Despite what many may have wanted, 2021 brought more of the same. New consoles are next to impossible to find, delays still hamper many highly anticipated titles, and industry executives push forward greedy practices over improving working conditions for employees. That last point is clearly demonstrated by recent news of NFTs being declared as the “future of video games” and the continued saga surrounding misconduct at Activision Blizzard.
While there is plenty of doom and gloom surrounding the video game industry nowadays, change can be made. We as a gaming community need to continue to hold companies responsible for their poor practices, support the developers telling their stories, and, most importantly, vote with our wallets. If a company is involved with a practice you deem exploitative or is doing little to address issues — cough Ubisoft cough — then you have the right to not support them. Challenge the bad apples, while championing the good in this industry.
- There is plenty to love and look forward to when it comes to video games. Don’t let bad actors spoil the fun, especially when it comes to anticipating an upcoming game. However, with the current state of the world, be wary that some games may not hit their scheduled release.
With all that said, let’s take a look at the most anticipated games of 2022.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Despite the series’ continued sales success, there has been a lot of discontent with Pokémon in recent years. Be it cutting out the ability to “catch ‘em all” in the most recent releases to Game Freak’s struggles transitioning the series to consoles, the franchise can’t seem to catch a break. Fortunately, there is Pokémon Legends: Arceus to be a beacon of hope for those upset with the current direction of the mainline games.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus mixes the turn-based gameplay of the mainline games with the real-time interactions of an action-RPG and the environment of an open world game. Set in the Hisui region — the precursor to the Sinnoh region from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl — players set out to build the region’s first Pokédex. As players explore Hisui, they will observe Pokémon in their natural habitats, engage in real-time and turn-based fights with frenzied Alpha Pokémon, and ride Pokémon to traverse land, sea, and sky.
While rough around the edges — especially when it comes to graphics — Pokémon Legends: Arceus has a lot of potential. It could just be the evolution that the series desperately needs. Good thing there isn’t a long wait as it releases on January 28.
Horizon: Forbidden West.
- Many pegged Horizon: Forbidden West for a 2021 release. However, the continued effects of the pandemic caused the game to slip into early 2022.
Despite the delay, 2021 did give eager gamers a 14-minute glimpse at Forbidden West’s gameplay. During this gameplay trailer, Aloy searches the ruins of San Francisco to save Erend from a group of Raiders. While searching the ruins, Aloy has new way to traverse the environment, including more handholds for free climbing, a new grapple hook to zip around, and an energy glider to slow your descent while in the air. Outside of traversal, Guerilla Games is expanding Aloy’s combat capabilities — especially when it comes to close combat. For instance, Aloy can now charge her melee weapons for increased damage and access to special attacks.
While Horizon: Forbidden West takes full advantage of the PS5, it will also see release on PS4. So, come February 18 anybody can to experience Aloy’s new adventure, no matter which current generation of PlayStation you own.
There is no game coming out in 2022 that is more anticipated than Elden Ring. Ever since its reveal, there has been an unhealthy amount of hype surrounding this collaboration between FromSoftware, the developer of Dark Souls, and George R.R. Martin, the writer of A Song of Ice and Fire.
it from the two sides going radio silent on the game for almost two years? Or is it people clamoring for another great fantasy story from George R.R. Martin after the final season of Game of Thrones disappointed everybody? Who knows? However, after about 20 minutes of gameplay and plenty of favorable impressions from the recent closed network test, we do know that the game is living up to the hype.
simple terms, Elden Ring takes the formula of past Souls games and drops it into a seamless open world. As the Tarnished, players explore a massive fantasy world known as the Lands Between. While gameplay and dungeon design take liberally from past Souls titles, the freedom that an open world offers breathes new life into the familiar. Players can customize their character’s skills how they please, use multiple strategies to take out enemies, or even have enemies seek them out — and that’s just the tip of what Elden Ring has to offer..
Fortunately, the wait for the most anticipated game of 2022 will be over soon as Elden Ring releases for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 25.