Games of the Year 2022: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is extremely fun for what it is. It's a brawler in the old 90s arcade style of beat em up games.
Don't get me wrong, it has some modern conveniences and additions as well. You can mix and match local co-op play, online co-op play, and online matchmaking. It makes it super easy to get a lot of co-op players on screen quickly. You can go all the way up to six players instead of just four. There's a whole story mode with some meta-progression and unlockables. There are difficulty modes and minor differences in character stats.
But all of that is secondary to the fact that this is a TMNT beat em up at its core. If you liked the old TMNT games in this style (like I do) then you'll probably like this one too.
My son and I played through the entire main game the first night we checked it out on Game Pass. Most of that time was with a full crew of six co-op players. We had an amazing time and it only took about 2 hours all-in. Since then, my kids and I have been randomly picking up the game and playing a few levels at a time just for fun.
This is one of the more enjoyable multiplayer experiences I've had this year so it lands surprisingly high in my rankings coming in just below the top five:
- Elden Ring
- FFXIV Endwalker
- Citizen Sleeper
- The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus
- Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers Edition
- Halo Infinite
- Vampire Survivors
- Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Triangle Strategy
- Mario Strikers: Battle League
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Nobody Saves the World
- Total War: Warhammer 3
I love easily accessible multiplayer games with some depth to them that my kids and I can play together. This one definitely hit the mark for my family.