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Game of the year: Sammy’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 editor Sammy Barker’s turn.

I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of ​​”games within games”. That’s part of the appeal of series like Shenmue and Yakuza for me; I like the idea of ​​being able to deviate from the main story to have a completely different experience, before returning to the campaign when I’m ready. I get the sense that the team at Newcastle-based developer Nosebleed Interactive is cut from the same cloth as I am, and it elevates that concept to extraordinary levels with its tycoon-based minigame compilation Simulation Arcade Paradise.

Train Sim World 3

I really liked Train Sim World 3 to begin with, and then they added the Birmingham Cross-City Line as an expansion. Traveling on Class 323, with its iconic sci-fi style acceleration sounds, watching some of my local stations meticulously repeat on the PS5 proved to be a truly unique moment. Outside of that, though, I think Dovetail is really starting to get better at creating a complete package: TSW3 isn’t all that different from its predecessor, but the user interface improvements along with the addition of dynamic weather make it more immersive. make and get you to the good stuff sooner – which is, of course, driving trains.

Horizon Forbidden West

I’m not sure when or why public opinion changed so dramatically on Horizon Forbidden West, but I already feel the need to defend my decision to rank Aloy’s sophomore outing so highly. It’s strange because I thought Guerrilla delivered another great game. The combat is not tiring for me, and I enjoyed the strange and unexpected behaviors adopted by the Dutch developer. It’s an oddball adventure, and it potentially sets up an even weirder sequel. At its core, though, I still find its underlying concept, this strange and imaginative mix of tribes and sci-fi, absolutely fascinating. And, if anything, I think the sequel has a much stronger cast of characters than its predecessor.

Alden Ring

I’m sorry to predict, but I fear it will get worse. I must admit, my relationship with Elden Ring has soured over the years. There’s no denying that FromSoftware has delivered a landmark game here – a true titan of the open world genre. And yet, even though I’m ranking it second in my personal picks, I think the praise is a bit overblown. A weak final third and a lot of repetition made me cringe at times on the title, but I can’t ignore the unforgettable first 50 hours I spent in The Lands Between, and for that reason I have to tip my hat to this dark and terrifying horror. . Action RPG.

Ragnarok God of War

what else? I hate to break the metaphorical record, but God of War Ragnarok is good – like, really good. I think what underlines the game’s incredible achievements for me is that I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. Before release, I can’t say that any of the trailers particularly appealed to me, and I’ve never been interested in Norse lore. But the game won me over almost immediately with its exceptional polish and quality. It’s a brilliantly written, brilliantly designed experience, full of memorable moments and compelling combat that never tires during its unexpectedly long running time. This is why I love PlayStation the most.


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