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- #13 Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong
- #12 Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals
- #11 New Tales From The Borderlands
- #10 The Lord of the Rings Gollum
- #9 Season
- #8 Open Roads
- #7 Life is Strange Remastered
- #6 The Quarry
- #5 A Plague Tale: Requiem
- #4 Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered
- #3 Horizon Forbidden West
- #2 Dying Light 2 Stay Human
- #1 God of War: Ragnarok
There are a ton of games available that don’t focus on a narrative to keep players progressing. However, if you’re someone that enjoys a story to keep you moving along, here are a few picks we think you should be checking out this year. This list is not necessarily ranked just yet. A lot of these games are not out yet, and ranked lists are always opinionated. Still, think of this as a collection of games coming out this year that might have a thrilling narrative campaign to keep your interest.
Disclaimer: Starfield, Hogwarts Legacy, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake were removed as they are no longer expected in 2022.
#13 Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong
- Developer: Big Bad Wolf Studio
- Publisher: Nacon
- Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, X/S, XBO, NS
- Release: May 19, 2022
The Vampire games that are out there right now are indeed varied, but in Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, you’ll have one that asks you to not just be the vampires, but to choose wisely about what you do with them, as it’ll affect the entire vampire society that you’re in.
In the game, you’ll play as three different vampires with three different stations in society. Through them, you’ll uncover clues, try to solve mysteries, and figure out who is trying to expose the vampires despite them being hidden for so long.
How you use the three’s special abilities and how you talk in conversations will affect you. So be mindful, and be prepared to reap what you sow.
#12 Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals
- Developer: Night School Studio
- Publisher: Netflix, MWM Interactive
- Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, NS
- Release: 2022
In the small town of Camena, something odd is going on. Mainly, a set of electromagnetic signals is coming from the town and blocking out all communication within the area.
As a result, Riley Poverly must be brave and return home to figure out what is going on in her home. But what she finds is much bigger, and much darker than she could’ve ever expected.
You’ll play as Riley and have her wade through the mystery, and along the way, every choice you make will determine both the future, and the options you have in the story. Choose to talk to and help everyone, or ignore them whenever you want just because you can.
And of course, use your radio to catch signals and talk with people…and the realm beyond…
#11 New Tales From The Borderlands
- Release date: October 21, 2022
- Developer: Gearbox Software
- Publisher: 2K Games
- Platform: Microsoft Windows
Guess what? There STILL ain’t no rest for the wicked! Because New Tales From The Borderlands is coming, and that means it’s time to get into the saddle of some very questionable characters.
In this case, you’ll play as three characters on the literal worst day of their lives. Their planet is being invaded, and they might be the only ones who can stop it! So…go team?
The new game will feature a five-part story that’ll bring in old friends and new faces as you embrace a very cinematic story. Furthermore, your choices will affect all the things that go down in the future. So be sure you understand the choices you make.
#10 The Lord of the Rings Gollum
- Developer: Daedalic Entertainment
- Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
- Platform: PC, PS5, PS4, XBO, X/S, NS
- Release: 2022
In both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the character of Gollum is vital, and yet, if you look at the texts…not all of his story has been revealed. Enter The Lord of the Rings Gollum, a story-driven adventure title that is meant to fill in the gaps and reveal even more how unique Gollum is.
You’ll journey to places like Mordor and the forests of Mirkwood in order to see Gollum’s journey, and along the way, you’ll see the split personality of the creature come out in part or in full depending on how you act.
Every action, every kill or decision will affect who is in charge, and thus how Gollum will act.
Be vicious, be sneaky…whatever it takes to escape…then search for your…Precious…
- Developer: Scavengers Studio
- Publisher: Scavengers Studio
- Platform: PC, PS5
- Release: NA
Season is an atmospheric adventure title from the same developers who brought out Darwin Project. In this game, players will be stepping into a female protagonist that’s curious as to why advancements to society have stopped. With tools such as a bicycle, tape recorder, and a camera, players will be going through a journey of not only capturing the world around them but studying to figure out what upcoming cataclysm event may pop up next. This should be a relaxing journey as you explore the open areas and meet interesting characters. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much about the game yet, and we’re not sure if it will make it into the marketplace before 2022 wraps up. With that said, if you enjoy casual adventure-style games, then this is one title you’ll want to keep tabs on.
#8 Open Roads
- Developer: Fullbright
- Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
- Platform: PS4, PS5, X/S, PC
- Release: 2022
Open Roads is an upcoming game that will take players on a mysterious adventure. Players follow a sixteen-year-old girl named Tess Devine as she embarks on a journey with her mother, Opal. After discovering a series of old cryptic notes and letters, the duo ends up venturing out into a slew of clues promising to hold family secrets and lost treasure. You’ll find that Open Roads also comes from Fullbright, the developers who delivered titles such as Gone Home and Tacoma. Both games were heavily focused on searching for clues and solving puzzles. If you happened to have played both of those games, that should give you insight into how Open Roads will play out when it launches into the marketplace later this year. If not, this game is all about discovery as you wander around the map to find clues and secrets pointing towards your next destination.
#7 Life is Strange Remastered
- Developer: Deck Nine
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Platform: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
- Release: February 1, 2022
Life is Strange was a brand new IP from Square Enix, while the initial game installment came from Dontnod Entertainment. Overall, the game follows a young female student named Max who ventures back to her old hometown of Arcadia Bay. Here, she was accepted to a prestigious school for photography classes. While rekindling her relationship with her old childhood best friend, Chloe, Max discovers she can rewind time.
