The PoG Staff’s Games of the Year 2022

It’s hard to characterize 2022, because it especially feels characterized by titles that were delayed to this year. In the third straight year of a global pandemic, the games business actually feels like it’s catching up during a time of uncertainty and massive change. However, when you take a gander at the games themselves, obviously it was a strong year with quality titles. Single-player narrative games actually bring in the numbers, for the two audits and sales, and players were entranced by titles that were expansive, experimental, or outright adorable.

The PoG Staff’s Games of the Year 2022 rundown is based on survey reactions to all authors, givers, and editors. Each respondent recorded their favorite games that released in the calendar year of 2022 and marked one as their overall favorite title. The accompanying rundown of 10 games takes into account how many times a game was marked as a top game, with the final rundown ranked by volume of recurrence. The following is an impression of the Gamepur staff’s tastes and interests at large — each title incorporates a snippet from a Gamepur author explaining why it is their top game of 2022.

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10. Marvel’s Midnight Suns

The PoG Staff’s Games of the Year 2022

  • Released on December 2, 2022
  • Created by Firaxis Games
  • Distributed by 2K Games

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is the culmination of the work that designer Firaxis has been accomplishing for a decade. All through my 60-hour first playthrough, I was sucked into this world by the sheer power of the performances in this game. You can go at your own pace and take 80 hours to complete the story, in the event that you get as lost in it as I did. Midnight Suns is perhaps of the most welcoming game you’ll play all year, and it’s a game you can fall in adoration with whether you’re a long lasting Marvel fan or you’ve seen none of the films. — Chris Edgerton

9. Marvel Snap

The PoG Staff’s Games of the Year 2022

  • Released on June 9, 2022
  • Created by Nuverse, Second Supper Studios, Inc.
  • Distributed by Nuverse

Marvel Snap is a champ regardless of how you check it out. Engineer Second Supper was established by Ben Brode, who was beforehand the lead creator of Hearthstone — there’s a serious family there. Then, you take all magic of Marvel Comic books and give players lots of characters and variants to gather, with choices to transform them into significantly shinier cards. In addition, the game has the absolute least nosy microtransactions of any portable experience, ever. Goodness yeah, it’s also an unshakable card game with smart mechanics and profound deck-building strategies. — Tony Wilson

8. Stray

The PoG Staff’s Games of the Year 2022

  • Released on July 19, 2022
  • Created by BlueTwelve Studio
  • Distributed by Annapurna Interactive

Stray stands apart from other games released in 2022 thanks to its one of a kind atmosphere, top to bottom development framework, and adorable protagonist. After seeing lots of continuations, remakes, and remasters, Stray is a comfortable change of pace that places you in a magnificent world populated by robots, machines, and mutated bacteria as you attempt to escape a walled city and get back. The story takes exciting bends in the road that will keep you honest while also giving you snapshots of unadulterated happiness, for example, demolishing a game of mahjong in a way just a cat could. There is no question that this game will be associated with years to come. — Aden Carter

7. Tunic

The PoG Staff’s Games of the Year 2022

  • Released on March 16, 2022
  • Created by TUNIC Team
  • Distributed by Finji

Frankly, Tunic would in any case be viewed as one of the most outstanding games of the year on charm alone. The vivid polygonal art style is extremely easy on the eyes, and the real star of the show is the in-game manual, which takes awesome inspiration from the old illustrated guidance booklets from times gone past. Yet, Tunic is far beyond a lovely face, consolidating tight gameplay with a fortune of insider facts concealed around each corner. With truly savvy puzzle plan, a healthy portion of secret, and a whole specially designed language to translate, Tunic has a confounding amount of profundity to it. Besides, the legend is a charming little fox! — Max Fagandini

6. Vampire Survivors

  • Released on October 20, 2022
  • Created and Distributed by Poncle

In the event that the computer games of 2022 all hit up a party, Vampire Survivors would be wearing a Miami Bad habit suit and wearing the sort of shades that wouldn’t be awkward in Macho Man Randy Savage’s changing area. It would also probably be dealing cocaine. This game probably won’t have a lot continuing graphically, however its excited gameplay is unadulterated, unfiltered happiness. It’s all gas, no brakes. When you get into the score of moving your character around, killing foes, and getting drops, you’ll enter a trance and wake up 30 minutes later wondering where the time went. Then, you’ll develop your most memorable weapon and realize that no other game this year can match Vampire Survivors for an unadulterated adrenaline help. And best of all, you’re simply getting everything rolling. — Ricky Frech

