KKP’s Most Anticipated Games Of 2022

It’s the new year, meaning a fresh crop of games to look forward to. Here are our top upcoming picks of 2022; hopefully they end up well-made.

Horizon Forbidden West

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

Release Date: 18th February 2022

2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn remains one of the most popular PS4 exclusives and for good reason. It showcased the power of Guerilla Games’ Decima Engine (the same engine Hideo Kojima would use for his Death Stranding) with great sci-fi lore and a beautiful post-apocalyptic open-world to explore. Plus, where else could you fight a robot T-rex by chipping off its armour piece by piece? Horizon Forbidden West promises to be a bigger sequel with improvements, so it’s all we could ask for. Also, robot mammoths? Count me in. – Alleef ‘ComicsLord’ Ashaari

The King of Fighters XV

Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One
Release Date: 17th February

The one true king of 3v3 fighting is back, and this time it’s bringing in a lovely new graphics engine, a slew of new and returning mechanics from past KOF titles, and a bunch of old and new characters. I’m just happy to see the trio of Yashiro, Chris, and Shermie making their 3D debut after being in dream match titles. And even the new version of K9999/Nameless. I also suspect that this will be the KOF to bring in more new people into the franchise thanks to its plethora of options and rollback netcode online play. -Jonathan “Mr Toffee” Leo

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Platforms: PC, Xbox Series, Xbox One, PS5, PS4
Release Date: 25th March 2022

This next Gearbox shooter is essentially Borderlands 4 with magic, swords, and more guns. And the opportunity to build your own character out of the six available classes instead of a predetermined character, which is a nice change of pace from the Borderlands formula. Honestly, the formula doesn’t need to change too much: just add on a wacky and heartfelt story involving Tiny Tina’s crazy imagination, a ton of guns and loot to farm through, dedicated loot drops and all the best things from Borderlands 3, and we’re more than good! -Jonathan “Mr Toffee” Leo

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: 2022

The developers behind Panzer Paladin has a huge undertaking: to not only create the successors to the 2D TMNT beat-em-up games that ruled the late 80s and 90s, but also be on-par (or better) with champions like Streets of Rage 4. The four-player mode, lovely aesthetics, and the inclusion of April O’Neil as a playable character are the few steps in the right direction, at the very least. – Jonathan “Mr Toffee” Leo

River City Girls 2

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: Summer 2022

The RCG is back, and this time Kyoko and Misako are getting extra hands on deck from their boyfriends Riki and Kunio, Provie from River City Underground, and Marian from Double Dragon. This four-player beat-em-up (with online play) features more enemies and more colourful locales than before, as well as the offbeat humour that the first game is known for. If you need more lovely-looking pixel-art beat-em-ups with combos and tag-team moves featuring Double Dragon and River City characters, this sequel is one to watch for later this summer. – Jonathan “Mr Toffee” Leo

Ghostlore

Platform: PC
Release Date: Q2 2022

We love us some action RPGing, especially in isometric format and using an old-school aesthetic. Singapore-made Ghostlore provides us with that and also a rich SEA lore to fall back on. You’ll be butchering toyols and all sorts of SEA monsters and mythical horrors as you get the best gear and acquire the best active and passive skills to kick spiritual butt. And it’s from two people; I always have a soft spot for small dev teams going big doing what they love.

Do keep this indie title on your radar; we did check out an extensive demo of the game. Let’s just say we cannot wait for more ghost-hunting and loot-hoarding! – Jonathan “Mr Toffee” Leo

DNF Duel

Platform: PS4, PS5
Release Date: Summer 2022

More 2D fighting game action, this time from Arc System Works, Nexon, and Neople. Based on the popular Dungeon Fighter Online franchise, this stylish fighting game features a good number of characters with various fighting styles and a streamlined control scheme involving MP-using specials and a Super Move that only can be activated if you’re at 30% or less health. We tried out the beta, and it’s looking promising with the rollback netcode and combo potential. – Jonathan “Mr Toffee” Leo

Afterlove EP

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: Summer 2022

From the same creator of Coffee Talk comes this visual novel rhythm game about loss and love. Pikselnesia combines all that and also presents a great Indonesian backdrop that’s sure to be a new point of view for people outside of Southeast Asia. Personally, the game’s rustic and simple art style is what piqued my interest. -Jonathan “Mr Toffee” Leo

God of War Ragnarok

Platforms: PS5, PS4

Release date: TBC

2018’s God Of War proved that a soft reboot of a game franchise could be entirely different, yet still so good. Sony Santa Monica’s masterpiece of a game was the Game Of The Year for many in 2018 (including myself) and it was no surprise. The game was almost perfect, with phenomenal graphics, music, and of course, combat that felt unbelievably even more satisfying than any of the previous God Of War games. Kratos’ relationship with his son, Atreus, is the emotional crux of the game. I think it’s a great decision on the developer’s part to make God Of War Ragnarok the end of Kratos’ Norse saga. There’s perhaps no other PlayStation exclusive more anticipated than this one. Prepare for Ragnarok, boy! – Alleef ‘ComicsLord’ Ashaari

Bayonetta 3

Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 2022

About frickin’ time. The next big PlatinumGames hyper-action title may feature some mechanics from its last hit Astral Chain; Bayonetta herself may end up giving you control over the Wicked Weave monsters she summons. Other than that and some nice eyecatches and teases (like the swordswoman who may be Jeane), not much is known about the sequel. Regardless, I am amped that this is actually existing. Let’s hope the Nintendo Switch’s hardware can catch up. – Jonathan “Mr Toffee” Leo


Upcoming Games Of 2022 List

January

The Anacrusis – 13th January

Windjammers 2 – 20th January

Pokemon Legends: Arceus – 28th January

February

OlliOlli World – 8th February

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen – 22nd February

Horizon Forbidden West – 18th February

Elden Ring – 25th February

March

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – 25th March

Gran Turismo 7 – 4th March

Chocobo GP – 10th March

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (port) – 17th March

Strangers of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin – 18th March

April

Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp – 8th April

13 Sentinels (Nintendo Switch port) – 12th April

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl – 14th April

May

Forspoken – 24th May

August

Saints Row – 23 August

November

Starfield – 11th November


Games With No Confirmed Dates

Choo-Choo Charles – Q1 2022

DNF Duel – Summer 2022

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Redfall – Summer 2022

Ghostlore – Q2 2022

Arc Raiders

Bayonetta 3

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk

Ghostwire Tokyo

Nightingale

God of War Ragnarok

Cursed To Golf

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

Metal Slug Tactics

Marvel’s Midnight Suns – Late 2022

Company of Heroes 3

Total War: Warhammer 3

Gotham Knights

Suicide Squad Kills The Justice League

Warhammer 40k: Darktide

Baldur’s Gate 3

Kerbal Space Program 2

Wizard With A Gun

Multiversus

Hollow Knight: Silksong

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Author: Team KKP

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