5 most exciting video game releases for 2022

This article is contributed by Hemant Kumar Gupta:

Lots of new video games are set to hit store shelves in the coming months – everything from sequels to old favorites. 2022 has already been a great year for gaming with a number of stellar already being lauded. Games like Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West were released to high accolades and there is lots of anticipation building for the holiday buying season when developers are set to release their biggest titles. However, with so many video games being released all the time, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time and which ones you should pass on. Luckily, joystickgames.com does a great job of curating the best that gaming has to offer. Here are 6 of the most highly anticipated games for the remainder of 2022.

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed – This is another asymmetric multiplayer title where everyone can have fun. While four players can take on roles as the famous Ghostbusters, another can pick which ghost they want to become. The game features several different scenes like libraries and hotels. The ghostbusters are required to work together to seek out and contain the ghosts. Meanwhile ghosts are expected to do their best to frustrate the ghostbusters, slowing them down and also trying to escape. Ghosts will also have plenty of slime at their disposal.

Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, PC, Xbox One

The Last of Us Part 1 – Yes, you read that right. One of the most anticipated games of 2022 is a remaster of an older game. However, fans of the first installment are looking forward to this release because it promises a complete overhaul of the much-loved game. In this version, Sony has given the game a complete facelift, installing new features and overhauling gameplay mechanics and controls. However, Sony has also paid attention to the greater need for accessibility options. At the heart of it, Sony’s desire is to create a much more immersive experience for players and soon they will discover whether it was all worth it.

Platform: PS5

New Tales from the Borderlands – This new installment in the Borderlands series promises a story-driven experience that picks up where Tales of the Borderlands ended. Gamers have three new, playable characters at their disposal (Anu, Octavio and Fran) to spearhead their adventures. Aided by plenty of guns and lots of calamity, gamers will make the decisions that propel the characters through the game.

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch

Saints Row – Saints Row is one of those much-loved series that fans always rave about. However, developers are reimagining the game to allow fans a new insight into the underworld of crime. In the upcoming game, players will be able to build the Saints from the ground up while exploring the crime syndicate. This new game will be the Saints’ origin story. Gamers will be able to run arms or narcotics or engage in any of the criminal activities featured in previous games. Players can choose to run their own crime world in Santo Ileso in collaboration with their friends. 

Platform(s):  PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope – After the mountain of accolades the developers received for this installment, Ubisoft and Nintendo are back for the second installment of this crossover game. This time, the team will combine their powers to take on Cursa, who harbors an unquenchable desire to absorb the world’s energy. But with lots of friends in tow, the two heroes won’t be going it alone. New faces include Rabbid Rosalina and Sparks. Nintendo is bestowing gamers with more freedom with this iteration, allowing them to explore the outer world and uncover more secrets. They also have the ability for free traversal among other perks. Nintendo has made the decision to abandon the old grid system, allowing players free control in areas of attack.

Platform: Nintendo Switch

A Plague Tale: Requiem – This is a follow up on the fan favorite, A Plague Tale: Innocence, released in 2019. The game again utilizes the same two heroes, Amica and Hugo who have much to fend off in this hostile world. They must rely on their wits and resources to overcome the challenges that continually pop up. In addition to escaping soldiers of the inquisition and fending off hordes of rats, the team must find a cure for Hugo’s blood disease before it’s too late. 

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