It’s that time of the year again where I make a bunch of lists, starting with my most anticipated games of 2022. And unlike the past couple years – I decided to put the games in order this time – all the way up to my #1 most anticipated release. That and I only included games that at least have a release year listed – no TBA games.

10. A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Innocence was a very welcome surprise when it came out back in 2019. I had practically no knowledge of what it was going into it and ended up getting sucked into this dark, yet gripping medieval world with some solid graphics, solid music, and semi-solid gameplay. It was a completely linear experience and may not have been perfect (the crafting system was unnecessary, for example), but the story and setting really sold the experience for me and I am super interested to see where they go with the sequel both with the story and the gameplay.

9. Park Beyond

This is probably the game most people would not expect in a list like this or have heard about outside of one, but as someone that grew up playing games like Roller Coaster Tycoon, I can’t deny my excitement for it. The little bits of gameplay that they have shown thus far makes it look like a cross between Roller Coaster Tycoon and Thrillville – the building, management, and sim aspects of the former with the visuals, gameplay, and variety of the latter. I loved both of those games so this is definitely a combo I can get behind.

8. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Aside from an undying urge to kill Chaos, I’m really looking forward to this one because it’s by the same team that developed the Nioh series – one of my favorites in the genre. If this game can maintain the fun and meaty combat of Nioh while giving it a Final Fantasy spin, it will likely end up as one of my favorites of the year. Granted, the story from what they’ve revealed thus far seems like some sort of comedy, so we’ll have to see how that goes. Whatever the case, it looks like some dumb fun to be had.

7. God of War

Yes, this game has already been out on PS4 for some time, but as someone that never got the chance to play it – I am super excited to check out the PC release. With all the awards and such it has won, I have no doubt it will be a fun time, but especially so running at a higher framerate, higher resolution, and just better visuals all around. Hoping it’s going to have the same quality port as the excellent Days Gone PC release we had earlier this year, but it is coming from a different studio so we’ll have to wait and see. And as it comes out on January 14th, the wait won’t even be that long.

6. Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream

I have liked every single Atelier game I have played to date. And that’s no small feat, given that I’ve played nine of them. Just something about the combat, crafting, music, and laid-back aesthetic really click with me and the first Atelier Sophie game was no exception. I was a bit surprised to see them pick that one for a sequel so many years later, but I’m definitely not complaining – especially so since this one appears to be returning to the turn-based combat that Ryza forgot. I might end up doing a full review of the first Sophie game prior to the release of the second, so be on the lookout for that.

5. Elden Ring

This one is pretty much a given. It’s probably going to be in everyone’s top 10 upcoming games and yup, it’s gonna be in mine too – even if I may not be the biggest Souls guy. I dunno, maybe because I got more into this genre over the last year, but this one looks pretty fun and a bit different from the Souls norm. That and the emphasis on story elements this time around is definitely up my alley – especially given the author it is coming from. Maybe I’ll like it more than the studio’s other games, we’ll have to wait and see.

4. Kirby and the Forgotten Land

I love Kirby and I love 3D platformers. Surprised it took this long to get a proper Kirby 3D platformer, but I’m glad it is finally happening – and with a cool setting too. It looks to be set in some post-apocalyptic world, which is quite the contrast from the usual Kirby game, but that’s what makes it so exciting. The gameplay that Nintendo has shown so far looks great and so long as they can keep the spirit to what makes the series great – I’m sure this one will be too.

3. Monster Hunter Rise

Yup, another game that has already been out on another platform and is just now coming to PC. In fact, just like God of War, we are getting it in early January – so not that long a wait. I have covered Rise numerous times on the channel now, all the way from its rumored PC launch up until its confirmation and it’s about time I get to play the actual game in all its PC glory. Unlimited fps, 4k resolution, HD textures – it’s gonna be some good stuff and I can’t wait to mess around and take down some monsters with friends.

2. Starfield

I love Bethesda RPGs. Fallout and Elder Scrolls are some of my favorite series ever. So yeah, a space-based RPG done by the same company is definitely something I am going to be interested in. I don’t think we’ve actually seen gameplay of it yet (mostly just cinematic stuff), but if their previous works are anything to go by, I will likely spend A LOT of time in this one. Doing a bunch of random quests (or in this game, missions probably), tinkering with my weapon arsenal, and just exploring the game world are just a few of the things I’m looking forward to. That and maybe the story will be good too. Whatever the case, I hope it actually gets a smooth launch.

1. The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero

As someone that jumped straight into this series with the Cold Steel subseries, I am glad that NIS America has decided to go back and release the previous ones that were left untranslated. It’s a bit late, but better that than never. This is a massive JRPG series, with a ton of text, combat, and characters to meet and I’ve heard from many fans that the Crossbell duology (which this game forms the first half of) is the best in the now 11 game long Trails series. I have liked all of the Trails games I’ve played thus far and am looking forward to filling the gaps with this one and the others coming out in 2023 and beyond.

2021 Leftovers

And before I close out this list – I’ll give a mention to the games I talked about in last year’s list that have since been delayed into 2022. First up is, unsurprisingly, Sharin no Kuni: The Girl Among the Sunflowers. This visual novel actually appeared in my top 10 upcoming games for 2020 – so it’s been a leftover for TWO YEARS running now.

It’s actually become a bit of a meme in the visual novel community, always getting delayed for the most random reasons and when it finally seems to be ready for release – something else pops up and pushes it back. It was supposed to launch in 2020 and now it’s just listed as “TBA”, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes an appearance in next year’s list too.

And the other leftover is Earth Defense Force 6, which has been delayed to some unknown date in 2022. The World Brothers spin-off that came out this year was okay, but I can’t deny I that it didn’t entirely capture that fun I had when playing EDF5, so here’s hoping that EDF6 can be a proper return to form.

And that’s all I got for this year’s list. I had a much larger shortlist to go through before limiting it down to just 10 games – and it was a bit painful to do so – but I managed to do it and while keeping a nice variety of genres too. Thanks for reading – see you guys in the next one.