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Most Anticipated Game of 2022

Most Anticipated Game of 2022 - Article

by Christian Evans , posted on 20 January 2022 / 3,247 Views

2021 was certainly a fine year for games, but given a slight dearth of major titles due to a number of scheduled releases slipping back into 2022, it was a little disappointing for some. As a consequence, 2022 is already overloaded with a plethora of highly anticipated games, and many inevitably missed the shortlist. 

The Switch already looks stacked with potentially big exclusive titles, including Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the return of the pink puffball in Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and the long-awaited Bayonetta 3, while Final Fantasy Tactics fans will no doubt be keeping an eye on spiritual successor Triangle Strategy. Nintendo and partners aren't quite done with what is starting to look a little like 2017 round 2, with Splatoon 3, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's sequel, and Mario + Rabbids Spark of Hope all slated for release. 

Sony also has some real big hitters lined up for release so far on PS4 & PS5 in 2022. First up there's the return of Aloy and Kratos in high-profile sequels Horizon: Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarök, while the seventh game in the Gran Turismo series is also due to launch. Square Enix will also be providing PS5 exclusive Forspoken, and Annapurna is gifting us Stray, a third-person cat adventure game. Microsoft, while looking a little light on confirmed release dates, will be looking for its high-profile acquisitions to begin to bear fruit in the form of Starfield and Redfall, while no doubt continuing to leverage day 1 Game Pass deals.

Not to be forgotten, third parties are certainly in the yearly mix, notably with Elden Ring, the collaboration between George R. Martin and From Software, and a slew of licensed properties like Gotham Knights, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Hogwarts Legacy, and The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Indie fans will also be hoping this is the year that Hollow Knight: Silksong finally releases. 

   

The Shortlist:

   

Elden Ring

   

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel

  

Horizon: Forbidden West

   

Starfield

   

Bayonetta 3

   

    

   

   

The Winner:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel

Runner-up: Starfield

It should be of little surprise that the sequel to one of the highest rated games of all time, and according to a fair few the greatest game of all time, should win Most Anticipated Game of 2022. While it will be difficult to one up the original, clearly many believe it will at least be a worthy successor, and personally BotW 2 is the game this humble writer is most looking forward to. But therein lies the beauty of the already ridiculous quantity - and hopefully quality - of the currently announced games; there appears to be something for everybody lined up. No matter what genre, or style, the gaming public might be looking forward to, 2022 has the potential to be one of the best years ever for top-tier releases in the history of video games. I for one can’t wait. 


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31 Comments
Angelus (on 20 January 2022)

Wow. I'm surprised that God of War didn't make the shortlist. I guess people maybe doubt it's actually going to release this year, but then again, one would think that those same doubts exist around Zelda.

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AllfatherStarr Angelus (on 20 January 2022)

Wayyyyyyy more doubtful about BotW2 and Starfield than Ragnarok.

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pikashoe AllfatherStarr (on 20 January 2022)

I mean botw 2 has been in development almost as long as the first and seems to be reusing the same engine so it seems likely that they'll release it this year.

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AllfatherStarr pikashoe (on 20 January 2022)

Im going by what we have seen of these games so far. I can get a good sense of what playing Ragnarok is gonna feel like right now , not as much about BotW 2, and none at all about Starfield. Even an unfinished mess like Cyberpunk 2077 had been showcasing gameplay from much earlier, so I have my misgivings. Its a common theme for massive open world games to just get overdeveloped to hell.

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Mar1217 AllfatherStarr (on 20 January 2022)

Well, with the hindsight we have, Cyberpunk's early "gameplay" were basically glorified tech demos of what they aspired to make so I wouldn't put it on the same pedestal. BOTW 2 showings were 100% actual gameplay

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shikamaru317 AllfatherStarr (on 20 January 2022)

I'm not doubtful at all about Starfield, it's been in development since late 2015 and was already secretly delayed once from Holiday 2021 to Holiday 2022 (leakers were all saying it was releasing Holiday 2021 right up until like a week before E3, when they all started saying it was 2022 suddenly, and then it was announced as Holiday 2022, which indicates a last minute delay).

