Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2022. Today, it's the turn of reviewer Annette Magaña.
5. Elex II
Remember those PS2 “middleware” titles that looked and played awful, but somehow managed to not cross the line into being shovelware? Yeah, Elex II is one of those odd guilty pleasures I could not bring myself to stop playing. A weird sci-fi fantasy with forgettable characters. Not to mention, it's a clunky janky mess to play. Yet, I love it.
Honestly, I've never been a fan of mecha or stories told in a visual novel manner, but I wanted to experiment and venture out to new horizons. Enter Relayer. A strategy RPG with quite a complex customisation system that honestly triumphs over the rather weak story. I'm quite a sucker for games having good soundtracks, and composer Shuichiro Fukuhiro is able to integrate a bombastic, epic orchestra for this niche little game.
Come on, you play as a cat. What is there not to love? Stray didn’t rank a bit higher in my list just because I felt it was a bit too hand-holdy, and the ending was also a little unsatisfying. The game's nothing genre-ending, but it was short and sweet. If anything, I was able to spend time with my actual cat, playing as a cat, trying to find his cat family.
This one was quite a surprise. The only gripe that I had with Signalis is that it left me wanting more. While not necessarily scary, it did manage to combine the old-school charm of the original Resident Evil and the overall 90s horror experience. Challenging scenarios and puzzles make this relatively short game such a joy to experience.
Unfortunately, this one was lost amongst the sea of video games that were released too close to the more anticipated God of War Ragnarok. I had never played the original Tactics Ogre, but I'm glad I chose this one as my first experience with the game. It has everything I could ask of a strategy RPG. The story oozes political intrigue led by a colourful cast, both personality-wise and artistically. Better yet, I had incredible fun with its intricate combat, and it has been quite a while since I decided to lose myself in a video game for so many hours.
What do you think of Annette's personal Game of the Year picks? Feel free to agree wholeheartedly, or berate relentlessly in the comments section below.