Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2022 – Action

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Holiday Buyers Guide

Is it already that time again? With the Holidays closing in once more, we know a lot of you are looking for gifts for all the players in your lives, and maybe some things you’d like to get for yourselves too. If you’re not sure what to get, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From November 3rd to November 18th, we’ll be bringing you guides to satisfy every type of player each weekday. Strap in and kiss your wallet goodbye.

Action titles are the bread and butter of video games. Every system has to have them, and they have to be good. Thankfully, we had no short supply of great action games in 2022. Everything from giant 3D adventures to 2D throwback titles. That made this one of the harder lists to narrow down, but we got it to five games that were released this year we think you’ll love.

 

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Our Review

In a year where Elden Ring has been such an overwhelming force, it can be hard to feel like any game taking inspiration from the Souls series has room, but you should absolutely keep your eye on Asterigos. While harder difficulty levels offer the challenge genre fans crave, it makes concessions that From Software isn’t willing to, namely a variety of difficulty levels. This will allow players who have wanted to try Souls for years but have been scared off by the difficulty to dive right in.

They’ll find a lot more to like, though as Asterigos is absolutely its own game. While its influences are clear, it offers excellent combat and a far deeper focus on story and character. Those who are into Greek and Roman mythology will find a real treat on that front as well. Considering this one is made by a relatively small studio, it’s majorly impressive.

 

Azure Striker Gunvolt 3

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC (Coming to PS5 and PS4 December 15th)

Our Review

If you thought you’d seen the last of this series, heavily inspired by Mega Man, you thought wrong. Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 has a major shakeup for the series, though, with Gunvolt having a new partner in Kirin. The two swap places over time which may make some fans nervous, but it really works to bring a fresh feeling back to the series. Add in the sort of challenging boss battles fans have come to expect from the series, and you have a game that any fan of action platformers should absolutely check out.

 

Moonscars

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Our Review

I think the screenshot above kind of speaks for itself, but if you really want me to say more, I will. With a gorgeous visual style and tight combat, Moonscars is a stunning platformer with killer combat. While there are Souls influences here as well, a bit of a running theme in some of these games, Moonscars takes inspiration from many classic action titles. The name Shinobi popped into my head several times, and that’s a very good thing. While most of its success is on a pure gameplay level, if the look of it catches your attention, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.

 

SIFU

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC (Coming to Switch November 8th)

Our Review

This one came out early this year, but we want to make sure players don’t forget about SIFU this holiday season. One of the best modern martial arts games, at launch, SIFU offered a tremendous challenge but one which I found incredibly satisfying to overcome. With deep combat, a unique aging mechanic, and a ton of style, a fairly generic story doesn’t begin to hold it back. Even better for those who were scared off by the difficulty, the developers have since patched in difficulty options, meaning there’s no real excuse left not to check SIFU out.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC

Our Review

It’s easy to get caught in the nostalgia of a truly excellent modern Turtles beat ‘em up, something we hadn’t seen in decades before Shredder’s Revenge released earlier this year. Make no mistake, though, this is hardly a game relying on past glories to justify itself. It stands confidently among the very best in the genre, which says something when other great beat ‘em ups have been releasing for a few years now. With fantastic graphics, deep gameplay, and a ton of style, this is a game to remember and one that players absolutely should check out.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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