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The “most popular game right now” is a term that gets thrown around a lot. This weekend, we will be discussing the most anticipated video games of 2022.
Elden Ring is one of the most sought people in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Bandai Namco)
From Horizon Forbidden West to Advance Wars, readers describe what new video games they’re most looking forward to in the next year.
The natural topic to start with as the first Hot Topic of the new year was what new games you’re most looking forward to in 2022, particularly given the release schedules are already much busier than in 2021.
Elden Ring, Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2, and Horizon Forbidden West were all mentioned, but there were also some less well-known options and aspirations for new technology, such as the PlayStation VR2.
The Roaring Twenties Elden Ring is likely to be the only new game I purchase in 22. I’ve finished each of From’s previous five games, and while not like Bloodborne or Dark Souls 2 for various reasons, I had a fantastic experience doing it. After reading all the Inbox remarks from the over-40 population whining about how they can’t manage the more tough games, it’ll be fascinating to see how I do with From’s newest offering. I’ll be 44 later this year, so perhaps I’ll be able to keep up with the Elden Ring gang.
I know some people are comparing it to Dark Souls 4. That’s OK. Just a few new adversaries and a new area would have sufficed, but instead they’ve created a whole new game for me. I’m looking forward to it. Bobwallett
As father and son, you rule the cosmos. The Skywalker Saga is a Lego Star Wars game. Since it was revealed a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, this game has been on my radar. I like Lego games because they are mindless entertainment. It also means spending time with my 10-year-old son playing video games (if I can drag him away from Minecraft).
I’m not sure what to anticipate in terms of quality control, since prior Lego games have been problematic, and given this game’s rocky production, I’m hoping they’ve spent the additional time improving the quality. SuperiorDom is a domain name created by SuperiorDom (gamertag)
Advanced Re-Boot Camp is a program that teaches you how to re-boot your There’s so much fantastic material coming out this year that it’s impossible for me to choose just one.
Technically, the Advance Wars port is the one I’m most excited about. Dual Strike and Dark Conflict are the only games I’ve ever played, and they’re two of my all-time favorites. However, the first two games are said to be much better, so you can understand my excitement.
I’m also excited to play Avatar: Pandora’s Frontiers. I really like the movie, and I’m hoping it can follow in the footsteps of movies like Dune 2, GoldenEye 007, The Chronicles Of Riddick, and King Kong.
Moss: Book 2 is also on my to-read list, since I enjoyed the first.
Finally, if Stray can capitalize on its unique concept of playing as a cat, it should be an excellent game. Kehaar
GC: It’s a remake of the original two Game Boy Advance games, not a port.
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The process of aging I’m going to spotlight something that has been flying under the radar but is about to be released. Sifu, which will be released on February 8th, is a heavy, counter-focused fighting game that draws influence from films like Oldboy. The main concept is that your character matures with each game over, but this also unlocks new tactics to utilize.
Overall, I believe 2022 has the potential to be a classic, and the fact that it is sandwiched between Elden Ring and a Breath Of The Wild sequel bodes well for the year. Normally, I’d be delighted, but I’m working on a Master’s degree and don’t want to be distracted by hundreds of games I’d want to play! But I’m still going to be…. ANON
There are far too many remakes. Given my backlog of PlayStation games to play, I probably shouldn’t be looking at any new games for 2022, but I’m sure I’ll succumb and purchase a few, so here are the ones I’m most excited about right now:
Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection (PS5) – I’m a huge fan of the Uncharted franchise. Naughty Dog, in my opinion, is unrivaled in terms of storyline, and their games are always graphically appealing.
Gran Turismo 7 (PS5) – I’m a great lover of the series, and the wait since Gran Turismo 6 has been lengthy. Visually, they’re usually spectacular, but it’ll be intriguing to see what they do with Gran Turismo 7 to challenge Forza Horizon 5, which is undeniably great.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (NS) — this one is more for nostalgia than anything else. I like the previous Lego Star Wars games, but this relaunch, based on what I’ve seen and read, seems to be the most stunning of them all, particularly if the flaws from the previous games can be fixed.
Dead Space remake (PS5) – this one brings back memories for me. On the PlayStation 3, I thought the original Dead Space was one of the most suspenseful and atmospheric games I’d ever played.
Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 (NS) — I’m a huge Zelda fan, so this is a no-brainer for me, but I still need to finish Breath Of The Wild first.
Gran Turismo 7, Lego Star Wars, and Breath Of The Wild 2 are the most probable purchases for me from the list above.
Because of the absence of fresh exclusives – most are remakes, so there isn’t much genuine originality – I don’t believe 2022 will be a great year for games, but if remakes are done correctly, they can often be just as gratifying. Wiiking
Now is the time to order. Horizon Forbidden West and God Of War Ragnarök are two of my favorites. Horizon Zero Dawn enthralled me from start to finish – the visuals and the plot – and after watching previews, I’ll be pre-ordering it as soon as a release date is set.
I wasn’t sure whether I loved God Of War at first, but after about 30 minutes, I couldn’t put the controller down. So, sure, it has to be them this year for me. David
Horizon Forbidden West will be released on February 18th. We’re not sure why you’d need to pre-order, however.
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Imaginary hopes PlayStation VR2 and the new games for it are what I’m most excited for this year, if it really comes out this year. I presently possess a PlayStation VR1 and a PS4 Pro, and I was blown away by Astro Bot: Rescue Mission when I first played game, and the PSVR 2 specifications seem like a significant increase.
Although I like PSVR 1, it pales in comparison to what I’ve heard and read about the Oculus Quest 2, or Oculus Meta 2 as it is currently known. Obviously, it was high-tech when it first came out, but not as high-tech as an expensive PC gaming system and a high-quality headphone. I’m delighted there will just be one wire connecting to the headset, since setting up the PSVR 1 to play is now fairly difficult.
I’m excited to play the new Horizon VR game, even if I haven’t finished the previous one yet but want to do so soon. Also, since I can’t afford a costly PC and headset to play Half-Life: Alyx and live in a tiny apartment, the news that the game will be released on PlayStation 5 excites me much. Although I’m concerned about some of the parts in Half-Life: Alyx that are pretty frightening in VR, I don’t enjoy horror games on flatscreens and have avoided playing Resident Evil 7 in VR or even the non-VR version because of this.
I’m hoping for a new Astro Bot game for the PSVR 2, and I’m really thrilled about the high-quality images the new headset can deliver. I was a little startled and surprised to see that the new headset has rumble technology, but it appears to be quite minor and does not resemble anything like a punch or a crash.
During the many lockdowns, I discovered that VR was an excellent way to escape the sensation of being trapped at home; I’ve tried to describe what VR is like to friends and family, but you really have to experience it for yourself, as they say in The Matrix! Andrew J. is a member of the Andrew J. PS: I’m particularly looking forward to Moss: Book 2 on PSVR 1, as well as the new controllers on PSVR 2, since the PlayStation 3 motion controllers are terrible in certain games and appear to function OK in others. Both of my motion controllers cost £50 new, but they’re selling for very high prices on Amazon and eBay. I’m not sure why Sony chose to create this by not producing enough.
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