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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The best new games held a few surprises for us this year. Plenty of big games eventually made it to us, even after several delays, and 2023 is going to be much the same. As such, the slate of big games was perhaps a bit smaller than we initially expected, but there’s still something for everyone out in this year’s releases.

Whether you’ve missed anything or you’re wondering if a game people keep talking about is really worth your hard-earned money, you’ve come to the right place. Regardless of whether you're on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, or PC, we list all available systems for each of the new games, too.

While the year is winding down and we can now play a lot of our hotly anticipated games such as Elden Ring by now, there is much to look forward in the coming months, and you can find all the most promising games right on this page, complete with reasons for and against them.

Whether you looking for something new to play or a cool game to look forward to, this list of the best new games is for you.

Best new games 2022

Best new games: Upcoming in 2022/23

best new games: A Hogwarts student buying their first wand

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Hogwarts Legacy

Back to witches and wizards and magical beasts

Reasons to buy

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Has the ptential to finally be a good Wizarding World game
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Attend classes, get sorted into a house, and complete lessons
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Available on PC and consoles

Reasons to avoid

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The Wizarding World itself has lost some of its charm over the years

Releasing on: Playstation 4 and 5, Xbox One Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch

Release date: 10 February 2023

If there is one thing every Potterhead has been aching for since they first cracked open Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, it's a decent RPG set on the sprawling grounds of everyone's favorite school.

Granted, the PS2 offerings were a good try for the time, and they focused on parts of the story the films left out. Still, it's quite astounding that it took this long for someone to attempt a current-gen Harry Potter game.

Hogwarts Legacy might be a decade late to the party, but we are more than excited for it anyway. Expect to spend a scary amount of time getting lost in this 1800s Potter-free RPG when it arrives in 2023.


best new games: Forspoken protagonist Fey looking at you, something magical hovering above her outstretched hand

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Forspoken

I feel it in my fingers

Reasons to buy

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Stunning graphics thanks to next-gen console gaming
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Promising blend of combat and storyline
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Something truly new from a big studio

Reasons to avoid

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PS5 and PC exclusive

Releasing on: PS5 and PC

Release date: 24 January 2023

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 she's been transported to.

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.


best new games: Starfield key art with an astronaut in a helmet and a woman with blond hair looking up

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Starfield

In a galaxy not too far away at all, really

Reasons to buy

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Stunningly scored
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Open-world space exploration RPG
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The first big RPG from Bethesda in a while

Reasons to avoid

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No Playstation release planned (thanks, Bethesda)

Releasing on: PC and Xbox Series X/S

Release date: First half of 2023 ( exact date 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 2022, Starfield has since been delayed into 2023 alongside Redfall into 2023. If it’s anything like Bethesda’s previous IPs, we’re in for one of the best new games, and stuff that'll be worth the wait.


best new games: Link from Zelda kneeling on a plateau, looking ahead

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The sequel we've been waiting years for

Reasons to buy

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Breath Of The Wild's much-anticipated sequel

Reasons to avoid

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Nintendo is staying silent on it

Releasing on: Nintendo Switch

Release date: 12 May 2023

We couldn’t leave out the game that won "Most Anticipated Nintendo Game" at E3 2021: the sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild has officially been announced.

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. 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 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 likely going to be one of the best new games of 2023.

Best new games: Released

best new games: Kratos and Atreus in Alfheim

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God of War Ragnarok

War is coming.

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful world with lots to collect
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Clever developments to combat
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Nuanced, emotive storytelling

Reasons to avoid

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Traveling between realms is slow

Available on: PS5

Released: 9 November 2022

Kratos and his son Atreus have just returned home, when they need to hit the road again. After all, their actions in the first game have potentially triggered the upcoming apocalypse, and the cruel Odin is hot on their heels

God of War Ragnarok is the longest God of War game yet, and it's more open than ever before. While many of the realms you can visit are familiar, they have changed, and Sony Santa Monica came up with plenty of new ways to travel and fight in them.

