My top 9 most anticipated 2022 games

 The nine 2022 games that I'm most excited for.

After two months of mostly just game reviews, I want to use the beginning of the new year to diversify my output a bit more. Get back to writing my Let´s Talk Abouts, discussion articles and such. I´ve got a fair few in the drafting stage (if they actually make it to full posts is an entirely different story). Let's start this New Year’s Resolution by, well, starting on New Year’s! Now that I have a job and, you know, an actual income the prospect of being able to afford more games is tantalizing.

However, I don't really have that great of an idea of what games are coming in 2022. On the Nintendo side, I'm good but for the PlayStation games, I'm too recent to its ecosystem to have a good idea of what's coming and when. And why not list the ones that I gravitate towards the most while I'm at it! Why only 9? Because Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is still only a rumour at this time.

So, without further ado, let's dive in!

Bayonetta 3

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Bayonetta 3 was announced all the way back at the 2017 game awards. Now, almost 5 years later, the game finally has a trailer and release date. With that Bayonetta 3 news also came the reveal of the first two games coming to the Switch and I decided to pick that two-pack up. I enjoyed my time with them even if I can't say I'm very good at playing them. Even so, I did have fun button-mashing my way through tons of rad looking angels and demons. I very much enjoyed the world, the atmosphere and Bayonetta herself that I still have an interest in the series. If Bayonetta 3 offers up enough of a different, evolved experience than the first two then I'm down picking it up. If it, like Bayonetta 2, is just a more polished version of what came before I think I will pass though.

Triangle Strategy

Release date: March 4
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Fire Emblem. I like it very much but they tend to burn me out. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Fire Emblem Three Houses I only ever played one route, Crimson Flower. After that, I got burned out. I still feel a little burned out to be honest which is the primary reason why my excitement for genre sibling Triangle Strategy has cooled. It has cooled but it has not disappeared. I enjoyed the Demo and am happy how Square Enix responded to the feedback. I still adore the 2D-HD graphics and the soundtrack, enjoyed the demo even with its flaws.

Elden Ring

Release date: February 25
Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & PC

I didn't even know this game existed until a few weeks ago when one of my favourite YouTubers, Arlo, shared his experience in the online pre-release play sessions. His excitement for this game is infectious and now I too find myself interested. Elden Ring is a a game from Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki with George R.R. Martin (yes, that's right).

Never played a Souls game before. The gruelling difficulty is a big reason why. This game might just change that though. The fantasy world looks gorgeous. The open-world design will hopefully give me some wriggle room and give me an amazing experience just exploring it.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Release date: March 25
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

I only dabbled into Kirby. Only played a few minutes of it while taking a look at what NSO offered and didn't really feel like playing more. Kirby and the Forgotten Land though? That looks like one promising title. It's the first true 3D game in the series. The 'Super Mario 64' moment the series is long overdue for. And it looks really nice. The abandoned island/civilization is intriguing and the gameplay looks fun. Not much more to say. It just looks like a fun 3D platformer and a good moment to get into the Kirby series.

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was already a peculiar duck. Nintendo giving an IP, giving Mario, to another studio? To Ubisoft. Making that game a crossover with the zany Rabbids and a tactical game to boot? That was quite a risk but one that paid off. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was well received and sold very well. I got it, and its Donkey Kong expansion, during an EShop sale and enjoyed it very much. Its sequel, Sparks of Hope, seems to build on what came before to bring a much better and more epic experience. Just hoping that we will get Rosalina as a playable character. I think she will be but Ubisoft is doing this weird thing in which they don't show her at all and that is making me worry just a bit.

Gotham Knights

Release date: October 25
Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S & PC

I like superheroes. I like games. Surprisingly though I haven't really played any superhero games. That's what happens when you're a Nintendo gamer. No Arkham series or Injustice or anything. Only recently played my first big superhero game but I digress. Gotham Knights looks like an awesome superhero game. I like the idea of a game focused on the Bat-Family. I like the gameplay that I saw. I really dig the way the trailer portrays the Court of Owls. Even the delay has filled me with the sense that the developers are doing everything they can to make the title the best it can be. And it seems like the game, while having a strong multiplayer focus, seems to still have a very strong single-player campaign. If that is indeed the case then this game will be quite a blast for me!

God of War Ragnarök

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PS4 &PS5

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was my Nr. 1, not Nintendo game that I wanted to play oh so desperately. God of War (2018) was Nr. 2. A very strong, cinematic even, character-driven single-player game on a Norse Mythology backdrop? Oh my goodness! Me likely! Even though I have yet to play the game (when I´m writing this I´m hoping to do so tomorrow, perhaps even later tonight) its upcoming sequel is high on my list. It's the closing chapter of the story started in the 2018 God of War and expands the gameplay and world of that game. If God of War lives up to my expectations (and I don't have any indication that it won't) then this game is poised to be even better. And I don't even have to wait nearly four years to see the next chapter in Kratos' life!

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Release date: January 28
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

I'm a big Pokémon fan. Pokémon Emerald was my first videogame ever and Pokémon games make up roughly 16% of my current library. That's a lot for just one franchise. How could I not be excited by the series newest entry? One that seems to take some big steps forward. Open-world (like) design, seamless integration of the world and the battles. It's a game set in the world's past in a familiar, yet different, region. New regional forms, new Pokémon and a new approach to its story. Yeah. This game is going to be a good start to the year!

The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

I'm always up for a new Zelda but a sequel to Breath of the Wild? Breath of the Wild was such an amazing game. Such an amazing and unique experience for me. A game in which just walking around, exploring and just messing around with the engine is immensely fun. I just really loved my time with the game. But it had flaws. I´ve purposefully been avoiding thinking about what I would want in a sequel because I don´t want to set myself up for disappointment. I would love a playable Zelda but let´s be honest. The chances for that are very low. I do hope that the game will address its predecessors flaws. Actual dungeons, a greater variety of enemies and an actual crafting system for weapons and arrows would very nice to have. Beyond that, I will just let myself be surprised. To just wait and see what the floating islands, weird robot-like arms and new runes are all about.


And that was the list! What do you think? Are you excited for (some of) my picks too? Is there anything you think is missing? And, most importantly, what are you most excited about? With how stacked 2022 release roster looks and still a ton of unannounced titles 2022 is looking like it will be one exciting year for gaming! Let's just hope that at least some of them don't get delayed into 2023.