Looking back on 2022 it becomes clear that this was one of the best years in video gaming, we saw a number of stellar releases both in the indie and AAA space. We also saw some incredible upgrades for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series and best of all, we got two of the best games ever made in Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarok.

2022 was also the year CD Projekt Red began its redemption arc, the studio released excellent next-gen upgrades for both Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3. Not everything from 2022 was great however, the industry took major steps toward consolidation with Microsoft, Sony and The Embracer Group all contributing to this problem.

Also, Stadia ate dirt…lol. Anyway, here’s the best of 2022.

Best Action: Horizon Forbidden West

Runner Up: Bayonetta 3

Community Award: Horizon Forbidden West

Best Adventure: God of War Ragnarok

Runner Up: Elden Ring

Community Award: God of War Ragnarok

Best Art Direction: Omori

Runner Up: Elden Ring

Community Award: Elden Ring

Best Console Upgrade: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Runner Up: Cyberpunk 2077

Community Award: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Dancing / Rhythm: Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival

Runner Up: Soundfall

Community Award: Soundfall

Best Expansion: Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

Runner Up: Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Community Award: Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

Best Fighter: MultiVersus

Runner Up: The King of Fighters XV

Community Award: MultiVersus

Best First-Person Shooter: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Runner Up: Gundam Evolution

Community Award: Gundam Evolution

Best Indie: Omori

Runner Up: Vampire Survivors

Community Award: Omori

Best Mobile: Vampire Survivors

Runner Up: Apex Legends Mobile

Community Award: Vampire Survivors

Best Multiplayer: Elden Ring

Runner Up: Gran Turismo 7

Community Award: Elden Ring

Best Narrative: God of War Ragnarok

Runner Up: Elden Ring

Community Award: God of War Ragnarok

Best Ongoing: Final Fantasy XIV

Runner Up: Genshin Impact

Community Award: Genshin Impact

Best Platformer / Puzzle: Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Runner Up: The Artful Escape

Community Award: Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Best Performance: Christopher Judge as Kratos (God of War Ragnarok)

Runner Up: Richard Schiff as Odin (God of War Ragnarok)

Community Award: Christopher Judge as Kratos (God of War Ragnarok)

Best Racing: Gran Turismo 7

Runner Up: Need for Speed Unbound

Community Award: Gran Turismo 7

Best Remake: The Last of Us Part I

Runner Up: Tactics Ogre: Reborn

Community Award: The Last of Us Part I

Best Remaster: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion

Runner Up: Live A Live

Community Award: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion

Best Role-Playing: Elden Ring

Runner Up: Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Community Award: Elden Ring

Best Simulation / Strategy: Triangle Strategy

Runner Up: Marvel’s Midnight Suns

Community Award: Marvel’s Midnight Suns

Best Soundtrack: God of War Ragnarok

Runner Up: Elden Ring

Community Award: God of War Ragnarok

Best Sport: FIFA 23

Runner Up: F1 22

Community Award: FIFA 23

Best Survival / Horror: Omori

Runner Up: The Callisto Protocol

Community Award: Omori

Best Visuals: A Plague Tale: Requiem

Runner Up: Gran Turismo 7

Community Award: God of War Ragnarok

Best Visual Novel: Witch on the Holy Night

Runner Up: AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative

Community Award: Witch on the Holy Night

Best VR / AR: Moss: Book II

Runner Up: Among Us VR

Community Award: Moss: Book II

Best PS4 Game: Elden Ring

Runner Up: God of War Ragnarok

Community Award: God of War Ragnarok

Best PS5 Game: Elden Ring

Runner Up: God of War Ragnarok

Community Award: God of War Ragnarok

Best PC Game: Elden Ring

Runner Up: God of War

Community Award: Elden Ring

Best Switch Game: Nier: Automata The End of Yorha Edition

Runner Up: Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Community Award: Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Best Xbox One Game: Elden Ring

Runner Up: Vampire Survivors

Community Award: Elden Ring

Best Xbox Series Game: Elden Ring

Runner Up: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Community Award: Elden Ring

Game of the Year: Elden Ring

Runner Up: God of War Ragnarok

Community Award: God of War Ragnarok

Developer of the Year: FromSoftware

Runner Up: Sony Santa Monica Studio

Community Award: Sony Santa Monica Studio

Most Anticipated: Final Fantasy XVI

Runner Up: Hogwarts Legacy

Community Award: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

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