While some games live and die the year they’re released, others continue to thrive long after their debut. We’re here to celebrate the games that still shine, from metaverse shooters to payload changers, sprawling RPGs, and more.
Be sure to come back next week when we announce the winners of IGN’s Best of 2022 awards.
Best ongoing game of 2022
It may be hard to believe, but Destiny 2 first welcomed players into its world in 2017. Since then, it’s continued to build itself into something like nothing else on the market, and it’s a game that constantly calls its guards back into service. The Witch Queen is the latest call to action, and we said it represents “the best expansion Destiny has ever received.” Not only does it have an incredibly compelling campaign, but it also offers players a world-class raid, new abilities, and weapons that shake up the gameplay in a way never before seen in the game. It’s one of those games that keeps us smiling through endless hours of endless content, and it’s a reminder of why we love games and are so invested in worlds like Destiny.
Final Fantasy XIV
Another year, another nomination for this critically acclaimed game – and for good reason! The end of 2021 brought us the wonderful Endwalker expansion, which with it came a triumphant conclusion to the long-running game Hydaelyn vs. Zodiark arc, as well as several quality of life fixes that have made the game more accessible to everyone – including those who want to enjoy the story on their own. With a new adventure on the horizon, there’s no better time than the present to jump into Final Fantasy XIV!
Fortnite continues to be a creative, fun and ever-changing battle royale game. The game kicked off 2022 with a brand new map, an epic Spider-Man: No Way Home collaboration, and a new story that introduced The Rock, Joel McHale, Rahul Kohli, and Brie Larson as the main characters. Fortnite has continued to collaborate with brands like Uncharted, Ralph Lauren, and even the Wu-Tang Clan. At the end of last season, Fortnite started covering the entire map in chrome, allowing for a fun traversal mechanic that just proves when you see Fortnite do it all, they come up with something completely new.
We first embarked on our journey through the magical open world of Teyvat in September 2020, in search of our hero’s lost brother, and in search of the secrets behind this magical land and the gods that rule it. Since then, the epic story of Genshin Impact has steadily unfolded through regular, meticulous updates to the Hoyoverse, presenting us with extraordinary characters and new challenges to face; Version 3.0, released in August 2022, unveils the vast country of Sumeru, whose deserts and rainforests contain all sorts of secrets. As the adventure expands with each update, the land of Teyvat truly feels dynamic and alive, with limited-time events and special game modes that draw us back again and again.
In 2022, Overwatch has undergone its biggest evolution since the hero shooter launched over six years ago. It’s still the vibrant and often exhilarating objective-based team game, but the change from 6v6 to 5v5 and the addition of three new heroes and an exciting new mode have greatly refreshed it. It’s a very different shooter than when it was first released – less of a tactical chess match and made up of fierce skirmishes – but still, crucially, a lot of fun. Questions about the new free-to-play model, the battle pass, and the exorbitant store fees that come with it still come up regularly, but on the battlefield Overwatch 2 feels more satisfying to play than it has at any time in the past couple of years. For that alone, there’s reason to be optimistic about its future, as Blizzard aims to reach the heights it has once again.
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