2022 Games I Am Worried About
2021 has been an excellent year for gaming, and 2022 certainly looks to continue that trend. Though, there are a handful of games that, while I continue to anticipate, the lack of transparency for their developers is beginning to trouble me. Here’s the list of video games coming up in 2022 that has me concerned.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
The next entry into the Borderlands universe is almost upon us. Developer Gearbox Software is running the risk of being labeled a one-trick pony if Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands isn’t up to snuff. Borderlands 3 already lacked innovation, and while Gearbox is (somewhat) changing up the formula by introducing magical powers and “D&D-like” elements, what we’ve seen still looks as if it could be DLC for any of the Borderlands games.
Gearbox hasn’t come close to the success of Borderlands with any of their other franchises, and I’m starting to worry they may feel that these comical, candy land first-person-shooters are all they can handle.
I’ll be the first to tell you that I love me some Arkham Knight, but Gotham Knights? I’m not convinced yet. I want to love this game, though, I’m concerned over the monumental lack of information we’ve received since Gotham Knights’ unveiling. Just what exactly will we be doing in Gotham? How does the game work?
I’ll be keeping a close eye on Gotham Knights, but I’m not holding my breath.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Pokemon Legends looks to break the formula of the mainline Pokemon games for the first time in over twenty years. Arceus promises to offer vast, open landscapes that you and your Pokemon will traverse, making for a much more “Breath of the Wild”-like experience. Though I’ll admit Arceus is the most intriguing game that developer Game Freak has made in a long time, I’m also not confident they’ll deliver. The last several generations of Pokemon have been decidedly average for most, consistently overpromising and underdelivering.
Will Game Freak finally strike lightning once again with its creature-catching series? We’ll find out in January.
Rainbow Six: Extraction
I was so excited when a new Rainbow Six was announced to be appearing at E3. Then Extraction ended up as the letdown of the entire show. It’s not even that Extraction is about fighting off an alien parasite (which looks and sounds incredibly out of place for this series) that gets on my nerves. It’s that the small bits of combat Ubisoft Montreal have shown us have looked decidedly mediocre. Extraction looks like the product of a horrible fever dream, and Ubisoft hasn’t exactly been hitting home runs as of late. I’ll reserve my judgment until I give Extraction a personal whirl, but it’ll have to bring a lot to the table to take anyone’s attention away from Siege.