In addition to Elden Ring, the revelation of the year, several video games with diverse universes caught our attention in 2022. Here is our selection.
1. ANCIENT RING
Voted Best Game of the Year and Best RPG at the Game Awards 2022, Elden Ring gave us a big slap in the face in video games. It plunges us into a ruined world, the Underworld, which is looking for a new Lord after a series of events that caused chaos.
George R. R. Martin, an American writer best known for his literary series The Iron Throne, adapted for television along with Game of Thrones, was involved in this exciting and challenging scenario. The universe is full of melancholy, the stakes and plot of the story are revealed little by little, the fights are epic, and the landscapes are often mesmerizing.
The game is also incredibly rich in strong characters, ruins, churches and many items used to improve our character. Marking.
On PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.
2. GOF WAR RAGNAROK
The God of War lost out to Elden Ring, but it also won a lot of awards at the Game Awards 2022. The God of War sequel (released in 2018 and starting a revival of the series) was voted best action/adventure game. fulfills all its promises.
It explores the father-son relationship between Kratos and Atreus in more depth, taking us on a journey through the nine kingdoms of Yggdrasil, the World Tree in Norse mythology, threatened by Ragnarok or the end of the world. Epic and spectacular.
On PS5 and PS4.
3. HORIZON: FORBIDDEN WEST
Another great game exclusive to Sony consoles, Horizon: Forbidden West is the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn released 5 years ago and has proven itself to be one of the best PS4 games.
We find here our machine hunter, Aloy, in the lands of post-apocalyptic America, where the plague threatens all life forms and metal enemies are even tougher than in the first episode.
Studio Guerrilla was challenged to achieve more than in 2017, offering a richer, more impressive and beautiful world. Good bet.
On PS5 and PS4.
4. WORLD OF WARCRAFT: FLIGHT OF THE DRAGON
World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s massively multiplayer role-playing game (MMORPG), which celebrates its 18th anniversary this year, is blowing a new wind. Its 9th Dragonflight expansion introduces flying on the back of winged creatures in its new Dragon Islands zone, which we unlock through air racing.
These islands are made up of five regions, one of which serves as the starting point for players who choose the Draktyr, a new race in this expansion. The race associated with the new class is a summoner or summoner who specializes in elemental energies and ranged combat.
Eight new dungeons and a raid open their own portal containing new bosses and thus new rewards.
5. BAYONETTA 3
One of the very best Switch games this year for a very compelling series. Twelve years after first appearing on PS3 and Xbox 360, and eight years after its last appearance on Wii-U, Bayonetta is back to fight new weapons and the demons she can now summon.
Occasionally passed on by other characters, she is more dynamic than ever, resulting in smooth and spectacular Devil May Cry-style fights, another well-known “defeat ’em all”.
On the switch.
u00a0ud83cudfa7 Headset: Stealth 700 Gen2 MAX. This wireless headset from Turtle Beach convinced us pretty quickly. We love the quality of the materials and the comfort of the shape memory pads. Its autonomy is about forty hours. It also works on Xbox, Playstation and Switch. Its price: 199 euros.
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Cat friends, here is the perfect game for you! In Stray, the protagonist is a stray cat, separated from his family, who finds himself in a forgotten, inhospitable cyber city populated by droids and dangerous creatures. To escape, he must unravel an ancient mystery by solving a series of puzzles.
In addition to animating our highly realistic quadruped, this independent game, developed by the French BlueTwelve Studio, features art, soundtrack and storytelling.
On PS5, PS4 and PC.
7. A PLAGUE TALE REKIEM
We left Amicia and her younger brother Hugo fleeing the Inquisition in 14th-century France amid the Black Death epidemic. Three years after A Plague Tale Innocence, the great success of the French studio Asobo, this sequel, called Requiem, won us over for the first time with its graphics.
Some of the panoramas are great and the facial expressions are very realistic. There are much more rats, which enhances the sense of danger, and a few additions in terms of gameplay completely revive interest in the series flirting with science fiction.
On PS5, Xbox Series, Switch and PC.
A favorite at the start of the year, SIFU puts the idea of revenge at the center of its message. Created by the French studio Sloclap, this independent kung fu game is based on energetic, technical combat with a powerful soundtrack.
First of all, he offers an original development system: the player does not die immediately, he ages, falling in battle, and gains skills as he progresses. The graphic style is felt-tip based: a real twist that we liked. We also like the numerous references to films of this genre.
On PS5, PS4 and PC.
An ideal game for fans of slasher games like Scream, created by the English studio Supermassive Games, which already stood at the origins of the very good Until Dawn (2015). We find here the same atmosphere and the same strings that are captured in the cinema of this genre. But it works: we are passionate about the script, the soundtrack, the production, the characters…
Joystick in hand, it’s all about making choices and pressing buttons at the right time to keep the story moving. Next to the interactive movie The Quarry there is something to shock.
On PC, PS5, Xbox Series, PS4 and Xbox One.
10. MARIO + RABBITS: SPARKS OF HOPE
Humor and Family Spirit: The Bunnies return to support Mario and his friends in this new episode that combines turn-based tactics with real-time action. This time, the threat comes not from clumsy eared hares, but from an evil cosmic entity that wants to plunge the galaxy into chaos.
The tactical aspect is accessible to beginners without going into the means. And between battles there is something to see and do!
On the switch.