Games Beat 2022

According to my PlayStation and Nintendo Switch 2022 stats, I played a total of around 150 games throughout last year. Of those games, I only rolled credits on sixteen of them. That puts me at about an 11% completion rate on the games I played last year.

Looking back on that long list of games, there are some that aren’t meant to be beaten, others that I just didn’t have the time I wanted to put into them, and many more that I plan to continue to play (and hopefully beat) in 2023 and beyond.

Last time, I went through each game one by one. This year, I’m trying something new. I have grouped the games beat from 2022 into a few different categories this time around. Let’s go through them:

Girlfriend Games (Five Games, 31%)

  • Streets of Rage 4 (Nintendo Switch)
  • River City Girls (PlayStation 4/5)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (PlayStation 4/5)
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PlayStation 5)
  • Onsen Master (Nintendo Switch)

The first category, and largest, consists of couch co-op games that my girlfriend and I played (and beat) together. What I learned this year is that one of our favorite game genres to play together is Beat ‘em ups. We beat a total of three this year (Streets of Rage 4, River City Girls, and TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge), but we played a few more. We’re even currently working our way through River City Girls 2.

I always thought of Beat ‘em ups as one of my top genres, but what I later learned is that they are best when shared with others. Trying to play a new Beat ‘em up on your own could get old, real quick. My best memories of those old school Beat ‘em ups came from playing with friends (on console and at the arcade).

Our two non-Beat ‘em ups that we beat were Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Onsen Master. Onsen Master was a short, fun game that we quickly beat in one weekend (maybe one day). This was one of many “Overcooked-likes” I was given a review code for. We are always searching for our next Overcooked-like game, but what we really want is an Overcooked 3.

We mostly play games together on the weekend. On a day where we have nothing going on. What made Sackboy: A Big Adventure special is that we just couldn’t get enough of it. This was one of the first games that we continued to play during weeknights. My girlfriend likes to go to bed pretty early, but this game actually extended her bedtime by a few hours — until we finally beat it.

I started dating my girlfriend in January of 2020. Then the pandemic started, just a few months later. It was because of the pandemic that I began introducing her to more and more different types of games. I’m happy that this trend has continued even now that things are getting back to normal.

Picross Games (Three Games, 18.75%)

  • Picross S6 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Picross SEGA (Nintendo Switch)
  • Picross S7 (Nintendo Switch)

I’m pretty sure I have a streak going since 2019, where I have beaten at least one Picross game each year since. I plan to continue the streak as long as they continue making these games.

In 2022, I made my way through three of these, and I have one left on the eShop to purchase and beat (Picross S8), plus whatever other Picross title they create this year. It wasn’t until Picross S7, that Jupiter Corporation (Game Developer) finally introduced touch controls in handheld mode. It’s a cool idea but I mostly stuck to the normal controls, using my joy con buttons to solve the pictures.

What I love about Picross is that you don’t have to perfectly solve puzzles (unless you want to). I enjoy trying to quickly solve these puzzles, and having the game let me know when I get something wrong. I enjoy playing this game while watching mindless TV shows and before bed. I do however save the final puzzle of each page for a special moment. A time where I can give the puzzle my all, since there’s no help in these.

I know I can change the settings to have every puzzle be a no help puzzle, but I’m fine with the game helping me out. It’s never about being perfect in Picross to me. In fact, it’s not even about what the end picture is. I’m just solving puzzles and moving right along, trying to make it to the end.

Rollover Games (Two Games, 12.5%)

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PlayStation 5)
  • Boyfriend Dungeon (Nintendo Switch)

I started both of these games in 2021, but I didn’t quite make it to the end until 2022. I had heard of many dating sim games in the past but never really got into any. Boyfriend Dungeon was able to hook me in due to the perfect mix of dating sim and dungeon crawling. I love when different genres are mixed together to create something new and fresh. It’s extra special when the mix consists of a genre I’m not familiar with and one that I really enjoy.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits was one of my most anticipated PlayStation 5 games, but I still ended up waiting way too long to play it. I didn’t have enough time to begin until the end of last year. I was anxiously waiting for this game to come out because of the beautiful animation from the game trailers. I was also interested to see the first game by this incredible animation company, Ember Lab.

