Jamie’s 5 Best PS5 and PS4 Games of 2022

Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our wonderful team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2022. Today’s retro reviewer Jamie O’Neill .

I was looking for a surprise comparable to last year’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, so I also considered Need for Speed ​​​​​​​​Unbound in this search, but Sonic Frontiers turned out to be my favorite gaming surprise of 2022. Open Structure Zone expands the verticality lane , while the game maintains an element of traditional 3D Sonic in its Cyber​​​​Space stages. It reminded me of 2019’s Shenmue III, filling a void and allowing hope to live on in a classic SEGA franchise. While the future will likely see Sonic Frontiers as a stepping stone in the evolution of Sonic games, I’m still glad that Sonic Team succeeded in using creativity and innovation to diversify the 3D Sonic formula. .

The Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium Bundle is a more suitable selection of arcade games, but at £32.99 for 32 titles, it retains a similar sense of value to the classic Capcom Arcade Stadium. These unique games evoked a more special sense of nostalgia, as Knights of the Round filled my fantasy brawl solution, Eco Fighters provided a brightly colored shmup, and Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors reminded me of the mid-century student union bar. 1990s. There are so many amazing retro collections in 2022, but there’s something about Capcom’s pixel art and chiptunes that makes Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium the perfect way to spend my weekends. father in seaside arcades such as Ffrith Beach, New Brighton and Southport through the 1980s and 1990s.

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series

I knew I would enjoy the Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series release, just based on how much I enjoyed Klonoa on PS1 and PS2 in the first place. Sometimes I feel Klonoa can be dismissed as too cartoonish, but where many games use 2.5D visuals to dynamically rotate background graphics along a 2D game plane – Cotton Fantasy is an example of this from 2022 – The Klonoa’s stages are built in a 2.5D way platformers wrap around paths to create intricate platforming routes. This is demonstrated in the task of freeing all the residents of Phantomile, as discovering the location of the bubbles and figuring out how to pop them is cleverly integrated into the twist stage design.

Elden's ring

In February, it was great to talk about my Elden Ring progress with my cousin and my friend, even though I sometimes feel bad about playing Elden Ring, because their Soulsborne experience allows them to evolve into a better one. At first, I ignored Grace’s advice, so even before entering Stormveil Castle, I traveled from Limgrave around its magnificent fortress to Liurnia. I also found a way to transport myself to the Caelid, and spent hours exploring all three of these places, even before I encountered Godrick the Grafted. Again, FromSoftware designed Elden Ring to be accessible in this way, and I’ve enjoyed a similar approach to exploring story progression for a while now in games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as well.

Revenge of the TMNT Shredder

There was one time I was playing six players online – intending to complete the Arcade mode on the hardest Gnarly difficulty in a single two-hour session, as the sprites multiplied on the screen – when I realized I didn’t just love Tribute. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Games: Shredder’s Revenge, I like it as my favorite game of 2022. The trophy is called ‘Just Like the Good Old Days!’ and the experience perfectly captures memories of skateboarding around the Southport arcades in awe when they first saw the original TMNT coin-op in 1989. Following that, I would also get Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection as a cowa-bonus gift this Christmas.


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