Our Top 10 Games of 2022 (Part 1) – Vidjagame Apocalypse 503

As another year draws to a close, it’s time to look back on the past 12 months and pick our top 10 games of the year, with help from special guests including Alex Faciane, Kat Bailey, TL Foster, Chris Baker, Anthony Abatte, and Tony Wilson. Following last year’s precedent, we’re splitting the top 10 into two manageable chunks. Check out our picks for 10 through 6 this week, and stay tuned for next week, when we’ll tackle 5 through 1!

Want to skip around and see what we picked without all the chat? Check out the timestamps below:

0:02:05: #10 (with Anthony Abatte)
0:20:36: #9 (with TL Foster and Anthony Abatte)
0:43:45: #8 (with Tony Wilson)
1:05:01: #7 (with Chris Baker and Anthony Abatte)
1:24:53: #6 (with Kat Bailey, Alex Faciane, and TL Foster)

Question of the Week: What’s your personal Game of the Year for 2022?

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3 thoughts on “Our Top 10 Games of 2022 (Part 1) – Vidjagame Apocalypse 503

  1. QOTW: I’m sure I’ll love Ragnarok and Elden Ring when I finally play them, but my GOTY for 2022 is PlateUp! (I didn’t add the punctuation, that’s the title). For those who aren’t familiar, as I don’t know if this game has been mentioned on VGA, PlateUp! is a Rogue-lite Coop Restaurant Survival game. It plays very much like Overcooked, but progresses more like Hades or Slay the Spire. In some ways, it feels like a tower defense game where the evil mobs are hungry customers, and if you fail to serve even one of them on time, your restaurant fails. It starts out simple on day 1 with serving a single dish to 4-6 customers, and gets more and more difficult as you choose new cards each day. Cards are mostly bad and can add things like sides or deserts that you now have to incorporate into your kitchen, or different rules like customers eat slowly or arrive in larger groups. You arrange and build the kitchen and dining area yourself (or with your friends) and if you want, you can use conveyors and different gadgets to automate certain processes (or your entire restaurant if you know what you’re doing). If you do everything right and get a little lucky, you survive day 15 and can keep going on a victory lap in overtime. All of this leads to that “one more run” addictive feeling and on top of all that, the very small dev has supported the game with tons of free content post release that keeps me coming back. And of course, running a restaurant with your friends makes it way more fun. I can honestly call it the best multiplayer experience I’ve had in years. I can ramble all day about how much I love this game, but I’ll just stop here by encouraging everyone to check out this slightly overlooked little indie gem.

    1. I just wanna say, I bought Elden Ring shortly after leaving this comment and, yeah, sure, its probably the best game I’ve ever played.

  2. QotW: My personal GOTY is one that surprised me and is one that I think needs to get championed more. WWE 2K22 is my favorite game of this year. After hearing about how bad and broken WWE 2K20 was, I was curious about the new game and got it through GameFly. What I wasn’t expecting was a really fun arcade style wrestling game. The gameplay is great, the modes are great, the roster is great, and the create a wrestler mode is great. But what I really love about this game is that it introduced me into the world of wrestling. This game is what made me love the theatrics and athleticism of this world and made me get old DVDs from my library and go back to listen to old Cheap Popcast episodes. This game has truly showed what a fun wrestling game can look like and it makes me excited for 2K23 and the AEW game. So while it probably won’t be on anybody else’s list, I think it deserves some recognition for giving me a new hobby.

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