Coming Games of Interest — Blaugust 2022 Edition
This is something of a series, albeit a fairly irregular one. The last one of these I did was August last year, and as is often the way with these posts… The accuracy of my predictions was fairly hit-and-miss.
For one, it seems with these games of higher than usual interest that I don’t make much allowance for the fact that they might end up… You know… Not very good. From the last batch, that applied mostly to Battlefield 2042. Large chunks of the game have been ripped out or cut down now, but it doesn’t seem to be in full maintenance-only mode just yet. Even so, I think within my friend group, it’s too late to find any traction with us. This is a shame, as historically, at least, I’ve enjoyed the Battlefield series far and away better than Call of Duty.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker I purchased, but, um… Well. I’ve completed Heavensward, at least. But no further than that. So I still have to get through Stormblood and Shadowbringers before the Endwalker purchase becomes particularly meaningful. (I did at least get a new XP accessory from it, though!)
Dying Light 2 ended up getting deferred from the December 2021 release date I had it down as to February 2022. That was quite unfortunate, as it put it right up against Lost Ark and Elden Ring both. Suffice it to say, it held no hope of winning in that context.
I do still wish to play it… But who knows when now?
At least a few games that would’ve made this list for the remainder of 2022 have had their release dates bumped back into 2023 now as well. Perhaps the two biggest (to me) would be Starfield and The Midnight Suns.
In fact, looking through the releases that are (at this stage) releasing before the end of the year that I have a high degree of interest in is a fairly short list. Much shorter than usual, at least!
But let’s take a look even so…
The Games of Interest — Rest of 2022
|Game||Release Date||Game Function|
|Spider-Man Remastered (PC)||13 August||Singleplayer|
|A Plague Tale: Requiem||19 October||Singleplayer|
|Warhammer 40,000: Darktide||30 November||Multiplayer|
Hmm. Is this it? It looks like this might be it.
As noted, Starfield and The Midnight Suns definitely would’ve made it had their release dates stuck to this year. Still a little sad that they haven’t, actually. But if it turns out to give us a better product in the end, I’m all for it.
Spider-Man Remastered (PC) — 13 August
Truth be told, I own this several times over now. PS4 version. PS5 remaster. And shortly, almost inevitably, the PC remaster.
Also, it’s out today.
A Plague Tale: Requiem — 19 October
Not much gameplay to speak of in the original reveal trailer, but! There is an extended gameplay trailer here, and you can take a look at my thoughts on the first game in the series: A Plague Tale: Innocence.
At that point in time, it wasn’t a sure thing we would be getting a sequel. At most, we had rumours and hopes. And hope I did. Asobo blew away my expectations with the first game, and I felt they had earned every right at the shot at continuing the story of Amicia and her brother in the world they had created.
It’s very likely I’ll pick this up on day one. If you haven’t played the original as yet, it’s worth noting it’s in the current Humble Choice bundle.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide — 30 November
While I didn’t get on overly well with Vermintide — largely on how terribly stingy it was with upgrades and how basic the systems were around them anyway — Vermintide 2 is fantastic.
Almost every barrier to enjoyment I personally had with the original game was busted down.
So I am certainly carrying a fairly high degree of goodwill and hope into Fatshark’s jump from Warhammer Fantasy to Warhammer 40K. Although I will admit, some of the earlier gameplay reveals had me a little concerned at how the gunplay looked (a heavier focus this time around than it was in Vermintide) — it seems to have come a long way, even just in that brief gameplay video I’ve linked here.
This type of game tends to go over pretty well with my gaming group of friends, too. So here’s to hoping it gives us something to do together for a while! :D