The 10 best Xbox games released before the end of 2022

Somehow, we’re past the midway point of 2022, and while the year started off strong with the arrival of Rainbow Six Extraction, Elden Ring, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, and Tunic on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, the past few months haven’t. They have brought a lot. But fear not, as the last five months of 2022 will bring at least 10 great-looking games, and we’ve compiled them all in this list for your convenience and perusal.

Saints Row – August 23

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Kicking off the peak season for video game releases is Deep Silver’s upcoming Saints Row. The reboot will take players out of the densely populated states of the series’ past and throw them into the vast expanses of the lonely desert town of Santo Ileso in the American Southwest.

However, don’t let that fool you. Saints Row will have all of the usual chaotic and wacky antics that the series is famous for. As you and your team of fellow youngsters rise through the ranks of ‘Self-Made’, you’ll find yourself embroiled in many criminal activities, heists gone wrong, and you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll have their hands. in an eccentric arsenal of weapons to help you on your way too.

Deliver us Mars – September 27

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Deliver Us Mars is an atmospheric sci-fi adventure where you embark on a mission to explore Mars in order to recover stolen ARK colony ships from the mysterious Outward. As fans of all things space and science fiction, the premise of uncovering the secrets of the great red planet has piqued our interest.

When it comes to gameplay, Deliver Us Mars looks like it will mix some puzzles with light combat or just general exploration. There’s no official confirmation of what’s included as even the official site keeps things a bit vague, but from what we’ve seen of the game trailer So far, Deliver Us Mars is shaping up very well.

Overwatch 2 – October 4

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Overwatch 2 is the successor to the insanely popular PvP team-based multiplayer shooter from 2016. This time around, the game includes a single-player PvE campaign alongside the usual PvP multiplayer craze, which itself has seen a handful of new maps. . and characters to bolster the existing roster.

Its beta version has already given players a taste of what’s to come, with new characters Junker Queen and Sojourn available to play. Blizzard has also been using the beta to adjust the balance of the various hero abilities so that the final experience on launch day is seamless.

Combine the fact that Overwatch 2 multiplayer is free-to-play, cross-play and cross-progression is also confirmed, meaning you can play with your friends no matter what platform you’re playing on, and all your progress will carry over from platform to platform. to platform.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns – October 7

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Image Credit: Firaxis Games

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is a turn-based strategy game featuring iconic Marvel characters from the Midnight Sons, Avengers, X-Men and Runaways, where you’ll assemble an unlikely group of superheroes to take on the demonic Lilith and her fearsome horde of minions possessed. including Hulk.

You play as the Hunter, Lilith’s abandoned son and the only one known to have defeated her in the past. In this role, you control your band of superheroes in tactical turn-based battles to defeat Lilith’s hordes of enemies and stop her from fulfilling her prophecy before it’s too late.

What has us particularly excited about Midnight Suns is that it comes from developer Firaxis Games, best known for their work on the ‘Civilization’ and ‘XCOM’ series. Considering that these are two of the biggest and best turn-based strategy series out there, the combination of this game with the iconic characters of the Marvel universe sounds like a perfect match.

A Plague Tale: Requiem – October 18

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A Plague Tale: Innocence was a huge success when it was released in 2019, combining a gripping narrative with unique gameplay as you guide Hugo and Amicia through a world plagued by rats. It’s a supernatural take on the 14th century, and it worked surprisingly well, even if its gameplay started to get a bit stale by the end.

A Plague Tale: Requiem follows the narrative of Innocence, and sees Hugo and Amicia venturing through the southern regions to save Hugo from the curse that plagued him in the original title.

While we don’t yet know each and every story beat, hands-on previews and glimpses of gameplay thus far have suggested that Requiem makes great strides in terms of providing a deeper and more engaging stealth and combat system than should help complete the game. experience very well, addressing the prequel’s weaker areas.

With stunning visuals and what looks to be another narrative-driven epic adventure, A Plague Tale: Requiem has us excitedly counting down the days until its release.

