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 deputy editor Robert Ramsey.
Of course I've got a Gundam game on my list! Even being a massive fan of the seemingly eternal mecha franchise, I didn't quite know what to make of SD Gundam Battle Alliance when it was announced, but the release actually surpassed all expectations. This is a devilishly addictive action RPG where you grind through missions to unlock new playable suits and stat-boosting parts, and it absolutely consumed me for at least a few weeks. I still jump in every now and then, hunting down rare equipment alongside other distinctly hardcore players in the game's online co-op mode. Ultimately, it's just a brilliantly fun tribute to all things Gundam. Hopefully we get a sequel one day!
Yep, The Witcher 3's biggest fanboy is back to somehow squeeze it into another list, and I'm not sorry. At first, I wasn't going to put Complete Edition in my top five, but then I played it for review and I think it would be a crime not to include it. I've fallen in love with this genre-defining RPG all over again, and I'll almost certainly be running through the streets of Novigrad over the Christmas break. The bottom line here is that The Witcher 3 is still probably my favourite game of all time, and now it runs at 60 frames-per-second on a PlayStation console. An inevitability.
My Push Square colleagues are probably sick of hearing me bang on about Falcom's Trails series, but these Japanese RPGs now rank among my favourite franchises. People kept telling me that Trails from Zero was something special, and its long, long, long awaited Western release didn't disappoint. This is a fantastic title filled with charming characters and some of the best world building you'll find in modern gaming. I was already somewhat familiar with protagonist Lloyd Bannings and his buddies thanks to their cameos in the Cold Steel games, but it was a genuine pleasure to get to know them better in their own adventures in the city-state of Crossbell. Bring on Trails to Azure.
I wasn't even that bothered about God of War Ragnarok ahead of its release. I really enjoyed God of War 2018, but on a personal level, it certainly didn't blow me away like it did for many others. Its sequel, however, absolutely did. Ragnarok destroyed my expectations — a better game than its predecessor in every possible way. It seems to top itself with every new set piece or boss battle, and thinking about the sheer amount of work that must have went into this game makes me dizzy. We've come to expect greatness from PlayStation's exclusive blockbusters, but Ragnarok just might be the best of an incredibly impressive bunch.
Cyberpunk 2077's original release on PS4, in its borderline broken state, was the most disappointing game I've ever played — but almost two years later and the PS5 version is my Game of the Year. It doesn't have the dazzling polish of something like God of War Ragnarok, but the tale of V and Johnny Silverhand really struck a chord with me. I definitely wouldn't like to live there, but I adore Night City as a setting, and the overall tone of 2077 is spectacular. The mesmerising visuals, the utterly outstanding soundtrack, and the brutal combat — it's not without its flaws, but on a personal level, this open world RPG had an emotional impact on me like few other games ever have. Easily the most affecting and memorable slice of entertainment I consumed in 2022.
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