Stray is the poster child of what talented developers can achieve even without a big budget to back them. For our full review of Stray, click here.

3. Horizon Forbidden West

Aloy returned earlier this year in Horizon Forbidden West, a sequel to 2017s Horizon Zero Dawn, building on the already impressive work done by the team on the first game by adding a ton of new machines, intricately detailed environments, and some of the best graphics we saw throughout the year. The game featured an incredible story, complete with new and returning characters, exciting boss fights, and emotional hooks. Horizon Forbidden West managed to improve upon its predecessor in every way possible and that’s why it takes the third spot on our list. For our full review of Horizon Forbidden West, click here.

2. Elden Ring

Fromsoftware has had a long history of creating some of the most challenging games in recent memory with the likes of The Dark Souls trilogy, Bloodborne, Sekiro, and more. Its latest outing, which snagged the Game of the Year award at The Game Awards brought the challenging and exciting combat of the Dark Souls games into an open-world format and in the process revolutionized it by maintaining the same emphasis on exploration and a considerable lack of handholding. Elden Ring put a new spin on an existing formula and it worked extremely well allowing it to snag the second spot on our list.

1. God of War Ragnarök

God of War Ragnarök is a game that needs no introduction. The conclusion to Kratos and Atreus’ emotional and fantastical journey came to a close not too long ago and the gaming world still has not recovered. Ragnarök maintained the great gameplay of its predecessor but threw in a few new surprises and mechanics that let the game remain fresh and exciting throughout the length of its playtime, a grand yet personal story coupled with tight combat and a beautifully crafted world earned God of War Ragnarok the top spot on our list. For our full review, click here.

Do you agree with our picks for the top 10 games of 2022? Sound off in the comment below! And from everyone here at Gameutha.com, we wish you all a very happy 2023!

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