Persona 5 Royal – October 21

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After what seems like forever, it’s finally happening. Persona 5 is coming to Xbox consoles in its ‘Royal’ version, which includes a ton of additional content including characters, palaces, story content, cutscenes, and much more.

If you’ve been looking for a way to burn off 100+ hours or so this winter, well, you just found it. Combining compelling simulation gameplay of school life and turn-based RPG combat in its palaces, Persona 5 delivers a JRPG feast that’s sure to have you hooked. Work a part-time job, take exams at school, befriend different students, and take on the corrupt hearts of your targets in an unforgettable adventure with the Phantom Thieves.

Oh, and it has an absolutely great soundtrack, which is just icing on the luxuriously icy cake.

You can read our full review of Persona 5 Royal here.

Gotham Knights – October 25

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If you’re a fan of superheroes, we’ve got good news for you, as it’s not just Marvel getting in on the video game action this year, but also DC, in the form of Gotham Knights.

Gotham Knights, an action RPG, sees the Batman family (Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin) step into the shoes of the fallen caped crusader to put an end to a criminal uprising in the streets of Gotham.

You’ll be solving mysteries, defeating iconic Gotham villains, leveling up your characters, and exploring and saving Gotham’s five open-world districts in what will be something of a spiritual successor to the Batman Arkham series.

Add in the fact that the entire campaign can be played in two-player co-op, and Gotham Knights is easily one of the most exciting Xbox games to come in 2022.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – October 28

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It wouldn’t be a year in the gaming industry if there wasn’t a new Call of Duty release and this time Infinity Ward brings Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to the table. No, it’s not a remaster of the 2009 title, it’s a new entry, but with the same name as a game from 13 years ago. Confused? We don’t blame you.

All you need to know is that MW2 will feature the return of the iconic Task Force 141 operators in a new single player campaign, alongside the usual multiplayer shenanigans and the return of special ops missions for co-op play.

It will also usher in a new era for the ever-popular Call of Duty battle royale game, Warzone, with a new play space and sandbox mode. New weapons will join the arsenal and a bunch of other game features are likely to be improved to keep things running smoothly… Modern Warfare-y?

If you’ve been itching for more Modern Warfare after 2019’s excellent reboot of the Infinity Ward series, then the long wait is almost over.

Skull & Bones – November 8

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You know what the games industry can’t get enough of? pirate games. Me, and I say millions of others because I’m obviously right here, I just want to sail the seas, drink loads of rum, dig up buried treasure and yell “Avst, scurvy dogs” at random passers-by, as my Galleon gracefully surfs over the choppy waves.

While Sea of ​​Thieves has only been filling that niche in the market, it’s about to get some competition from Skull and Bones. Your task here is to grow your infamy on the high seas, and for this you will have to complete contracts with vendors, local factions and kingpins of the pirate world to get more resources and further improve your ship and crew.

All of this comes to a head when you come across an enemy ship where you unload your cannons in epic naval combat. Play alone or with your friends and become the best and baddest pirate the Indian Ocean has ever seen.

The Callisto Protocol – December 2

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Image Credit: Striking Distance Studios

Because the promise of Dead Space next year wasn’t enough, The Callisto Protocol has arrived to bring another sci-fi horror game set in the dark depths of space this December.

Directed by Glen Schofield, who previously co-created the aforementioned Dead Space series, The Callisto Protocol’s third-person action feels tense, incredibly atmospheric, and all kinds of gory.

The story sees you navigating the labyrinthine interior of the Black Iron Prison on Jupiter’s moon Callisto in the year 2320, but as you may have guessed from the various trailers, this is no ordinary prison. There are tons of scary creatures and secrets lurking inside waiting to meet you.

You’ll be ripping little bits of aliens out of their bodies, and if they get their hands on you, they’ll literally smash your head in… seriously, we’re not kidding, just watch the Schofield Cut trailer.

If you’re looking for something dark and gritty to sink your teeth into during those cold December winter nights, then The Callisto Protocol is definitely something to have on your radar.

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