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Best new games 2022: the biggest titles coming to console and PC this year

Best new games 2022: Breath of the Wild 2 Link falling through the sky
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Looking for the best new games releasing in 2022? Then you're in the right place. We've already seen some heavy hitters this years but there's so many new game releases still to come. Arriving across all platforms, it keeps us awake in the early hours; from cinematic blockbusters to slow-burn RPGs. A thrilling 12 months lie ahead, and we can’t wait.

But, given how many new games are landing on consoles and PC this year, it can be hard to know which you absolutely need to pay attention to. So we’ve put together a list of the biggest games arriving in 2022, alongside a couple slightly further out. That includes what they’re all about, when you can get your paws on them and why they’re likely going to be worth your hard-earned time and money. 

We've also included a section on our favorite games that have been released so far this year, so you can play some of 2022's biggest new games right now.

Want to know what games to look out for this year, regardless of whether you're on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch or PC? Then you’ve come to the right place. Read on for the best new games of 2022 and make sure to check out our upcoming games 2022 list for a handy guide to all the biggest release dates this year.

Best new games 2022

Upcoming

Saints Row reboot

Saints Row reboot

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Releasing on: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC

Release date: August 23, 2022

Initially, we were meant to get our hands on the Saints Row in February. But following a delay, we have a couple more months to wait before we can jump into the off-the-wall action we'd expect from Volition's chaotic playground.

But this isn't just another entry in the series, the new Saints Row is a reboot (though it seems to follow the blueprint of the original game very loosely). The first two games in the series started out as a far more serious and grounded take on gangland warfare. Then, Saints Row descended into fighting aliens, attacking people with phallic objects and other general absurdities. This new Saints Row looks like a blend of the two.

There's still a lot to learn about the Saints Row reboot, but it's certainly one for fans of the series - and complete newbies - to keep an eye on. Especially if you're looking for a more ridiculous alterative to GTA. 

Forspoken

PlayStation Showcase

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Releasing on: PS5 and PC

Release date: October 11, 2022

Formerly known as 'Project Athia', Square Enix's upcoming action RPG certainly piqued our interest when it was first revealed at Sony’s PS5 games reveal in 2020. It's only continued to do so as time has gone on. 

Forspoken sees players take on the role of Frey Holland (played by Charlie's Angel's Ella Balinska), a young New Yorker. Frey must harness her newfound magical powers to survive what Square Enix calls a "thrilling, otherworldly adventure" as she attempts to make her way home from the beautiful - but cruel - land of Athia, where she's been transported.

There's still quite a bit we don't know about Forspoken, but it certainly is a game that fantasy fans should be keeping an eye on. With magic at the forefront of combat and trailers showing a plethora of fantastical creatures we can expect to encounter.

Starfield

Starfield promo poster

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Releasing on: PC and Xbox Series X/S

Release date: First half of 2023 (TBC)

It might be hard to believe that Bethesda is releasing a new RPG outside of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, but here we are. Described by director Todd Howard as “Skyrim in space”, Starfield looks to carry on Bethesda’s tradition of expansive action RPGs, this time building a brand new world among the stars (rather than the Khajiits)

Initially, we were just relieved it wasn’t another Skyrim rerelease. Starfield’s trailer, however – released at E3 2021 – shows that this really is something to be excited about. Exploration has always been a big theme in The Elder Scrolls and Fallout games, and Starfield looks to be taking that to another dimension. Quite literally. The trailer reveals an astronaut boarding his rocket, about to venture into the final frontier.

While initially planned for November this year, that's since been delayed alongside Redfall into 2023 but still set to arrive in the next 12 months. If it’s anything like Bethesda’s previous IPs, we’re in for ground-breaking stuff that'll be worth the wait.

Breath of the Wild 2

Breath of the Wild 2

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Releasing on: Nintendo Switch

Release date: Early 2023 (TBC)

We couldn’t leave out the game that won "Most Anticipated Nintendo Game" at E3 2021: the (currently untitled) sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild. The first installment was itself a huge event in gaming history, so it’s easy to see why everyone’s so impatient to get their hands on the follow-up. Only two trailers have been released since 2019, which is a tease for those of us desperate to return for a new adventure in Hyrule.

Breath of the Wild 2 (as we’re calling it) was announced in 2019, yet there’s still so little we know about it outside of the snippets we’ve gleaned from the trailers. We know that it’s a direct sequel, so it’s the same Link and Zelda from Breath of the Wild, and the same story is continuing. The two trailers have also revealed somewhat darker themes, enigmatically showing Link consumed by Malice, and (hopefully) Zelda as a playable character.

