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2022 was one of the best years in recent memory for new video game releases, and several major titles came out that are sure to be classics. From fantasy action RPGs to battle royales and competitive first-person shooters, here are five video games people are saying were the best of 2022.
Elden Ring, Bandai Namco’s hit fantasy RPG, was undoubtedly the most talked-about video game of the entire year. This third-person game lets you control a customizable character as you embark on a journey to repair the Elden Ring and become the Elden Lord.
The game has been praised for its open-world system and more easily digestible plot than some previous games from the studio. Elden Ring was widely acclaimed by critics and was even the winner of The Game Awards’ “Game of the Year” award for 2022.
Battle royale has become the premier game mode for multiplayer first-person shooter games, and one of the franchises that does it best is Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Warzone, released in 2020, was the franchise’s original BR game.
This year, however, the game was replaced by the much-awaited sequel, Warzone 2. The new game comes with several innovative features including proximity chat, a function that lets players hear the microphone audio of enemy players close to them.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
For an FPS game that isn’t a battle royale, Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare 2 is one of the best-rated and most-played games of the year. The game has sold over 12 million copies since its release in late October of this year. Fans of previous games from the franchise will have a lot to love with this one, as it simply feels like a classic Call of Duty game updated for modern technology and the modern gamer.
Another contender in the FPS genre is Overwatch 2, which was released just a few weeks before the new Modern Warfare. This sequel to 2016’s Overwatch lets you control one of a diverse cast of characters with different weapons and abilities, engaging in a variety of team-based game modes.
From team deathmatch modes to attempting to push a payload across enemy lines with your team, Overwatch 2 is a perfect game to try out with your friends. The best part is, unlike the original game, Overwatch 2 is completely free!
God of War: Ragnarok
Fantasy action RPGs were a big theme in gaming this year, and another game in this genre that took the world by storm was God of War: Ragnarok. This game, the first in the God of War series since 2018’s God of War, has already been called one of the best action games of all time.
God of War: Ragnarok lets you play as Kratos, a Spartan warrior who later became the Greek god of war and is now engaged in conflict with the Norse gods. This game has brought countless hours of playtime to millions of fans and is even the inspiration for an upcoming Amazon Prime TV series.