BOTW 2 though, I am somewhat doubtful will make 2022. As for God of War, I think it will make 2022, unless Sony purposefully decides to delay it because their 2022 lineup is plenty strong without it, and they think it will have more impact in 2023 when PS5 supply is higher.

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Zkuq (on 20 January 2022)

I'm legitimately surprised that Starfield beat Elden Ring.

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Qwark Zkuq (on 21 January 2022)

Especially since we have not even seen a fragment of gameplay.

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2zosteven (on 20 January 2022)

2022! so many big games coming, i will own all of these!

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SecondWar (on 20 January 2022)

How on earth did God of War Ragnarok not make the list?

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Qwark SecondWar (on 21 January 2022)

It is not as anticipated as other games on this forum. Don't get how Horizon beated GOW though. Since GOW is more popular and sold way more in Playstation 4 than Horizon. On the other hand Bayonetta isn't a guaranteed seller either, so perhaps some bias was also included in making this list.

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Manlytears Qwark (on 22 January 2022)

Some bias!? Put alot of Bias in here, GoW is way more antecipated than Bayo!

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Leynos (on 20 January 2022)

Bayonetta 3 for me.

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shikamaru317 (on 20 January 2022)

For me, out of the 5 that made the shortlist, it's Starfield > Horizon 2 for me. Not really interested in Bayonetta or Elden Ring, and I still haven't even got around to playing BOTW 1.

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rapsuperstar31 (on 20 January 2022)

All the above except Elden Ring

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CaptainExplosion (on 20 January 2022)

I've waited ages for Breath of The Wild 2. I wish we'd hear what it's final name will be!!

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bartkuz (on 20 January 2022)

Can't decide between Horizon, Zelda and Starfield! Great year awaits!

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Manlytears (on 08 February 2022)

18:00 here, i just got a work done, and managed to score some nice money!
Kinda drunk.... but i'm here just to make 1 more post to reinforce the absurd that is God of War outside this list!!
Writer put Bayoneta 3 above God of War!? Realy!? Come on, such bias!!! Bayoneta is a small game compared to the next God of War, stop with the Nintendo bias writer!!

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kazuyamishima (on 22 January 2022)

Tell me the site is biased without telling me is biased.

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Kristof81 (on 21 January 2022)

All of them

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anonymunchy (on 20 January 2022)

A week ago, this would've been Zelda, no doubt, but a few days ago I started playing Dark Souls III and now I can't wait to get my hands on Elden Ring.
The game actually reminds me of old school Zelda quite a bit. The way the story and quests are handled. You'll get bits and pieces, some hints, some obscure item you have no idea what to do with, randomly stumble upon an npc that'll boost your stats in some way. Even the bosses remind me of Zelda bosses, with similar patterns and sometimes clear areas to attack and to avoid. The difficulty curve is just a bit steeper with DS3, though so far I'm not having too much trouble.

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Agente42 anonymunchy (on 24 January 2022)

Dark soul take the original zelda and take a dark tone and add a stamina base system. That´s is.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 20 January 2022)

So many big games coming that even something massive like Ragnarök actually missed the shortlist.
If nothing gets delayed 2022 has a chance to be a 2017-tier year.

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Kakadu18 (on 20 January 2022)

Can't wait for BotW2.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 21 January 2022)

HAHAHAHAH STARFIELD AND LEGEND OF ZELDA? This article boi is a Microsoft ninty fan...

Elden Ring Should've won

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Manlytears (on 20 January 2022)

Bayo 3 over God of War?? Realy!? Ok dude, sure, kkkkkk
I mean, I know there is "love" for Nintendo among some writers here, but... "Bayo 3" more anticipated than "God of War: Ragnarok"!!? Unbelievable!!! Please try to maintain at least a modicum of impartiality!

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Leynos Manlytears (on 20 January 2022)

Are you crying manly tears?

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Manlytears Leynos (on 20 January 2022)

Damn, amazing Joke! You put a smile in my face.

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Slownenberg (on 20 January 2022)

Well that was the most obvious thing ever. I don't get why Bayonetta is on this list though lol. I get it is an anticipated game but its not even close to the other games on the list, there must be at least one more highly anticipated game announced for 2022. Anyway, yeah Botw2 blows everything away.

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