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Game of the Year 2022

It is that time of year yet again when we look back at the games released over the last twelve months to choose our Game of the Year. 2022 has been a fairly strong year for gaming, definitely weighted towards the latter half of the year after the summer drought had passed.

As a quick disclaimer, we should also mention that FandomWire only contains two video game critics and between us, we unfortunately have not been able to play every game released in 2022. The list of games we have not gotten around to includes Elden Ring, which will undoubtedly appear on most other Game of the Year lists, but it will not appear on ours as we have not played it.

Honourable Mentions

Evil Dead

If you are a fan of The Evil Dead movies, then you will love this asymmetric video game adaption, which features a plethora of callbacks to locations and quotes from the classic horror franchise down to the minutest detail. Even if you are not familiar with the franchise, you will still have a great time with this one and will probably end up developing a love for the franchise’s classic quirks.

Full review: The Evil Dead Review – Six Months on and it’s Still ‘Groovy’ (PS5)

Evil West

Playing through Evil West was some of the most fun that I had playing video games all year. The game doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to fun third-person action and nor does it have to. It nails the fundamentals of what makes an experience like this fun to play through and that is all that it ever had to do. If you are a fan of old grindhouse movies, or From Dusk Till Dawn, then this one comes highly recommended.

Full review: Evil West Review – Style AND Substance (PS5)

Rollerdrome

If you took the fundamental gameplay mechanics of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and merged them with the fundamental gameplay mechanics of Max Payne, you would get Rollerdrome. Yes, this game is that awesome! Doing a backflip whilst wearing roller-skates in slow-motion and shooting enemies with dual-wielded pistols all at the same time makes for some extremely badass moments in this insanely fun title.

The Quarry

The Quarry naturally brings together all the best bits from supernatural horrors, slashers and teen rom-coms to give you an experience unlike any other available right now, and whatever you decide to do, there is no wrong answer or decision. It is also truly a beautiful game to look at, whether it’s the gorgeous player models, the woods surrounding Hackett’s Quarry or the various indoor locations you’ll visit.

Full review: Why ‘The Quarry’ is the Best Video Game in its Genre

A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Requiem is the sequel to the excellent and unexpected hit A Plague Tale: Innocence, which released back in 2019. The sequel manages to continue the excellent story from the first title and includes some stunning graphics and interesting gameplay mechanics, making for a title that is well worth experiencing.

Full review: A Plague Tale: Requiem Review – A Tale of Sibling Love with Rats and Fire (PS5)

Luke’s Game of the Year

God of War: Ragnarok

Game of the year GOW Ragnarok

“When I came to the end of God of War: Ragnarök I had two thoughts; disappointed that it was over and it was worth the four year wait, although if the next one takes that long I may cry. Whilst it’s been a good year for games, with some seriously stiff competition for Game of the Year, it really is hard to look passed God of War: Ragnarök for the title.”

Full review: God of War: Ragnarök – One More Swing of the Axe (PS5)

Dan’s Game of the Year

The Callisto Protocol

Game of the year Callisto Protocol

“If you are a fan of Dead Space, Resident Evil, or Alien Isolation, or even if you just thought that the trailer for this thing looked cool, then I would highly recommend this experience. A new bar has been set for third person space horror by The Callisto Protocol and the Dead Space remake coming from EA Motive in January will have to be truly impressive to compete with this stellar title.”

Full review: The Callisto Protocol Review – An Intergalactic Masterpiece (PS5)

What was your Game of the Year?

That was our list, but now we want to know; what was your 2022 Game of the Year? We have had a great year covering all of the titles listed above as well as the many others which you can find under the Gaming tab on the site. We hope that you stick around with FandomWire gaming as we push into the new year and check out what 2023 has to offer.

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Written by Daniel Boyd

Daniel is a 27-year-old writer from Glasgow. He graduated from university with an honours degree in 3D Animation, before pivoting to pursue his love for critical writing. He has also written freelance pieces for other sites such as KeenGamer.com and The Big Glasgow Comic Page. He loves movies, video games and comic books.