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 John Cal McCormick.
I really enjoyed my time with Cult of the Lamb. I 8/10 enjoyed it according to my review. It’s grisly, and dark, and bloody, and I named my cat friends in the game after my real life cats and then they died in horrible ways and it made me sad. That one’s on me though. I really should have seen that coming. Name your followers after people you don’t like. That’s my advice. I should have named them after people who wronged me, like that kid that bit me during a football game back in ’89. Yeah, you. Timothy. You son of a--
I liked Ragnarok a lot but I’m not as hot on it as a lot of people - especially other reviewers, it seems, given the staggering Metacritic score. I think the combat is great and some of the characters are fantastic – Odin, Thor, and Freya, in particular – but when it was all wrapped up I was left feeling more like “oh, it’s over” than anything else. Still, the bosses are much improved from the previous game and the highs generally are higher than that game, too, even if there are more lows. I don’t know. It’s good.
Oh look, it’s PlayStation’s answer to a question that nobody asked. £70 for a remake that’s not even a full remake of a game that’s not even ten years old and has already been remastered once? Yeah, we all moaned about it. But then like millions of other idiots I bought it anyway and it was fantastic. Did I want it? No. Did I need it? No. Did I pay £70 for it and thoroughly enjoy every second of it? Yes, I did. What can I say? It’s just a great game and now it’s even better than it was before. Totally unnecessary but brilliant all the same.
Horizon often seems like the red-haired step-child of the PlayStation family. People are really sleeping on it or dunking on it, perhaps because it’s just another ticky-box open world game or perhaps because Aloy actually has red hair. Maybe they should have sold out and made her blonde. Anyway, this game is, for me, one of the best ever PlayStation first party titles. The robot dinosaur battles are fantastic, the game is utterly beautiful, I really like Aloy as a character, and the story in this one is so wild that it actually made me laugh out loud at one point from the sheer audacity of where the narrative goes. Love it.
1. Elden Ring
Yeah, I know. But sometimes you just have to face facts. Elden Ring is one of the easiest 10/10s I’ve ever played. It’s a game that feels special from the opening moments and the map just keeps getting bigger and the secrets more rewarding and the boss encounters more thrilling. It’s awesome, in the literal sense of the word. It’s a game that inspires genuine wonder, repeatedly, for dozens of hours. I’m thinking of starting it again right now, and I already beat it twice this year. In any year this game would be in the conversation for Game of the Year, and in a lot of them it would win. An all time great.
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