It is the last day of 2022 and at some point today, I will be spending time playing a video game. Whether you’re into RPGs, open worlds, or anything in between, there is a video game out there for you. Maybe it made Polygon‘s list.
For me, it’s this erasure, reinterpretation, and reinforcement of genres that defines the list below. Sure, a clear winner emerged as Polygon staffers’ votes began to trickle in — a surefire indication of the one game we collectively predict will, looking back from some point in the future, be the video game of 2022. But still: I’m amazed at how many other games have equally strong arguments for that top slot. As studios splinter, ideas disperse, and developer talent strides off toward new horizons, it’s undeniably apparent that the medium’s best work is still only a seed in some creator’s imagination — and if the pattern holds, it will take a fair number of asterisks, caveats, and parentheticals to describe it.
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