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Game of the year: Annette’s top 5 PS5, PS4 games of 2022

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Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2022. Today, it’s reviewer Annette Magana’s turn.

Remember those PS2 “middleware” titles that looked and played terrible, but somehow managed not to cross the line into shovelware? Yes, Alex II is one of those weird guilty pleasures that I couldn’t bring myself to stop playing. A weird science fiction with forgettable characters. Not to mention, it’s a clunky janky mess to play. Still, I like it.

relay

Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of stories or stories told in a visual novel, but I wanted to experiment and venture into new horizons. Enter the relay. A strategy RPG with a fairly complex customization system that honestly wins over a weak story. I’m quite fond of games with good soundtracks, and composer Shuichiro Fukuhiro is able to integrate a bombastic, epic orchestra for this particular little game.

wander off

Come on, you play as a cat. What’s not to love? Stray didn’t rank a bit higher on my list because I felt it was a bit too hand-held, and the ending was also a bit unsatisfying. The game is nothing genre-defying, but it was short and sweet. If anything, I was able to spend time with my real cat, playing as a cat, trying to find her cat family.

Signalis

It was quite a surprise. My only gripe with Signalis is that it left me wanting more. While it’s not necessarily horror, it manages to combine the old-school charm of the original Resident Evil with a 90s horror experience. Challenging scenes and puzzles make this relatively short game such a joy to experience.

Strategy Ogre Reborn

Unfortunately, it was lost in the sea of ​​video games that were released very close to the more anticipated God of War Ragnarok. I never played the original Tactics Ogre, but I’m glad I chose it as my first experience with the game. It has everything I could ask for in a strategy RPG. The story depicts political intrigue led by a colorful cast, both personality-wise and artistically. Even better, I had incredible fun with its complex combat, and it’s been a long time since I’ve decided to lose myself in a video game for several hours.


What do you think of Annette’s personal game of the year picks? Feel free to agree wholeheartedly, or be wildly hesitant in the comments section below.

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