Maybe 2021 games didn’t have a masterpiece that overwhelmed others. Still, there’s plenty to inspire gamers, from the latest additions to popular franchises like Halo Infinite, Metroid Dread, and Resident Evil Village, to groundbreaking new IPs like It Takes Two, Deathloop, and Inscryption. You can’t deny that it’s been years.
However, the fact that we can’t wait for the sequel to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”, “ELDEN RING”, and “Ghostwire Tokyo” has not changed since last year. In addition to these, there are many newly announced blockbusters such as “Starfield” and “Pokemon Legends Arceus”, and Japanese titles such as “Disco Elysium” and “Life is Strange True Colors”, which have already been highly praised overseas. Waiting for localization.
Excludes titles that have not been announced for release in 2022.
1. Triangle Strategy
Scheduled to be released for Nintendo Switch on March 4, 2022.
“Triangle Strategy” respects the tactics RPGs of the 90’s such as “Tactics Ogre” and “Final Fantasy Tactics” and revives them in the present age. The beautiful graphics of the visual style “HD-2D”, which is a fusion of polygons and dots, are splendid, and the profound war story that shows the conflict between the three great powers from multiple angles is also interesting. However, above all, players who like strategic thinking will be fascinated by the carefully crafted tactics that make use of the unique abilities and height differences of each character, with different terrains and tricks for each map. I also want to pay attention to how the story and gameplay are connected by a new system called “Balance of Belief” that decides the next action of the main characters by voting. —Clave Esra.
2. Kirby Discovery of the Stars
Scheduled to be released for Nintendo Switch in the spring of 2022.
Nintendo’s popular franchise “Kirby of the Stars” boasts a history of 30 years at the earliest. Kirby’s Dream Land Discovery, which is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2022, will be Kirby’s first 3D title. The post-apocalyptic stage “New World” and the “Beast Corps” that stands in front of Kirby hint at adventures that are a little different from the past, but the design that seems to adopt only a limited depth is a game. It seems to be easy to play even for beginners, and in that respect it can be said that it is like “Kirby of the Stars”. The familiar gameplay of inhaling, exhaling, flying, and copying is still alive, but how is it evolving in a new dimension? —Clave Esra.
3. Bayonetta 3
Scheduled to be released for Nintendo Switch in 2022.
In 2022, “Bayonetta 3” will not be forgotten as a light and highly addictive action game. About five years have passed since the development was announced at The Game Awards 2017, but it seems that the time has finally come to see the light of day. At the Nintendo Direct in September of this year, along with the announcement that it will be released in 2022, a flashy action scene set in a real-life Shibuya-like location was revealed. In addition to the new action of summoning a large monster called “Demon Slave”, we can expect developments that will draw a line from the “Bayonetta” series, which has been set in a fantasy world so far. In addition, at the beginning of the PV, Rappy, the police dog mascot of “Astral Chain”, which also recorded a smash hit as a Platinum Games x Nintendo title, appeared. As a Nintendo fan, you can’t miss these relationships. Ichigo Game Beat.
4. “STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN”
Scheduled to be released on March 18, 2022 for PS5/PS4/Xbox Series X/Xbox One/PC.
Jointly developed by Square Enix and Team NINJA, this title is as if “Final Fantasy” and “Nio” were born. While maintaining the soul-like aspect of the speedy development of “Nio”, it mixes familiar elements of FF such as jobs and abilities. It also supports cooperative play with up to three people. Character customization, of course, but if the design that plays with different roles such as attacking and supporting roles fits well, it will lead to unique gameplay. Watch what happens. It has been revealed that the main character, Jack, is Garland, the boss of the original FF, but there seems to be an even more surprising mechanism just because it is “ORIGIN”. –Yoshiki Chiba.
5. Horizon Forbidden West
Scheduled to be released for PS5/PS4 on February 18, 2022.
A sequel to the open world RPG “Horizon Zero Dawn” released in 2017. In the far future of the post-apocalypse where mechanical beasts roam the majestic nature, Aloy, a female hunter, unravels the mystery of her world destruction. The creation of the open world was extremely standard, but the details related to playability were designed in a well-balanced manner, making it a highly complete work. The battle style that handles hunting tools such as bows and arrows enhanced by lost ancient technology characterized this work, but the sequel “Horizon Forbidden West” will add underwater exploration and glide. Expectations are also high for gameplay that expands with new elements such as shield wings. And the most attractive feature of this series is the tough and smart Aloy character. Aloy, who once saved the world, ventures into the unknown land of the West, and what will she find there? — Shuka Yamada.