While 2021 was a difficult year for almost everyone on the planet, many of us found solace in games. With more gaming time on our hands than usual, some of us have even resorted to going back through our catalogues of unfinished titles before buying new ones. Fortunately, the schedule for 2022 is packed with major triple-A game releases to keep us going through the year; here are the ones we’re most excited for!
Sonic Frontiers – JJ
Since the 3D era started, it’s been pretty hit and miss for Sonic games, but damn it, I am fanboy of the speedy hedgehog and have refused to Live And Learn ever since I booted up Sonic Adventure 2. The trailer looks awesome, the idea of an open world Sonic game sounds revitalising and fresh, and with the sequel to the movie coming this year (which also looks decent in my opinion), I am hopeful that Sonic Team will bring glory back to the franchise! I mean, Sonic Colours in 2010 was pretty good right?
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – Dan
This is the sixth instalment in TT Games’ Lego Star Wars video game franchise. Having enjoyed the previous games with my two boys, we’re all very excited for the long-awaited release. The game has been delayed a few times but we’re hopeful we’ll be able to play it this year, so much so I gave a printout of the cover to the boys for Christmas.
Forspoken – Gary
Forspoken promises to a thrilling, action-packed adventure set in a realistic world full of beauty and horror. I’m really excited to see something with Final Fantasy vibes but set with a modern-day protagonist. With writers like Gary Whitta (Rogue One) and Amy Hennig (Uncharted) I’m sure we’re in for a strong story as well.
Hogwarts Legacy – Mitch
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action role-playing game set in the universe of the Harry Potter books. There hasn’t been a game that has got me this excited for a while, I can finally live the dream and be the centre of my own wizarding adventure.
Horizon Forbidden West – Jon
Horizon Forbidden West continues the storey of Aloy, as she leads a group of companions on a trek to the mystical frontier known as the Forbidden West in search of the cause of a deadly sickness that kills everyone it touches. It’s one of the first games I’ve played in a long time that really immersed me into its unique world, full of beauty and mechanical splendidness.
God of War Ragnarok – Jordan
God of War: Ragnarok is one of the year’s most anticipated games. The last title was perfect; the characters, story, environment, it had it all. If Santa Monica can replicate, or maybe even elevate from how good the last game was, it’ll be another all-time great.
Nightingale – Kallum
Nightingale looks like it’s going to play like Valheim, but with better graphics. It’s being touted as a Victorian-style fantasy crafting game with portals to perilous parallel realms – complete with firearms, bowler hats, and gas lights. I don’t think I need to explain why that sounds exciting to me.