And that marks the end of 2022, folks — well, approx! Apparently there’s still a few hours left, which means more time to try to whittle down that billing backlog. There have been so many games this year that it’s hard to know where to start, but reality check: 2023 is going to be even bigger. It’s time to take back control of your playlist before it’s too late.
Sammy Barker, editor
Spoilers for my unpublished personal picks, but Horizon Forbidden West is one of my favorite games of the year, so I really should spare a moment to wrap up the platinum trophy. Between this and games like JoJo’s whimsical adventure All Star Battle R, I have plenty to keep me busy during the New Year celebrations and beyond. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.
Robert Ramsey, Deputy Editor
i am still Playing through The Witcher 3 on PS5, but I’ll add a little variation to the schedule by challenging friends on Guilty Gear Strive. Nothing like a sweaty fighting game session to round out the year.
Stephen Telby, Associate Editor
I’m really enjoying my retro-tinged Christmas break, but I’m also wrapped up in it Pokemon Scarlet. Despite its shortcomings, I’m enjoying venturing into a fresh area and finding new vantage points for my team.
Liam Croft, Assistant Editor
The quest to shrink my backlog continues into the new year. Some of last weekend’s short games have been discontinued, so now I present Valkyrie Elysium and Sonic Frontiers. Wish me luck with the latter.
Aaron Bain, video editor
There’s a lot going on and a lot of it doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m moving forward with my Death Stranding playthrough this week! Maybe the story isn’t quite clicking with me yet, but I’ve never been so engaged with the mechanics of traversing this harsh landscape. Who knew crossing a river could be so fascinating? Oh, and Happy New Year!
Annette Magana, reviewer
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to start catching up on my backlog. However, I’ve been so inspired by Jamie’s Game of the Year retro list that I’ll postpone such a resolution a little longer to play the Klonoa Fantasy Reverie series.
Brett Posner-Ferdman, reviewer
Happy New Year everyone push square Readers out there! I’m going to bring in the new year by playing some easy-to-pick-up classics like Tekken 7 and Sonic Origins. And, if time permits, I’d love to continue my tunic journey!
Graham Banas, reviewer
Well, now that I’m done and dusted with Callisto Protocol, I don’t even know what I want to start next. Quarry, perhaps? I picked it up around Black Friday, and never even started it. Yeah, you know, I’m playing The Quarry. There’s no better way to bring in the New Year!
Jamie O’Neill, reviewer
My best Christmas present this year was the awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Kawabunga Collection, so I’ll be comparing the arcade to the SNES version of Turtles in Time, and enjoying the Mega Drive’s The Hyperstone Heist, long after new. . Year-round fireworks fade.
Ken Talbot, reviewer
I’m seeing off the new year navigating the social dynamics of meta humans in Marvel’s Midnight Suns.
Scott McCrae, reviewer
I’m going to end the year hanging with the midnight sun. Maybe I’ll use the extra days off to catch up on some of the games I missed this year, like Produce.
Simon Fitzgerald, reviewer
As the new year approaches I’m sure you’re all asking yourself, “Did I complete the 20 sports I promised myself I’d do this year?” Well today is your last day to accomplish that goal; So I’ll end the year by squeezing in The Pedestrian, a pleasant four-hour indie game that will leave me plenty of time to drink.
What games will help you start the new year? Pick your poison in the comments section below, and enjoy the festivities if you’re celebrating later today.
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