This year was supposed to be huge for PlayStation fans. Sony made a lot of huge promises ahead of 2021 as it looked to sell the new PS5s of the time with an incredible lineup of games. It sounded too good to be true – and it was. Very few big-priced games from Sony have arrived in time for the holidays this year, leaving PS5 owners with few exclusives to choose from.
That will change in 2022, if only because the games that were due to launch in 2021 are finally coming. Big hitters like Horizon forbidden to the west, God of War Ragnarok, and Gran Turismo 7 These are just a few of the games looking to make 2022 the best year to own a PlayStation.
Here are the PS5 games you can expect in what is shaping up to be a historic year for video games.
- Sifu (February 8)
- Horizon prohibited in the west (February 18)
- Ancient Ring (February 25)
- Gran Turismo 7 (March 4)
- Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin (March 18)
- Pardon (May 24)
- GhostWire: Tokyo (to be confirmed)
- God of War Ragnarok (to be confirmed)
- Oxenfree II: Lost Signals (to be confirmed)
- Wandering (to be confirmed)
Sifu (February 8)
Sony has stepped up its commitment to indie games in recent years, locking down great titles like Kena: Bridge of Spirits as console launch exclusives. This trend will continue until 2022, starting with Sifu. Developed by Sloclap, Sifu is a kung fu action game where players age a year every time they die. From the short time we spent playing a demo of the game, we are already convinced by the concept. Martial arts combat is fast-paced and punchy, making it an indie action game to watch for a busy month.
Horizon prohibited in the west (February 18)
Horizon forbidden to the west was supposed to be Sony’s big vacation release for the 2021 holidays, but it was eventually moved to February 2022. The initial announcement of the delay hurt, but now that date is fast approaching. The sequel to one of the best PS4 exclusives looks stunning. Battles against gigantic robots showcase a breathtaking sense of scale that draws on the strengths of its predecessors. The sequel also draws inspiration from a few design cues from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with more mobility options, which is always a welcome change.
Ancient Ring (February 25)
Listen to me carefully: Ancient ring is going to be the game of the year. Even as someone who hates Dark Souls style games, I was absolutely won over by the latest FromSoftware when I demonstrated it. The art direction of the game is impeccable and the combat is more forgiving thanks to additional building options. After a successful closed network test, it looks like FromSoftware is ready to deliver its best Souls-like game yet, which says a lot.
Gran Turismo 7 (March 4)
Forza Horizon 5 gave players a new appreciation for the racing genre in 2021, and Gran Turismo 7 could capitalize on this momentum. The legendary franchise returns in March with its flashiest entry yet, powered by the power of the PS5. The game is expected to include a campaign, return features like Brand Central, and new modes. And naturally, it will be full of brilliant digital cars for players to drive on a number of scenic tracks.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin (March 18)
Frankly, I don’t know if Stranger From Heaven: Final Fantasy Origin it’s going to be good. From what I’ve seen so far the game is full of “WTF” moments which give the impression that it will enter “so bad it’s good territory”. Sure, that’s a compliment backwards, but my hype for the game is real nonetheless. Final Fantasy is at its best when it comes to a big, sullen and goofy melodrama in the same breath. When I see a character yelling, “I’m here to kill chaos,” eight times in a trailer, I know I’m going to get exactly what I want from a Final Fantasy game.
Pardon (May 24)
sorry is very promising, although a awkward press event has tarnished its luster in recent weeks. Developped by Final Fantasy XV studio Luminous Productions, the open world game has a lot to offer. It features stunning visuals, seemingly complex magical combat, and a free-form traversal that allows players to soar above the world. Considering this is a brand new IP address, it could go either way, but it’s always nice to see studios like Square Enix take a bet with something new.
GhostWire: Tokyo (to be confirmed)
No matter how much GhostWire: Tokyo is that it will be an important game. This is likely the last Bethesda game we’ll see on a Sony console for some time, as the mysterious action game was supposed to be a PlayStation exclusive before Microsoft acquired the publishing giant. This agreement is honored here as it has been with Death loopSo this will hopefully be a strong goodbye to Bethesda on PlayStation. Edgy visuals, a mysterious story, and intriguing first-person magic promise to make this moment a scary good time.
God of War Ragnarok (to be confirmed)
I think no one realistically expected it God of War Ragnarok to land in 2021, no matter what Sony initially promised. Judging by the years 2018 God of the war, the sequel would be a huge undertaking requiring a lot of development time. This became especially evident when the game got its first trailer, teasing a gargantuan adventure that builds on the epic world of its predecessors. I’ll wait as long as Sony wants if that means I can fight Thor.
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals (to be confirmed)
Without beef was one of the best indie games of 2016. Atmospheric Narrative Adventure was notable for its dialogue system, which had more natural speaking characters that felt closer to real-life conversations. Until now, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals looks like a worthy follow-up that doubles down on what made the original such a gem. A first trailer teases an even spookier supernatural horror experience with gorgeous 2D landscapes.
Wandering (to be confirmed)
Wander is a video game that lets you play as a cat. If that didn’t sell you, I don’t know what else to say. Posted by Annapurna Interactive, the indie certainly looks like the cutest video game of 2022, to say the least. Players will travel around a city solving environmental puzzles and doing normal activities with cats, like scratching a sofa. With 2022 shaping up to be an eventful year full of intense battles, it will be nice to simply explore the world as a savvy street cat.
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