There were a lot of new PC game releases in 2022 that kept us busy, but there are games that were mentioned more often than others. Popularity aside, some of these games just feel better to play on PC than on mobile or consoles. Some titles are played exclusively on PC, something you should catch up on if you haven’t played them yet.
If your 2023 resolution is to play games you didn’t get the chance to, these are the best of last year’s bunch. From award winners and nominees to the most positively reviewed, here are the best PC games of 2022.
Nominated for Best Story, Best Game Direction and Best Performance in The Game Awards 2022, Immortality is a game perfect for cinephiles and horror fans alike. Following Immortality’s gameplay is a challenge in itself as it is a click-and-see game that has no set order. You will follow the career of an actress named Marissa Marcel, whose films were never released to the public. You are going to watch these films to get a glimpse of the truth behind these films and why they were left unfinished and unreleased.
9/10 Hitman 3
Hitman 3 graced PC in 2022, ending the Hitman trilogy. It won Steam’s VR Game of the Year award and is a great conclusion to the story of Agent 47. You may want to play the games before this to further appreciate the action, but it’s not necessary to enjoy this classic.
Travel from Dubai to Romania and beyond as you stealthily work as an assassin against Providence. If you’re not built for hack and slash and want a game that requires stealth to survive, Hitman 3 is critically acclaimed as the best stealth game of all time.
8/10 Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
If you want to explore the concrete jungle of New York while swinging around and fighting the bad guys with the iconic cyberattacks, then this game is your chance to live the dream of being Marvel’s Peter Parker. If you’re especially a big fan of Spidey, then Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is something you should make room for on your PC. It was made available on Steam in 2022 and is a good starting point for the next Spider-Man games that have also been made available on PC.
7/10 Total War: Warhammer 3
If you’re competitive, but not exactly in a way that makes you gun down enemies with your dexterous hands, you should play a turn-based real-time strategy game like Total War: Warhammer 3. Choose to start your campaigns in Kislev, a location reminiscent of medieval Russia, or the fabled empire of Grand Cathay full of serpentine creatures and much more. There is a lot of diversity in the kind of realm you can start in, from humans and gods to other mythical creatures. Exclusively a PC game, Total War: Warhammer 3 is something you should not pay tribute to if you love strategy games.
6/10 Ghostwire: Tokyo
Ghostwire: Tokyo is a good dose of modern meets paranormal adventure fighting game available on both PS5 and PC. Travel with Akito as he takes his sick sister back from the hands of the Hannya Man, whose goal is to bring death upon Tokyo to “liberate” souls from their bodies.
As Akito, you are empowered by a spirit that possesses your body and has the same goal of stopping the Hannya Man from causing more deaths. If you’re ready for a good fight with Japanese mythological creatures or want a game that can throw you into a philosophical conversation about life and death, Ghostwire: Tokyo can satisfy your needs.
5/10 Persona 5 Royal
After waiting for years, Persona 5 Royal is finally playable on PC, which is great news for all hardcore PC gamers. You have been tricked into playing Persona 5 Royal by your friends but couldn’t due to the platform limitations. You will soon realize that all these recommendations are based, even if the premise of a high school student who is seriously accused of a crime does not sound fascinating at first glance. All in all, Royal is a JRPG that casually makes real-world social commentary, and you’ll find yourself invested in a character exposed to the injustices of his society.
4/10 A Plague Tale: Requiem
Reject modernity and embrace tradition with A Plague Tale: Requiem as you protect your brother Hugo from a cruel and dark world armed with a slingshot. It’s Amicia and Hugo against most of the world’s forces. Nominated for the Game of the Year category in The Game Awards 2022, this game’s mechanics and heart-wrenching plot should be enough to get you on board and give it a try.
The only downside to this game is that it has a lot of rodents, so if you’re not ready to see entire cities drowned by rats, this might be a sore spot for you. But for the love of hope and family, this game is worth watching blasting bags of rats chase you down.
Stray is the award-winning indie game of the year for 2022, and it’s available on PC. You will finally know what it’s like to be a stray cat in a world devoid of humans, full of robots and mutant bacteria. This game is about a cat’s journey to the surface world with a robot companion. The fate of humanity in this world full of AI is unknown at the start, and it’s a question you’ll want to answer by the end of the story. Not only does this game have a unique mechanic since you play as a cat, but it also has many other easter eggs that refer to other games that you may be familiar with.
2/10 God of War
God of War was finally made available on Windows in 2022, and that’s a good reason to go back to God of War: Ragnarok’s previous installments. It’s also a great way to while away the time while you wait for Ragnarok, as it may take a while for it to come to PC. After taking revenge on the Greek gods, Kratos retreats to the Norse kingdom where he is once again forced to fight monsters and gods to survive together with his son Atreus. It’s a good flashback that will give you a ton of nostalgia, especially when you’re invested in the story of this father-son duo.
1/10 Fire Ring
We can’t end without Game of the Year 2022 winner Elden Ring (among the other winners from The Game Awards 2022). There’s a lot to love about this game, from the memes of being the virgin tanned to the open world you can explore in the Lands Between. Although it is notorious for having difficult enemies like many of the games published by the developer, the story and the challenge of becoming an Elder Lord may be what spurs you to play it.
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