The best games of 2022 (so far)

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
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We are fast approaching the end of the year, which means our best games of 2022 list is starting to take shape. The time for Game of the Year conversations is almost upon us, following a fantastic 10 months of impressive new games across all of the major platforms. If you're looking to get caught up, now is a perfect time to do it – and our pick of the best games released in 2022 (so far) is a great place to start. 

Below you'll find the GamesRadar+ pick of the best games of 2022, ordered by month of release. This living list also helps us determine what should be included in our best PS5 games, best Xbox Series X games, and best Switch games rankings, and we keep this updated every month to help you get a picture of what the year in gaming has been like. 

With just a few new games of 2022 set to release, you'll want to spend November diving into these fantastic releases to be a part of the end of year conversations. Alternatively, you can start looking ahead to the new year, with our roundup of all the exciting new games of 2023. But for the meantime, keep on reading to find our pick of the best games of 2022. 

October Game of the Month – Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has been one of our favorite Nintendo Switch games since its release in 2017, and a sequel was always going to have a lot to live up to. Thankfully, Ubisoft went above and beyond with Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. This delightful strategy game captured everything that made the original so special and layered atop of those fine foundations with a more complex and complete experience. There's more strategic depth to the combat and more vibrant worlds to explore, making this feel like a true evolution. Read our full Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope review for more info on this delightful Switch exclusive. 

October Game of the Month (Runner-up) – Marvel Snap

Marvel Snap

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Platform(s): PC, Android, iOS

Marvel Snap came out of nowhere and completely ruined our lives. It's the sort of pick-up-and-play, just one more game style of experience that drains your battery life and makes you late for things IRL. Marvel Snap is a wonderfully intuitive competitive card game from some of the creative minds behind Hearthstone, with developer Second Dinner establishing an impossibly strategic rounds of play which can be completed in just six minutes. It's easy to learn and satisfying to master, with enough variety and variance in the strategy to keep you coming back from more. If you aren't playing this game you need to get on it, although you may want to read our Marvel Snap review while you wait for it to download.  

September Game of the Month – Return to Monkey Island 

Return to Monkey Island screenshot

(Image credit: Lucasfilm Games)

Platform(s): PC, Switch

Return to Monkey Island is an utter delight. It's an approachable and intuitive point-and-click-adventure game that will act as an excellent entry point for those of you who are new to the genre, created by some of the pioneers of the form. And if you've been following the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood since The Secret of Monkey Island in 1990, you'll find a smartly nostalgic, surprisingly heartfelt story that reflects on the difficulties inherent in trying to recapture past successes as we grow older. Return to Monkey Island is an undoubtedly silly pirate story, but smart narrative framing and excellent puzzle design helps propel it to new heights. Whether you're a point-and-click aficionado or looking for an easy way into the genre, you shouldn't let Return to Monkey Island pass you by. 

September Game of the Month (Runner-up): Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3

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Platform(s): Switch

Splatoon 3 is another all-ages third-person shooter from Nintendo that finds success in being a little different. Its colorful aesthetic, undoubtedly good vibes, and slick action helps to establish this threequel as one of the best Switch games of the year – a platform exclusive that you really don't want to miss out on. While the single-player campaign doesn't quite match the heights of Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion, the multiplayer is an undeniably good time. Nintendo has increased the variety, skill-ceiling, and the opportunities to express yourself through messy, inky combat, making Splatoon 3 an all-together good time. 

August Game of the Month – Immortality

Immortality, the third game from Sam Barlow

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Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One

Sam Barlow has been hard at work on subversive, experimental narrative games for the better part of a decade now, and the creative has just released his best effort yet in Immortality. Following up on the success of Her Story and Telling Lies, Immortality once again raises the bar for the resurgent interactive film genre with a finely-woven mystery that tracks the life of actor Marissa Marcel across the sets of three films that were thought to be lost to time. It's haunting, surprising, and fantastically constructed. In our Immortality review, we called the game a "masterpiece of storytelling" for good reason. Do yourself a favor and carve out some time to play Immortality, and resist the urge to go to Google when you get stuck – follow your intuition, and let it guide you through one hell of mystery.  

August Game of the Month (Runner-Up) – Rollerdrome

Rollerdrome screenshot

(Image credit: Roll7)

Platform(s): PS5, PS4, PC

Roll7 has done it again. The studio whipped us into a meditative flowstate earlier in the year with OlliOlli World, and returned in the summer to wreck some necks with Rollerdrome. This hyper-slick sports-shooter has an ingenious concept that is executed upon immaculately, as you whip around expertly-constructed arenas on rollerblades while blasting everything in sight. With its smart combat and combo systems, awesome cel-shaded visual style, and excellent sense of momentum, Rollerdrome is able to reach "impressive heights" through its runtime.  

