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GAMES OF THE YEAR 2022

Out with the old, in with the new. While we had to say farewell to the PlayStation 4 with some of the last of its exclusives, we also saw the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 hit their stride. We saw the rush of a more open Souls-like experience, and a cat taught us more about humanity than we deserved. Those and so many more captured our hearts. We wouldn't be surprised if many of us found our new favorite games this year.

So settle down for the show: a rundown of all the games that filled 2022 with the hope of a new age.

*All information presented is based on data that has been gathered up until December 8, 2022.
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TOP GAMES BY PLATFORM

Before we get to see the bests of the bests, let's make a stop at the highest-rated games from each platform. It was 21,465,162 Gamer Reviews and 17,644 Critic Reviews that helped us find each platform's top 2022 game.

Best PC Game
9.6
Elden Ring
Developed by FromSoftware
The Souls-like genre has been revitalized by FromSoftware's latest title. The challenge remains, but Elden Ring gives players the tools to complete the many quests and obstacles that await them. And even when everything gets tough, the open world is a reward on its own.
READ: Top 10 PC Games of 2022
Best PS5 Game
9.5
God of War Ragnarok
In a world that prizes open-world exploration, God of War: Ragnarok still shines through. Santa Monica Studios leave you in awe at how much they could improve from a near-perfect predecessor. From its combat that's sprinkled with new abilities to its captivating story that shows Kratos and Atreus' evolving dynamic.
READ: Top 10 PS5 Games of 2022
Best Series X Game
9.4
Elden Ring
Developed by FromSoftware
FromSoftware's latest is a stellar achievement, not just for Souls-like games, but for video games in general. The freedom its open world gives you is unparalleled, and it can take you to worlds you wouldn't expect. From start to finish, it's a fantastic experience.
READ: Top 10 Series X Games of 2022
Best Switch Game
9.3
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Developed by Monolith Soft, Inc.
The Switch and this most awaited sequel was a match made in heaven. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has over a hundred hours of content and it's packed to the brim with gorgeous visuals, incredible action, and meaningful character interactions.
READ: Top 10 Switch Games of 2022
Best PS4 Game
9.3
God of War Ragnarok
What PS5 can do, the PS4 can too. In the case of God of War: Ragnarok, the world is just as beautiful, and the fights as epic, on PlayStation's last-gen console.
READ: Top 10 PS4 Games of 2022
Best XB1 Game
9.3
Elden Ring
Developed by FromSoftware
An open world should be a haven for exploration and Elden Ring gives you endless choices. Whether you're a two-handed Claymore user or a spellcasting mage, you can explore the world as you wish.
READ: Top 10 XB1 of 2022
Best Android Game
8.8
European War 7: Medieval
Developed by EasyTech
For an android game, the scope of this turn-based strategy is pretty big. European War 7: Medieval challenges you to revive a Roman Empire that's fallen into chaos. With in-depth mechanics and an extensive array of ships, soldiers, and weapons, there's just so much to experiment with.
READ: Top 10 Android Games of 2022
Best iOS Game
9.4
Knotwords
Developed by Zach Gage
A puzzle game defies the odds. It's a unique twist on Crossword puzzles that starts simply enough, but will eventually leave you scratching your head for answers. Even when words are hard to come by, the reward of a hard puzzle solved will keep you coming back.
READ: Top 10 iOS Games of 2022
BY THE NUMBERS

It's time for the real winners and losers. Here we'll see the winning game among the warring consoles, and the chosen tributes of the Gamers and Critics.

Highest Rated Game of the Year
Elden Ring
Developed by FromSoftware
Whatever platform you played it on, you can't escape the beauty and satisfaction that is Elden Ring. It exceeded all expectations. The open world is lush with secrets to explore, and its epic boss battles and combat mechanics raise the bar for all Souls-like games to come.
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IT'S JUST EMOTIONS

A place for all those pent-up emotions. Sometimes there's hate and disappointment, but often, there's ardent love and pleasant surprises. Here are all the games that made us feel:

Most Hated
The game with the lowest playscore this year.
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Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0
Developed by Infinity Ward

There was just too many issues in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0. There were complaints about its terrible UI and poor PC optimization. Some users couldn't log-in. If things get better soon, we're not holding our breath for it.

Most Disappointing
We had such high hopes, but it just didn't deliver.
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What could've been the spiritual successor to Dead Space. The Callisto Protocol wasn't what everyone expected it would be. It has Dead Space's mechanics and atmosphere, and its own splash gory violence. However, those weren't enough to make up for the performance issues and uneven execution.

