There are too many good video games out there right now.
I mean that almost literally. I try to keep up with the latest and greatest things coming out of this medium and I find myself overwhelmed.
If you, too, are overwhelmed by all these choices – or if you don’t even have a clue what’s new these days – here are 10 games released so far in 2022 that I think are worth checking out.
“Grand Prix of the Chocobos”
If you are a fan of chaotic kart racing games and need a break from “Mario Kart”, “Chocobo GP” is one of the best kart clones in recent history. It will appeal most to fans of the “Final Fantasy” series, given that it’s packed with characters, locations, and references to those games, but it’s a colorful, family-friendly runner that anyone can pick up.
The only downside? There’s some pressure to buy currency online for additional vehicles, colors, and characters (similar to what you’d see in a free-to-play game like “Fortnite”). If the developer can improve some of this process and support the game with new tracks in the future, it could remain a hit for quite some time.
Available now on the Nintendo Switch. There is also a free “Lite” version available as a demo.
“Dying Light 2: Stay Human”
If you just want to run (and climb) your way through a big city while punching zombies in the face, “Dying Light 2” is probably where you want to turn. It is above all the marriage between two concepts: parkour and close combat. As you journey through a city on the brink of collapse, you’ll discover more and more ways to survive the undead and living enemies that stand in your way.
Just be careful when the sun goes down. Not only will the zombies be stronger and more numerous, but you will also have to race against time to fight safe havens before succumbing to your own viral infection.
Available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.
“Elden Ring” is a modern masterpiece, but fair warning: it could also be one of the most difficult games you’ll ever play.
Created by developer From Software (known for brutally tough games like “Dark Souls”) with help from “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin, “Elden Ring” immerses you in a huge world full of monsters , dragons, skeletons and more. It is intentionally obtuse and will never hold your hand, but those willing to walk through its walls will be rewarded with an epic adventure that can easily last over 100 hours.
Available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
Without warning, almost everyone in Tokyo disappears without a trace, seemingly swept away. Your character, however, was possessed by a ghost just before (handy, right?), leaving him to roam the city alongside the otherworldly spirits that invaded it.
“Ghostwire: Tokyo” is a first-person adventure in which you run, jump and glide through Tokyo while battling ghosts, solving mysteries and completing numerous side quests. Although it comes from the developer of some acclaimed horror games (“The Evil Within”) and has spooky vibes, “Ghostwire” is more about action than fear.
The game might be more appealing to those fascinated by Japanese ghost stories, as yokai and other supernatural creatures lurk around almost every corner. But it’s also a game where you can feed dogs and buy items from anthropomorphic cats who run convenience stores, so… There’s a little something for everyone, along those lines.
Available now on PS5 and PC.
“Horizon: Forbidden West”
Centuries after a man-made apocalypse, humanity has rebuilt itself in a world where autonomous machines roam the Earth like dinosaurs. You play as Aloy, a young woman who grew up with a Focus – a small device that allows her to see things others can’t, including echoes of previous human civilization. You’ll explore the vast wilderness of a destroyed America while hunting machines, setting traps, fighting a rebellion, and uncovering secrets of the past.
“Forbidden West” picks up more or less where the first game, 2017’s “Zero Dawn” left off, though there’s a story summary at the start if you’re new or have forgotten the events. from the original game. This game is bigger and better in many ways, but not in a way that shakes up the formula much. It’s a sequel to the books that builds on what made the original game great, and you can’t blame it.
Available now on PS4 and PS5.
“Kirby and the Forgotten Land”
One of Nintendo’s most iconic heroes has finally gone fully 3D. Mainline “Kirby” games have traditionally been side-scrolling adventures that emphasize the character’s ability to copy their enemy’s abilities. “Kirby and the Forgotten Land” takes this basic copy mechanic and gives it the “Super Mario 3D World” treatment, allowing the pink puffball to explore an interesting world in all three dimensions.
The other big new thing is Mouthful Mode, which is actually just a buzz term for Kirby’s new ability to become some of the things he eats, rather than just copying their abilities. This means you can become things like a car or a vending machine, with some fun gameplay quirks.
“Kirby and the Forgotten Land” is a family adventure that is also fully playable in two-player mode, with player two taking on the role of Waddle Dee. There is no penalty for playing as Waddle Dee even if defeated by an enemy, making it a great way to share the joy with a younger child who wants to play with a parent or older sibling. elderly.
Available now on the Nintendo Switch.
‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’
The world of “Pokémon” has always seemed vast and rich in history, but we’ve never gotten much of a chance to see it up close. “Pokémon Legends” takes players back in time to the early days of humans catching Pokémon and battling with them, exploring a world before massive stadium battles and modern technology.
It’s also the most open-ended “Pokémon” series has ever been, allowing players to interact directly with the world more than ever before. The biggest change? The ability to catch Pokémon without ever battling them, making the game closer to “Pokémon Go” than any of the mainline games before it.
Available now on the Nintendo Switch.
“Stranger from Heaven: Final Fantasy Origin”
“Stranger of Paradise” is a great example of a “fun” game. Its story and writing are frankly not great, leading many critics to place it in the “so bad it’s good” category. The game excels, however, in the area that probably matters most: the part where you actually play it. It’s an enjoyable, fast-paced action game with an interesting “work” system, allowing you to constantly change your character’s strengths and abilities for a new experience throughout.
As a big fan of the “Final Fantasy” series to whom this game tries to be a love letter, I find the story to be a huge missed opportunity. But since it’s still great fun to play, I can see past its flaws and enjoy it like I would a popcorn-fueled action movie.
Available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X
“The Wonders of Little Tina”
Dallas-based Gearbox Software struck gold with the “Borderlands” series of “looter shooter” RPGs, so it only makes sense that the developer would turn it into something new, yet familiar. “Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands”, named after a popular (if somewhat controversial) character from “Borderlands 2”, is featured as a group of people playing a tabletop role-playing game called Bunkers and Badasses – an obvious game on Dungeons & Dragons, except it has guns and a unicorn named Butt Stallion, because why not?
Despite its fantastic setting and a few twists along the way, ‘Wonderlands’ is likely to appeal to the same type of gamer who has poured hours into ‘Borderlands’. The dialog full of memes and jokes will turn some people off, but others will find it a lot of fun. It helps that the voice cast is headlined by Will Arnett, Wanda Sykes and Andy Samberg, alongside Ashly Burch (from the Apple TV series “Mythic Quest”) reprising her role as Tiny Tina, all of whom do a great job as delivering one-liners as you fight your way through dungeons.
Available March 25 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Do you remember the days of the very first “Legend of Zelda” game on the original Nintendo, when you had no guide other than a few pages of the manual? Tunic tries to recreate that feeling with a very “Zelda” game featuring a fox with a sword and shield. It’s adorable, polite and quite fun.
It’s not easy, however. “Tunic” is a game that you can play in front of your children, but it is probably too difficult for little ones to try. The fights can be tough and the puzzles tricky, with lots of signs and menus intentionally written in a foreign language to obscure your next objective.
Available now on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
“Triangular strategy”: A top-notch turn-based strategy game on the Nintendo Switch in the vein of “Final Fantasy Tactics”, it can be a little too wordy if you’re more interested in playing the game than reading it.
“Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection”: If you’ve seen the movie “Uncharted” starring Tom Holland and want to see what it’s all about, this collection brings two of the best games in the series to PS5 and PC.
“Surviving Vampires”: This game was technically released in late 2021, but regular updates have kept people playing it through 2022. It’s a very simple PC game that might be the best $3 you’ve spent since long time.