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Zoey Handley’s Top 10 Picks of 2022 – Destructoid



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Nobody understands my priorities

I reviewed lots of video games this yr. Greater than 50. Then in between these video games, I managed to cram in a bunch extra extra-curricular titles and possibly one thing that qualifies as a life for a maladjusted introvert like myself. That’s in all probability why this yr feels prefer it lasted ceaselessly and was a ceaseless cavalcade of failures. My mind is full.

So, permit me to spill my mind all around the web page right here, as I recount the video games that left probably the most lasting scars in 2022. Fortuitously, this additionally doubles as a listing of builders who must be paying for the remedy that retains me going as a borderline practical member of society.

Serving a hotdog in Happy's Humble Burger Farm

Completely satisfied’s Humble Burger Farm

This recreation technically got here out in 2021, but it surely was December, so it wasn’t thought of for Destructoid’s Recreation of the Yr awards. Which means my co-workers had a complete yr to play it and perceive how a lot it deserves all of the accolades, and I don’t suppose a single one did that. That, or they did play it and didn’t inform me as a result of they don’t need to harm my emotions by saying they didn’t take pleasure in it.

Anyway, Happy’s Humble Burger Farm is a recreation that I’ve spent a yr eager about and pushing on all my associates. Hey! Hey, you! It is best to play it. It’s about making burgers in a haunted company simulation. It’s a fever nightmare of an idea that’s executed with probably the most horrific motivation of all: Love.

Golden Light The Gut Speaks

Golden Gentle

Talking of fever nightmares, Golden Light is about being trapped in a torturous meat labyrinth the place you’re made to undergo for all of your numerous failures and shortcomings. I actually just like the implication that the protagonist is condemned to their private hell as a result of they’re a author. I relate to that, as a result of I blame my lack of ability to make associates on the truth that nobody can actually perceive my creative imaginative and prescient.

Iron Lung Photo Screen

Iron Lung

Somebody informed me Iron Lung is boring, and it made me actually unhappy. I base my worth as a author and human on the accuracy of my suggestions, and I refuse to consider folks merely have totally different tastes. Iron Lung is among the most inventive and distinctive short-form narrative horror video games made this yr, and for those who don’t prefer it, it’s in all probability since you hate me.

Tunic Snowy Mountain


Tunic is a recreation about bringing a Famicom recreation again out of your trip in Japan and making an attempt to determine it out with out understanding the language. Okay, not explicitly, however I’m simply selecting to disregard every other attainable interpretation. There are fairly a number of video games on the market that give perspective on their very own artwork type, however Tunic’s is such a novel vector on the subject that I couldn’t assist however fall in love.

Tragedy, now that's funny!

Sucker For Love: First Date

Who knew that one of the simplest ways to evoke the overwhelming feelings and existential horror of an precise romantic relationship can be to tie within the Lovecraftian mythos (and Robert Chambers, I do know.) I like courting sims, and whereas Sucker For Love: First Date is extra of a visible novel, it expertly finds a approach to mesh feel-good romance with unknowable dread. Novel courting sims could be awfully hit-and-miss, however Sucker For Love: First Date manages to face out with excellent writing, shockingly good voice appearing, and intelligent design.

Dialtown Giraffe-Polygamy

Dialtown: Cellphone Relationship Sim

Talking of courting sims, Dialtown: Phone Dating Sim can also be extra of a visible novel than a courting sim, however that’s the least of its issues. It’s the traditional story of a romance in a world the place everybody has changed their heads with antiquated electronics. You play the position of a disgusting cryptid who should discover somebody to assist them get into the funfair the place they might lay their eggs in a squalid gap. Relationship targets. True romance. 10/10.

Metal Max Shippasaurus

Metallic Max Xeno Reborn

I feel I confused lots of people once I proclaimed Metal Max Xeno Reborn to be a tremendous shock. Word that I by no means made the declare that it was going to be a sleeper hit. I by no means stated that it was the best innovation ever contributed to the JRPG style. What I did say is that it’s a “late arriver to a bygone period of JRPGs,” and that “I might even see its jankiness on show within the screenshots.” Regardless of that, it’s in all probability probably the most enjoyable I had this yr on my PlayStation, and one thing that crawled below my pores and skin and lived there for some time with the assorted different parasites that I scratch at till my pores and skin is uncooked.

I instantly purchased up a group of older video games within the sequence and may now proclaim myself a fan. The writer stoked my newfound enthusiasm by instantly canceling the subsequent deliberate recreation, thus proving that every part I like will rapidly die.

Belle Boomerang Boss

Belle Boomerang

Making a retro-inspired recreation that captures the spirit of traditional design is one thing that’s typically tried however not often achieved. It’s greater than pixel-art and tough platforming; it’s about planning out each problem in cautious element. Belle Boomerang is a uncommon instance of a recreation that creates its personal identification from a wide range of inspirations. It’s additionally very difficult on its retro issue mode. It’s important to struggle for each step ahead you are taking, and that’s the kind of abuse that many trendy platformers appear unwilling to dole out. You’ve been warned.

Two Point Campus Overview

Two Level Campus

This was certainly one of my most anticipated video games for the yr, and I used to be not disenchanted. In fact, my expectations for Two Point Campus had been “Two Level Hospital however a bit totally different,” so I wasn’t precisely on the lookout for the moon right here. Two Level Campus is a profitable continuation of Two Level Studios’ shared universe simulation video games. Whereas Two Level Hospital was one thing of a redo of 1997’s Bullfrog traditional, Theme Hospital, Two Level Campus has the builders making use of the components to a very new however equally parasitic sector.

Betrayal at Club Low looking into a mirror

Betrayal at Membership Low

One other recreation that I received’t shut the hell up about, Betrayal at Membership Low is Cosmo D’s newest trendy artwork tempest. Whereas earlier video games within the Off-Peak sequence had been distinctive sufficient, Betrayal at Club Low transcends them by pairing its acid-trip aesthetics with really revolutionary mechanics. For the primary time, the dialogue in a recreation feels simply as compelling as any RPG fight system, pitting you and your cube in a battle of tongues. Innovation has by no means been fairly so arousing.

Zoey Handley

Zoey is a gadabout gaming hobbyist. She’s been taking part in video video games all her life and is a lover of each new and retro video games. She enjoys digging within the grime and choosing out the video games which are completely wonderful for those who clear them up a bit.