July Game of the Month – Stray

Screenshot from Stray, the game about a lost cat

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Platform(s): PS5, PS4, PC

Stray is one of those games you've probably heard people talking about or seen popping up all over your social media feeds in that way that cat content has a habit of doing. At face level, it's a game about a cat lost in a city, with beautiful touches in every little animation, and great PlayStation-exclusive details like purrs and meows coming through the controller. But it's also a fantastic platformer, with each area built to take full advantage of the fact you are playing as a cat. Exploration that takes full advantage of verticality, spots to stop and have a nap or whale on a rug, fun things to mess around with like a piano or cardboard box – it's all masterfully done. Plus, it's wrapped with an alluring semi-post-apocalyptic story that really ties its atmospheric world together. Quite the adorable package.

July Game of the Month (Runner-Up) – As Dusk Falls

As Dusk Falls

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Platform(s): Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC

The experimental, debut experience from developer Interior/Night is well worth your time. As Dusk Falls is a six-episode narrative-adventure game about a small-time heist that goes horribly wrong, and you follow the intertwining drama of two families that are caught in the aftermath. In our review, we noted that As Dusk Falls is able to "blend Netflix-style prestige drama with Telltale-style game storytelling to great results", and if that isn't enough to convince you to give it a try, we're also happy to confirm that the game boasts one of the most beautifully unique visual designs of 2022 and is available though Game Pass. 

June Game of the Month – Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
GamesRadar+ review score: 3.5 Stars 

Fire Emblem Warriors – Three Hopes should be a strange detour for a franchise that's best known for intricate character building and tactical turn-based battles, but developer Omega Force has done a fantastic job of weaving the spirit of Fire Emblem in with the absolute carnage of Dynasty Warriors' particular brand of hacking and slashing. Three Hopes effectively casts you as the general of your own army, and pushes you to dominate an entire battlefield in frantic real-time combat scenarios with all of your favorite heroes from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It's tactical, it's hectic, it's large-scale, and it's a hell of a lot of fun. Fire Emblem Warriors – Three Hopes is a Nintendo Switch exclusive designed for those of you looking to blow off a little steam this Summer. Josh West

June Game of the Month (Runner-up) – The Quarry

The Quarry

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Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
GamesRadar+ review score: 3 Stars 

Supermassive Games is back with a new interactive horror adventure, this time inspired by genre classics like An American Werewolf In London, Friday the 13th, and Scream. The Quarry tasks you with guiding nine camp counselors through a night in the woods that most will never forget, and some may not even survive. Like The Dark Pictures Anthology games and Until Dawn before it, The Quarry is a fun horror adventure dripping with atmosphere, not to mention positively packed with branching pathways, jump scares, and multiple ways to kill off your favorite characters by accident. There are some issues with pacing, but it's easy to overlook this issue for the opportunity to take on the role of both director and screenwriter of your own classic slasher horror movie. Josh West

May Game of the Month – Sniper Elite 5

Sniper Elite 5

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Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Nintendo Switch
GamesRadar+ review score: 4.5 Stars 

Sniper Elite 5 may not reinvent the wheel, but it is absolutely the best of its kind – both as a choice-driven stealth-meets-high-action tactical shooter, and as an evolution of the third-person combat series now pushing two decades old. Its latest installment offers its biggest sandboxes yet, each of which can be approached and manipulated in a multitude of ways, each lined with more cover spots and traversable scenery than ever before. Facing off against hordes of AI Nazi baddies is never not fun – especially when puncturing their organs via the series' signature slow-motion kill-cams, this one more intense and grizzlier than ever – but the introduction of a new 'Axis Invasion' mode spices things up further still, with players now able to drop into other folk's campaigns uninvited. Learning the patrol patterns of NPCs is one thing, but handling unpredictable, trigger-happy players is another as chaos quickly unfolds around you. Sniper Elite 5 is brilliant and brutal. Joe Donnelly

May Game of the Month (Runner-up) – Evil Dead: The Game

Evil Dead: The Game

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Platform(s): PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, Nintendo Switch
GamesRadar+ review score: 4 Stars 

If you love 80s horror icons and want to find your feet in the world of asymmetrical mayhem and maiming, then Evil Dead: The Game is here for you. Evil Dead: The Game is an asymmetrical multiplayer experience that is a bit like Dead by Daylight. Four Survivors have to face off with one Demon, with the survivors working together to fight Deadite. Sure, it's a formula that's familiar but, it's also the culmination of the genre's best ideas and finally gives survivors some agency. Rachel Weber

April Game of the Month – Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

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Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC
GamesRadar+ review score: 4 Stars 

