3 Most Exciting Video Games That Came Out in 2022

3 Most Exciting Video Games That Came Out in 2022

The gaming market continues to grow steadily. In 2012 the market was worth $70 billion. And while it’s an insane amount by any standard, it pales compared to the numbers that the market boosted in 2022. Now it is worth $180 billion, and based on the forecast, it is projected to continue growing in 2023. 

The constant growth can be explained by the number of players that increases each year. Do you know how often students order papers from some online essay writing service just to prolong their gaming sessions? And North America doesn’t even hold the largest share of the market. Actually, North America holds the lowest share of the gaming market:

  • Asia Pacific Region- 50%
  • Europe and Middle Eastern Region – 25%
  • Latin America – 14.5%
  • North America – 9.8% 

Obviously, the growth of the gaming market would’ve been impossible without new releases. 2022 saw the release of over 160 games. Some of them were sequels or prequels to popular franchises, while others were brand new. It would be impossible to list each newly-released game here. Instead, we offer you to check out the top three of them without any further ado. 

1. The Quarry

While it’s logical to release something horror-related during the fall, closer to Halloween, summer can do as well. The Quarry dropped on June 10, 2022. Being a genre game, which limited its mainstream success, The Quarry sold exceptionally well, reaching 200,000 units by the end of June. Aside from that, The Quarry is the fourth highest-selling video game of 2022 in the United Kingdom, despite receiving mixed reviews from PlayStation 5 users. 

The Supermassive Games release serves as a spiritual sequel to 2015 Until Dawn. The latter was inspired by teen slashers and monster movies, and its cast included Rami Malek and Hayden Panettiere. The Quarry pays homage to classic horror films and has a great genre–related cast, which includes Lance Henriksen, Grace Zabriskie, Lin Shaye, and David Arquette. 

Just like Until Dawn, The Quarry is based on the butterfly effect, where the choice of actions impacts the development of the plot. The game was praised for its narrative, cast performances, and graphics. You can play The Quarry on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Windows. However, PlayStation 5 users were complaining about the number of cutscenes and gameplay running time. 

2. Ghostwire: Tokyo

From homages to classic horror films, we move to J-horror. Ghostwire: Tokyo was developed by Tango Gameworks and released by Bethesda Softworks on March 25, 2022. Upon its release in Japan, Ghostwire: Tokyo debuted at number 6 on the retail games chart, selling over 10,000 in the first week. The game was one of the Excellence Awards recipients at the Japan Games Award 2022. 

An action-adventure game, Ghostwire: Tokyo, is played from the first-person perspective. Those who enjoy Japanese martial arts will surely like the game, as Ghostwire: Tokyo is frequently described as karate meets magic. Plot-wise, the main character has to use various supernatural abilities to fight the evil spirits that haunt Tokyo. When you defeat spirits, you collect points you can use to upgrade your abilities. 

The game begins with a mystic fog covering Tokyo, turning everyone into a spirit. The main character is a boy named Akito, who gets possessed by the ghost of an investigator, who forces him to fight evil demons, revealing important details as the plot unfolds. If Akito succeeds in averting the demon crisis, the spirit will leave his body, and he can return to leading an everyday life. 

Worldwide, Ghostwire: Tokyo went almost unnoticed until horror aficionados rediscovered the game. The game has certain flaws. If you like the eerie atmosphere, Ghostwire: Tokyo is your go-to game. Side quests may have a better design and more exciting tones. The combats may look stunning, but they get too repetitive throughout the gameplay. 

One more thing, Ghostwire: Tokyo has a one-year exclusive release to Windows and PlayStation 5. Thus, those are the two platforms where you can enjoy the game right now. The game will be released on other platforms when the current exclusive deal expires on March 25, 2023. 

3. Elden Ring

Being overhyped upon its release often leads to fading to obscurity quite soon. However, that’s not the case with Elden Ring. Aside from being the follow-up to Dark Souls, the game was directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, a famous video games director who has previously worked on the Souls series, as well as on Armored Core. 

Another reason for the hype was the screenplay for the game, which Miyazaki co-wrote with George R.R. Martin. Thus, the game has enough to offer its players. And yes, Elden Ring is packed with intriguing plot twists and difficult combats. The bosses in the games are hard to defeat, and you’re going to meet a lot of interesting characters that will aid you in the battles.

So, the game is a follow-up to an already enormously popular franchise, and it has two big names attached to it. Success was guaranteed from the start. Actually, in 2020, it was nominated for the Most Wanted Game at Golden Joystick Awards and won that award in 2021. Released on February 25, 2022, the game has sold 17 million units by the end of summer and is expected to accumulate over 20 million units by the end of 2022. 

But its success cannot be solely attributed to its belonging to a famous franchise and being created by Miyazaki and Martin. Elden Ring gained critical praise on its own. The reviewers found the environments of the game intriguing, while players praised the game for keeping things interesting while allowing them to avoid difficult threats. 

Final Thoughts

2022 saw the release of various interesting games, and there’s a chance that more will be released during the last month of the year. The three games listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the titles were overshadowed by the success of Elden Ring. And deservingly so. And if fantasy and horror are not your cup of tea, you can play “Stray” to find out what it’s like to be a stray cat in a dystopian world. 

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