OK, so we’ve already come across games coming in 2022 that we might be giving a chance, but what about the games we’re talking about? actually Can’t wait to play?

Well, in this second part of the feature, we are going to explore the same topic. It’s clear that most of the games that easily end up on this list have been pushed back to 2023. That said, among the precious few who have (so far) stuck with their games 2022 Guns, and with a pair of your under-the-radar, sleeper hit contenders still to come, this year really won’t be all that terrible when all is said and done.

As mentioned in the first part, this is obviously not an objective list; It just reflects my own choices. The two sets of games can easily be reversed if someone else is in charge, and it’s easy to do in our current 2022, which would have been half the games we thought we’d actually be playing.

Anyway, on to the rest of the most anticipated games of 2022, in order of release.

Why yes, this is my jam.

Midnight Fight Express

Midnight Fight Express is one of those games that can sell me on it without really trying. It’s a modern brawler in a sense, where you go around town killing goons. On its own, that would be enough, but what draws me in is the mesmerizing flow of animation and how the characters interact with their environment.

You can grab objects, beat people with them. Or grab people by themselves, throwing them into other people or onto walls and desks. Yes, it’s that kind of game. That fluidity makes for some really good GIFs, which is what you really need to sell a game these days – just look at the cat game.

But that might all just be for show, which is why I was so happy when I played the demo, because Midnight Fight Express looks like it plays in those fancy GIFs. It’s particularly easy to get into, with several difficulty options that shorten the time between button presses and cool shit.

I’m all for demanding, system-heavy fighters – for example, I’ve enjoyed my time with Sifu. But sometimes I like to relax even while killing virtual people. I’ll also say that the hard difficulty of the demo was a little too easy, but that’s something that will evolve all the way to launch.

Looks great, but I need to see more.

Bad West

Sometimes they pay for simple pleasures. Evil West is a third-person shooter about a cowboy who hunts vampires. He holds a gauntlet in his right hand, powered by lightning, which he uses to strike and shock demons.

He’s also got some wild-west-era rifles, and so the gameplay is a mix of stylish shooting, swinging the hammer, before bashing idiots against walls, exploding barrels and environmental hazards conveniently placed around you.

Evil West is a new game from Flying Wild Hog, who know a thing or two about making satisfying shooters. From a few minutes of gameplay, Evil West seems to have a kind of old-school approach to its level design. It looks like you’ll be fighting enemies in confined, Doom-style arenas instead of naturally running around in the world.

It’s certainly fine. What really matters here is how long the combo of shooting, slow-motion and electrified gauntlet slams remains fun, and whether the skill tree provides meaningful upgrades and more inventive ways to use violence.

It should at least be decent, right?

Gotham Knights

See, it’s easy to dunk on WB Games Montreal’s work. It’s the redheaded stepchild of the WB family; If the B team you work with for a sequel or spin-off doesn’t get asked for a year, your A team works hard to make the next big thing.

But I actually really liked Batman: Arkham Origins. Sure, it wasn’t the best of them, but it was a fun Batman action game, had a nice twist hidden in its story, and had a rare setting of chilly Gotham, which was cool.

I’m willing to give Gotham Knights the benefit of the doubt, even if that game somehow gets worse every time it’s shown. The graphics look fine, and the action is on par with what you’d expect from that game, even if Batman’s battles are a bit long at this point. But there is no spark in it; You can show up and count the days until you can do or see yourself.

And framerate, why is it always dropping crazy frames in those approved, carefully edited gameplay clips? This is not good at all. And yet, I’m still holding out hope that this will be a good action game, even if it’s struggling to wow us right now.

Apart from that, co-op enhances our understanding of the quality of the game and Gotham Knights has done this.

Call of Duty: The Call of Duty.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

What would a year be without a new Call of Duty? I guess we’ll find out in 2023. Yes, Call of Duty is a stale and often predictable franchise, but it’s also one of the most popular AAA shooters in the business.

I really liked Modern Warfare 2019, although I was disappointed by how closely it stuck to the formula, pushing and overhauling almost every part of my make-up.

Modern Warfare 2 has the advantage of being the follow-up to one of the most revolutionary Call of Duty games in history. A lot can change with Infinity Ward, and a lot will stick to its guns. The point is: there’s not as much risk as the first game, which generally means – at the very least – we’re getting a more polished, expanded version of the game that’s more confident about which parts worked.

