It’s time to present the best PS5 and PS4 games of 2022… according to the readers of Push Square! At the end of the year, we asked our community to vote for their favorite titles, based on a shortlist of 50 PlayStation games.
This year, the voting system is actually weighted according to user preferences, with a person’s number one play receiving more points than their second choice, then their third choice, and so on yet. Readers can vote for up to five games.
Below are the ten best games of 2022, as voted by our community. We’ve also included total votes, total points, and total vote percentage for each game.
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 287 votes, 724 points (2%)
9. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection – 339 votes, 734 points (2%)
8. Sifu- 325 votes, 746 points (2%)
7. A Plague Tale: Requiem – 461 votes, 1,216 points (3%)
6. The Last of Us: Part One – 577 votes, 1,507 points (4%)
5. Gran Turismo 7 – 583 votes, 1646 points (5%)
Many will say that Gran Turismo is back in full force in 2022 thanks to Gran Turismo 7. The long-awaited sequel to the mainline is a very polished racing sim, embellished with all kinds of details that only a developer like Polyphony Digital can give a damn on. A clear and unbridled appreciation for all things automotive is the driving force behind everything wonderful about the latest legendary series. It looks gorgeous, it handles like a dream, and it’s adept at overflowing with content. What more could you ask for in Gran Turismo?
4. Stray – 735 votes, 1803 points (5%)
Stray proved to be a smash hit when it was released straight to PS Plus this summer. This atmospheric exploration game is, of course, famous for the fact that you play as a cat – but there’s more to the plot and it’s obvious that a lot of effort went into building Stray’s dense and detailed world. Beautiful controls and an intriguing story push the experience further, until we have a refreshingly focused adventure that players of all ages can enjoy. A pleasure, as many of you seem to agree.
3. Elden Ring – 1,288 votes, 5,166 points (15%)
And this is where the point spread starts to become very clear. Let’s face it: 2022 has been a great year for gaming, but only a few titles seem to have really captured the hearts and minds of gamers. One of those games is, of course, Elden Ring. FromSoftware took its Souls formula and built an entire open world around it. The result is, by far, the most successful title entered by the Japanese developer, breaking sales records and garnering almost universal praise. For months, Elden Ring has been the talk of the town, and it’s easy to see why. A massive and highly attractive RPG that will be an all-time great.
Proving that open-world games aren’t going away anytime soon, many of you voted Horizon Forbidden West as the second best game of 2022. ‘Aloy actually ended up being buried by the aforementioned Elden. Sounds like talking about the game – but its features have certainly not been forgotten by PlayStation fans. Guerrilla Games once again shows its ability to deliver technical marvels, while expanding on everything Horizon Zero Dawn did well. More robot dinosaurs, more combat depth, more characters, more Aloy – another truly impressive effort from PlayStation Studios.
There seems to be doubt. Like Thor’s mighty hammer, God of War Ragnarok landed at the end of the year and swept everything away. God of War in 2018 is no an easy act to follow – but Ragnarok is arguably on another level. In terms of scope, it’s an almost staggering achievement as Kratos and Atreus travel through the Nine Realms, all meticulously crafted and filled with battles, puzzles, and secrets. Even among Sony’s heaviest hitters, Ragnarok feels like an absolute juggernaut. It’s no surprise that this incredible Norse tale ran away with the readers’ vote – an outstanding winner and a more than deserving game of the year.
What do you think of these top ten? Are there any surprises there? Which games do you think were missed? Just blame yourself in the comments section below.