There are a lot of good video games coming our way in 2022. This list could get out of hand if I included everything I want to play by December 31 next year. So, I’m only going to focus on the titles I’m seriously itching to get my hands on. For me, there are three games I’m going to lose myself in from the day they release (or before, if I pre-order).
Ever since I pre-ordered Destiny 2 and the game massively let me down, I’ve had a rule against purchasing games before they release. However, I’m willing to break my no pre-ordering rule for these three titles. The list is in order from “I have no control over my hype levels for this game” to “I can go a day without thinking about this game, but you better not delay it to 2023.”
Coming in at number one is Lost Ark. I’ve been looking for an MMORPG to fulfill my gaming needs since I finished exploring every inch of Tyria numerous times in Guild Wars 2 and World of Warcraft lost its way in Shadowlands. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this isometric action MMORPG since I played the beta. Every day I watch Lost Ark videos on YouTube to satisfy my cravings. I’m constantly looking at the numerous classes and changing my mind about which one I’m going to main. Suffice it to say, I’m going to be creating a lot of characters.
I enjoy both PvE and PvP content in MMOs, and Lost Ark has an abundance of both. Plus, it has kept millions of players from South Korea, Japan, and Russia hooked for a few years. Incredibly, Lost Ark recently had its release date brought forward. So, I only need to find enough YouTube videos to watch until February 8.
I remember seeing the first Forspoken trailer (then called Project Athia) and thinking, “That game looks gorgeous.” I was immediately intrigued by the world and the character soaring across its landscape. Fast forward a year and a half and I’m more intrigued than ever to explore Athia as Frey Holland.
Forspoken is visually stunning. Frey’s combat abilities appear awesome, and her parkour skills look fun to use. Plus, the story of a New Yorker lost in a dying world full of magic and mystery sounds gripping. If that’s not enough, Forspoken is coming out of Square Enix. I’ve been a fan of the company’s work since I played Final Fantasy VIII. May 24, stick it in your calendar. It’s already in mine.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
I know most people are all hot and bothered about the upcoming Pokémon Trading Card Game Live. But as a kid, I was all about Yu-Gi-Oh. Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon were my icons of power, and Seto Kaiba was a total boss. So, when Konami announced Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel for PC, my inner child lost his mind. Okay, my outer adult lost his mind too.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is an official simulator for the analog TCG. It’s going to have over 10,000 cards available. Presumably, all the cards currently available in the TCG will be available in the digital version. The mystery right now is how you will acquire these cards. I have thousands of cards packed away in a cupboard. I sincerely hope I will be able to get them into the game somehow.
That concludes my Most Anticipated Games of 2022 list. As I mentioned up top, there are a bunch of other good video games I’m excited for in 2022. But the three above are the ones that, for me, have a little something special about them.
Elden Ring gets an honorable mention because I love a good Souls-like game, and this looks like it’s going to be a good one. If it doesn’t get delayed again, that is. Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons is another video game that I’ll definitely play in 2022. The only reason it isn’t on the main list is that my excitement for Lost Ark is off the charts.