Fighting games can be intimidating to new players, but not this. The Easy Battle mode lets casual players finish their enemies with just a hit of a button. While online play isn’t as robust as we’d like, the single-player and local multiplayer modes make up for it with intuitive gameplay. Joseph Joestar and friends got a playscore of 8.3
There’s a lot of survival games on the market, but Grounded stood out this year after coming out of Early Access.
Getting shrunk down to the size of an ant and then having to fend for ourselves in this bug infested garden is so much fun. I especially loved killing the pesky aphids in this one. But it’s even more memorable in co-op mode. After all, surviving is just a bit more bearable with friends around to watch your back while you look for resources.
Side note, the level of detail from crafted items that look like they were actually made by the materials you made them out of, really helps with immersion. This big tiny adventure gets a playscore of 8.4
Don't let TUNIC's adorable art style fool you - it's a tough game! But it's worth it for the classic Zelda-like experience.
There are plenty of surprises for both old and new gamers. If you can't find a secret, it's probably right in front of you. And if you think you're prepared for tough enemies, good luck! The fantastic level design rewards player curiosity and will leave you begging for more once the credits roll. This one gets a playscore of 8.4.
7. WWE 2K22
It may not be as captivating as the other games on this list, but it makes up for it with endless brawls. Compared to previous releases, 2K22 has improved in every way — it learned a lot from its past mistakes. You'll get better performance, less annoying microtransactions, and a variety of wrestling matches.
With it's roster of iconic wrestlers, there's plenty of content for wrestling fans to enjoy. It gets a playscore of 8.4.
These are some of the cutest creatures you'll ever see. This game takes farming sims to the next level with its adorable critters and simple, yet satisfying gameplay.
Tell us how are we supposed to resist a game that features strategic dance battles and cozy AF farming and home management simulation? To quote TheXboxHub’s Dave Ozzy,
It has become a colourful meditation, a little slice of wellness in our day.
Sci-fi horror is all the rage, and SIGNALIS is the perfect game for fans of the genre.
It's spooky, but the third-person camera angles give you a little more breathing room as Eldritch horrors come at you from all sides. It receives a playscore of 8.5.
This game is a brand new take to the series, now with The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker storylines added to the mix. Still, this one did not lose the humor that we expect and love from LEGO games. It especially did not shy away from poking fun at the prequels.
It’s a must-play for Star Wars AND LEGO fans. Now if only they could fix all of those glitches! We award this love letter to the series a playscore of 8.5
Nobody really expected Soul Hackers to ever have a sequel – let alone this one. It feels more like a soft reboot of its 25 year-old predecessor. This way, newcomers won’t feel out of place when playing this game.
While the end-of-the-world trope has been played to death in JRPGs, what’s new here is that we get to meet our companions early on. This makes us way more attached to them.
The positive reception is all thanks to its incredible story and charismatic characters. This one’s got a playscore of 8.8
This is probably the best out of the million roguelikes to come out this year.
It's improved in every way from the first game. Now it’s more fun to overcome the game's many chaotic challenges. The quest to preserve your lineage never ends, and the addicting gameplay loop will keep you going and going. ZTGD gave it a score of 9.5, stating that
It’s a rogue-like that even non-fans of rogue-likes can warm up to.
Overall, it’s got a playscore of 8.9.
1. Elden Ring
And taking the crown is Elden Ring - a game that deserves all the honors it receives. It's a major achievement in video game design, despite a few technical issues. The Lands Between is a beautiful and terrifying place to get lost in, and your power fantasies will take this mysterious world by storm.
Whether you're a two-handed Claymore user or a spellcasting mage, Elden Ring offers plenty of gameplay choices so you can explore the world as you wish. Even countless deaths won't stop you from claiming the crown. This masterpiece got a playscore of 9.3.
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