Looking for the best new games releasing in 2022? Then you're in the right place. There are so many new game releases due this year, 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, including 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
Saints Row reboot
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 now we have a few more months to wait before we can jump into the off-the-wall action we 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, before Saints Row descended into fighting aliens, attacking people with phallic objects and other general absurdities. The 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.
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 - and it's only continued to do so as time has gone on.
Forspoken will have players to take on the role of Frey Holland (played by Charlie's Angel's Ella Balinska), a young New Yorker who 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.
Releasing on: PC and Xbox Series X/S
Release date: November 11, 2022
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.
We don’t know a lot about the gameplay yet, but we’re praying for space battles. Either way, if it’s anything like Bethesda’s previous IPs, we’re in for ground-breaking stuff.
Breath of the Wild 2
Releasing on: Nintendo Switch
Release date: 2022 (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 so far. 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 in 2022.
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.
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, this new version of GTA 5 and GTA Online takes advantage of the power of the latest generation of consoles to show 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, with Xbox One and PS4 players 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 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.
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.
- Check out our full Gran Turismo 7 review
Releasing on: PS5 and PS4
Release date: March 4, 2022
The next entry in Sony's premier racing sim series is on the way, and it's set to be the best yet thanks to the power of the PS5. Sure, Gran Turismo 7 is releasing on PS4 too but, from what we've seen so far, Sony's latest hardware will make the racing game look and feel more realistic than ever before when it lands in March.
In Gran Turismo 7, players will have the opportunity to hone their skills in single-player races before heading online to challenge the best of the best in multiplayer matches. This is a pretty straight-laced racing game, unlike Microsoft's Forza Horizon 5, and is one that racing fans definitely need to keep tabs on.
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).
- Check out our full Elden Ring review
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.
- Read our full Horizon Forbidden West review
Available on: PC, Nintendo Switch, 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.
- Read our full Dying Light 2 review
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 (below) 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.
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