2022 has been a decent year for games, with some notable and surprising releases stealing the spotlight. This includes some exceptional releases in the hack & slash genre. These games prioritize flashy and often combo-heavy battles over everything else, and that is precisely the reason why some are referred to as “glasses fighters”.
Contrary to popular belief, the genre isn’t dead after all these years, as some of the biggest titles came out in 2022. From indie releases to AAA heavy hitters, there’s something here for everyone.
Check out these 5 solid hack & slash games released in 2022
5) Lamb cult
Published by Devolver Digital and developed by indie studio Massive Monster, Cult of the Lamb is an interesting mix of roguelite and management game. After being saved by a mysterious deity, the possessed protagonist lamb must start a cult in the name.
What’s more alluring is the game’s combination of a cute cartoon art style with a dark theme. Players will go on short expeditions to defeat monsters and bosses in randomized dungeons and gather resources to grow their cult. New NPCs can be recruited and crafted to help maintain the community by worshiping, cleaning, and even making sacrifices.
Cult of the Lamb launched on August 11, 2022 and is available on PS4, XB1, PS5, XSX|S, Nintendo Switch and PC.
4) Warhammer 30K: Darktide
The brains behind both Vermintide games, developer Fatshark enters the Warhammer 40K realm of sci-fi with Darktide. Players can explore the Hive City of Tertium as a group of Inquisitorial agents and battle hordes of enemies in first-person melee combat. Unlike its fantasy equivalent, there is a greater focus on ranged combat with the inclusion of weapons. Since this is a co-op only experience, players must team up with at least one other friend to complete goals throughout each set piece.
Warhammer 40K: Darktide launched on November 30, 2022 for PC. The Xbox Series X|S version will arrive at a later date.
3) Bayonetta 3
The latest entry in PlatinumGames’ iconic character action series, Bayonetta 3 takes the franchise in a new direction. As the titular sassy witch, players can engage in a new story of saving the world, but this time it involves time travel and multiverse characters.
The core DMC-esque combat still remains, and new mechanics like Demon Slave and Demon Masquerade keep the combat fresh. Players can summon massive demons to destroy enemies with the former, while the latter allows them to harness these demonic powers to change form, thus diversifying Bayonetta’s moveset.
Bayonetta 3 was released on October 28, 2022, and is exclusively available on Nintendo Switch.
2) The god of war Ragnarok
To say the sequel to 2018’s God of War entry was a hit would be an understatement. God of War Ragnarok is a more polished version of 2018’s “cinematic” formula. Players will explore various Norse realms as they battle monsters and enemies true to folklore as they prepare for the impending doomsday. The combat does not see any overhaul, but it is smoother and faster than in the 2018 game. With new elements like grappling and playable Atreus segments, this is a great offering from Santa Monica Studio.
God of War Ragnarok is available on the PS4 and PS5 platforms. It was released on November 9, 2022.
1) The Fire Ring
The Game of the Year winner for The Game Awards 2022, FromSoftware’s latest action RPG is an unforgettable experience. Published by Bandai Namco, it streamlines the studio’s previous entries in the Soulsborne series into a cohesive open-world journey.
As the Tarnished, players must navigate through the Land Between and become the Elden Lord. This adventure is filled with danger, thanks to varied, surprising enemies and challenging bosses. Players can arm themselves with weapons, magic and more as they seek out all the secrets the large open sandbox hides.
Elden Ring was released on February 25, 2022 and is available for PS4, XB1, PS5, XSX|S and PC