We also know that, according to the series director, Eiji Aonuma, the development team has been strongly influenced by Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 - we’ll leave you to speculate on that one (although we doubt there will be a lot of gunplay). However it turns out, though, we’re pretty sure that the sequel to one of the greatest Zelda games – and indeed, games – of all time, is something to look out for.

While it was previously re-revealed with a 2022 release date during the E3 2021 trailer, Breath of the Wild 2 has since been pushed back into early 2023. So, much like Starfield, it's still set to arrive in the next 12 months.

Released

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Stuffed with adventure

Reasons to buy

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Hundreds of characters
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A whole galaxy to explore
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Overhauled combat

Reasons to avoid

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Clunky mechanics
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Rushed stories

Available on: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Released: April 5, 2022

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is pretty much a dream come true for fans of both the Lego and Star Wars franchises, covering all nine of the core Star Wars movies while giving players access to hundreds of playable characters from every era of the saga. Players can visit many iconic settings as they play through the movies “in any order they choose” to “create their own unique journey through the galaxy".

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is TT Games' most ambitious project is one of the best Star Wars games - never mind one of the best games of 2022.

GTA 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X

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GTA 5 Expanded and Enhanced Edition

A great made even better

Reasons to buy

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Transformative lighting 
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Three razor-sharp graphics modes
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Shorter load times

Reasons to avoid

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Can't mod

Available on: PS5 and Xbox Series X/S

Released: March 15, 2022

After being delayed from 2021, GTA 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X finally arrived on March 15 - and it was certainly worth the wait.

Coming around nine years after the original game launched on Xbox 360 and PS3, later arriving on Xbox One and PS4, this new version of GTA 5 and GTA Online takes advantage of he latest generation of consoles. It shows the increasingly familiar setting of Los Santos at its best. 

This 'expanded and enhanced' version of GTA 5 for PS5 and Xbox Series X boasts new graphics modes, HDR options, ray-tracing, faster load times, 3D audio and more besides. Xbox One and PS4 players are able to transfer their saves over. 

We feel like Rockstar has done enough to make GTA 5 actually worth buying again and, in our impressions piece, our former Hardware Editor Adam Vjestica said:

"GTA 5’s new lighting engine is what struck me first. It has a transformative effect on almost every element of the game, and it’s hard to imagine what the bustling streets of Los Santos were like without it. From the neon-lit signs at night to the searing hot sun that hangs in the sky over Vespucci Beach, I've found myself awestruck at times at just how aesthetically pleasing it all looks."

This upgraded version of GTA 5 has only made us more excited for the (now finally confirmed) GTA 6.

GT Sophy

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Gran Turismo 7

The best PS5 exclusive yet?

Reasons to buy

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Stunning graphics
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Lightning-fast load times
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Superb haptic feedback
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Tons of content

Reasons to avoid

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Default HDR may need tuning
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Licence tests may be too strict for some
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Music Rally mode could be better

Available on: PS5 and PS4

Released: March 4, 2022

Gran Turismo 7 restores the racing sim franchise back to its former greatness, overall fixing the lack of content and slightly underwhelming visuals of both GT6 and GT Sport. GT7, then, gets back to what the charming racing sim does best: offering bags of content with sublime racing gameplay, all wrapped up in a wonderfully charming and inviting user experience that's remarkably moreish.

GT7 is also a stunning showcase of PS5 tech, making arguably the best use of the DualSense Wireless Controller's haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. You'll feel every bump in the road, every screech around a corner and every gear change as you manoeuvre around GT7's litany of tracks.

Pair this with lightning-quick load times and you end up with a beautifully seamless racing experience in GT7. You're rarely waiting longer than a few seconds to dive into - or retry - a racing activity. GT7 is a glorious return to form for the series and we hope developer Polyphony Digital will support the game for a long time to come.

Elden Ring

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Not for the faint hearted

Reasons to buy

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Outrageously rich open world
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Combat to die for 
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Endlessly inventive

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to learn
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Performances issues
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Unhelpful players

Available on: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One

Released: February 25, 2022

Developer FromSoftware continues its run of notoriously difficult action RPGs – or Souls-likes, as ubiquitous as the term is now – with Elden Ring. Set in the fantasy realm of the Lands Between, players hack, slash, dodge, and perfectly time their way through the realm with the hopes of becoming the Elden Lord. 

