The Year in Review: The 5 Must-Have Video Games of 2022

They allowed us to explore post-apocalyptic lands, gobble up enemies in one bite, relive childhood, explore Norse mythology, and roam the realm of the Underworld. And they have, above all, kept us glued to our consoles throughout the year. The newspaper presents its list of the five best games of 2022.

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God of War: Rognarök

Its exhilarating (and divinely brutal!) fights, its gripping plot, its breathtaking graphics… God of War: Rognarök quickly rose to the top of the best games of the year in the hearts of legions of fans. Certainly, the bar was high for this great return of Kratos, Atreus and company after four years of absence. But there is no doubt that this new chapter in the saga has succeeded in exceeding our very high expectations and captivating us for many hours, without ever getting tired of it. Hat !

On PS4 and PS5

Horizon Forbidden West

You don’t change a winning recipe. That, Horizon Forbidden West understood this well, using the same bases as for his previous chapter (the excellent Horizon Zero Dawn) to build an absolutely exceptional suite. Its dystopian future unfolds in all its glory, placing the player in the shoes of the warrior Aloy, charged with exploring the forbidden American West in which it is so good to get lost. A must have for any action adventure game fan.

On PS4 and PS5

Elden Ring

We admit it, Elden Ring dragged us a good number of swear words before we managed to appreciate it at its fair value. Arduous, sometimes hostile and often punitive, this new offering from Hidetaka Miyazaki indeed gives players (a lot!) a hard time. But once its mechanics understood and its enemies mastered, one can only marvel at its world teeming with specters and ghosts with a surprisingly poetic aesthetic. In short, a game that beautifully rewards the patience and determination of its followers.

On PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

For its thirtieth birthday, it is to its fans that the most adorable of the candy pink creatures offered a gift: Kirby and the Forgotten Land, his funniest adventure to date. This time around, our valiant hero finds himself catapulted into a world abandoned by humans, now in ruins (think watered down version of The Last of Us) from which he must rescue his Waddle Dees friends. Failing to reinvent the usual formula, Kirby and the Forgotten Land managed to polish and perfect it to bring it to its climax. And god damn it’s cute!

On Nintendo Switch

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Ah, nostalgia… A few seconds are enough for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge plunges us back into our memories, evoking our childhood weekends spent in the arcades. We reconnect here with Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphaël in an unprecedented adventure borrowing the codes and aesthetics of the 1980s; rhythmic electronic music, two-dimensional and linear path, colorful and pixelated graphics… everything is there, but embellished with a touch of modernity.

On PS4, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC


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