The Xbox Series X|S offers players a next-generation gaming experience for a relatively low cost. With stunning graphical fidelity and immense processing power within the console, it has the potential to bring us some of the most ambitious titles ever to be released. 2022 was an excellent year for the console, with plenty of titles making their mark on the year. So without further ado, here are our picks for the Best Xbox Series X|S Games of 2022, Ranked.
5. Two Point Campus
If you have ever dreamed of owning and operating your own college campus, then Two Point Campus should be right up your alley. This game puts you in control of essentially every aspect of college life and running a college, but without all the actual responsibility. Players who will want to overachieve in this game must also take great care of their students. Doing so will ensure your institution’s success.
While this game may not have garnered as much attention as other entries on this list, the quality that goes into the procedurally generated students is admirable. If players have not played a simulation game like this before, then this is a great title to jump in. If you aren’t interested in the structured world of running a college campus, however, there is also a creative mode that plays quite a bit more free and loose than its more strict counterpart. In closing, if you are unfamiliar with the Two Point series, this is a great place to start, as this game has been critically acclaimed for its attention to detail and gameplay.
4. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is an equally zany spinoff of the beloved Borderlands series. The game retains the commitment to solid FPS mechanics, making playing a Borderlands title fun. In addition, the game’s setting is also quite interesting as it is set within a tabletop RPG. This makes for a really cool setting to explore around and is a unique premise overall. Another unique aspect of the game is how it incorporates the game’s overworld into the gameplay.
Players can create their own character this time, making for a more personable overall experience. While the gameplay feels more like a classic Borderlands title and plays it rather safe, one area in which the game innovates is its level design. The levels within this world all have a fantastical feel, which adds to the magic of this title. Additionally, the setting of this game makes it a fantastic place. Leaving plenty of room for players who are unfamiliar with the Borderlands series to jump in. If players decide to take the plunge, they will be greeted with some of the best FPS mechanics we have seen in quite some time. In closing, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is one of the best Xbox Series X|S of 2022.
3. Evil West
While it may have released late in the year, Evil West is a stylish, smooth adventure through an Old West-inspired world of vampires and hunters. The overall aesthetic is very reminiscent of the old PS2-era Darkwatch games. Additionally, the game features several weapons players can use to have a significant effect. While the story is relatively standard, the gameplay is where this title shines—taking inspiration from other action greats such as the God of War and Devil May Cry series. The game features gory satisfying combat from start to finish.
Additionally, the game can be played with a friend cooperatively. This adds to the experience and makes it fun to be blasting monsters apart. The unique finishers that can be unleashed on your foes are also quite the spectacle and rarely get old. There are also boss enemies with unique mechanics that must be learned to overcome them. At the same time, this game may have flown under some players’ radar this year. In no part due to all the releases we have been graced with, it should certainly not be missed by players.
2. Slime Rancher 2
Slime Rancher 2 is a delightful sequel to the original Slime Rancher. In this sequel, you will be responsible for running as many slimes as possible. These slimes all have their own unique biomes and eating habits that must be tended to. As you care for these slimes, they will drop Plorts which can be used as the in-game currency to upgrade their habitats. In addition, players can research various technologies to make their ranching efforts a bit easier on them as well.
This game can be extremely relaxing to play, as there is very little pressure to complete tasks. This allows the player to play at their own pace. A new focus has been placed on what exactly you feed your slimes as well, with certain foods changing how the slimes will react. Basically, the game loop is providing your slimes with the right food. They, in turn, create Plorts which you can use as currency to upgrade their environments. So if players are into farming games or games requiring you to take care of pets, Slime Rancher 2 is a fantastic choice for the Xbox Series X|S in 2022.
Grounded is a fantastic cooperative title with a unique premise. Players are shrunk down and must survive in the wilds of the backyard. This means encountering everyday insects and animals can quickly become a hassle. The game heavily emphasizes team play, as you must come together to overcome these challenges. There are also base-building elements in this game that have you roughing it out against nature.
Players are able to use clever craftables to solve in-game problems, such as a terrifying spider chasing you. In addition, there are many different traps and lures that you can use to outwit your enemies. As if the fear of surviving wasn’t enough, with the game featuring starvation and dehydration mechanics. Many spiders will chase down you and your team. One of the unique features of this game is an accessibility setting that accounts for those with arachnophobia, which is great to see. In conclusion, Grounded is one of the best gaming experiences you can have this year and should not be slept on.
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