Best Video Games of the Year: 2022

A busy year for video games makes settling on a list of favorites a tough job—but for Jeff Haynes, senior editor of Video Games & Web, there's so much to be psyched about. His favorite games of the year range from the visually dazzling Disney Dreamlight Valley to the action-packed challenges of Elden Ring, and that's only the beginning. Check out the full list below, and don't miss the rest of our favorite media picks from 2022!

Make sure to check out the rest of our Best of 2022 favorites: Movies | TV | Books | Podcasts | U.K. Films

Two characters stand in a village with a castle and other Disney characters. The title of the game is placed above them.
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Disney Dreamlight Valley

age 5+

Fantasy open-world game brings a new age of Disney to life.

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GAME

Kirby's Dream Buffet

age 5+

Cute, competitive party game is fun for the whole family.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2022)
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PowerWash Simulator

age 5+

Relaxing cleaning simulator proves less is indeed more.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows (2022)
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The box cover art for Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, featuring two versions of the fluffy protagonist jumping up in the air and smiling.
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Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series

age 7+

Two games with enjoyable level design and cute characters.

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Pokemon Legends: Arceus

age 7+

Deep lore and new objectives refresh this series' formula.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2022)
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Bloons TD 6+

age 8+

Tower defense pops balloons with incredibly fun gameplay.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2022)
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land Box
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land

age 8+

Nintendo's puffy hero soars in friendly adventure.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2022)
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The cover image for LEGO Bricktales, featuring a diorama of several LEGO minifigures running around and assembling different things.
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Lego Bricktales

age 8+

Cute puzzler is creatively challenging and a little clunky.

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MLB The Show 22

age 8+

New chapter for baseball series safely gets on base.

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Nintendo Switch Sports

age 8+

Sports compilation promotes physical activity, socializing.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2022)
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Gran Turismo 7

age 10+

Racing game takes checkered flag for car fans, enthusiasts.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 (2022)
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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

age 10+

Highly enjoyable, ambitious adventure game mashup.

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

age 10+

Cult classic crossover gets a (inter)stellar sequel.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2022)
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Return to Monkey Island

age 10+

Stellar point-and-click adventure reboot has humor, puzzles.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows (2022)
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Splatoon 3 box art.
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Splatoon 3

age 10+

Cartoonish shooter encourages teamwork and competition.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2022)
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Gerda: A Flame In Winter

age 13+

Story-centered game tactfully depicts war's many ugly faces.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Windows (2022)
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Horizon Forbidden West

age 13+

Epic action game has a mighty female hero and timely themes.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 (2022)
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Elden Ring

age 15+

Intense fantasy has brutal, bloody medieval-style combat.

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Sifu

age 15+

Finely crafted kung fu combat is challenging and violent.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows (2022)
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We Are OFK

age 16+

Musical narrative-based game hits all the right chords.

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