We’ve spent all week doling out our honors for best of each platform, but it’s all been building to this: Siliconera’s Game of the Year 2022. Will it be what you expect? Some of our picks may surprise you, but what’s certain is that each of them more than deserves your time.
These awards represent the consensus of the Siliconera staff. For more of the year’s award selections, check out our Game of the Year 2022 archive.
Winner: Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Weaving together the first two games while also building out its own world was a tall task for Xenoblade Chronicles 3. But hey, it somehow managed it! It delivers a heaping helping of game, without making the all-too-common misstep of diluting quality or generally spreading itself too thin. Memorable characters! Battle systems with so many options that you probably won’t see them all! This is the sort of stuff players wanted to see from the franchise’s latest installment, and they got it. This, along with so many other successes, earns it the title of Siliconera’s 2022 Game of the Year.
Pokemon Legends Arceus
Not the game you were expecting here? Understandable! Its tech limitations make it less of a great Switch game than a game in general, but we can’t deny just how much fun we had playing Pokemon Legends Arceus. It may have been intended as an experimental side game to try out ideas for Scarlet and Violet, but we hope the Legends formula continues to see life in its own sub-franchise.
We said we’d never forget Signalis, and we certainly haven’t yet! Offering a survival horror experience with a world worth exploring and truly memorable moments, Signalis is a triumph for games of its atmosphere and genre.
Thanks for checking out our Game of the Year awards! Missed any of our selections? Check out the archive.