If that sounds like dull and standard fantasy fare, fear not. George R.R. Martin, the modern-day bard himself, has co-written the story. The collaboration between FromSoftware and Martin results in a rich, vast open-world that's dripping in mysteries to unravel - a world that begs to be explored.

Veterans of FromSoftware will find themselves at home in Elden Ring quickly. The combat fundamentals are as strong as ever. There is a wealth of options for specializing your character, with many weapons and spells to support your play style.

However, a word of warning for those who are perhaps less seasoned gamers: Elden Ring isn’t easy. FromSoftware’s titles are notoriously challenging and, for some, that simply isn’t to their tastes - and that’s ok. But that challenge means that every enemy you do takedown, and every inch that you progress, is exceptionally rewarding (perhaps more so than in any other game). 

Horizon Forbidden West

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Aloy triumphantly returns

Reasons to buy

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A character-led story
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Astonishing facial animation
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It looks stunning
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A fascinating and cohesive world

Reasons to avoid

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Frustrating movement

Available on: PS5 and PS4

Released: February 18, 2022

Horizon Zero Dawn may not have needed a sequel but Horizon Forbidden West proves Aloy's story certainly deserved another chapter.

Forbidden West sees us take control of Aloy once again – this time, exploring a post-apocalyptic western United States. The sequel successfully builds on the formula of its predecessor, while adding new machines to take down (including giant robot snakes), gorgeous new environments, and new characters to encounter. The latter of which justifies this sequel more than any of its many impressive boss fights or beautiful vistas.

Horizon Forbidden West is a grand technical achievement that feels “next-generation” and, importantly, also captures smaller, more human details, too. If you enjoyed Zero Dawn, then you certainly won't be disappointed.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human screenshot

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One of the most ambitious zombie games ever made

Reasons to buy

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Satisfying combat and parkour
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Complex RPG mechanics
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Beautifully designed world
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Decent, branching storyline

Reasons to avoid

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Occasionally dodgy voice acting and dialogue

Available on: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One

Released: February 4, 2022

It wouldn’t be a true year of gaming without at least one zombie-slayer, and the sequel to 2015’s Dying Light is our savior.

Set 20 years after the first game, Dying Light 2 sees you playing as Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor, as he tries to unearth the secrets of his past and locate his sister amidst a ruthless, decaying world. Aiden’s search leads him to The City (the last remaining human settlement), where it’s then up to the player whether our protagonist focuses on his own goal or decides to help remaining survivors by rebuilding the settlement. Dying Light 2 has a focus on choice and consequence, with your decisions affecting the environment around you - as well as the story itself. 

The original Dying Light took the parkour of Mirror’s Edge, blended it with a zombie shoot-‘em-up, and added a day-and-night variation system to boot. Dying Light 2 turns this up to 11, with a larger emphasis on stealth, parkour, and tweaked equipment to traverse the environment (like gliders, pulleys, and new swinging hooks). 

With a map four times as big as the first, littered with NPCs, side quests and challenges, Dying Light 2 perfect for those who love open-world survival horrors. A Nintendo Switch (Cloud Version) is also planned but right now, that's been delayed until later this year.

Pokémon Legends Arceus

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus

A new direction for Pokémon

Reasons to buy

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Focus on catching Pokémon again
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Shakes up the formula
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Fast-paced and exciting

Reasons to avoid

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Some may not like the change in direction
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Performance issues at launch

Released on: Nintendo Switch

Release date: January 28, 2022

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is unlike any Pokémon game you may have played before - in the best possible way. While the likes of Sword and Shield add new features that breathe some fresh air into the long-running series, Arceus goes even further: shaking up the game as we know it. 

Acting as a prequel to the main series, Arceus takes players to a much older version of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl’s Sinnoh region (known here as the Hisui region), where Pokémon roam freely and you're charged with completing one of the region's first Pokédexes. 

With no gym leaders or badges, Arceus' focus is primarily on catching Pokémon, rather than battling with them. For some, this new direction will be most welcome, but others may find it a bit too much of a deviation from the Pokémon formula we've grown accustomed to. 

Either way, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is one of the best Switch games available and well worth checking out if you're a Pokémon fan.

Ben Huxley
Ben Huxley

Ben is a freelance writer based in sunny North Wales. He has written for The Gamer, WhatCulture, and the mental health charity Safe in our World. When he’s not writing, he can be found playing PS2 games that he missed 20 years ago.

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