Our Favorite Games Of 2022 To Pick Up During Black Friday Sales

It’s a great time of the year to be a gamer. Not only is it awards season, which affords us the opportunity to look back on a year of releases and reflect on what we loved while identifying which bonafide classics we might have missed, it’s also the best time to pick up a bargain with holiday sales kicking off with events like Black Friday.

To that end, we figured we’d celebrate both by taking a look back at our favorite and best-reviewed games of 2022 and trawling the internet for the hottest deals on them during Black Friday week to help you pick up any gems you might have pissed off at the best possible price. Take a look at our recommendations below:

God of War Ragnarök

Our Score: 9.5/10

“God of War Ragnarok is a triumph. Santa Monica Studio has successfully taken everything that was great about the last game and amplified it while correcting just about every problem area and then some.”

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God Of War Ragnarok Review – A Triumph Of Godlike Proportions

Sonic Frontiers

Our Score: 7.5/10

“It’s not perfect, but it tries its heart out and I came away with warm memories of an uneven game.”

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Sonic Frontiers Review – Brave New Zone

Pokémon Scarlet/Pokémon Violet

Our Score: 7.5/10

“New ideas, some quality of life improvements, and some excellent new Pokémon designs make the trip to Paldea worthwhile.”

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Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Review – A Tantalizing Lens Into The Future

The Chant

Our Score: 7.5/10

“The Chant combines a unique setting and premise with striking art direction to offer an experience that feels wholly unique as a game.”

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The Chant Review – A Surprising And Psychedelic Adventure

Bayonetta 3

Our Score: 9/10

“Bayonetta 3 successfully reinvents itself in many ways to offer an experience that feels worthy of the title of sequel.”

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Bayonetta 3 Review – An Experience You Won’t Forget

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Our Score: 7/10

“As a sequel to the Modern Warfare reboot, Modern Warfare 2 feels like both a celebration of the series’ original trilogy as well as “the team” at its core.”

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Campaign Review – Playing It Safe

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Our Score: 8.5/10

“Smart iteration on established mechanics and pitch-perfect pacing lead the way to a journey across some breathtaking locales that ups the ante in nearly every way by its shocking conclusion.”

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A Plague Tale: Requiem Review – A Provencial Tail

Gotham Knights

Our Score: 7.5/10

“Gotham Knights is both something different and something familiar for Batman fans. While the new role-playing elements create some pacing issues throughout the story, the breadth of abilities and ease of progression stop the experience from being as tedious as it could have been.”

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Gotham Knights Review – Batman Without Batman

Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope

Our Score: 9/10

“While Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is a markedly different game than Kingdom Battle, it’s a more than worthy sequel that successfully steps into its own space within the realm of turn-based strategy. It’s undoubtedly one of the best games on the Switch, and one of the best showings from Ubisoft in recent years.”

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Review – An Adventure Worth Raving About

Splatoon 3

Our Score: 8.5/10

“This is the most feature-complete and tightly designed Splatoon to date, and you’d be missing out if you choose to pass it up.”

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Splatoon 3 Review – A Splattin’ Good Time

The Last of Us Part I

Our Score: 9/10

“The Last Of Us: Part I is without doubt the most definitive version of The Last of Us on the market.”

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The Last Of Us Part I Review – Makes Every Shot Count

Saints Row

Our Score: 7/10

“The new Saints Row doesn’t break any new ground, however it’s still a relatively fun time. If you’re a fan of the series, there’s no reason not to give this one a spin.”

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Saints Row Review – An Enjoyable Reboot

Two Point Campus

Our Score: 8/10

“Two Point Campus is another excellent entry from Two Point Studios that showcases not only more of the team’s penchant for humorous and accessible management sim gameplay but genuine love for the genre.”

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Two Point Campus Review – A New Twist On Management Sims

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Our Score: 8/10

“Whether you’re new to the series or a veteran, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is stylish, intriguing, super fun, and well worth checking out for RPG fans.”

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review – A Darker Expansive Adventure

Stray

Our Score: 9/10

“Stray is a brisk and relentlessly charming adventure that offers a very unique window into a gorgeous sci-fi world. It won’t challenge your mind or your reflexes too much but it’ll absolutely delight your senses. Importantly, it’s a video game with a dedicated ‘meow’ button, and what could possibly be better than that?”