Replays (Two Games, 12.5%)

  • Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch)
  • God of War (2018) (PlayStation 4/5)

I’m currently making my way through the sequels to both of these games, those will be my “rollover games” of 2023. I decided to replay these titles right before the release of their sequels. I had never quite made it to the end of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. I had played and restarted the game multiple times already, but I decided it was time to make it to the very end right before the release of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope.

About a week before the release of God of War: Ragnarok, I decided I should play “some of” the previous game, just to get familiar with the controls. After starting the game over (in New Game+ Mode) I didn’t want to stop. I played through the main story again, and I’m happy I did. I’m not pretty far into the sequel and I’m really noticing some of the bigger changes I may have not noticed if I hadn’t replayed the original.

Shorties (Two Games, 12.5%)

  • Trek to Yomi (PlayStation 5)
  • TinyKin (Nintendo Switch)

I was given a review code for both of these games. There are plenty of games that I was given a review code for last year which I now plan to play and write about in 2023. I usually try to give these games enough play time to put together my thoughts and impressions. It’s actually a good sign if I play a game I’m reviewing until the very end.

Trek to Yomi is one I was anticipating due to my love for Ghost of Tsushima. I didn’t expect this to be the same type of game, but I was ready to revisit the same style of world for a different story. I played most of Ghost of Tsushima in the black and white Kurosawa mode. This made playing Trek to Yomi so much more visually appealing. Every scene in this game feels so perfectly planned out.

TinyKin was an extremely different type of game. A less challenging, super chill game. It took me a while to finally beat it. I started this one on a trip to Minnesota and found it to be such a delightful travel game. I played on the plane, and at night while visiting my friend. After that trip I stopped playing for a while, most likely since I now associated TinyKin with my travels. Once I jumped back in I got into my groove and beat the game fairly quickly.

Forgotten Games (Two Games, 12.5%)

Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Nintendo Switch)
Rollerdrome (PlayStation 5)

On Sunday, January 1st, 2023 I was putting together my list of the games I beat in 2022. It felt a bit short. I thought there had to be something missing. I started looking through my recently played Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5 games, and I found two games. Two that I thought I had reached the end.

I first booted up Kirby and the Forgotten Lands on Nintendo Switch. I remembered my love for this game, and how each level had its own charm and unique quality to set it apart from the rest. I thought of learning Kirby’s new abilities each time I leveled one up. I started looking through my save, and realized that I never beat the final battle. I had played it, but I never made it to the end.

This happened with another game, on my PlayStation 5 this time. Rollerdrome is a game that I created a video review for. It was one of my favorite video projects I created last year. I also had played, but never beaten the final level in this game.

I ended up beating both games on Sunday, but since it didn’t take very long to beat each one I thought I should include these in my 2022 games.

Other than God of War: Ragnarok and Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, there are many games from 2022 that I started and am still playing — including Returnal and Hades. After the trailer for Hades 2 during The Game Awards I got back into Hades (after already attempting 50 escapes). There are also games that I will continue to play, and possibly never beat — games like Cursed to Golf and Spelunky 2. There are even some games that might not have a definitive end to them. I did beat the entire Rey Mysterio Showcase in WWE 2K22. Does that count as beating the game?

The nice part about categorizing the games I beat this past year is that I get to see the variety of games I played in 2022. I’m proud to say that ever since I started in 2020, I have branched out of my comfort zone in gaming.

Each year I tell myself I will beat more games than the year before, but I did beat two more games in 2021 than in 2022. If I beat less games this year, I hope to add some new game genres to my list. Let’s see how far I get in 2023. Maybe I should have counted Kirby and Rollerdrome for this year, just to raise the number.

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