Another year comes and goes in the gaming industry, and as always, plenty of new video games were released throughout the year. Today, we’re ready to focus on shooters and what they bring to the table as we tell you our top five picks for the best shooter game of 2022.
Metal: Hellsinger (PC, PS5, XSS / XSX)
Metal: Hellsinger takes players on a first-person shooter through different realms of Hell. With gameplay that rewards you for keeping the pace going and is surprisingly challenging even on the lowest difficulty settings, Metal Hellsinger and its variety of weapons is a unique beast in its own right. In our review of the game, I ended up saying:
“Metal: Hellsinger offers a great variety of metal songs that will make your journey through hell very enjoyable. Combined with unrelenting enemies and dynamic gameplay, this game is sure to give you hours of entertainment as long as you know how to stay in shape.”
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction (PC, PS4, PS5, XB1, XSS/XSX)
This tactical shooter was released in mid-January 2022, and was a bit of a companion to the popular Rainbow Six Siege game; Rather than being more PvP-focused, Extraction takes the PvP angle on things, bringing a unique spin to a cover and positioning-based shooter like Siege. To quote our review, we said the following:
“Ubisoft Montreal’s attempt at co-op alien survival shooter takes the operators and abilities players love from Rainbow Six Siege and brings them to a familiar style of shooter that longtime Left 4 Dead or GTFO fans can appreciate with a group of friends.”
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands (PC, PS4, XB1, PS5, XSS/XSX)
Considering that this year has been packed with heavy hits like The Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarok, to name a few, it’s all too easy to forget that the Borderlands series has a new game. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands takes the ideas from the beloved Borderlands 2 DLC Assault on Dragon Keep and expands them into a full game, complete with the usual Borderlands gameplay loop. We had the following to say about it in our review:
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands introduces some fresh sides to the series, with more of the classic unbeatable gun encounters and unbridled combat. It’s a vibrant, slightly disjointed world ready for exploration and trouble. Although it’s missing some marks, it’s a standalone series that fans will enjoy. And high fantasy fans will laugh or roll their eyes.”
Wicked West (PC, PS4, XB1, PS5, XSS/XSX)
Evil West is yet another first-person shooter that has come out a bit overshadowed thanks to its launch close to the aforementioned God of War Ragnarok. The latest version of Flying Wild Hog blends melee combat and third-person shooters into a uniquely compelling and engaging experience unlike others featured this year. To break down our thoughts on Evil West, we said:
“With a combat flow that rivals that of a Doom Slayer, Evil West hits its mark when it takes on vampires, werewolves, and everything in between, despite finding the rest of the experience a bit lacking.”
Splatoon 3 (Nintendo Switch)
It is a great multiplayer game. Should be too much to list here.
On a more serious note, the game is quite impressive in every respect; Engage in multiplayer, which makes Salmon Run a permanent mode (it wasn’t always available to play in the last game), new specials and maps, new weapons, and continuous updates over the next two years (which also includes balance changes, weapons, and maps). You can read our review here, below is an excerpt:
Splatoon 3 may be the series’ best entry yet, featuring some great gameplay tweaks and new weapons, an expanded and polished story mode, and more unlockable content than its predecessors. Still, it’s very much an evolutionary sequel, every bit as repetitive as many. shooter franchises that are meant to replace them. After five years of absence, this may not be enough for some. Splatoon 3 is still fun and unconventional, but Nintendo’s squid shooter series can’t survive on freshness alone to forever.”
While these were our picks for the year, 2022 also saw several other noteworthy releases. Here are a handful more worth highlighting:
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (2022)
- Monitoring 2
- Warhammer 40K: Darktide
- Neon White
- high on life
However, we hope that 2023 will be a great step forward for shooters. In a few days, we’ll be publishing our most anticipated list—until then, stay tuned.