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Stray Review – A Meow-mentous Adventure

Mario Strikers: Battle League Football

Our Score: 7.5/10

“Mario Strikers: Battle League is a fun time that is easy enough for anyone to pickup and play but still with enough depth to mean it should keep players engaged for a long period of time.”

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Mario Strikers: Battle League Football Review – Full Of Personality

Nintendo Switch Sports

Our Score: 7.5/10

“Nintendo Switch Sports feels familiar, yet still remains fun after all these years, especially when played with groups of friends.”

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Nintendo Switch Sports Review – Still A Fun Time

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Our Score: 8.5/10

“I’ve been around the block(s) with TT’s games for some 15 years now, and this is without a doubt the best thing they’ve ever snapped together. If you’re a gamer who’s young or young-at-heart-container, I’d be very surprised if this didn’t instantly click with you.”

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review – Feel The Co-Op Within You

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Our Score: 8/10

“While Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands doesn’t offer a vastly different experience from what came before, it does venture outside of its comfort zone enough to establish its own identity. It’s an excellent extension of the already great Assault On Dragon Keep, and is a worthwhile adventure for any fan of the series, with extensive build crafting, an entertaining cast of characters, and a world worth exploring.”

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Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Review – More Than A One Shot Adventure

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Our Score: 7.5/10

“A compelling concept and a beautifully realized world, Ghostwire: Tokyo leverages Japanese folklore and a unique combat system to provide a unique open-world experience.”

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Ghostwire: Tokyo Review – A Dense And Wild Tour

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Our Score: 8.5/10

“Kirby and the Forgotten Land takes the Kirby franchise to new heights in new and interesting ways.”

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Kirby And The Forgotten Land Review – A Decent Step Forward

Gran Turismo 7

Our Score: 9/10

“Gran Turismo 7 is a car-lover’s dream. Whether you love cars already or have just started your journey into being a car person, GT7 wants to welcome you to the community with open arms, get you up to speed and give you everything it can to help you enjoy cars in whatever ways it’s able .”

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Gran Turismo 7 Review – Approachable Simulation

Elden Ring

Our Score: 9.5/10

“Elden Ring is without a doubt, FromSoft’s most ambitious undertaking yet, and like Dark Souls before it, I believe it will leave a permanent mark on both the open-world genre and the games industry in general.”

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Elden Ring Review – A Formula Perfected

Horizon Forbidden West

Our Score: 10/10

“Horizon Forbidden West is an exceedingly clever sequel, a deep and addictive action RPG, a dense world that unfolds with an impeccable sense of pace, a visual tour de force and the masterful delivery of a promising concept.”

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Horizon Forbidden West Review – An Exceedingly Clever Sequel

Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Our Score: 8/10

“Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a solid step-up from Dying Light in almost every way.”

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Dying Light 2 Stay Human Review – A Fluid & Frenetic Adventure

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Our Score: 8/10

“While it might not provide the visual fidelity and exploration we might wish for in an open-world-esque Pokémon game, it does provide a satisfying and addicting gameplay loop, alongside a surprisingly enjoyable narrative to boot.”

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Review – The Evolution We’ve Been Waiting For

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

Our Score: 9.5/10

“Naughty Dog’s finest shine on the PS5 hardware and if you haven’t played these games, you’re in for an absolute treat, and if you’re returning to these games, you can expect to be blown away all over again, if not for the enhanced visuals alone.”

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Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection Review – A Visual Delight

FIFA 23

Our Score: 8/10

“This year’s FIFA is a comprehensive package for football fans thanks to HyperMotion 2, big reworks to FIFA Ultimate Team and the introduction of the FA Women’s Super League and the French Division 1 Feminine.”

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FIFA 23 Review – A Much Needed Refresh

NBA 2K23

Our Score: 8/10

“Refinements to core aspects of NBA 2K23’s gameplay make for some of the most fluid and enjoyable action seen in several years, and it’s all capped off with the excellent Jordan Challenge.”

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NBA 2K23 Review – A Solid Step Forward

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