2022 has been a good year for Sony. Its in-house games have quietly positioned themselves among the best of the year. This has been recognized by both industry awards and by users. On the other hand, its great classics continue to arrive on PC to the celebration of a new public that has been waiting anxiously for this maneuver for a long time.
Finally, as you will see in this list of the best of the year on PlayStation consoles, the rest of the positions are complemented by third-party games of the highest level in the Triple-A and Indies sections. The overall picture is certainly impressive in terms of quality and balance.
Nothing can beat Miyazaki's latest masterpiece. The evolution, both in concept and public acceptance, of the Souls formula is incredible. What started as a niche game with Demon Souls back in 2009, is in 2022 an expansive Elden Ring that has definitely broken ground. Providing more accessibility through an open world, From Software's game has managed to bag more souls than ever. It's the kind of game that creates a solid and loyal fanbase that, as 2022 has already proven, can hold on without faltering for a whole year.
God of War: Ragnarok
Kratos stood out in 2022 as the only one capable of overshadowing Elden Ring. And it almost managed to unseat him at the TGA, where it won a handful of awards (six, no less), although, in the end, it couldn't win the Director and Game of the Year awards, which went to Miyazaki's game. Even so, the triumph of God of War: Ragnarok is total. Its biggest competitor was its previous installment, which had totally transformed a franchise as fixed as God of War. And that was the biggest fear regarding Ragnarok, that it would be too continuist with the 2018 title, a God of War 2.0. And the fact that it would also appear on the already technically outdated PS4 didn't bode well either. In the end, it turned out to be unfounded fears. Sony Santa Monica's game has more than lived up to expectations by growing in scale and offering enough new features to avoid eyebrow arching.
Horizon Forbidden West
Another game that was finally revealed to be intergenerational was Horizon Forbidden West. And it also was a happy ending story. Fixed some technical problems that occurred at launch, the adventures in the West remain imprinted in the retina for their beauty. Forbidden West consolidates a new franchise that will be complemented by the Burning Shores DLC and will expand to other formats with the almost imminent Horizon Call of the Mountain for PSVR2. Aloy still has a lot to explore and offer us in this fantastic world.
One of the indie surprises of the year, Sifu made its way among competitors based on a refined combat technique and an approach, based on character growth, that gave it a unique air. A martial arts beat 'em up that tells a story of revenge, Sifu was hailed at its launch in February as the first surprise of 2022. And at the end of the year, with the writing on the wall, it remains at the top with little effort. We're convinced that its fresh approach to the Beat'em up genre will create a legacy.
Tactics Ogre: Reborn
It is a pleasure to see an immortal classic like Tactics Ogre: Reborn on a 2022 list. And despite its pixelated look from another era, few can still catch up with one of the fathers of turn-based tactical role-playing games. The scenario was ideal, with Fire Emblem already triumphing far from niches and new proposals such as Triangle Strategy taking the the cheers of press and public, Tactics Ogre: Reborn appeared in 2022 to regain a throne it already occupied in 1995. God save the queen. The question now is whether Square Enix will also bring back the King, Final Fantasy Tactics, to make the throne complete.
Gran Turismo 7
Always faithful to the appointment in PlayStation consoles making an appearance in each generation, this Sony exclusive had a wrong approach at launch that hid its strengths. Rectifying is for the wise, and everything has been balanced while backtracking on controversial decisions such as the cost-time ratio to unlock certain cars. Gran Turismo 7 arrives in the last days of the year fueled by continuous updates and additions to its cars and tracks lineup. An engine, now, well-oiled and with real possibilities to conquer the podium of the best driving games.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
That Destiny with a millionaire budget that was going to have a lifespan of ten years was left halfway. The funny thing is that Bungie's risky and brave bet is indeed meeting expectations and roadmap with its second installment. The Witch Queen is also here to prove it as the best expansion to date in a game that came out in 2017 and is renewed with vitality year after year. And it's something to celebrate within Sony, who bought Bungie in January. There's a lot of road ahead yet for this Developer who once lifted Halo to the altars of online gaming.
The Last of Us Parte I
What can be said at this point of The Last of Us? PS3's swan song and with almost ten years behind it, this unforgettable story comes renewed to PS5 (on PS4 you have its stupendous HD remaster). Applying what was learned in The Last of Us Part II, the original game on Sony's latest machine becomes the reference version. Although it lacks changes that justify the remake of such a recent game (the original holds up just as well as yesterday), it is a treat, especially for Playstation newcomers, and serves as a great entry point to the HBO Max series that will arrive in mid-January.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
Legacy of Thieves Collection gives PS5 users the chance to enjoy the latest Uncharted chapters in the best technological condition. As in the previous case, the graphical and playable improvement offered by PS5 serves as a hook for a new generation of gamers. The combo here would be complemented, not with a series, but with the movie that hit theaters in February. And newcomers will be amazed at how Tom Holland doesn't even overshadow the well-traveled Nathan Drake. To finish off Uncharted 4, the character's farewell, we have the feisty Chloe and Nadine in the stupendous The Lost Legacy, originally a DLC that, due to its quality and scope, was finally marketed as a full game.
The famous cat game is possibly the most famous indie game of 2022. So much so that it slipped into the top category of the TGAs. Without really being the game of the year, this title, available on both PS4 and PS5, has stolen the hearts of many gamers. Annapaurna, always excellent when it comes to choosing who to put under its mantle, did not hesitate to take on the distribution of Blue Twelve Studio's beautiful work. Time will tell whether or not this gentle cat story will remain in the memory of gamers. For now, the answer is undoubtedly, Yes.
Good memories come to mind of playing Signalis, one of the best indies of the year. The perfect recreation of the emotions we felt playing the first survival horror games makes us dream of more games like this one. But the rose-engine game is not satisfied with just tickling based on nostalgia, as it applies to its work what has been learned by the industry and genre in the years that have passed. Thus, we will not have to deal with today's impossible controls or the graphical shakiness of a very tight hardware. The new features, such as the change to first person in certain moments, go hand in hand with the classic in a perfect symbiosis that will delight both veterans and young players.
Moss Book II
As the exceptional Red Matter 2 is reserved for PSVR2, the VR claim on the list is left to the stupendous Moss Book II. Enjoyable via PSVR on PS4 (and PS5 via adapter), the little mouse game may be too continuous with its excellent first part. Anyway, as soon as we put on the visor, the beauty and the good work in the design and the story will make us forget everything. VR offers us unique sensations, and Moss Book II is one of the best exponents in any virtual reality support.