The most anticipated games of 2022

Due to the pandemic, the pace of game development has slowed down. Many large projects that were expected this year have been postponed to the next. 2022 now looks like a real gaming paradise. There are so many heavyweight projects out there that can blow up the industry. We have selected ten potential hits to watch out for.

Dying Light 2: Stay Human offers a familiar mix of parkour and intense zombie showdown. According to the plot, 20 years have passed since the first part. However, you do not need to be aware of what was happening there.

Polish studio Techland moved the action to the metropolis, where people exist practically according to the laws of the jungle: the most agile and strong survive. After the apocalypse, resources remain less and less, and the number of zombies only grows.

The tight building goes well with the parkour. The exploration of the open world will be facilitated by a paraglider and a grappling hook. This time Techland has focused on close combat. Stealth skills will also come in handy: during the day, opponents hide from the sun indoors.

From the sequel, first of all, they expect irrepressible action. In addition, the developers promised that the player’s decisions will influence the plot. We have been talking about this from the very first presentations – I wonder if this promise will be kept.

Horizon: Forbidden West
February 18 on PS4 and PS5

Horizon: Forbidden West will continue the storyline of Horizon: Zero Dawn. The setting of the game is simple. After the apocalypse, people live in primitive tribes and fight with mechanical monsters “inherited” from their ancestors.

Horizon: Forbidden West

In the second part, the brave hunter Aloy will travel west to the Pacific coast of the United States. She needs to find the source of the “red spoilage” – the plague that threatens nature. The world in Horizon: Forbidden West is colorful – tropical beaches, snowy mountains, lush valleys … The ruins of cities like San Francisco are also covered with greenery.

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Horizon: Forbidden West gameplay will change only slightly. It’s the same action / RPG with familiar mechanics. Except that different devices will be added: for example, a mask will appear that allows you to breathe under water. Both old and new monsters will stand in the way of Aloy.

Elden ring
February 25 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series

Elden Ring is the next project of Hidetaka Miyazaki and From Software, the creators of Dark Souls and Bloodborne. The Japanese role-playing thriller turned out, as usual, extremely gloomy. Nightmare bosses and a mercilessly lifted level of difficulty – happiness for fans of hardcore games.

Elden ring

This time, writer George R.R. Martin helped with the study of the From Software world. The author of the book cycle “A Song of Ice and Fire”, however, did not write the script and did not work out the characters. Martin invented the backstory for the world of Elden Ring. Recently, the writer said that in his opinion the game looks “impressive”.

In 2020 and 2021, Elden Ring won the Most Anticipated Game statuette at The Game Awards. There was not long left to endure – there were only two months before the bloody race through the castles and catacombs.

Elden Ring game. Premier Edition (PS5) 4,999 *
Elex 2
March 1 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series

2022 looks set to be the year of the sequels. Elex 2 picks up the baton. The first part of the game was an old-fashioned RPG in the spirit of Gothic. She talked about the distant planet Magalan, which collided with a comet. On the one hand, the comet has rubbed an advanced civilization into dust. On the other hand, she brought the wonderful mineral Elex.

Since then, on Magalan, science fiction has sided with magic, and blasters have been used alongside spells. Different factions use Elex in their own way: someone feeds them magical power, someone is just a drug addict. The hero in the sequel remains the same – Jax. He is destined to unite groups in the face of a common threat.

Elex 2

In response to criticism from the audience, Piranha Bytes has improved the combat system. The player was also allowed to fly freely with a jetpack, like in Anthem. Finally, the list of factions was supplemented by the Morkons, hiding in underground burrows for the time being.

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl
April 28 on PC and Xbox Series

A return to the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is not far off. During your absence, the Zone has become more dangerous and cunning.

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl

Stalkers looking for valuable artifacts are again awaiting anomalies and mutants. The player will meet familiar burers and bloodsuckers, as well as new enemies – for example, zombie deer.

The landscape of the Zone has also changed. Under the cover of greenery, you barely recognize the old buildings. And where the wastelands used to spread in breadth, now there are flower carpets.

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is a non-linear open-world shooter. GSC Game World assures that the full passage will take about 100 hours.

Shinji Mikami, the “father” of Resident Evil and The Evil Within, is preparing for the release of the supernatural action game Ghostwire: Tokyo. In it, almost the entire population of Tokyo disappears into a mysterious fog.

Ghostwire: Tokyo

The main character miraculously survived the effects of the fog and acquired destructive abilities. Ghosts from urban legends and Asian myths have flooded the metropolis, and only he is able to resist them.

Ghostwire: Tokyo is not a horror movie, unlike the famous works of Mikami. It will be interesting to see how he got the new setting.

Saints row
August 23rd on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series

The last “numbered” part of Saints Row was released in 2013. Nine years later, the series was restarted from scratch.

Saints Row was remembered by players as a humorous GTA clone. Many people fell in love with her for the cooperative mode.

The restart was made with an amendment to the present. The main characters are four young bandits who opened a criminal startup. They want to spread their wings in the city of Santo Ileso, which stands in the middle of the desert in the southwestern United States.

Saints row

Three factions are in charge here: one owns a center with skyscrapers, the second – shabby areas with old buildings, the third – rich suburbs. A quartet of gangsters will have to deal with each group.

Starfield
November 11 PC and Xbox Series

Although Starfield is almost the most important project in our collection, it is sadly little known about it. Bethesda is in no hurry to share updates.

Starfield

Starfield is being developed by Todd Howard and the team behind Skyrim. Already interesting, right? Even more interesting is the fact that this is not a fantasy RPG, but a sci-fi one.

German studio Daedalic is famous for its adventure games. However, now she has boldly headed for stealth-action, announcing The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

The game takes place in the interval between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Gollum will visit the Mordor citadel of Barad-dur, the dungeons of Moria and the elven Mirkwood.

In open combat, Gollum has no chance against the orc. Therefore, he will resort to hide and seek, sneak attacks and the use of various devices. Inside the character, two personalities are fighting: the villain Gollum and the cautious kind-hearted Smeagol. The player will have to decide who will prevail.

God of War: Ragnarok
In 2022 on PS4 and PS5

The finale of the “Scandinavian saga” of God of War we will find out in Ragnarok. Santa Monica Studio did not grind out the trilogy, limiting itself to one sequel to the 2018 hit.

God of War: Ragnarok

Kratos and Atreus will visit all nine worlds from Viking mythology. Why such a rush? On the nose of the apocalypse – Ragnarok.

In the only yet available gameplay video, God of War: Ragnarok looks like a slasher – cheerful and brutal. Kratos is still in shape.

Of course, this is not a complete list of good games due out next year. Weird West, Syberia: The World Before, Bayonetta 3 are just a few of the projects players are waiting for. What games of 2022 are you keeping in the crosshairs?