Turning all nine films from A New Hope to The Rise of Skywalker into a fantastic plastic adventure, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a return to glory for developer Traveller’s Tales. There are action sequences we know and love, and there are also the towns, forests, and swamps around them, all bustling with life and absolutely packed with Star Wars lore, puzzles, and challenges. The sight gags that are the Lego games' trademark are here too, and the slightly camp subject matter provided by Star Wars is the perfect foil for them. All in all, an impressively expansive and authentic recreation of everything you love about Star Wars. Rachel Weber

April Game of the Month (Runner-up) – Nintendo Switch Sports

The sword-fighting Chambara mini-game in Switch Sports

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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
GamesRadar+ review score: 4 Stars 

Get prepared to sweat over your Switch again, with tennis, bowling, sword fighting, badminton, volleyball, and soccer. Nintendo promises that's just the beginning too, with more features coming later like leg strap support for the one-on-one and four-on-four football matches later this summer, and then in the fall, the seventh sport – golf – will be added to the game. Overall, the new online mode stops Nintendo Switch Sports from being just a visual upgrade and makes it an experience well worth the investment. Rachel Weber

March Game of the Month – Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
GamesRadar+ review score: 4.5 Stars 

It's a high score for Kirby and the Forgotten Land, in no small part thanks to the addition of Mouthful Mode. This new ability means Kirby can stretch themselves over things like a car or a vending machine. It might sound like a concept for a German horror movie, but it's wicked fun. With the new mechanic and a delightful 3D world to explore, Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a ray of sunshine. Rachel Weber

March Game of the Month (Runner-up) – Weird West

Weird West review

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Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
GamesRadar+ review score: 4 Stars 

Weird West might be an RPG with a Western theme, but forget everything you think you know about being a gunslinger. This is an alternative history where monstrous pig men roam the world, ghosts haunt old towns and witches practice arcane rituals in underground temples. The action is as unusual as the story, with a world where you can kill anyone you want - even significant story characters - approach quests in any way that works for you, and learn a lot of lessons about what happens when you accidentally throw some dynamite next to an oil barrel. It's a smart and wonderfully strange game that shows its Arkane roots and will keep you ensnared until its wild end. Rachel Weber 

February Game of the Month – Elden Ring

Elden Ring

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Platform(s): PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC
GamesRadar+ review score: 5 Stars 

It turns out Elden Ring was worth the wait. The FromSoftware adventure scores full marks by bringing the DNA of games like Dark Souls to a bigger, more expansive world with poisonous swamps and intimidating mountain fortresses. Your new equine sidekick, Torrent, gives you the freedom to explore and avoid fights you'd really rather not handle, which makes this FromSoftware game a little more accessible to players, if not empirically easier. The monsters and bosses of this world are just as psychologically scarring in both their design and difficulty as ever, and Souls fans wouldn't have it any other way. Rachel Weber 

February Game of the Month (Runner-up) – Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West

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Platform(s): PS4 and PS5
GamesRadar+ review score: 4.5 Stars 

Horizon Forbidden West is the massive sequel to the 2017 PlayStation exclusive and sees an older, wiser Aloy exploring new territory. You get to play and plunder a new map filled with side quests, new mechanical monsters to kill and tame, and armed with new skills like the diving mask. It's a brilliant evolution of the mechanics that made the original such a compelling new series for PlayStation, and the neon lights of a ruined Vegas and the shores of San Francisco really show off the capabilities of the PS5. Rachel Weber

January Game of the Month – Pokemon Legends: Arceus 

Best games of 2022 - Pokemon Legends Arceus

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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
GamesRadar+ review score: 4.5 Stars 

Pokemon Legends: Arceus makes the monsters the star, moving the focus from beating other trainers in gyms to the 'gotta catch 'em all' part of the tried-and-tested Pokemon formula. As you explore the setting of Hisui, you'll follow a story and NPCs will pop up with their own requests, rather than just wanting to bash in the faces of your Pokemon team for clout. The game isn't always as visually impressive as it could be, but with a richer narrative and lots to explore Pokemon Legends: Arceus really is otherwise the ultimate Pokemon fan experience. 

January Game of the Month (Runner-up) – Rainbow Six Extraction

Best games of 2022 - Rainbow Six Extraction

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Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X
GamesRadar+ review score: 3.5 Stars 

Rainbow Six Extraction is a horror take on the Rainbow Six Siege brand of PvE tactical shooter, sending you around the US to take on the Archaeans, parasitic alien beings who haven't come to Earth to sightsee. While it's lacking in some narrative depth and still feels a bit like a rushed version of Siege's Outbreak mode of 2018, there are moments of real horror and co-op craziness to enjoy. Rainbow Six Extraction has the potential to be something great, as long as Ubisoft delivers on its plan to keep adding to this new release. 

To give you a better sense of what may make it onto this list in the future, we are tracking all of the upcoming PS5 games, the upcoming Xbox Series X games, upcoming Nintendo Switch games, and new PC games for 2022. 

Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.

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