Metacritic's Best Game Of 2022 Isn't Elden Ring Or God Of War

Metacritic's Best Game Of 2022 Isn't Elden Ring Or God Of War
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Tom Chapman


14th Dec 2022 15:40

The gaming world has belonged to the big three in 2022, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Elden Ring, and God of War Ragnarok shooting, hacking, and slashing their way to the top of the charts. 

There's an obvious difference between commercial and critical success, but for at least two of these games, they've been held as some of the greatest games of all time. 

While Modern Warfare 2 is a pretty standard Call of Duty game, Elden Ring and Ragnarok brought something new to the fantasy genre. Still, they apparently aren't the "best" games of 2022. 

What Is Metacritic's Best Game Of 2022?

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If you look on Metacritic right now, the best game of the year on all platforms is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt Red's new-gen remaster is only just out, but it's already soared to the top of Metacritic. 

With a beefy 97/100, it looks like this 2022 revamp of the 2015 title is winning everyone over. Considering the original is one of the best-selling games of all time and was equally praised for its content, was anyone really surprised?

In second place, we have the Portal Companion Collection (scoring 96). These repackaged games brought Valve's fan favourites to the Nintendo Switch. It's wild to think that until a matter of days ago, this game would've won 2022 as its best game.

After these two goliaths, Elden Ring takes third, followed by Persona 5, and then God of War Ragnarok. The Top 5 isn't surprising anyone, however, Elden Ring and Ragnarok duking it out at the Game Awards for Game of the Year means you might've thought they'd place higher.

What Will Be The Best Game Of 2023?

Looking at next year, there's some stiff competition. Although we doubt anything will topple Elden Ring in terms of its genre-defining legacy, there are still some juggernauts on the way.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is sure to continue the success of 2017's Breath of the Wild, while also joining the Zelda dynasty. We'd also put out money on Respawn Entertainment's Star Wars Jedi: Survivor giving everyone else a run for their money. 

Bethesda is trying something different to The Elder Scrolls and Fallout with Starfield on Xbox, while PlayStation is rivalling this with Final Fantasy XVI. Finally, let's not forget Hogwarts Legacy is finally getting on its broomstick.

2022 might've given us a smorgasbord of games to enjoy, but arguably, that's nothing compared to what 2023 is bringing to the table.

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