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We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling 2022, specifically the eye-watering roster of top new gaming titles set to land in the year ahead...

By Jon Billinge, Writer

Whether you’re a fresh-out-the-gate noob, picked up the pastime mid-pandemic, or have the gaming reflexes of a top F1 driver, there’s something for literally everyone in 2022’s line-up of top titles.

 

Befitting the coming year, we thought it prudent to highlight our top 22 of the best upcoming games landing in 2022. Because surely no one has time to read 2,022 entries.

We’ve also made a handy list of upcoming releases scheduled for the year ahead. Click here to skip ahead to the titles coming in 2022.

 

God Of War: Ragnarök

Coming to PS4 and PS5

Poor old Kratos just can’t catch a break can he? Following 2018’s blockbusting and cinematically epic God Of War, Ragnarök finds our hero navigating the nine realms of Norse mythology, with son Atreus in tow. If you played the previous one, or indeed any GOW title, you know what to expect. MASSIVE HULKING GODS FIGHTING OTHER MASSIVE HULKING GODS.

 

Horizon Forbidden West

Available on PS4 and PS5 from Friday 18 February

The sequel to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn is going to be huge. Literally, the map is much larger than in the first. But that’s not it in terms of scale. You’ll climb towering mountains, stalk, ambush and defeat a host of deadly mechanical creatures, and no doubt have a fab time doing it.    

 

Elden Ring

Available to play on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S from Friday 25 February

Like a challenge? No, we’re not talking hitting two consecutive home runs in Wii Sports. We’re talking the latest FromSoftware fantasy action RPG (they of the notoriously unforgiving Souls series). Taking all the bits fans love – and love to hate – and adding in a lush open world, it’ll all end up in tears... of joy on finally beating that pesky boss! But, yeah, for sure mostly sad tears.  

 

Pokemon Legends: Arceus

Available to play on Nintendo Switch from Monday 28 January

First, you caught ’em all. Then, you caught ’em all again, plus some more. Then... you get the picture. The latest in the hugely successful RPG/adventure/monster-battler brings – you guessed it – even more colourful creatures to tame and claim, plus a vast overworld to explore.

 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction

Available to play on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S from Thursday 20 January

The ever-popular online tactical shooter returns with Extraction, a spin-off of 2015’s Siege. But where the latter focused on counterterrorism, Extraction pits players against a deadly alien threat, with teams of operators steathily infiltrating locations captured by the Archaeans.

 

Dying Light 2

Available to play on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S from Friday 4 February

Parkour! Zombies! A dedicated “kick zombie” button! Dying Light came and slayed the genre on release with its harrowing yet frequently hilarious hybrid gameplay. Number two ups the ante, with more than 3,000 parkour animations granting faster, more fluid movement, while new tools such as a grappling hook and paraglider present a myriad mouthwatering ways to kick a zombie right in its undead face! 

 

Gran Turismo 7

Available to play on PS4 and PS5 from Friday 4 March

With GT 6 released a whopping eight years ago, fans of the legendary racing sim have been champing at the gearbox for a new experience. And while 7 brings a ton of new features and head-spinningly realistic graphics, it also sees the return of the legendary GT Simulation Mode, classic tracks and vehicles, Special Events, Championships, the Driving School, Tuning Parts Shop, Used Cars dealership and GT Auto. And not a Vin Diesel in sight. Lovely.

 

Starfield

Available on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S from Friday 11 November

Described as “Skyrim in space”, Starfield is the first new franchise developed by Bethesda (they of Elder Scrolls and Fallout fame) in over 25 – yes, 25 – years. But all things considered, it looks well worth the wait. Create your character and take to the stars with unbridled freedom aboard your own ship, then land on planets and space stations seamlessly. Beam us up, Scotty. 

 

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2

Coming to Nintendo Switch

The first BOTW was a, well, Breath of fresh air for the legendary Zelda series. The first truly open world instalment in the adventure game franchise is quite simply one of the best games ever made. Details are scant at present, though it’s been hinted that the setting has been expanded to include “the skies above Hyrule”. Come on Nintendo! Link. Us. Up.

 

Call Of Duty 2022

Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch

Heed the call of duty, again. JOKE. As bona-fide fans, from the OG PC version right through to Vanguard, we welcome each new iteration with open, yet expertly camouflaged, arms. Reportedly a sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare, details are scant right now. But it’s COD innit, it’ll be awesome whatever the weather. 

 

Gotham Knights

Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch

In a Gotham without Batman following his apparent death, players assume the role of his former partners, Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin and Red Hood. Formerly disbanded, the heroic crew have seen fit to return to restore their beloved city to its former glory. Or they could just move? Batfans of the Arkham video game series will feel right at home here.

