John’s Most Anticipated Games of 2022

As great as 2021 was (and I think it was much better than some people give it credit for), 2022 is looking to be what the children call “a banger” of a year. There are so many amazing indies and incredible looking blockbusters coming in the next 12 months that barring too many delays (yeah, I know) this could be an all time great year. It’s hard to settle on just a few when it comes to picking my most anticipated games list, but it’s easy to know where to start.

Nothing else quite comes close to the level of hype and anticipation that surrounds Starfield, the next big game from legendary developer Todd Howard and Bethesda Game Studios (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout). In development since 2015, they’ve done a great job in the past year of drip feeding details and information about the game in such a way that will make it a very long wait until the game arrives on November 11th.

In the game you’ll create your own custom character who is a member of Constellation, a group of explorers who traverse the outer reaches of the solar system in the early 24th century in the aftermath of a bloody conflict known as The Colony Wars between the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective.

Described by Howard as “Skyrim in space”, we’ve had a peek at plenty of concept art to get an idea of the look of the game, and the latest trailer showed off the brand new game engine that Starfield will use (Creation Engine 2) which looked mighty impressive, but there’s still a whole lot to learn about this ambitious game. It’s the studios first new IP in 25 years and I cannot wait to see what kind of fresh ideas they come up with. Given their pedigree, it’s guaranteed to be one of the biggest game releases of the year.

I absolutely love the world of Harry Potter. I read all of the books and have seen the movies probably dozens of times. My entire family loves it and we’re planning a trip to the theme park later this year. In my mind this franchise stands tall alongside the likes of Star Wars or Lord of the Rings as one of the great fantasy series of all time. For as great as it is though, I don’t think it’s ever gotten the video game treatment that it deserves.

That will hopefully change this year with the release of Hogwarts Legacy from Avalanche Studios (Disney Infinity). This open world RPG vows to do the series justice by meticulously recreating Hogwarts school and the surrounding world and letting players create their own character in a story set in the late 19th century, a setting that should free up the storytellers to create a tale that stands on it’s own merits without Harry, Ron and Hermoine.

The Harry Potter franchise is one that means a great deal to a lot of people, but it’s been challenged in recent years by comments from it’s creator that have had fans debating if they are able to still enjoy the series. I think though that the true sign of strength of a fandom is when it is able to endure and doesn’t let anyone else tarnish or destroy something that means so much to them, even it’s own author.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a complete and absolute masterpiece. One of the best designed game worlds of all time which elevated an already beloved series to new heights and still stands as one of the greatest achievements in all of gaming. To try and create a sequel that lives up to those lofty expectations is one heck of a tall order, but if anyone is able to pull of such a feat, it would be Nintendo.

They’ve been fairly silent of details about the game (we don’t even know the title) and some are even wondering if it’s going to make their previously announced 2022 release, but Nintendo has always held their cards close to their chest and I think this summer we’ll get a full blown reveal followed by a Holiday release date.

The Switch is also getting a bit long in the tooth, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw this game be announced as a dual release between the Switch and whatever their next upgraded piece of hardware is, similar to how the original released on both the Switch and WiiU.

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