Hard as it is to believe, 2022 is about to come to a close. As we get ready to ring in a new year it’s good to take a look back at the year in Xbox games for 2022. While it wasn’t the greatest year for first-party releases from Xbox Game Studios (and that’s putting it kindly) there were still plenty of exciting third-party releases.
Below is a rundown of some of the biggest Xbox games in 2022, in so specific order. Bear in mind that this Xbox 2022 wrap up is in no way meant to be an all-inclusive list of the best Xbox games in 2022; instead, think of it as a highlight reel. We’ve included Xbox Store links for your convenience.
The world is a vast, beautiful, and dangerous place – especially when you have been shrunken to the size of an ant. Explore, build, and survive together in this cooperative survival-adventure. Can you thrive alongside the hordes of giant insects, fighting to survive the perils of the backyard?
Uncover the mysteries while playing through the story!
How did you wind up so small? Who did this to you? How do you go home? These are all answers you will uncover as you play through the story.
Solo or with friends – anytime!
You can face the backyard alone or together, online, with up to three friends. Not only that, but with the Shared Worlds feature, you can continue to play in your shared world even if the original host is not on, with all your progression saving!
Overwatch 2 is an always-on and ever-evolving free-to-play, team-based action game set in an optimistic future, where every match is the ultimate 5v5 battlefield brawl. Team up with friends and dive into the reimagined PvP experience as a time-jumping freedom fighter, a beat-dropping battlefield DJ, or one of over 30 other unique heroes as you battle it out around the globe.
Explore a land filled with lost legends, ancient powers, and ferocious monsters in TUNIC, an isometric action game about a small fox on a big adventure. Stranded in a ruined land, and armed with only your own curiosity, you will confront colossal beasts, collect strange and powerful items, and unravel long-lost secrets.
High on Life
From the Co-Creator of Rick & Morty and Solar Opposites, comes High On Life.
Fresh out of high school with no job and no ambition, you’ve really got nothing going for you until an alien cartel that wants to get high off humanity invades Earth. Now, you and a team of charismatic talking guns must answer the hero’s call and become the deadliest intergalactic bounty hunter the cosmos has ever seen.
Travel to a variety of biomes and locations across the cosmos, go up against the nefarious Garmantuous and his gang of goons, collect loot, meet unique characters, and more, in the latest comedy adventure from Justin Roiland!
DEATHLOOP is a next-gen first person shooter from Arkane Lyon, the award-winning studio behind Dishonored. In DEATHLOOP, two rival assassins are trapped in a mysterious timeloop on the island of Blackreef, doomed to repeat the same day for eternity. As Colt, the only chance for escape is to end the cycle by assassinating eight key targets before the day resets. Learn from each cycle – try new paths, gather intel, and find new weapons and abilities. Do whatever it takes to break the loop.
Rise, Tarnished, and be guided by grace to brandish the power of the Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord in the Lands Between.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare II
Welcome to the new era of Call of Duty®.
Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II drops players into an unprecedented global conflict that features the return of the iconic Operators of Task Force 141.
Infinity Ward brings fans state-of-the-art gameplay, with all-new gun handling, advanced AI system, a new Gunsmith and a suite of other gameplay and graphical innovations that elevate the franchise to new heights.
Modern Warfare® II launches with a globe-trotting single-player campaign, immersive Multiplayer combat and an evolved Special Ops game mode featuring tactical co-op gameplay.
You also get access to Call of Duty®: Warzone™ 2.0, the all-new Battle Royale experience.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
Stay frosty in the Wonderlands this holiday season with ice-cold guns, spells, and gear! Embark on an epic adventure full of whimsy, wonder, and high-powered weaponry! Bullets, magic, and broadswords collide across this chaotic fantasy world brought to life by the unpredictable Tiny Tina.
Roll your own multiclass hero and loot, shoot, slash, and cast your way through outlandish monsters and loot-filled dungeons on a quest to stop the tyrannical Dragon Lord. Everyone’s welcome, so join the party, throw on your adventuring boots, and be Chaotic Great!
A Plague Tale: Requiem
Far across the sea, an island calls…
Embark on a heartrending journey into a brutal, breathtaking world twisted by supernatural forces.
After escaping their devastated homeland, Amicia and Hugo travel far south, to new regions and vibrant cities. There, they attempt to start a new life and control Hugo’s curse.
But, when Hugo’s powers reawaken, death and destruction return in a flood of devouring rats. Forced to flee once more, the siblings place their hopes in a prophesized island that may hold the key to saving Hugo.
Discover the cost of saving those you love in a desperate struggle for survival. Strike from the shadows or unleash hell, overcoming foes and challenges with a variety of weapons, tools and unearthly powers.
Persona 5 Royal
Prepare for the award-winning RPG experience in this definitive edition of Persona 5 Royal, featuring a treasure trove of downloadable content included!
Forced to transfer to a high school in Tokyo, the protagonist has a strange dream. “You truly are a prisoner of fate. In the near future, ruin awaits you.” With the goal of “rehabilitation” looming overhead, he must save others from distorted desires by donning the mask of a Phantom Thief.
The following are a few bonus games from 2022 that were too good to go unmentioned in our Xbox 2022 wrap up.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredders’ Revenge
- Need for Speed: Unbound
- Olli Olli World
Xbox 2022 wrap up…um, wrap up
So there you have it—our Xbox 2022 wrap up. All in all Xbox had a pretty strong 2022 despite a dearth of AAA first-party releases. This is largely thanks to Game Pass, which continues to strengthen its position as the best gaming service out there. And 2023 is shaping up to be the best year yet for the next gen Series X|S console, with several AAA releases on the slate from Xbox Game Studios and others including Forza Motorsport, Redfall, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, Atomic Heart, Minecraft Legends, Dead Island 2, Diablo IV, Street Fighter 6, Dead Space Remake, and of course Starfield.
Featured image via Twinfinite.