 

Hogwarts Legacy

Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch

With the above video garnering 26 million views and counting, you could say people are a bit excited about this one. You’ll cast spells, tame wild beasts and make your magical way around Hogwarts itself and the wider wizarding world. 

 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart Of Chernobyl

Available to play on PC and Xbox Series X/S from Thursday 28 April 

Inspired by the book Roadside Picnic and the art-house film adaptation Stalker, the first game in the FPS series took players deep into the Zone, an irradiated area beset by mutants and alien phenomena. Scavenge, craft and fight your way to the mysterious centre of the Zone, where untold riches are rumoured to lie.

 

Kerbal Space Program 2

Coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

Hands-down one of the most fun simulation games in the known universe, Kerbal Space Program had players building a rocket and attempting to send it into space. False starts, set-backs and explosions were guaranteed before finding the right balance to achieve your goal. The sequel takes things even further with orbital and planetary colonies, a multiplayer mode, interstellar travel and more.

 

Baldur’s Gate 3 

Coming to PC

Based on the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPGs, top-down fantasy series Baldur’s Gate is rich in history and steeped in lore. The latest entry features massive graphical and gameplay improvements, and perhaps most importantly, the ability to say things like, “Less crying, more gold please”, to an emotional quest-giver. 

 

Company Of Heroes 3 

Coming to PC

The popular Second World War real-time strategy series returns! Set in Italy and North Africa during key moments of the country’s respective campaigns, you’ll need all your strategy caps on to both plan ahead and react quickly to adapt to the changing tide of battle.   

 

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Coming to PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch

Innocence, the first in the series, featured a rich and deeply original story about a brother and sister fleeing the French Inquisition in 14th-century France. Here, Amicia and Hugo return for more sneakery, skullduggery and rat horde-avoidery.  

 

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Coming to PC and PS5

This upcoming supernatural FPS looks simply stunning. Players assume the role of a Tokyoite navigating the city following a mysterious event which has seen it become shrouded in fog. To make matters worse, a host of ghostly beings are emerging from it, and their intentions are nothing at all like Casper’s. 

 

Splatoon 3

Coming to Nintendo Switch

Guaranteed to be more fun than repainting your house, the third-person paint-shooter series sees players claim territory by shooting bits of the landscape to cover it in their paint colour. The latest entry expands on the premise even further, with new items, weapons and abilities, including a nifty Ink Bow. 

 

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

There are LOTS of LEGO games out there, yet somehow each manages to bring something new to the table. And with The Skywalker Saga allowing players to lightsaber their way through scenes from all nine Star Wars saga films, the LEGO good times just keep blockin’ and rollin’.

 

Stray

Coming to PC and PS5

You get to play a cat taking a cute lil’ stroll through a beautiful neon neighbourhood. Which should be all the description you need to put this one straight onto your wishlist. 

 

System Shock

Coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

A remake of the revolutionary 1994 classic, System Shock has been a long time in the remaking. With the closest release in tone and style in recent memory being 2017’s masterly Prey, fans have been clamouring to once again explore the sci-fi setting and cyberspace altverse of the one that started it all.

 

2022 video game releases
 

  • Anonymous Code (PS4, Nintendo Switch)

  • The Artful Escape (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (PC)

  • Blade Runner Enhanced Edition (PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Blood Bowl 3 (PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Call Of Duty 2022 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

  • Company Of Heroes 3 (PC)

  • Curse Of The Sea Rats (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

  • Dangerous Driving 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

  • Digimon Survive (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

  • Dungeons And Dragons Dark Alliance (PC)

  • Dying Light 2 (PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Elden Ring (PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Evil Dead: The Game (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

  • Freedom Planet 2 (PC)

  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (PC, PS5)

  • God Of War: Ragnarök (PS4, PS5)

  • Gotham Knights (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

  • Gran Turismo 7 (PS4, PS5)

  • Gridiron Champions (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Griftlands (PC, Switch)

  • The Guild 3 (PC)

  • Heart Of The Woods (Nintendo Switch)

  • Hello Neighbour 2 (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)

  • Hogwarts Legacy (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

  • Horizon Forbidden West (PS4, PS5)

  • Kerbal Space Program 2 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • King Of Seas (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

  • The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 (Nintendo Switch)

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Little Devil Inside (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • The Pedestrian (Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

  • Please Be Happy (PC, Nintendo Switch)

  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo Switch)

  • Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Session (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo Switch)

  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart Of Chernobyl (PC, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Starfield (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Super Meat Boy Forever (PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch)

  • Star Wars: Hunters (Nintendo Switch)

  • Stray (PC, PS5)

  • System Shock (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction (PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Vigor (PS5)

  • Ways To The Woods (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

  • Windjammers 2 (PC, Nintendo Switch)

  • Wrath: Aeon Of Ruin (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch)

 

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