Most Divisive Game
Good or bad? No one can seem to agree.
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POSTAL 4: No Regerts

Critics can take themselves too seriously. Gamers can care less if they're having fun. As is the case in this open-world FPS. Critics can say whatever they want about its humor and presentation. But for gamers, and especially for its fans, this might be the best of the series.

The game that blue-balled us
We wanted it, and we almost got it. But we didn't.
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We were supposed to get ourselves enrolled at Hogwarts, but with the numerous delays, it's been pushed to next year. Looks like we'll have to wait a few more months for our Defense of the Dark Arts classes.

Sleeper Hit
An amazing game that seemed to come out of nowhere
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Vampire Survivors
Developed by poncle

This won't be the first roguelike game to show up in the spotlight. But, other roguelikes don't have Vampire Survivors' relentless “reverse bullet hell” action and power-up varieties. Chaos is inevitable and that's what gets you hooked.

Community Favorite!
The people have spoken! See the full conversation on Youtube or Facebook
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Elden Ring's release took the world by storm. The maidenless journey has pierced the mainstream. It delivers on all platforms and it has satisfied those who sought out its punishing open world. So there's no wonder that you chose this as this year's community favorite.

TOP GAMES BY GENRE

From heart-pounding action RPGs to cozy puzzle adventures. In every genre, the competition was tough. See the winners below:

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Neon White
Top Indie Game
Developed by Ben Esposito

A charming blend of so many genres, Neon White shows a clear understanding of its audience. It knew what we wanted and it delivered. Starting from its challenging and highly repayable speed-running gameplay to its smooth and charismatic characters. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Elden Ring
Top Single-player Game
Developed by FromSoftware

Like lightning in a bottle, FromSoftware believed that turning the souls-like formula to open world would change things-And it did. The Lands Between await players with beauty and danger. From taking down the first boss, to toppling down an Eldritch god, Elden Ring's single-player journey is unmatched

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God of War Ragnarok
Top Action Game

The Norse Realms are rife with danger, but Kratos and Atreus are prepared to face these godly threats. This father and son duo hacks and slashes their way to prevent Ragnarok. With each of Kratos' axe swing, or each shot from Atreus' bow, taking down enemies is satisfying. Aesir or not.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
Top Multiplayer Game
Developed by Tribute Games Inc.

Aside from the nostalgia factor, there's still so much to love. Arcade fan or no, Shredder's Revenge provides ample fun for couch co-op play. It feels like a heartfelt tribute both to 90s beat-em-up games and our favorite ninja turtles.

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Elden Ring
Top Roleplaying Game
Developed by FromSoftware

Elden Ring's complex RPG elements gives the player the ultimate choice of doing things their own way. The Lands Between is a playground of spectacle and chaos with seemingly limitless buildcrafting.

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Not For Broadcast
Top Simulation Game
Developed by NotGames

Simulation games have a way of making us reflect on reality. That's exactly what Not for Broadcast achieves, all while making us laugh our asses off. Who knew balancing audience wants and government interests could get this interesting? It's not just great commentary, it's great gameplay too.

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Dorfromantik
Top Strategy Game
Developed by Toukana Interactive

As a city builder, Dorfromantik has much in common with Townscaper. Build however you want, and it rewards you with tiles that add color to your world. Ultimately, it's the limitations that set it apart. The number of tiles and the points system add weight to your actions, making it more riveting altogether.

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Knotwords
Top Puzzle Game
Developed by Zach Gage

You can expect Knotwords to inherit the timelessness of its Crossword inspirations. Especially with the simplicity of its own gameplay. The unique format almost makes you forget your whole vocabulary, and the presentation just adds to its charm.

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Rogue Legacy 2
Top Platformer
Developed by Cellar Door Games

Cellar Door Games' roguelite has a legacy, and it continues in this sequel. Like their heroes, Rogue Legacy 2 comes back with a vengeance: new skills and new heirs that keep you in an addictive loop. Endless replayability is a hallmark of a good platform and Rogue Legacy 2 has it in spades.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Top JRPG
Developed by Monolith Soft, Inc.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has such a rich cast and such stunning landscapes that it makes immersion easy. With well over a hundred hours of gameplay, all held together by its beautiful, self-contained storyline, this was a well-executed finale to an already beloved series.

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Knotwords
Top Free Game
Developed by Zach Gage

On top of the pros of Knotwords' gameplay and presentations, it's also free to play. You can try out the daily and standard puzzles. But if you want to go a level harder, you'll have to pay. A fair enough deal for an amazing puzzler.