5. A Plague Tale: Requiem

  • Released on October 17, 2022
  • Created by Asobo Studio
  • Distributed by Center Entertainment

A Plague Tale: Requiem takes all that its ancestor improved. The combat has been tweaked and expanded with additional lethal choices like a crossbow and better alchemy choices; the side characters have vastly improved and are a key main thrust that keeps the main characters grounded when they start to stray excessively far; and the story is holding from start to finish. Amicia and Hugo’s proceeding with venture is a heartbreaking tale of survival and kin love without any deficiencies. It’s cinematic, emotional, and a beautiful game for sure. — John Hansen

4. Pokémon Legends: Arceus

  • Released on January 28, 2022
  • Created by Game Freak
  • Distributed by Nintendo

After the earlier year’s Brilliant Diamond and Sparkling Pearl failed to match fans’ expectations of a cutting edge version of the Sinnoh locale, Pokémon Legends: Arceus became the genuine Sinnoh remakes that we’ve all been craving. Legends: Arceus makes up for its visual deficiencies by zeroing in on its gameplay mechanics, particularly the addicting gameplay circle of catching. We can sneak around Pokémon and toss Poké Balls, and capturing Pokémon feels faster and easier, bypassing the typical Pokémon battles. Add in a great story with endearing side characters and profound slices to the Pokémon legend, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus succeeds expectations and demonstrates why the Sinnoh locale — or the Hisui district, rather — is so darling. — Misael Duran

3. Xenoblade Chronicles 3

  • Released on July 29, 2022
  • Created by Stone monument Soft
  • Distributed by Nintendo

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is the pinnacle of designer Stone monument Softs’ celebrate franchise. Its mix of sci-fi, engaging gameplay frameworks, and mature narrative create a cutting edge JRPG classic. In spite of being the third section in a set of three, it is a fantastic passage point for new players while rewarding the time veteran fans have enjoyed with the series. It features a vast open world dwarfed exclusively by the size and profundity of its rich musical score. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a tribute to the franchise’s set of experiences while also pushing the series forward in a striking and present day course. — Dave Rodriguez

2. God of War Ragnarok


  • Released on November 9, 2022
  • Created by Santa Monica Studio
  • Distributed by Sony Interactive Entertainment

God of War Ragnarok doesn’t reevaluate the series as 2018’s God of War, however as a continuation, it is equally groundbreaking in its tone, structure, gameplay, and profundity. The combat has been refined and is as abhorrent and grasping as the narrating. Although the characters are pulled straightforwardly from legend, they remain as life-like and emotional as any other human featured in a grounded tale. God of War Ragnarok remains a masterclass of creating a spin-off of such an innovative game and staying up with the waves left by it years later. — Zack Palm

1. Elden Ring

  • Released on February 24, 2022
  • Created by FromSoftware Inc.
  • Distributed by Bandai Namco Entertainment

Several games in 2022 had the option to live up to players’ assumptions, as they were work from their ancestors or titles that paved the way in their kind. Although this is arguably a cause for celebration in the medium, it was primarily Elden Ring that became something far beyond what anyone might have anticipated. Throwing you into the massive universe of the Lands Between with not a hand or map marker to hold dear, the game is host to many locations, foes, and abilities that are exclusively your obligation to find. As in the event that that was not adequately daunting, the RPG is comparably unbearably troublesome — while possibly not more — as any other Soulsborne game before it.

However, that’s the beauty of Elden Ring. It is far excessively rewarding to finally slay a chief or an army of homicidal beasts on your umpteenth attempt and then met by a sprawling, new area or a strong weapon that gives you barely enough certainty to push forward. This certainty will eventually reveal itself to be just a false feeling of trust, yet that shouldn’t prevent you from seeing the most graphically pleasing FromSoftware title to date completely. Altogether, Elden Ring holds endless technical victories that consolidate to shape the best computer game of the year, and one should certainly not pass up this coldblooded, yet unforgettable excursion. — Ryan Willcox