Top 11 NEW Open World Video Games of 2022

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2022 has been quite a unique year with this coronavirus pandemic outbreak. This caused many development studios to shut down and work remotely. As a result, some games have been pushed back, so we expect 2022 to be quite full of exciting new video games. Likewise, with the latest generation platforms available, there are bound to be titles worth picking up for new console hardware. That said, Hogwarts Legacy is a game that we were looking to release this year, but got delayed to 2022. Similarly, we won't see Ark 2 or The Elder Scrolls VI this year.



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Update Warning: Atomic Heart, Stalker 2, Skull & Bones, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, Everwild, Gotham Knights, Confessed, Tchia, Starfield, Elden Ring, Hazel Sky, State of Decay 3, Dying Light 2, and Fable have been removed. Unfortunately, these games did not hit the market this year.

# 11 Biomutant

  • Developer: Experiment 101
  • Editeur : THQ Nordic
  • Plateformes : PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release date: May 25, 2022 (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Cooperative: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Biomutant may have caught your eye this year. It's a mixture of so many elements. Overall, it's a mix of martial arts and an open-world sci-fi game where you play as a raccoon-like creature. Speaking of the protagonist, you will be able to customize this character from the start of the game. You will determine the class and some of the basic stats like strength and agility. However, as you progress through the game, you will be able to upgrade these different areas as well. The combat is quite diverse as you will have a mix of melee and firefight. However, additional special abilities such as the area effect ice attack also make the ground slippery. The game world is quite vast and ranges from basic forests, rivers, and even mountainous terrain. It's worth exploring for hidden secrets and doing some side quests.



#10 Republic of Horsemen

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Editor: Ubisoft
  • Plateformes : PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release date: October 28, 2022
  • Cooperative: online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

If you like extreme sports, then you might be interested in Riders Republic. It's a game under development at Ubisoft that will bring together several different national parks. However, this game brings out several extreme sports so you can race down mountains or roam freely on snowboards, bikes, wingsuits, skis, among other useful gear. Because this game brings together all sorts of parks such as Zion, Yosemite Valley, and Mammoth Mountain, we should have a fairly large map to explore, but we're still waiting for this game to drop. Unfortunately, we had to endure a few delays, which pushed the game to October 28, 2022. It remains to be seen how well it holds up against past extreme sports titles like Steep, but it's a game to keep an eye on. eye.

# 9 Valheim

  • Developer: Iron Gate Studio
  • Editeur : Coffee Stain Publishing
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release date: February 2, 2022 (early access)
  • Cooperative: online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

Valheim is a game that's out now, but it's not quite finished. It's in early access, but when this game came out, it blew up. Everyone was talking about Valheim, which was developed by a five-person team, Iron Gate Studio. It's a bit of a procedural generation survival title. The premise here is that Vikings who perish in life, like the character you'll be playing, are sent to Valheim. It is here that you will prove yourself worthy of passing through the halls of Valhalla. However, to do so, you will have to face the various enemies that roam the lands. It's a big world to explore with multiple biomes. All of them have their unique enemies and bosses. Similar to other survival games, players will need to craft items and hunt down food. There's co-op gameplay and some PvP, but again, it's not a full game. You will find that there will be updates as the developers continue to complete the project.



# 8 Scarlet Nexus

  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Plateformes : PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release date: June 25, 2022
  • Cooperative: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Scarlet Nexus is a somewhat unique game. The game looks like an anime series. It's out there, but it grabs you. You can't quite put this game down when you pick it up. Overall, the premise takes place in an alternate world where huge mutated monsters have arisen. Fortunately, there is a military unit that has supernatural powers. So players are not only skilled in combat, but they will have abilities like psychokinesis to throw objects at targets. Then, to top it off, other party members join in with their unique abilities so you can start chaining together a series of attacks or strategies to take down an enemy. That said, the open world is a lot like Monster Hunter Rise. You have great sections to explore. They're big enough to move around, but sadly it's not a true open-world experience. Still, I think you can get a little fun out of this title.

#7 L’ascension

  • Developer: NeonGiant
  • Publisher: CurveDigital
  • Plateformes : PC, XBO, X/S
  • Release date: July 29, 2022
  • Cooperative: online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The Ascent is a cyberpunk video game. This title is a top-down dual-stick shooter RPG. The premise here is that players are essentially enslaved laborers for a mega-corporation. Forced into heavy labor, things suddenly take a potentially worse turn. Your employer mysteriously collapses, and he leaves the area in a bloodbath. Everyone is looking to take a piece of the factions area from other corporations. Players can roam freely and talk with NPCs to get more story, and as you progress you will earn XP to make some changes to your character. While exploring this neon dystopia, players can scavenge for goods, grind, or even grab side quests.



#6 Judgment Lost

  • Développeur: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Plateformes : PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release date: September 24, 2022
  • Cooperative: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

If you liked Judgment, then there's a new episode available this year called Lost Judgment. However, you don't necessarily need to be playing the previous game to jump into this bracket. As before, you are an investigator trying to solve certain crimes, ranging from gruesome murders to sexual assaults. This is also a Yakuza spin-off game, so you can expect flashy, over-the-top melee combat. That said, it's a pretty big map for players to explore, fitting Japan. In Lost Judgment, you will have two regions to explore, namely Kamurocho and Isezaki.

