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Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2022

by Game Informer Staff on Apr 11, 2022 at 11:31 AM
Introduction

It’s no secret that 2022 is off to a raucous start with multiple game of the year contenders hitting within the first couple of months of the year. Even with highly-rated hits like Elden Ring, Dying Light 2, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and Horizon Forbidden West building the foundation of exceptional games of the year, there’s a lot still yet to release. This list will be your guide to every gaming experience Game Informer considers a must-play in 2022, encompassing the best games you can play on platforms like PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC, among others.

Below you'll find a list of the top-scoring games of 2021, beginning with the top scorer and going down. Any game that scores between a 10 and an 8.5 makes the cut. Each entry also features a small blurb and a link to the full review. We'll update the list with eligible titles as the year progresses, so be sure to bookmark this page if you ever need recommendations on what to play next. Have fun!

10
10

Elden Ring

From Software's dark fantasy action RPG offers up an incredible, unforgettable adventure. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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9.75
9.75

Tunic

Tunic is a wonderous adventure replete with mystery, discovery, and heart. Read review

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:

9.5
9.5

Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Techland has crafted a monster of a sequel that is bigger and better in almost every way. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: February 4, 2022 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), TBA (Switch)

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

Gearbox's latest looter shooter is the studio's best effort yet. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:

9.25
9.25

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Endwalker caps off a story over a decade in the making in spectacular fashion and cements it as one of the series' best entries. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac
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Horizon Forbidden West

Zero Dawn was a great proof of concept, but Forbidden West shows Guerrilla Games still has plenty of thought-provoking and compelling places to take Aloy’s adventures. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4
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Norco

Norco feels like a precious relic from the Golden Age of point-and-click adventures, propped up by some of the best surrealist storytelling in recent memory. Read review

Platforms: PC
Release Date:

9
9

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

Bungie has crafted an excellent expansion, but it is squarely targeted at its most fervent players. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby's first 3D adventure is stellar, using a variety of abilities, locations, rewards, and new gimmicks to keep things fresh and exciting throughout. Read review

Platforms: Switch
Release Date:

8.75
8.75

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7 serves as a showcase for Polyphony Digital's love of automobile and racing culture, and delivers one of the best racing experiences on the market today. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4
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Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus charts an exciting new direction for the series, while still maintaining many of the core tenets that made Game Freak's franchise so beloved in the first place. Read review

Platforms: Switch
Release Date:

8.5
8.5

MLB The Show 22

Sony's yearly baseball game continues to perform well on the field and finds new ways to deliver excitement within the single-player and online spaces. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
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Weird West

This action RPG subverts expectations, twisting well-trodden cowboy tropes into dark fantasy vignettes brought to life by sandbox simulations. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Young Souls

Young Souls may not shatter the mold for beat 'em ups, but its well-designed combat and impressive presentation make it a stand-out. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC
Release Date: August 17, 2021 (Stadia), March 10, 2022 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

 

For more of our top reviews from recent years, head to the links below.