It has been an interesting year in the video game industry: 2022 saw the launch of some of the most anticipated games such as Horizon Zero Dawn: Forbidden West, Elden Ring, The Callisto Protocol, Dying Light 2 Stay Human and Destiny 2: The Witch Queen. So, like last year, I asked all the Sponge Hammer employees about their favourite game of the year and their answers surprised me.
I only had time to sit down and play through one game, and that was Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It was actually released in 2019, but I had a technical problem with it, and even though I had support from both Epic and EA, I was only able to play it this year. It is an amazing action-adventure game in the Star Wars universe, with a Souls-like fighting system I love. It’s a solid recommendation from me.
Well, I played Royal Match on my phone, because it’s quick and if I have only 5 minutes, I still can fire it up. We have been playing Horizon Zero Dawn – well, he plays and I comment. The story is very good.
I didn’t have much time for gaming this year. I think the one I possibly played most though was Barotrauma. It’s a very funny but sometimes stressful co-op game to play with friends.
I think it was Tropico 3. I had a few ideas to model a political leader and that’s why I spent a lot of time with this game. I also loved the music – the radio play.
No change from last year: It’s Guild Wars 2 for me. I’ve been playing this game for 10 years now; it’s one of those games I always come back to. I also played a lot of DayZ. I like the survival elements and the player interactions in this game.
The most time I spent with a game? I think it was Oddworld Soulstorm. I’m a big fan of the IP. In this one, the story, the world and the characters are well-written and I loved them.
Cult of the Lamb is a very nice game to relax with. I like roguelike games and I had to try this. With a mix of cute and horror art styles, it got my full attention straight away and I spent hours building my cult and defeating dark minions.
Horizon Forbidden West. For one, you can hunt massive machine dinosaur things and finally jump off cliffs and glide. They expanded all aspects of the game and made it more fun. I really enjoyed playing through the story.
That’s a difficult question.I think I’ll go for Horizon Zero Dawn. I’ve installed that game many times over the years, played a little and gave up. For some reason, I never got hooked on it – until August this year. I accidentally played it through in six or seven hours and once I understood the story…Oh, my god, one of the best stories ever written for games and as far as I’m concerned competing with Mass Effect, Starcraft, Half-Life and The Witcher.
I didn’t play many games this year. The only one I can think of is probably CS: GO, just to keep my skills sharp and to ease some evenings with a few rounds of winning.
I hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to tell us which game should we get our teeth into next? Show us your favourites in the comments!