Game Of The Year Awards 2022

Game Of The Year Awards 2022

It’s a new year and with that, we celebrate all the games we liked and disliked the past 12 months with our Game Of The Year Awards 2022. It’s been a busy year and with so many games and so little time, it is inevitable that we may not have seen or played every game. With all that in mind let’s get on with the awards…

We start the awards with a category that lets us celebrate games released from other years, we called it an old new game but it could easily be the best-returning game or game we came back to.

Old new game of the year. 

  • Death Stranding. 
  • Zelda Breath of the wild. 
  • Assassin’s Creed 2. 
  • Zelda Cadence Of Hyrule.

Not that many on the list but with so many new releases, it’s always difficult to find time for game past.

Retro In Genre, Not name:

7. Joe And Mac Caveman Ninja.

6. Missile Command Recharged.

5.    Yars Recharged.

4. Breakout Recharged.

3. Shatter Remastered Deluxe.

2. Retro Goal.

1. House of the dead remake.

This could have been the best new remaster or something but I thought why not be different? It was a good year for us oldies to relive our childhood!

Game Of The Year Awards 2022

Subscription service of the year. 

1. Xbox Game Pass.


3. Nintendo Switch Online.

Always a contentious category, subscriptions this year were up and down for Sony and Nintendo as both struggled to catch up with Xbox. This is technically Playstation’s first year having the tiered subscription system but they haven’t mastered it yet with many games absent, inconsistent backward-compatible game support, and the pricing. Nintendo is still Nintendo and I don’t think they really have a clear picture of what they want but this year it was just a splattering of retro games and the odd bit of DLC. Microsoft continues to lead the pack with competitive pricing and a consistent release schedule of indie and AAA games.

Game Of The Year Awards 2022

Next up is the indie game of the year it was a strong year and all I regret is that I didn’t have time to play more games!

Indie games of the year:

10. tinyKin. 

9. Little Orpheus. 

8. The last hero of nostalgia. 

7. Teardown. 

6. Chained echoes. 

5. Stray. 

4. Thymesia. 

3. Citizen Sleeper. 

2. Cult Of The Lamb. 

1. Vampire Saviours. 

If you only played these ten games then you had one hell of a year, as I said this is just a speck on the release calendar of indie games.

Game Of The Year Awards 2022

Now the category no one wants to do but it is a necessary evil…

Disappointing game of the year: 

8. Atari Mania.

7. Deathverse.

6. Save Room.

5. Somerville.

4. 41 Hours.

3. Puzzle Bobble 3D Vacation Odyssey.

2. Gotham Knights.

1. Pokemon Violet.

Like I say, it’s a necessary evil but these games are all here because it wasn’t a smooth or enjoyable ride. But the top of the pile is the prime example. Pokemon Violet was and still is the most broken Pokemon game released whilst Gotham Knights felt empty, recycled, and not very fun.

Related Post: Game of the year: Our Top 10 games of 2019

Now for a small recognition list of games I never got to and remembered that fact.

Games I needed more time to play:

  • Norco.
  • Dwarf Fortress.
  • Grounded 1.0.
  • Callisto Protocol.
  • Monkey Island.
  • Tunic.
  • Mario And Rabbids.
  • God of War Ragnarock.
  • Need For Speed Unbound.

More time would have had these games on the other lists but alas it wasn’t to be and now you K ow these games never made it off this list.

Game Of The Year Awards 2022

The next list is basically the second half of a much-needed top 20 games of 2022 but instead, I call it a close but not close enough because why not.

The Close but not close enough Award:

10. Moonscars. 

9.Terror Of Hemasaurus. 

8. Doraemon Story Of Seasons Friends. 

7. Super Woden GP. 

6. Bayonetta 3. 

5. Lil Gator. 

4. Sonic Frontiers. 

3. Xenoblade Chronicles 3. 

2. Monster hunter Rise Sunbreak. 

1. Rainbow Six Extraction. 

Right enough foreplay, let’s get onto the reason you are here, this is the Gertlushgaming Game of The year 2022 list and you are welcome to disagree, just don’t tell me!

Game Of The Year Awards 2022

Game of the year 2022:

10. Sword Of The Vagrant.

9. Modern Warfare 2.

8. Way Of The Hunter.

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Cowabunga Collection.

6. Madden 23.

5. Overwatch 2.

4. NFL Pro Era.

3. Evil West.

2. Elden Ring.

1. Atari 50 The Anniversary Celebration.

There you have it, as I went through reviews, replayed games, and generally put the work in, I went through the game by game until just one remained. A crazy year full of blockbusters and it was truly great fun going through as I honestly didn’t know who would win until the end.

Atari 50 The Anniversary Celebration is the Gertlushgaming game of the year for 2022 as it broke down barriers and set a new benchmark for how games like this are done. It gave an old gamer like me the chance to relive my childhood, rekindle memories and learn about how it all came to be, I cannot thank the devs enough for doing the Atari catalog justice and making this old gamer very happy in 2022 and beyond!

Happy New Year to all of you! Well except for those that hate my list and for you, well have a slightly less happy new year, not a bad one just a mediocre one.


Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!