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Dorfromantik
Top Cozy Game
Developed by Toukana Interactive

Who doesn't want a world they can build to their hearts content? Whether you want to maximize points, or make the prettiest combination of tiles, Dorfromantik has just that.

TOP REVIEWERS

Reviewers keep our community going. This is a shout-out to the top whatoplay reviewers this year!

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STAFF PICKS
Stray

Stray. Because cats.

Raine
Marketing Coordinator
Strange Horticulture

Elden Ring is the best game I played this year. I died countless times, but I'll never forget my first and last death.

Thirdy
Script Writer
Strange Horticulture

Strange Horticulture. It's short, and the controls are a bit wack, but it's the most fun and unique gaming experience I've had this year

Neil
Co-founder
Strange Horticulture

Two Point Campus. What's not fun about picking up students/staff by the scruff and tossing them wherever you please? Exactly.

Clarizza
Community Manager
Strange Horticulture

Strange Horticulture is my goty - the struggle is real this year and this game was a delightful escape for me. I get to live my witchy herbalist dreams in a quaint medicinal shop amidst a a cliche but still enjoyable occultist storyline.

Tyl
Events Coordinator
Dofromantik

Dofromantik - Playing this game feels like having a cat fall asleep in my lap. It's beautiful and relaxing. And behind its cute aesthetic vibe and art style, comes a puzzle complexity that tickles your brain in the best and worst ways.

Analyn
Admin / Lead Data Curator
Strange Horticulture

In my opinion, TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is the best game of the year because of its straightforward controls and seamless gameplay. There are no problems with slow loading or long wait times for multiplayer, making it a fantastic game overall.

Hazel
Data Curator
Strange Horticulture

Shredder's Revenge - Because why not? It's fun and easy to play, even kids can play this game. Aaand it has Leonardo in it! My favorite character in Ninja Turtles! Also, this is the only game I've played released this year.

Amanda
Data Curator
Strange Horticulture

Elden Ring is the masterpiece of this year. This soulslike game is on a whole other level. If you frequently perished during boss battles, you undoubtedly enjoyed the game.

Peter Ian
Data Curator
Strange Horticulture

Ship of Fools. The crew must work together to defeat the monsters on their voyage to the center of the storm that has caused havoc in the archipelago. This will test their coordination and teamwork skills.

Ojie
Data Automation Developer
Powerwash Simulator

Powerwash Simulator - I played it since the Early Access Days but the official release made it amazing. This is the definition of gaming for me: an arbitrary sense of achievement paired with mindmelting relaxation. Powerwash away your worries one satisfying ding! at a time.

Pia
UX Designer
Elden Ring

Elden Ring - It has been my GOTY since I went down the Siofra River. Souls fan or not, the engaging narrative and challenging yet fair gameplay make it a worthwhile experience for anyone, particularly for those willing to put in the time and effort to fully immerse themselves in the game.

Ayad
Frontend Developer
Tinykin

Tinykin has all what I want on a platform adventure game. It has exploration, challenge and cuteness. The game is also relaxing and not stress-inducing as other games of its genre. If there is a platform game that you wanna play that is both relaxing and rewarding, I highly recommend this one.

Cristiana
Lead Developer / DevOps
Pokemon Legends Arceus

Pokemon Legends: Arceus - It's the first Pokémon game I've ever played, and I really enjoyed the quests and battles with legendary Pokémons. I chose this as my GOTY because it was the only game I played that was released this year, so yeah!

AJ
Web Developer
Tinykin

The best game released for me this year is Return to Monkey Island. The Curse of Monkey Island was my favorite point & click puzzle adventure game all-time, and this game reminds of that nostalgic feeling playing without all the worries in the world. Hahaha bitaw wala pa gyuy problem sauna elementary dawat ra balon. Hahaha

Jeho
Data Curator
Elden Ring

Elden Ring definitely is the best game released this year so far, not just because of its graphics and a very deep engaging story, but also for the very reason that its difficulty punishes even experienced players.

Ian Dave
Data Curator
God of War: Ragnarok

God of War: Ragnarok - Because boi is now a man.

Ray
Lead Video Editor
Elden Ring

Elden Ring, which was released on February 25, 2022, the day after my birthday, gave me total satisfaction as my first Souls game. It exceeded all of my expectations and I would confidently say without a doubt that it is the Game of the Year.

Dabie
Data Curator
WHAT'S COMING IN 2023?

Despite everything, 2022 proves itself to be a great year for gaming. It broke records and elevated gaming with all its memorable stories and gameplay. These will stay with us even after the credits roll on the year.

Who knows what surprises are in store for us in 2023?