While the first game is now also one of the best PC games you can play, the sequel builds on it in a lot of meaningful ways. It still feels like God of War, and while some puzzles may have become a little easier and companions can be a little annoying, it feels great to return.


best new games Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Noah getting ready to attack

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3

A JRPG with real character

Reasons to buy

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Remarkably thoughtful and poignant story
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Fantastic evolution of the series’ combat
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Many characters you will want to meet

Reasons to avoid

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Some underdeveloped systems
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Camp quests are a bit clunky
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Tame environment design compared to other Xeno games

Available on: Switch

Released: 29 July 2022

We've called it: Xenoblade Chronicles is a step up for JRP storytelling. Some of you may sneer at this, after all JRPGs are known for having a story, for having high emotional stakes, but none of that means the story actually makes sense.

Xenoblade Chronicles is a series that keeps getting better, and while it may feel slightly overwhelming for new adopters, going on the journey is worth it. At a time where we have to wait quite a long time for the next installment in beloved JRPG franchises, such as Final Fantasy 16, and there is more House of Dragons than there is Dragon Quest, Xenoblade Chronicles is a great way to get your JRPG fix.

For genre lovers, this is without a doubt one of the best new games.


best new games: Bayonetta landing on her feet in front of a large monster

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Bayonetta 3

"If you want to know how to talk to a lady, ask your mum."

Reasons to buy

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Innovative changes to Bayonetta's powers during battle, allowing you to control demons
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Massive setpieces
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The same lovely quick combat

Reasons to avoid

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Wildly inconsistent framerate
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Long load times
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Occasional low quality textures

Available on: Switch

Release date: 28 October 2022

Fans of Bayonetta, the most stylish witch around, had to wait eight years for the next game. Thankfully, Bayonetta 3 delivers in everything that makes the series so memorable, from Bayonetta's quipping to her stylish acrobatics. 

Bayonetta 3 feels as good as the previous games, and while it doesn't reinvent the wheel, no one asked it to. However, fans of complex game stories will still have to look elsewhere.


best: a group of new games Overwatch heroes including Tracer and Mei

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Overwatch 2

Your latest obsession has arrived

Reasons to buy

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The same great co-op multplayer with some good tweaks
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New heroes and maps
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New modes

Reasons to avoid

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Some of the heroes take ages to unlock
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Stacked with microtransactions

Available on: PlayStation 4 and 5, Switch, Xbox One and X/S

Release date: 4 October 2022

The changes Overwatch 2 introduces may not be worth calling it an all-new game, but changing the game from 6v6 to 5v5 is significant, and new heroes, new nerfs and plenty of upcoming changes will make Overwatch 2 feel fresh, or at worst, like the game you already enjoy.

While having to wait for familiar heroes to return  can be annoying for fans, Overwatch 2 offers a fresh start to many who got lost in the shooter's big community. How it will all turn out in the long run, only time will tell.


best new games: A Lego Chewbacca and Lando in The Skywalker Saga

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Stuffed with adventure

Reasons to buy

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Fun for Star Wars fans of all ages
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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 and 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 – and one of the best new games of 2022.


best new games: three men in suits, weapons at the ready

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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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Not moddable

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.


best new games: a blue race car driving down a track

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Gran Turismo 7

The race continues

Reasons to buy

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Stunning graphics
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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.


best new games: facing a giant monster with a double-bladed weapon in 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. Elden Ring is one of FromSoftware's best yet, and one of the best new games you can play.

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). 


best new games: Aloy looking at the sunsetHorizon Forbidden West

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Aloy triumphantly returns

Reasons to buy

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A character-led story
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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 like it makes the most of the PS5 and, importantly, also captures smaller, more human details, too. If you enjoyed Zero Dawn, then you certainly won't be disappointed.


best new games: a man in a helmet swinging a self-made weapon at the player

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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

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 here for us.

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. 


best new games: trainer approaching a creature in 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.