During this time you will search for clues and talk with characters to get more clues about your case. There are a few small bits of additional content available while going through the map. For example, since Sega released this game, you usually find an arcade to visit. In the arcade, there are several classic Sega games emulated for you to browse through titles like Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Penguin Land, and Fantasy Zone, to name a few.

#5 Subnautica Below Zero

  • Développeur : Unknown Worlds Entertainment
  • Editeur : Unknown Worlds Entertainment
  • Plateformes : PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release date: May 14, 2022
  • Cooperative: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Subnautica Below Zero launched in May 2022. This video game brought out the same gameplay style as the original Subnautica title, but with new twists. In this game, players travel through the arctic region of planet 4546B as you set out to investigate what happened to your sister. If you played the previous game, you can expect more biomes albeit a smaller map. Still, there's plenty to explore, and as you wander around, you'll find that there isn't much in the way of empty slots. Overall, this is still a survival game, so you'll need to gather resources to ensure your survival. As a result, you'll have to explore icy caves, snow-capped peaks, and the ocean depths below. However, you will still need to be wary of hostile alien creatures that roam the area.

#4 Ratchet & Clank split up

  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS5
  • Release date: June 11, 2022
  • Cooperative: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

A new Ratchet & Clank game was released this year. Called Ratchet & Clank: Rifts Apart, the main focus of this title is for you to be able to move quickly through areas. Essentially, players can open teleports and enter a new world directly. Overall, the game is still a third-person platformer with plenty of action and exploration. However, the narrative and jokes seem a bit toned down this time around for those of you who've played previous Ratchet & Clank games. After all, we're talking about games that had titles like Up Your Arsenal and Size Matters. Still, it's a solid video game experience and a PlayStation 5 exclusive to pick up if you're lucky enough to get your hands on a PlayStation 5. It's trending with this list but Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart isn't. not an open world video game experience. That said, there are open areas to explore, which can be quite large. Still, it's a bit linear, and you'll know exactly where you need to be. Now, if you're entirely new to the Ratchet & Clank franchise, then this installment is still perfect to get you started. There's really no need to backtrack to complete previous games, although you can get a bit more appreciation from this latest installment if you come with some prior Ratchet & Clank experience.

# 3 Forza Horizon 5

  • Developer: Playground Games
  • Éditeur : Xbox Game Studios
  • Plateformes : PC, XBO, X/S
  • Release Date: November 9, 2022
  • Cooperative: online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

How many of you expected the next Forza game to be the Forza Motorsport installment? Instead, we got a little surprise when Forza Horizon 5 was released. This is a series of racing games, but it mixes simulation and arcade-style racing a bit. It's easy to get the controls and figure out how to race the tracks. Likewise, the games feature some pretty large and impressive maps to run on. As for Playground Games' Forza Horizon 5, we're launching into an open world based around Mexico. As a result, that means having a fairly diverse set of environments in which to travel. These can range from an active volcano, jungle, beaches to cities, to name a few. That should mean a relatively large map this time around and even dynamic weather systems. You'll get everything from dust to tropical storms, which should play a role in driving conditions.

#2 Monstre Hunter Rise

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: NS, PC
  • Release date: March 26, 2022 (NS)
  • Cooperative: online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Monster Hunter Rise was released this year, although it's worth pointing out that this game was launched for the Nintendo Switch. PC gamers will get this game sometime in 2022. That said, this is your typical Monster Hunter video game experience. It's all about the work as you hunt down big giant monsters roaming the areas. You actively search for resources to get better armor, weapons, traps and upgrades. That said, the name suggests verticality. With this episode, the focus is more on climbing, which you can do with a grappling hook. Although listed here as an open world game, it is not necessarily a massive open world. Instead, this game offers players maps to load. Once you're in the map section, there are no loading screens and you'll have a fairly large area to explore, which is a bit like Monster Hunter World. So you can imagine this game with multiple larger sandbox areas rather than a sprawling open world.

#1 Far Cry 6

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Editor: Ubisoft
  • Plateformes : PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release date: October 7, 2022
  • Cooperative: online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Far Cry fans will get the sixth mainline release this year. Far Cry 6 takes players to a more tropical location. Set on a fictional Caribbean island called Yara, the game centers on a dictator, El Presidente Anton Castillo. Players take on the role of a guerrilla fighter who seems reluctant to face battle, Dani Rojas. However, forced into battle, Dani begins his journey to overthrow the regime. As with previous Far Cry games, you can expect plenty of characters to meet as well as wild animals. We're still waiting for the game, but so far we know this installment will be the franchise's most comprehensive map. Luckily, because you're a guerrilla fighter, Dani can blend into the shoes of a typical average citizen. If you holster your weapon, the guards might not really take care of you out in the open. It could also mean the ability to explore this large open-world map without having to worry about jumping straight into battle.

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