Games of the week – 2022 releases including God of War: Ragnarok and a much-anticipated Zelda sequel
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God of War: Ragnarok
Platform: PlayStation 4/5
The end of days is nigh
Preview by: James Little
The latest instalment in the series picks up a few years after the events of the previous game. Your protagonists, Kratos and his son Atreus, search for a way to prevent the prophesised Ragnarok – End of Days. Armed with new skills, powers and weapons, you will go on a quest to rescue the Norse God of War, Týr, in search of answers. For the first time in the series, you will be able to visit all of the Nine Realms – but standing in your way are Thor and Freya, both of whom seek vengeance for the deaths of their respective sons at the hands of Kratos.
Skip to the end: There is good reason this is one of the most anticipated games of 2022 and, like its predecessors, it will surely live up to the hype.
Life Is Strange Remastered Collection
Platform: Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, PC
The ultimate butterfly effect game gets a new look for 2022
Preview by: Jess Glass
At its release in 2015, Life Is Strange was one of the most innovative games of its genre – you rewind time as photography-obsessed student Max Caulfield attempts to make the right choices to save the sleepy town of Arcadia Bay. The series remains a significant comparison point for choose your own adventure games, despite clunky graphics and bad lip-synching rendering some emotional moments far flatter than intended. But with remastered visuals and animation, the return of the original game – and prequel Before The Storm – will likely be a positive one for both newcomers and anyone who has upgraded their gaming setup in seven years.
Skip to the end: Hopes are high for the improved return of the indie darling.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Action Adventure
One of the most anticipated sequels in the history of video games
Preview by: Adam Smith
When the original Breath of the Wild game was released in March 2017 as a Nintendo Switch launch title, the bold step in a new direction for the Zelda franchise was rightly heralded as a masterpiece. The desire for a direct sequel has been strong ever since. Anticipation reached fever pitch with the E3 2019 teaser trailer. Despite Nintendo remaining tight-lipped on the game’s development ever since, fans of the series can expect a return to the lush and beautiful kingdom of Hyrule, as Zelda and Link strive to save the kingdom in another epic adventure packed with innovative puzzles and exploration aplenty.
Skip to the end: An opportunity to revisit one of the most beautifully crafted worlds in video games, and surely a must for any Switch owner.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human
Platform: Playstation, Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch
Genre: Action RPG
The Dead are rising in 2022!
Preview by: Jon Cooper
After a troubled development cycle, which included writers and long-time employees reportedly leaving the company amid rumours of conflicting visions of the game, Techland’s sequel to its cult hit of 2015 finally got gold status recently, confirming its February release date. Gameplay demos have shown fans can expect much of the same, but with refinements to the parkour and melee systems and a new European setting. Techland have also hyped up the storyline, with different factions promising multiple playthroughs to see everything The City has to offer. As the original eerily warned us – Good Night And Good Luck.
Skip to the end: An apocalypse has never seemed so appealing.