There have been plenty 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 2022 has seen an inordinate number of video games originally planned for it delayed, with their release dates pushed back to 2023 and beyond. But despite that, 2022 has also seen its fair share of high-quality new game releases. In fact, there are plenty of new game releases that have garnered plenty of positive reviews from fans and critics alike, ensuring that fans of all genres have had something new to play this year.
The global review site OpenCritic keeps a running list of all the top-rated new game releases of the year. We’ve cut it to remove remasters, remakes, DLCs, and enhanced ports from existing games, focusing entirely on brand new 2022 releases.
Here are the 20 highest rated video games of 2022 so far.
Best video games of 2022 so far
- Ring of the Ancients – 95
- Freshly Frosted – 91
- Neon white – 90
- Not for broadcast – 89
- Legacy of Thieves 2 – 89
- Forbidden Horizon West – 88
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – 88
- Gran Turismo 7 – 87
- Retro Bowl – 87
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – 87
- Weird Horticulture – 86
- Total War: Warhammer 3 – 86
- AI: The Sominum Files – NirvanA Initiative – 86
- Snail ? – 86
- OlliOlli World – 86
- Tunic – 85
- Wanderer – 85
- Floppy Knights – 85
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land – 85
To no one’s surprise, FromSoftware’s Ring of Elden currently holds the top spot with an impressive 95 rating. Ring of Elden received near-universal acclaim when it launched earlier this year, with the game not only being one of the highest-rated games of 2022, but one of the highest-rated games made to date. Ring of Elden was praised for successfully converting dark souls formula to an open world and for making significant improvements to the quality of life of this formula.
Join Ring of Elden in the club of the 90s or more, there is a varied selection of games. Puzzle Freshly frostedwhere players are tasked with building conveyor belts and icing donuts, has an impressive rating of 91. Point-and-click adventure game NORCO at 90, just like neon whitea unique first-person shooter where players must use cards to perform special actions.
The 80s had some notable games, including some of the biggest new game releases of the year. PlayStation Exclusive Forbidden Horizon West has an 88 rating, just like the Nintendo Switch-exclusive JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
Needless to say, there are plenty of new video game releases for 2022 that have garnered critical acclaim, so anyone in need of something new to play should consider checking out these games.
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