2022 Game of the Year contenders
Game of the Year 2022 Nominees

The world awaits to find out who will win the highly coveted Game of the Year award this 2022. It will be a tough battle for the top position, especially with the fierce fight between God of War: Ragnarok and Elden Ring. The Game of the Year contenders in the Game Awards 2022 have been officially revealed, so let’s take a closer look at these titles! The official website of the Game Awards has put forth six nominees, which are as follows:

Game of the Year 2022 contenders

1. A Plague Tale: Requiem

2022 GOTY contender
Image courtesy of Eurogamer

A Plague Tale: Requiem, a follow-up of A Plaque Tale: Innocence, is a formidable game. Players can expect adventure, action, horror, survival, and stealth all rolled into one with Requiem. It would require an A1 performer to gain mastery over this game with how difficult it can get at times.

2. Elden Ring

Elden Ring, GOTY contender 2022
Image courtesy of Bandai Namco

Are you really a gamer if you haven’t heard of Elden Ring yet? It has been 8 months since the game was released yet it can still get the video game community buzzing. Most gamers also know Elden Ring as the video game that broke the Internet. With its fantastic lore and overall gameplay, this game has left a significant imprint on the hearts of the players. It’s no surprise that a game like Elden Ring is one of the contenders for the Game of the Year award this 2022. Words alone are not enough to give justice to the masterpiece that is Elden Ring; firsthand experience of the game will do.

3. God of War: Ragnarok

2022 GOTY God of War; Ragnarok
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It is startling how God Of War: Ragnarok became one of the contenders for Game of the Year this 2022. A lot of fans were worried that it won’t be eligible for Game of the Year in 2022 because of its late release date but thankfully, it was able to do so. Will we see Santa Monica Studio nab another award for GOTY the same way they did in 2021 with God of War 2018? The graphics, music, gameplay, and adrenaline rush that comes with playing Ragnarok are some of the main reasons why this is a tough contender for Game of the Year 2022. However, there is one dilemma with players’ opinions regarding God of War: Ragnarok — it is a PlayStation-exclusive game.

4. Horizon Forbidden West

horizon forbidden west
Image courtesy of Gematsu

Another game exclusive for players on the PlayStation platforms is a contender for the Game of the Year award this 2022. When Horizon Forbidden West was announced as one of the nominees, fans must have been elated since the video game community collectively recognizes how much Forbidden West has improved from its predecessor. Players’ positive experience with the game will definitely be one of their main motivations in voting for Horizon Forbidden West to win Game of the Year this 2022.

5. Stray

Stray, 2022 Nominee
Image courtesy of Wired

The only indie game to be nominated for GOTY at The Game Awards 2022 is Stray. At release, a lot of reviewers and players praised it for its wonderful storytelling and heartwarming animations. It definitely is no surprise that Stray is one of the contenders for Game of the Year. In addition to its rich story, Stray didn’t fall short in capturing the hearts of gamers — cat and dog lovers alike.

6. Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade chronicles 3; a strong contender
Image courtesy of Gematsu

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is the only game from Nintendo that is a contender for the 2022 Game of the Year award. In this game, challenges, rewards, skills, and swift controls go hand in hand but despite it being a wonderful game, we’re not sure it has more to offer compared to the other contenders for GOTY. On the flip side, some fans are predicting that even though Xenoblade Chronicles 3 won’t win Game of the Year, it’s a strong choice for Best Music.

How many categories are there in total?

The Game of the Year award goes to a game that furnishes the best of the best experience across all fields, be it creative or technical. For those whose game could not win the Game of the Year Award 2022, do not stress, there are 31 categories in total. Your game will unquestionably grab an award.

  • Fans whose game has been nominated for the award should sign in to the official website to vote. If your favourite game escaped nomination, there’s still hope next year! In the meantime, you can enjoy the holiday season by booting up whichever game is the GOTY for you.

When will the Game of the Year for 2022 be announced? 

The Game Awards 2022 will have a live stream available across all major social media platforms. It might be best to mark your calendars for when the awards show will take place. During The Game Awards 2022, we’ll finally get to know who will take home the award for Game of the Year among our six contenders.

  • The official date for The Game Awards 2022 is on December 8. The awards show takes place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It’s expected that individuals who have made an impact in the gaming industry this year will be present.
  • If you haven’t voted for your game, make sure to go to the official website for The Game Awards. You have less than a week to make sure your favorite game wins, so make every vote count!

Other awards

It is an undisputed fact that every nominee is meticulously built, but there is always going to be one that is the best among the best. Aside from Game of the Year, here are some of the other major categories in The Game Awards 2022:

  • Best Narrative
  • Best Direction
  • Best Audio
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Independent Game
  • Best Mobile Game

In 2021, It Takes Two won the award for Game of the Year. We’re definitely looking forward to December 8 once the winner is finally announced. The game that will win GOTY 2022, will be the best in all categories. Depth, recognition, ease of playing, and authenticity rule out the nominees.

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SOURCES: Polygon, Wikipedia , The Game Awards