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The Hottest Holiday Games of 2022

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The holidays are a fantastic time to capitalize on great gaming and gaming accessories deals. However, with that being said, with so much opportunity out there. It cannot be easy to decide just what to buy for yourself or another. The following deals have quite a variety, so we have you covered no matter who you are shopping for. So, without further ado, here are our picks for The Hottest Holiday Games of 2022.

 

5. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have changed how the Pokemon game franchise works by fully implementing an open-world design. However, there are plenty of potential players out there. People who have yet to experience the newest entry in this long-running franchise. That said, it would be a great gift to give someone who enjoys creature capture games or wants to get lost in the Pokemon world. This latest entry sees players exploring the Paldea region. This region is home to a wide variety of Pokemon, some are familiar, and some are exclusive to the region.

Within the choice to pick up a Pokemon game, you must also choose which legendary Pokemon suits you best. Players will be able to explore a vast world full of adventure and many different ways to play. This game would be perfect for someone who already enjoys the Pokemon franchise or perhaps children who you can introduce to the series. This time-honored franchise is still going strong, with its latest entries being among its best-selling. So if you are looking for a gift for someone, look no further than Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

 

4. Harvestella

Harvestella is a JRPG that blends together the combat of a JRPG and the farming aspect of farming sims. This unique blend of genres allows this title to stand out amongst its competition. If you haven’t played a game like Harvestella yet, it essentially consists of you battling creatures as well as farming. You can do both of these activities to your heart’s content. You can take this game as slow or as fast as you want. Both ways feel really rewarding.

So if you or someone you know immensely enjoys JRPGs or farming sims, then Harvestella would certainly be a fine choice. This pick might not be the most conventional, but the hours of fun in this game make it a great alternative to pick up this holiday season. However, if you are searching for romance this holiday, this game also has many romance options that are all fulfilling. So if you haven’t played a game like Harvestella before, this holiday season may be your time to jump in.

3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 cross-play

Another year, another entry into the Call of Duty franchise. What makes this entry stand out among its predecessors? Much of the gameplay has been tweaked to benefit a sower more methodical playstyle. This will be great news for those whose reaction times have faded over the years. With many game modes to enjoy, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 hopes to deliver many different experiences. If you are someone who is familiar with the franchise, then you will feel right at home, especially if you are more fond of the older entries in the series.

If you or someone you know would like to get a taste of how this game is before you buy, then you can try out Call of Duty Warzone 2.0. This is the free-to-play offering this year that takes place on a massive map called Al Mizrah. However, if battle royales aren’t your speed, then there is also the DMZ game mode, which lets the game slow things down in this extraction-style shooter. In closing, Call of Duty has a lot to offer players this holiday season in 2022.

 

2 Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West sees our hero from the critically acclaimed Horizon Zero Dawn, Aloy, try and find her way through new lands. This sequel o Guerilla Games’ breathtaking game sees players exploring new lands and features an all-new and improved combat system. This means that fighting robot dinosaurs has never felt so good. In addition, the character and story writing have only improved in this entry from its predecessor. So if you enjoy a narrative-driven experience, this game could be perfect for you. This game is truly something special, in both the story it tells and how it tells it.

Aloy is a protagonist that has only grown with the series. This makes her a perfect candidate to be at the forefront of this series. Players will also find new levels of challenge within this sequel, meaning if you found the combat in the previous entry lacking, it has been dramatically improved upon. With every motion being made more fluid and easier to combine. So if you are looking for a deep narrative to sink your teeth into or hours of fluid, smooth, rich combat, this title has you covered this holiday 2022.

 

1. God of War: RagnarockGod of War Ragnarok Issues Update on Photo Mode

God of War: Ragnarock is an absolute masterclass in both combat design, as well as storytelling. The story emphasis in this title only builds on what was laid forth by its predecessor. Kratos is a character that continues to have more layers to him and one that we love to journey alongside. If you are unfamiliar, Kratos is the father to his son Atreus, yet he knows very little about how to communicate with his son. Along the way, you will learn more about both of these characters as they make a swathe through the Norse pantheon.

This sequel stands at the pinnacle of the gaming industry right now, and to not pick it up this holiday season is truly an injustice. Players of all kinds of games will undoubtedly find something to love here, whether the writing or the buttery smooth combat. In addition, Kratos is a protagonist who has grown alongside his fans in many ways. This adds to the connection that players can feel when playing this game. So if you are looking for a great experience or to kill some gods, God of War: Ragnarock is a must-buy holiday game of 2022.

 

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Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.