Bidding a final farewell to the year that was, it’s that time of the new year to look forward and consider the game we look forward to playing, or simply materializing, in 2022. This year claims the release of many significant titles, from new IPs to sequels to the new class of remakes and reboots; and no matter one’s personal gaming preferences, there’s something coming for each and every player. As for my own gaming plate, well, it’s already full with backlogged titles, but if I’m going to add anything to it, it might be what follows. I have six games in mind, three with set release dates and three without. Let’s see what lies ahead!
Games with release dates
Horizon Forbidden West (February 18th)
Yes, along with so many others, I am on the Horizon bandwagon, and happily so! After finally playing Horizon Zero Dawn for the first time a couple years ago, I was supremely impressed by what it accomplished and couldn’t wait for more. That wait will soon be over! While I’m not entirely sure I’ll get to Horizon Forbidden West when it first releases next month, it will be very exciting to see what comes of the next chapter in Aloy’s story.
Saints Row (August 23rd)
As much as I’m looking forward to Horizon Forbidden West, I have a very keen eye on Deep Silver Volition’s reboot of Saints Row. Having truly enjoyed the second, third, and fourth Saints Row installments, I can’t wait to play through the gang’s re-imagined origin story this summer. With the “new” GTA trilogy falling flat, and after spending time with a little of the actual new content in GTA Online, and after replaying some of Saints Row 4, I’m thinking that Saints Row will best scratch my occassional-need-for-reckless-mayhem itch.
Starfield (November 11th)
As much as I enjoy Bethesda’s games, I feel remarkably neutral about Starfield. But it’s on my list because I just want to know more. Despite it have a set release date for November, very little is still known about this venture that I’ve heard touted as both “Elder Scrolls in space” and “Fallout in space.” Wouldn’t it be something if it was like nothing Bethesda had ever produced before? Something completely unique among games? That thought makes me chuckle a bit, but you never know!
Games without release dates
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
It’s no lie to say that a small part of me expected Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle to be a bit on the ho-hum side when I picked it up last year. Thankfully, the game proved otherwise, being one of the most fun and delightful titles I played last year (and in the past few years, at that!) The announcement of its sequel, Sparks of Hope, came as a wonderful surprise, and it looks even better than the first. More exploration, more turn-based combat, and more Rabbids! Sounds like a good time to me!
Fans have been waiting some five years to find out what happened to their favorite Umbra Witch after she saved her best friend (and once rival) in Bayonetta 2. This year, we may finally get some answers! I will readily admit that I passed poor judgement on the first Bayonetta game; however, I changed my tuned entirely after playing it and the second game. There are plenty of good hack-and-slash games, but Bayonetta is a great one. I will be more than ready to take down some demons whenever Bayonetta is!
There’s no argument that Annapurna Interactive has given the world some excellent games in recent years, and hopefully Stray, due out some time this year, will continue that trend. I can’t think of any reason one would not want to play a game in which one gets to play as a backpack-wielding kitty who lives in a strange world inhabited only by robots, but to each their own. I, for one, will be all in once Stray becomes a reality.