There have been tons of new video game releases in 2022 so far, but these 20 stand out as the highest-rated of the bunch.
It’s true that an inordinate number of originally planned video games have been delayed in 2022, with their release dates pushed back to 2023 and beyond. But despite this, 2022 has also seen a fair number of high-quality new game releases. In fact, there are countless new game releases that have received widespread positive reviews from fans and critics alike, so fans of all genres have had something new to play this year.
Review site OpenCritic maintains a list of all the top-rated new game releases of the year. We’ve trimmed it down to remove remasters, remakes, DLC, and enhanced ports from existing games, focusing entirely on the brand new 2022 releases.
Here are the 20 highest-rated video games of 2022 so far.
Best video games of 2022 so far
- Elden Ring – 95
- Freshly frosted – 91
- NORCO – 90
- Neon white – 90
- Not for broadcast – 89
- Rogue Legacy 2 – 89
- Horizon Forbidden West – 88
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – 88
- Grand Touring 7 – 87
- Retro Bowl – 87
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – 87
- Strange Horticulture – 86
- Total War: Warhammer 3 – 86
- AI: The Sominum Files – nirvanA Initiative – 86
- Do you want snails? – 86
- OlliOlli World – 86
- Tunic – 85
- Wanderer – 85
- Floppy Knights – 85
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 85
To no one’s surprise, FromSoftware’s Elden Ring currently holds the top spot with an impressive 95 rating. Elden Ring received near-universal acclaim when it first launched earlier this year, with the game not only ranking as one of the top-rated games of 2022, but also one of the highest-rated games made to date. Elden Ring has been commended for successfully converting the dark souls formula to an open world environment, and for making significant improvements in quality of life on that formula.
Participate Elden Ring in the club of 90 or above is a varied selection of games. Puzzle game freshly frostedwhere players are tasked with building conveyor belts and icing donuts, has an impressive score of 91. Point-and-click adventure game NORCO has 90, just like neon whitea unique first-person shooting game where players must use cards to perform special actions.
The high-80s have some notable games, including some of the biggest new game releases of the year. Exclusive to PlayStation Horizon Forbidden West has a rating of 88, just like Nintendo Switch exclusive JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
Needless to say, there are plenty of new video game releases for 2022 that have received high praise from critics, so anyone who needs something new to play should consider checking out these games.
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