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 staff writer Khayl Adam.
A remake of a stone-cold SRPG classic, Tactics Ogre: Reborn stands like a colossus over the genre, setting the gold standard for tactical turn-based combat when it was originally released and retaining that honour all these long years later. With an adult, complex tale of political intrigue, diverging story paths, and the choice of dozens of different classes with which to take to the battlefield, Tactics Ogre: Reborn is in a league entirely of its own.
Trails from Zero offers the kind of JRPG experience that reminds us why we fell in love with the genre in the first place. Featuring a charismatic cast of extremely likeable characters, an engaging and incredibly well-written narrative to get lost in, and a combat system a cut above the usual fare, Trails from Zero offers a lesser-known adventure that is well worth undertaking.
Mount & Blade: Banerlord is one of the most unique games on PlayStation, a strategic sandbox experience masquerading as a medieval life management sim. It boasts incredibly large-scale battles and the kind of RPG progression that will keep you coming back again and again, giving PlayStation fans a peek at the type of experience usually reserved for PC players alone.
God of War Ragnarok sets a new benchmark for cinematic gameplay experiences that, combined with the game's crunchy action combat system, makes Kratos's latest adventure one of the most unforgettable of the year. With a level of production virtually unrivalled even within Sony's vaunted suite of first-party studios, Ragnarok is a shiny new jewel in PlayStation's already-gaudy crown.
1. Elden Ring
Elden Ring is developer FromSoftware's magnum opus, representing more than a decade's worth of iteration on the same rock-solid core gameplay loop and system of interlocking mechanics. Haunting, beautiful, and completely enthralling, the gaming world ground to a halt when Elden Ring was released back in February and will live long in our collective consciousness as an open world epic without equals.
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