Games of the Year 2022: Gotham Knights

Gotham Knights is an interesting entry on this list.  As much as any game can be measured objectively... this one isn't great.  It feels like a solid 7 out of 10 type of game and it's hard to argue for it to be rated much higher than that.

But, for me, this is one of the 7 out of 10 games that just hit right and kept me interested.  I was craving an open world game and I enjoy the Batman/Gotham setting.  This hit at the right time and was good enough to keep me coming back to play more.

It's extremely rough around the edges, doesn't always feel great to play, is full of compromises and odd decisions... but I had fun messing around in it.  Honestly, this is probably higher on my list than it would have been if any other open world game hit around the same time.  The release timing on Gotham Knights was right around the time we typically get Assassin's Creed games which tend to scratch the same itch for me.  Without one of those around this year, my attention was put into this instead.

So, although it's hard for me to recommend this one to anyone else, I ultimately enjoyed my time as Batgirl roaming the Gotham streets and digging into the Court of Owls storyline.  This one ends up slightly higher than the middle of my ranking, right next to Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin:

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  3. FFXIV Endwalker
  4. Citizen Sleeper
  5. The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe
  6. Horizon Forbidden West
  7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
  8. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  9. Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers Edition
  10. Cult of the Lamb
  11. Neon White
  12. Halo Infinite
  13. Vampire Survivors
  14. Gotham Knights
  15. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
  16. Playdate Season 1
  17. Immortality
  18. Cyberpunk 2077
  19. Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC
  20. Triangle Strategy
  21. Mario Strikers: Battle League
  22. Multiversus Pre-Season
  23. Stray
  24. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  25. Nobody Saves the World
  26. Unpacking
  27. Kaichu
  28. Tinykin
  29. Splatoon 3
  30. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  31. Shovel Knight Dig
  32. Total War: Warhammer 3
  33. Tunic
Similarly to Maneater in 2020, I wouldn't recommend this one to many people but I personally had fun with it.  I really don't expect to see it on anyone else's games of the year list, but that's totally ok with me.


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