9 games from 2022 that promised nothing but delivered everything

Consult the list of TechAll with the 2022 games nobody doing anything, but they delivered it all and a little more. The selection takes into account the evaluation of specialized critics and the public, without specific clippings of platforms. To look:

? 8 games of 2022 that promised everything but let the audience down

Pentiment is a game set in the Middle Ages that combines mystery with a striking visual identity — Photo: Disclosure/Obdisian Entertainment

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Stray is a love letter to cat fans, as well as a cute adventure in a cyberpunk world.

The so-called “cat game”, which stole the show during the year, is the debut title from French studio BlueTwelve and puts the user in control of a feline in a cyberpunk setting. Activities like dropping things, scratching carpets, jumping into tight spaces and even meowing become prominent features in Stray’s offbeat adventure.

The sci-fi journey takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where robots have taken the place of humans and are trapped in an underground city. Learn more about this world as you control the cute orange kitten on a mission to return to the surface and reunite with his family. Stray’s cyberpunk look delights and the cutscenes quietly tell the story. The game is available for PC, PlayStation 5 (PS5) and PlayStation 4 (PS4).

Phobia – St Dinfna Hotel is the Brazilian representative of the list, set in a hotel in Santa Catarina — Photo: Play/Steam

Inspired by games like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and Outlast, Phobia – St. Dinfna Hotel was developed by Brazilian studio Pulsatrix. The game takes place in Treze Trilhas, a village in Santa Catarina that houses a hotel surrounded by frightening mysteries, such as disappearances, strange apparitions, and cults. The player takes control of Roberto Lopes, a journalist who is invited to visit the hotel and ends up diving into this first-person horror storyline.

With intuitive gameplay, the title focuses on solving puzzles and each step is essential in the investigation and fight against the monsters that roam the corridors of the hotel. The provocative plot and this mix of elements put it on the surprise list of the year. Phobia – S. Dinphna Hotel is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

The tunic is largely inspired by The Legend of Zelda series and offers a good opportunity for anyone who enjoys this type of adventure — Photo: Disclosure/Nintendo

Another pleasant surprise for 2022, Tunic is an isometric game inspired by classics like The Legend of Zelda franchise. In the game, the player will guide the fox Foks through a mysterious island full of monsters and adventures in a nostalgic tribute to the classics of the Nintendo franchise. Tunic is intuitive without losing complexity and requires constant attention from the player, as everything is written in a coded language. The game is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Animal Crossing DNA with a devilish twist sums up Cult of The Lamb. The plot of the game begins when an innocent little lamb is captured by a cult to be sacrificed in the name of a deity. However, he is resurrected by an entity called He Who Waits for him, who offers him the opportunity to take revenge in exchange for a favor: to found a cult that worships his name after him. From that moment on, the lamb’s mission becomes to manage the cult to strengthen itself, take revenge and free the One who waits.

In Cult of The Lamb, players lead a cult of worshipers and grow stronger with their beliefs — Photo: Playback/PlayStation Store

The game mixes management with roguelike mechanics, with both phases well defined. The lamb’s routine is to go on crusades in search of materials to strengthen the cult, which is done in runs procedurally generated. Interaction with followers in rituals and cult growth is done in a management game model.

If the flock is fine, the lamb gets physically stronger. But if their faith wanes, there is a risk of disease, conflict and starvation. All this in an aesthetic that mixes the cute and the dark, which made the Devolver Digital game stand out. Cult of The Lamb is available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Multiversus allows players to battle with different Warner Bros characters — Photo: Disclosure / Warner Play

Multiversus is a free platform fighting game that brings together characters from different Warner Bros universes, such as Wonder Woman, Bugs Bunny and Steven Universe. Each fighter has eight moves, plus aerial variations. Like the classics of the genre, the game uses percentage indicators to display player damage.

The matches can be played 1v1, 2v2 or each for themselves in four-person duels. The highlight of Multiversus goes to team gameplay, where characters have powers that can combine with those of their companions. The title has gained notoriety for its charisma in unusual situations, as well as having fun gameplay. The game is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

In Pentiment, it will be necessary to use all the investigative resources to find out who the killer is — Photo: Disclosure / Xbox

Set in 16th-century Germany, Pentiment is a whodunit that delves into the history of religion and medieval art and is supported by dialogue. The game, produced by Obsidian Entertainment, begins with a murder and the player has to command illustrator Andreas Maler in his search for the truth. The unique graphics and narrative intrigues place the title among the biggest surprises of the year, even just one month after its release.

Players will be at the center of the investigation, making the decisions that guide Maler’s investigation. But it’s worth mentioning that the promise of the game is that you may never know who the killer is, although you’ll soon find out who will be punished for the crimes. Pentiment is available for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Sifu has the player race against time in a hunt for revenge — Photo: Playback/PlayStation

Another amazing game of 2022 is the fighting game Sifu. In the story, the death of his father awakens a desire for revenge in a kung fu student. With this storyline it is already clear that the game promises a lot of fighting, but also shines with its precise gameplay and high difficulty.

Also, with each kill, the fighter becomes older again, which increases his strength, but decreases his ability to take damage. Therefore, the more the player dies, the more difficult it is to complete the journey of revenge. Sifu is available for PC, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch. In the future the game will also win versions for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Neon White is a fast-paced FPS where players must hunt down demons — Photo: Disclosure/Annapurna

Neon White mixes FPS, racing game and illustrated story. The game puts the player in the role of White, a sinner, in the bubble of purgatory in search of access to heaven. The environment is surrounded by demons but the main character is tough in fights. The real villain of the game is time, as in order to progress through the storyline, you need to complete each stage in the shortest amount of time.

The proposition practically turns the player into a sprinter, as well as being very dynamic with access to new paths and also cards – which serve as weapons in this game. The formula seems old-fashioned, but the simplistic and innovative gameplay makes the title one of the surprises of the year. Neon White is available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS5 and PS4.

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Shredder’s Revenge awakens nostalgia in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans — Photo: Disclosure/Nintendo

Revisiting the classics isn’t always a recipe for success, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge manages to pay tribute to the golden age of arcades and the nostalgic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe in the sewers and streets of York. In addition to the Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael quartet, it is possible to play with April O’Neill, Casey Jones and Splinter. Each character has a unique play style.

The colored pixel party is accompanied by doses of humor, good soundtrack, detailed scenarios, as well as modern and simple gameplay so that anyone can venture on. The combat system is fast-paced and enjoyable, with a wide variety of stages and enemies, forcing the player to look for different approaches. Shredder’s Revenge is the best TMNT game since the arcade era and is available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One.

With information from chalgyr, DestructoidDigital Trends (1 and Two), online empire, evasive, Squire, Games hubIGN (1and Two), nintendolife, The Guardian, vulture, Washington Post and What a culture

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