There’s talk of a reimagined Ground War and rumors of a Tarkov-lite extraction royale mode. There is also going to be a whole new Warzone that can actually play like BR and not like COD multiplayer in a big map.

All of these ideas are exciting, perhaps even more so now than when I finally got my hands on the game, such is my experience with Call of Duty. That’s why when I saw that single-player gameplay trailer, some of the hype went down.

It looked as good as Modern Warfare 2019. The animations remain sublime and the sound is exactly what you want. But the gameplay seemed so Xbox 360-era, dated in every way but its presentation. More than that, it signals a change in tone and direction from the 2019 game.

Say what you will about his struggles, but the reboot had one character that stood out from other Call of Duty games. Modern Warfare 2, at least from what we’ve seen so far, looks a lot like Call of Duty: The Call of Duty.

I hope Infinity Ward has some tricks up its sleeve for multiplayer, which is ultimately going to be a long-term focus. Because if the sequel to Modern Warfare 2019 turns out to be a good shooter, it will be a real nuisance that is interesting only because of its lineage.

The only game capable of interrupting Alden Ring’s career.

Ragnarok God of War

Here it is, everyone. I can’t wait to play it more than anything else that comes out between now and the end of this year. If every game on this list was delayed and I just got God of War Ragnarok, I’d be happy.

Seemingly against all odds, Sony Santa Monica stuck to the plan and announced a November release date, making it the biggest game of the fall.

I’ve played all the God of War games, except the handhelds, and I’ve loved them all. I ended up rebooting twice, once on PS4 and another time when the game came out on PC. I want to see where the story goes, but I’m a little less excited about the gameplay.

For one thing, we have no idea how different or similar the design of Ragnarok will be compared to the 2018 game. Sony only released a few precious minutes of gameplay, and it looks like the camera is as close to Kratos’ back as it’s ever been in the reboot. This was my main problem with the mechanics of that game, and I hope it can at least be mitigated by enemy design or movement abilities.

I’m willing to skip that, of course, and focus on the narrative, especially since I’m expecting a 60fps framerate on the PS5. That doesn’t mean I won’t have fun with combat, I just want enough new ones in there.

I wanted to play this in the summer, yikes!

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Fatshark has proven time and again that it does one thing very well, and that is making satisfying (usually melee-based) first-person co-op games. To cut to the chase: What if Left 4 Dead but Riot?

The two Vermintide games are proof of this, and their longevity after launch without falling into the trap of modern advancements is a testament to how replayable these games are. The third Vermintide was enough to get me in, but Fatshark did something else.

The team decided to set their new game thousands of years into Warhammer’s future, which means: guns. Melee weapons are still in use, of course, and most of the gameplay shown so far has typically consisted of a mix of melee and ranged combat, but this time around firearms are your main tool.

Making satisfactory shooting mechanics is difficult. If you’re a slob like me with a certain understanding of style details, you’ll have opinions about every little thing.

However, I can only judge what I have played and I have yet to play Darktide. But, from everything I’ve seen, this looks like a solid sequel that pushes things forward for Fatshark. Even if it was just a melee game in a different setting I’d be down.

The only problem is that I was looking forward to playing Darktide in September, but it’s delayed until the end of November, which means it’ll be forced to share the month with several other heavy-hitters. Anyway, by then it’s too late as you’ve finished God of War and the like.

Not-Dead Space looks sharp.

Callisto Protocol

Tell me you’re going to delay your game without telling me. If something communicates a triple-A game’s release date in the first/second week of December, that’s a strong indication that it probably won’t be ready this year.

Unless you want a Cyberpunk 2077 scenario, and I don’t think anyone does – except maybe EA – you’d probably make the right decision to push it to Q1 of 2023.

This is not actually a comment about the quality of the Callisto protocol. What little gameplay we’ve seen looks fantastic; A true spiritual successor to Dead Space. But there is not much to go on here. We don’t know if the game will lean more towards action or survival horror, for example. Striking Distance didn’t say much about the structure of the game or its mechanics.

There’s plenty of time between now and December to get most of our questions answered, and there’s still a chance the Callisto protocol will be released on December 2nd. And be a good, beautiful game.

But I’m willing to bet it will be pushed back.

Feel free to draw your own conclusions about the games yet to come in 2022 that you’re excited about, and maybe even create your own list with the help of our super friendly 2022 game release dates.