2022 was very rich in thick releases: from Pokemon Arceus Legends to Gran Turismo 7, passing through Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarok, A Plague Tale Requiem and many others. With dozens of releases every month, not all titles manage to enjoy good visibility and many productions end up being ignored, or almost.
With this our Top 5 we want rekindle the spotlight on a series of critically well-received games but largely ignored by the public. You are ready? let’s begin!
As pointed out in our review of Ghostwire Tokyo, the game developed by Tango Gameworks (studio author of The Evil Within) is a good horror with a setting of sure impact and a nice design, with solid if not perfect gameplay in some areas. Ghostwire Tokyo was released in March on PS5 and PC but went unnoticed by the general public… who knows if a forthcoming arrival on Game Pass can reverse the fate of this unfortunate production.
Live A Live
Welcomed and revered by JRPG enthusiastsLive A Live is the revival of a Square role-playing game released in 1994 only in Japan on Super Nintendo. In 2022 the title debuts for the first time ever in the West but something is not going right: Live A Live has sold 500,000 copies, just over double the original release for SNES which stopped just under 300,000 copies almost thirty years ago.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Sequel to the acclaimed Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (to date the best-selling third-party game on the Nintendo Switch), Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope released in October during a rather busy period and did not enjoy the media boost obtained by its predecessor . The Ubisoft Milano game is a small pearl and expands the Mario + Rabbids formula, a game that we strongly advise you to catch up maybe in view of the end of year holidays. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope review is just a click away.
Two Point Campus
What happens if the authors of Two Point Hospital (spiritual heir to Theme Hospital) decide to leave the hospital wards and move to a crowded university campus? Nasce Two Point Campus, a “young and sprint” managerial game released in August also on Game Pass, however recording sales below expectations. A pity, to find out more here is the review of Two Point Campus.
Soul Hackers 2
Soul Hackers 2 shares the publisher (SEGA) and the same fate with Two Point Campus: sales not in line with expectationsalthough the publisher expects these to grow in the future thanks to a series of initiatives such as the arrival of DLC and expansions and perhaps any price cuts. To find out more here is the review of Soul Hackers 2.
Bonus: Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series
Special mention for Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Seriesfor years Bandai Namco’s big cat fans have been asking for a new game in the series or in any case for the IP to come back to life and they were satisfied last summer with this collection which includes Klonoa Door to Phantomile e Klonoa 2 Lunatea’s Veil. The result? No one seems to have noticed the release and Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series has gone almost completely unnoticed. But there is always time to recover it, perhaps on Nintendo Switch.