As of the publication of this article, there are just under six months left before the end of the year. In this way, I would like to take advantage of this publication to take stock of what this first half of 2022 has been for me, in terms of video games, and what awaits us for the rest of the year. As I do every year, over the months I usually make a list of all the games that are coming out that I would like to play at some point, so we’ll break this text down by month.
January is the first month of the year, the month of re-entry after Christmas, the month of promises and, therefore, the month of disappointment. Which didn’t disappoint me this month was the first major release of the year for Nintendo Switch: Pokemon Legends Arceus. While not the most polished game on the console, it came at a perfect moment when, against all odds, it managed to surprise me and please me enough (Something positive even if it was mostly due to my lack of faith in the Game Freak project). Although as a concept, the open world of Pokémon has arrived afternoon, its implementation in this game was much more successful than in Sword and Shield. Likewise, the change in focus from fighting pocket creatures to capturing them to complete the Pokédex seems very successful to me. Despite the fact that this task is erected as the main objective of our adventure, after all, the main games have always ended up focusing on improving our team rather than covering encyclopedia entries.
There were several interesting releases in January outside of Pokémon Arceus Legends. God of War (2018) there Rise of the Monster Hunter they arrived at computer. Besides the pleasure windbreaker received a sequel on the 20th of this month.
As you can imagine before Arceus Legends release day, January 28, I had an entire month to play stuff. More than enough time to put aside the first installment of the series Danganronpaplay a survival world in Minecraft bedrock and finished Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. The last two, games that I totally recommend. Minecraft for its incredible ability to grab you and make you forget your worries for a while and Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne for its world and story that surprises you soon after you start a game.
February, March and April.
As happens to most students who wish to keep a certain part of their sleep schedule, during these months it can be said that I hardly touched the controls, at most an ephemeral game of The Binding of Isaac before entering class. Anyway, although my life as a gamer has been put on hiatus during these months, the video game industry has not rested during my absence, far from it.
In February, two of the main candidates emerged as favorites of the year on many people’s lists: Horizon Prohibited West on the 18th and the long awaited Elden Ring on the 25th. The two games that undoubtedly could win Game of the Year without too much hassle from being released in different years (although the winner between those two would end up being Elden Ring for the majority).
These two weren’t the only big releases of the month. King of Fighters XV there Dying Light 2: Stay Human They also came out in February. They surprised many and disappointed many, but the one who took the cake in terms of disappointing users this month was Square Enix with the expectations Kingdom Hearts Main Trilogy Released For Switchbut… in the cloud.
After February, despite what you might think, quality releases stopped, especially for nintendo switch. so many Triangle Strategy as Kirby and the Forgotten Land They were released exclusively for the hybrid console. If we look further, we find the launch of Stranger from Heaven: Final Fantasy Origin there Ghostwire Tokyobut who seemed to take the hearts of gamers this month were Tunic there The wonders of Tiny Tina. It is also worth mentioning the release of the basic version of Coromon (Coromon analysis of Drako1909)
With so many releases in February and March, one more April was to be expected. calm. Among the most remarkable, from my point of view, are Highway 96 (Analysis of the Txustra 96 road), Nintendo Switch Sports, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim for Nintendo Switch and the Sequel to Hello Neighbor.
After the hangover from the releases of the previous months, May finally gave us a break to play everything that had already been released in SOLO four months. However, and as I said before, instead of using my time to browse some of these featured releases, I decided to use my little spare time to play mana spark. A game that today is, if not the worst, one of the worst games I’ve played all year. I think it’s a game this the rest, bored and that with the number of best deals available in the rogue-like genre, it’s only worth playing by those who are extremely curious about the game or the genre it belongs to.
After the storm comes the calm. And in the same way, after the end of the work classes comes the break. For some this break means leading a contemplative life, for others it means celebrating. For me, that means playing everything that I haven’t played in the previous months. Anyway, with or without homework, my decision-making when choosing what to play is still quite reprehensible since as soon as I tasted the sweetness of the holidays I decided to play sonic the hedgehog 1 and 2. Two titles to which, to make me believe that I had not wasted two afternoons of my life, we also did an article in VidaoPantalla. For those who don’t want to read it, the conclusion is very simple: first bad Sonic, second bad Sonic, but much better than the first (Remember this is my opinion).
In order not to get a bad taste in my mouth, I decided to play the first game immediately. Super Mario Bros.. After that, I spent the Inazuma Eleven Go Chronostones: Thunder and finally I started one of the releases of this year of which I did not expect much, but as I play I am more and more convinced: Triangle strategy. Both its tactical component, such as how to level up, how to get new units, how to improve units and weapons, or the use and weight given to all the decisions we make (to inside and outside conversations) .
Speaking of releases, June was a really good month. Well in quantity, if we see the games I don’t think we can even approach the first months of the year. Among these outputs are Mario Strikers: Battle League Football, souldiers, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Monster Hunter Rise: Dawn of the Sun there Cuphead: the delicious last dish.
What awaits us in the rest of the year?
As for the second half of the year that we have left, I prefer not to give too many dates because, being the video game industry that we are talking about, it is possible that if we talk about all the games that are announced for 2022, surely a large part of them would disappear arrived in December (For example the case of Breath of the Wild 2). I will mainly talk about the Nintendo Switch because it is my only console. The rest of the year has very nice for all Nintendo Switch owners interested in RPGs.
In July we already have live alive, Digimon Survive (Like cross-platform) and crown jewel of the month (And maybe of the year) Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The most interesting Nintendo Switch exclusives are Splaton 3 in September, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope there Bayonet 3 in October and Pokemon Scarlet/Purple in November. I also look forward to the release of character 5 royale for Switch and Xbox in October (and the subsequent release of Persona 3 and 4) and NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Editing en Switch.
Also remember the release of God of War: Ragnarok exclusively for PS4 and PS5 on November 9 and just one day before the release of Skull & Bones. A month which on the one hand will probably offer one of the best games in recent history And on the other hand a video game with a less curious story.