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Fall 2022 Games Preview: God of War Ragnarok, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and more

Fall 2022 Games Preview: God of War Ragnarok, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and more
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Fall 2022 Games Preview: God of War Ragnarok, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and more

Right now, we are in the midst of a summer game drought. But in just a few weeks, the fall gaming season will kick off. As in other years, the period between September and November 2022 is when publishers will release some of the biggest games of the year, particularly new entries in long-running series. This year we’re getting a new Overwatch, a new Bayonetta, a new Call of Duty, a new God of War, and a new Pokemon, or maybe two new Pokemon, if you count the Scarlet and Violet editions separately.

Some high-profile original titles are also coming out, including a new comedy title from Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland, as well as Ubisoft’s long-awaited pirate game Skull & Bones. While we can’t promise that every one of these games will be a huge hit, we can promise that the drought of big-budget games is about to come to an end. Also note that we are playing a bit fast and loose with the “fall” season, but the bottom line is that these games will be available relatively soon.

The Last of Us Part I (September 2)

Screenshot of The Last of Us Part 1

(Image credit: Sony/Naughty Dog)

Are you ready for The Last of Us, Part III? So do we, but it probably won’t happen for a few years. Meanwhile, The Last of Us TV series on HBO is in the works, as is The Last of Us Part I on PS5. This remake of the first game seems to have fans split down the middle. While some gamers see it as an excellent opportunity to attract new fans, others miss the point, as The Last of Us already has a perfectly good PS4 remaster. Either way, the game appears to be a faithful remake of PS3’s The Last of Us, with the suspenseful story and intense combat intact.

Overwatch 2 (October 4)

Overwatch 2 screenshot

(Image credit: Blizzard)

Overwatch 2 isn’t exactly a sequel to Overwatch. It’s more like a new season of the popular hero shooter, as it will essentially replace the first game when it launches. Either way, Overwatch 2 will introduce some big changes to Blizzard’s multiplayer hit, including revamped characters, new maps, and story-driven player-versus-enemy events. Unlike the first game, Overwatch 2 will be free to play and offer new “seasons” of content for nine weeks. While Overwatch still has plenty of players, games like Fortnite and Apex Legends have made the multiplayer shooter market much more competitive than it used to be. We’ll see if Overwatch 2 can win back some of the original’s fans.

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope (October 20)

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was one of the most delicious sleeper hits on the Nintendo Switch, and Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope looks like a worthy follow-up. In the first game, Mario and company. teamed up with Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbids in an anarchic turn-based strategy adventure. Sparks of Hope looks like the same basic idea, but with more playable characters, and set in outer space. Like Kingdom Battle, Sparks of Hope promises close tactical battles along with plenty of goofy humor. If you’ve been complaining that all Mario games tend to be variations on the same formula, Sparks of Hope might come as a pleasant surprise. Kingdom Battle was, after all.

Gotham Knights (October 25)

Gotham Knight screenshot

(Image credit: WB Montreal)

While it’s been a while since we’ve had a new Batman: Arkham game, Gotham Knights might be the next best thing. After Batman dies defending his beloved city, it’s up to his cronies to continue the fight. In Gotham Knights, you’ll play as Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl and Red Hood as they battle ordinary criminals as well as some of the Caped Crusader’s deadliest foes. The game will combine action, RPG, and open world elements to (hopefully) create a satisfying superhero simulator. Warner Bros. has already delayed Gotham Knights multiple times, leaving fans wondering if it’s really good to go this time. But if nothing else, it’s an excellent concept for a Batman game.

Bayonetta 3 (October 28)

bayonet 3

(Image credit: Nintendo)

Eight years have passed since Bayonetta 2 came out and gamers are more than ready to play Bayonetta 3. This game will continue the adventures of the titular witch as she battles the forces of Paradiso and Inferno alike. If you’ve never experienced a Bayonetta game before, there’s no other series like it. The brash tone and epic story play off each other surprisingly well, and Bayonetta herself is a pleasantly quirky protagonist. She wears high heels that double as guns; she devours demons with her hair; she taunts her enemies with weird one-liners. Then there’s the combat, which is as tight, polished, and elegant as action games get. Bayonetta 3 might well be worth the wait.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (October 28)

Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2022) screenshot

(Image credit: Activision)

Other year; Another Call of Duty game. This time, it’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, not to be confused with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which debuted back in 2009. This game will pick up where 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare left off, with a bit more campaign. dark and realistic. There will also be a solid multiplayer mode with plenty of opportunities to customize your character and weapons. Frankly, the Call of Duty series is 19 years old, and at this point you probably already know if it’s your thing or not. If so, though, you’ll want to pick this one up so you and your friends can start mastering this year’s version of multiplayer.

Skull and Bones (November 8)

skull and bones

(Image credit: Ubisoft)

One of the most exciting concepts for a competitive multiplayer game in a long time, Skull and Bones has had a history of troubled development. The game began as an offshoot of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, adapting that game’s pitched naval battles into a multiplayer format. However, the game took nearly nine years to complete, changing creative directions multiple times in the process. Now, the game is almost over and players will be able to judge for themselves if it was worth the wait. You can customize your own 18th century warship and test your skills against other captains in the South Pacific, which certainly makes it quite different from the other multiplayer games on this list.

God of War: Ragnarok (November 9)

An image from the new God of War Ragnarök CG trailer

(Image credit: Sony)

There has never been a bad God of War game, but God of War (2018) was unusually good. Instead of simply continuing Kratos’ deicidal story, the game made its protagonist a bit more calm and introspective. Set in a world of Norse mythology, Kratos waged a riveting battle against the tortured god Baldur, as well as his own murderous tendencies. God of War Ragnarök will complete Kratos’ arc in the Nordic lands, pitting him against the thunder god Thor, as well as other divine enemies. Sony hasn’t actually shared that many details about Ragnarök’s story or gameplay, which means fans will have a lot to discover when this PS4 and PS5 exclusive finally arrives.

Pokémon Scarlet/Violet (November 18)

pokemon scarlet violet

(Image credit: Nintendo)

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are the latest entries in Nintendo’s storied monster-hunting franchise, and it looks like they’ll be trying something new. Like Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Scarlet and Violet will incorporate open-world elements, with no clear borders between towns and wilderness areas. This innovation helped Arceus stand out from previous Pokémon entries, and fans and critics alike seemed receptive to the change. Beyond that, Scarlet and Violet will let you collect, train, evolve, and trade Pokemon, just like previous games in the series. There will also be a whole new region to explore, as well as new creatures to catch. At this point, players should be fairly familiar with the Pokémon formula, so if you’ve been eagerly awaiting a new one, your wait is almost over.

High on Life (December 13)

high in life

(Image credit: Squanch Games)

A few years ago, Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland released Trover Saves the Universe: a weird comedy game that looked like a playable episode of one of his shows. Now Squanch Games is hard at work on High On Life, which sounds equally strange. You play as a high school graduate who must fight off an alien invasion with a collection of sentient weapons in hand. High On Life seems more action-packed than Trover, with first-person shooter gameplay and a variety of different gear to try out. While High On Life is one of the more niche titles on this list, it will almost certainly entertain fans of Roiland’s work and give players new IP to check out.

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