Every year brings with it new opportunities in life and work, new chances for happiness and failure, and new video game releases. Nowadays the choices can seem overwhelming – how do you know where to spend your hard-earned cash since every game is doing its best to sell itself as GOTY. Every year brings new smash hits that redefine the paradigm of ‘good game’, and every year brings glitchy wrecks and indie games no-one ever hears about. That’s why we here at GZone are taking the time to pick out the games that we’ve enjoyed the most over the past 12 months.
Here they are, in no particular order:
- Stray (PC, PS4, PS5)
Deceptively simple, this game of putting yourself in the paws of a loveable stray has captivated the hearts of players across the world.
- Elden Ring (PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X)
Quite possibly the most frustrating game since Dark Souls (and there’s a good reason for that), and a strong contender for GOTY, Elden Ring is both extremely punishing and rewarding if you can make the time commitment to a complete playthrough.
- God of War: Ragnarok (PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X)
A sequel to the wildly popular God of War, you return to the world of Kratos to resolve even more father-son issues, save the world and engage in deadly combat with a variety of lesser beings you can pulverise into oblivion.
- Bayonetta 3 (Nintendo Switch)
Being a twelve-foot tall gunslinging machine has never been as fun as it is in the third instalment. It has everything you’ve come to expect from the series, only more so.
- Disney: Dreamlight Valley (PC, MacOS, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X)
Imagine if you could take Animal Crossing and make it Disney? Well now you don’t have to because here it is.
- Rollerdome (PC, PS4 and PS5)
Tony Hawk meets Hitman in this trick and kill, skate and shoot hybrid game. Perform tricks to earn weapons and bullets, earn points by killing other players, and on and on and on.
- Cult of the Lamb (PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X)
One of the most unusual games we’ve looked at. This is basically Animal Crossing meets The Call of Cthulu and definitely not for fans of the former.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Nintendo Switch)
Critics have raved about this stellar conclusion to the Xenoblade trilogy, giving our heroes the endings they deserve. If you loved the first two releases, this is one you can’t afford to miss.
- Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (PC, MacOS, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X)
Your favourite office drone is back with shiny new content. While it may initially appear to be the exact same game as the one that dropped a decade ago, it only takes a little exploring to unlock this game-within-a-game.
- Sniper Elite 5 (PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, X-box 1-series, X-box X-series)
Step back into the army-issue boots of rogueish sniper assassin Karl Fairburne as you plot your way through the open-world sandbox of Normandy Beach, one dead Nazi at a time.
Well there you have it folks. Deal with it.