Throughout the episodic journey, Max and Chloe go on a grand adventure to solve some of the town’s darkest secrets. Most of the game is based on exploration, dialogue, and optional choices that helps shape the rest of the narrative campaign. While the game was only released in 2015, a remastered edition is coming this year. This will bring out an overhaul to the visuals and animations. Likewise, the game will come packed with a remastered edition for Life is Strange: Before The Storm, a prequel to Life is Strange. While the first mainline installment followed Max, the prequel will give players a bit more background behind Chloe leading up to the first game.
#6 The Quarry
- Release date: June 10, 2022
- Developer: Supermassive Games
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows
- Publishers: 2K Sports, 2K Games
Horror games in the genre are not exactly what people picture at times. Mainly in that they try REALLY hard to go for scares and sometimes it fails. Also, the narrative is usually pretty fantastical. But in The Quarry, a more narrative-focused and low-key approach is taken for the most part.
You play as a set of teenagers who are camp counselors at a camp that they stay a bit too long at. This leads to a series of events that you help dictate and will feel the consequences of. Everything you do could have a life or death choice down the road. Who lives and who dies will be chosen by you whether you realize it or not.
But fear not, you can try and “undo” those deaths…if you do the right things of course.
#5 A Plague Tale: Requiem
- Developer: Asobo Studio
- Publisher: Focus Entertainment
- Platform: X/S, PC, NS, PS5
- Release: 2022
A Plague Tale: Innocence is a big hit and a thrilling adventure narrative. This was a medieval game where players followed two young children, a young girl named Amicia and her younger brother Hugo. Throughout the campaign, the children are being hunted down as it’s discovered Hugo has a blood curse that gives him the power to control the black plague. While the game had exciting ups and downs for the story, you’ll want to enjoy the game before starting Plague Tale: Requiem, as this game will pick up after the campaign’s events. Players will be diving into the game once again, following the siblings in hopes of curing Hugo from his curse. The only means to find a new home, the duo learns of an island that may hold the key to curing Hugo, but the journey will once again undoubtedly be a challenging one.
#4 Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
- Release date: August 12, 2022 PC
- Developers: Insomniac Games, Nixxes Software
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows
- Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Originally on the PS4, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is going to entertain a whole new crop of people when it comes out on PC soon. The reason for this is simple, the game is awesome, and was that way from the moment it arrived.
In it you’ll play as Peter Parker, who is trying his hardest to balance life as Peter and life as Spider-Man. But when a whole bunch of villains start to pop up in New York all at once, he’ll have to fight harder than ever before to make things happen and save the day.
Experience New York City like never before as you swing around a VERY accurate recreation and take on tasks big and small. All in a day’s work for the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
#3 Horizon Forbidden West
- Developer: Guerrilla Games
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Platform: PS4, PS5
- Release: February 18, 2022
Horizon Zero Dawn was a massive success for the PlayStation 4. Overall the game was throwing players into a new game set well into the future. Humanity had fallen, and it’s left the world dominated by massive mechanical beasts. Now fans of the original game can prepare for its sequel, Horizon Forbidden West. In this upcoming game, players step right back into the role of Aloy, where she now has a new threat to her tribe. A plague has struck the land, and it’s quickly killing all life. Players will be forced into venturing into the unknown lands of the west coast in search of the source for this plague.
Of course, Aloy will encounter new hostile mechanical beasts and hostile tribes along the way. Fortunately, the game is available right now. Unfortunately, Horizon Forbidden West is only on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 platforms right now. So, those on the PC platform might not receive the game. But there’s a chance we might see the game finally launched on PC in the coming years, much like the first installment.
#2 Dying Light 2 Stay Human
- Developer: Techland
- Publisher: Techland
- Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S, NS
- Release: February 4, 2022
If you enjoyed Dying Light, you’ve likely been waiting on its sequel, Dying Light 2 Stay Human. The game is actually a sequel that takes place decades after the original game’s events. Players will be diving into the game as a new protagonist, Aiden, where you’re trying to live in one of the last safe havens of the world. With a map several times larger than the first game, there is quite a bit of freedom to explore.
Overall, the game will have players interacting with the different factions that run the city while you’ll scavenge for items to craft different gear. Just like the first game, players will have to make use of the parkour system to maneuver around the city quickly. You can sprint, vault, and climb to get away from the hostile undead horde that the city is constantly trying to fight off. However, some sections might close off in the city. As mentioned, you’ll have to interact with the different factions and, depending on your actions, could cause a rift with one of the groups and completely alter the city.
#1 God of War: Ragnarok
- Release date: November 9, 2022
- Developer: Santa Monica Studio
- Genres: Action-adventure game, Fighting game, Hack and slash
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
The work of a God (and his boy) is never done.
God of War returned on the PS4 and change the game and narrative of the series forever, and now with God of War: Ragnarok, Kratos and Arteus are going to have their hands full as they do whatever they can to stop the end of days that is coming.
The Norse pantheon awaits you, and with it comes new challenges like Thor himself, as well as facing new threats like the monstrous Fenrir.
Will Kratos have to revert back to his old ways in order to stop the end of days? And how will Arteus grow in this new adventure? You’ll find out this November!