Top 10 games of the first half of 2022

Six months have already passed, which means choices must be made to deliver our picks for the best games released in the first half of 2022. Now, more notable and outstanding games have been released, but we wanted this list to be more general and include a variety of genres and budgets. That way, there might be something for you here, whatever genre you like.

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Variable Barricade is a unique romantic comedy game in more ways than one, lifted from the PlayStation Vita visual novel sarcophagus with a very nice localization on the Nintendo Switch. It’s one of the few visual novels that features a fully voiced protagonist and delivers a very engaging and fun story thanks to its charming cast of characters. So that’s an easy recommendation we can give you if you’re looking for a change of pace and want to indulge in some comedic romantic shenanigans.

Anno: Mutationem

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If you give us a cute protagonist, a 2D-meets-3D cyberpunk world, and fast-paced combat, you can bet we’re going to love it. Anno: Mutationem puts players in control of Ann, who comes face to face with some pretty powerful villains. It’s a good thing that she can wield various weapons and take down anything that stands in her way. Other nice features include taking side jobs at the bar or just chatting with NPCs in town and understanding this world. So much work went into piecing together this wonderful experience that we had to have it on our list.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus

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The isekai anime genre has finally found its way into a Pokémon game in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Adventure in a unique setting with new systems can seem daunting, but Arceus rises to the challenge. This is a Pokémon adventure with a darker tone but a ton of cute Pokémon to catch. Sneaking through the grass to grab a Pokémon friend adds to the immersion as you search for powerful new boss-like encounters. It’s a unique adventure that works in an undeniably fun way. It’s also cool to see some of the systems implemented in the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, but which title will be better. Hmmm.

King of Fighters XV

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Fighting game fans had to wait patiently for this one, but when The King of Fighters XV launched, it was well worth it. This game seems to have it all, a full roster, new and beloved characters, a polished combat system, Mai Shiranui, and a ton of style. The development team isn’t done with this game either, as new characters and updates have been released with more on the horizon. So we can’t wait to see this entry evolve as it’s the one we’ve been coming back to since launch, only to get our asses kicked in online matches.

Ghostwire: Tokyo

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Ghostwire: Tokyo is everything you could want in an action horror game. It has suspense, challenging enemies, light puzzles, great environments, great characters, and the list goes on. Every moment of play encourages players to use their full arsenal to survive encounters. It’s hard not to get lost playing random side quests while rescuing lost souls. Many moments take skill and a bit of courage, but we couldn’t help but fall in love with killing ghosts on the streets of Tokyo.

Triangle Strategy

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Square Enix knows how to satisfy nostalgic nerds everywhere, as seen in the release of Triangle Strategy. While they could have just given us a Final Fantasy-Tactics-like adventure, they decided to do a bit more with a choice-based feature that affects the game’s story. Magic plays an important role in defensive and offensive strategies, and players can use the combat system to flank enemies and unleash multiple attacks on enemies. It’s a game worth your attention, but we still wish it had a better name.

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of Mysterious Dreams

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There is nothing more soothing than an exit from the Atelier. The laid-back nature of the game’s characters and presentation, however, can be deceiving, as Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of Mysterious Dream offers an emotional JRPG adventure on top of everything the series is known for. There’s so much innovation in this entry that makes it an enjoyable time for returning fans looking to reunite with old friends or new players just trying to hang out after getting their first taste of the Atelier series with Ryza workshop. This is a game that should appeal to all fans of cute characters and great adventures.

Stranger from Heaven: Final Fantasy Origin

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There is something very strange about the action RPG developed by Square Enix and Koei Tecmo, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. Still, the weirdest thing about the whole thing is how awesome it is. There’s something so satisfying about blasting your way through dungeons with your brethren and slicing through monsters. The chaos-killing over-the-top narrative becomes an engaging plot that begs you to complete the adventure, if only to see if Jack really has it in him. So no matter if you think it’s weird or not, this game is a must have.

AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative

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If you ever thought for a second that the mystery adventure genre was even close to death, you probably haven’t played AI: The Somnium Files. Well, if only to prove this case even more, developer Spike Chunsoft gave us AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative as a follow-up. Not only does this entry improve game mechanics for finding clues in people’s memories, but we also meet more characters who deliver one of the best narrative adventures we’ve played to date. Every moment of play is a true experience of what makes this genre so great, and we can only hope to see more from this series.

Ring of Elden

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Developer FromSoftware’s frustrating gameplay in Elden Ring has arrived and completely distracted our attention from everything else. This joint venture between the minds of Hidetaka Miyazaki and writer George RR Martin is a must-play for anyone looking for an authentic and challenging adventure. It seems the team pulled out all the stops to make this an unforgettable test of courage and determination to traverse this fantasy world. From huge enemies to annoying wolves, this game offers the ultimate satisfaction when finished, but it’s sad to go back to all the controllers you broke along the way.

And this is our list. Let us know which games made your top list this year in the comments below.