The 2022 Summer Game Fest may not have had any content on God of War Ragnarök, but it did come with some exciting game announcements. Actually, there were so many announcements that it was difficult to keep track of all the upcoming titles. This is exactly why we want to break down the five best game announcements that took place during Summer Game Fest. With so many to pick from, it's impossible to narrow down a list, but these are the ones that had us jump out of our seats with excitement.
With that being said, there are a lot of games that deserve some honorable mentions. Such as Highwater, which is a dystopian survival game that looks to be an extremely immersive title. As well, as Flashback 2 which is finally seeing a sequel, 30 years after the game's original release. Although there are many more games that deserve an honorable mention, it's time to focus on the best, with five of the most exciting game announcements from the 2022 Summer Games Fest.
5. Goat Simulator 3
Nothing's cornier and funnier than Goat Simulator. The game was launched in 2014 and was intended to be a humorous parody of the simulator genre, which at the time was increasing in popularity. Despite the fact that the game was intended to be a fun satire, players were consumed by its bizarre but entertaining gameplay. Which made it all the more fitting that the Goat Simulator 3 announcement trailer came as a parody of Dead Island 2's trailer.
It was a great idea that captured the wacky atmosphere of the game perfectly. You have goats flying across the screen causing mayhem, blowing stuff up, and generally terrorizing the community. After all, that is the glory of Goat Simulator. Also, don't get it mistaken, there isn't a Goat Simulator 2. Coffee Stain Studios seems to have opted out of the game's sequel and instead went ahead and rebranded the second installment as the third game in the series. It may be unconventional, but it's fitting for a game of its stature.
4. Layers of Fears
One game that's got us excited and a bit scared is Blooper Team's new Layers of Fears title. The new installment to the series was officially announced at Summer Games Fest, and the trailer definitely hit the mark. The new title seems to be a re-developed concept of the first two games still with a focus on it being a psychological and psychedelic horror. Given that's why it's adopted the same name. The franchise is well-known for being terrifying, eerie, and outright disturbing; however, the new game appears to be a much improved and enhanced experience.
Take it with a grain of salt, since as the game develops, so does the game's fear factor. Which you won't have to worry about now, but you will sometime in 2023. Furthermore, as much as the game appears to give another thrilling experience, it also is looking to step out of the box this time around. Hopefully, that comes in the form of some original content and exciting surprises.
We all know that when game developers quit their big-name company to pursue other interests in game development, the game generally turns out to be a success. We're hoping this is the case for the new RTS Stormgate, which is being developed by Frost Giant Studies, who are mainly composed of ex-Blizzard employees. As a result, it should allow for a more unique experience, with even more creative possibilities.
This appears to be the direction the game going in as it looks to have an ever-evolving story that collides science fiction with fantasy. We know the game will consist of factions, with two being named which are the Human Resistance and the Infernal Host. We're not exactly sure what the gameplay will entail, but we do know that campaign supports co-op with up to three players, and there is even a 3v3 competitive mode. With so much more to learn about the game, it's exciting to see a new RTS step up and try to innovate the genre.
2. Aliens: Dark Descent
Something we all can get excited over is a new Alien game. Which was announced at the Summer Game Fest with Aliens: Dark Descent. Although the trailer was purely CGI and didn't show actual gameplay, it seemed to be on the right track. Fittingly, it consisted of a lot of sci-fi, horror, and Aliens – which you can't really go wrong with. Especially considering fans have adored these concepts since the debut of the Alien film and video game franchise.
The game is coming sometime in 2023, though no confirmed date just yet. The good news is that it'll be available on all consoles, so no matter what system you have, you'll be able to relive the Alien horror, once again. Just like any game that has a lengthy series of predecessors, what we want is something new. Although Aliens has been done many times, there is still the opportunity for a unique experience from Aliens: Dark Descent. Which ultimately is what has us so excited for the game's announcement.
1. The Last of Us Part 1 PS5 Remake
Surprisingly, what got us furthest out of our chairs was an announcement for a game we know all too well. That being, The Last of Us Part 1 PS5 Remake. Although the announcement was leaked prior to the event, the trailer was still something to drool over, as it appears the game is being completely rebuilt. That means a complete overhaul of the graphics and levels, which will still play the same but with a much sharper and refined experience this time around.
Another important area to note is that the remake will come with the Left Behind DLC included. This is a spin-off of the story that takes a deeper dive into Ellie and Riley's journey together. Which you shouldn't dismiss if you haven't played it yet, since it's a lovely, heartfelt DLC that will surely get the emotions springing again.
The announcement for the game also came with news about The Last of Us HBO series. The show is being co-written and co-produced by Niel Druckmann, the main brains behind The Last of Us video game series. With this in mind, the game's original story should be reflected in the show without too much variation. Now, all we have to do now is wait for an official release date, as so far we just have a broad window of 2023.