Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2022 – PlayStation Games

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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.

2022 has been a tough year for a lot of developers, trying to get games out, which have seen setbacks thanks to the pandemic. Sony has persevered through it, though, releasing major sequels and killer apps for the PS5 while continuing to support the PS4. Let’s look at some of what the PlayStation players will want to watch for this holiday season.

 

Elden Ring

 

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Also On: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Our Review

What’s left to say about Elden Ring? One of the greatest games ever made, taking the Souls formula and applying it to an incredible open world in a way that somehow lived up to the near impossible expectations. If you haven’t checked out Elden Ring yet, you absolutely should do so. The challenge From Software’s games are known for is still there, but with so many options for how to progress, it never feels as intimidating as the series can be in other entries. Even novices can poke around and see how beautifully made this game is.

 

God of War: Ragnarök

 

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Our Review

Kratos’ latest adventure is a direct follow-up to 2018’s God of War, and in the early going, you’d be mistaken for thinking it’s just more of the same. The team at Sony Santa Monica definitely haven’t reinvented the whole series again or anything of that nature, but if the early hours feel a bit familiar, keep going. As things open up, you’ll find they do have some new tricks up their sleeve. Kratos and his son Atreus visit many realms, fight far more bosses, and have an adventure that might end the world.

 

Horizon: Forbidden West

 

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Our Review

Horizon: Forbidden West won’t change your mind if you didn’t like the original Horizon. This is a sequel that is unapologetically offering more of the same, but this time it’s far bigger and better than ever. This is open-world gaming done right, with a stunning world, a fascinating story, and a million things to do. If you can’t wait to see what comes next for Aloy, make sure to check out Horizon: Forbidden West.

 

The Last of Us Part I

 

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Some will argue whether we actually needed a remake of The Last of Us. The PS3 version still plays well, and the PS4 rerelease still looks great and works on modern platforms. That doesn’t stop The Last of Us from being a seminal game, however, a title that defined a period in gaming which everyone should check out, and if you haven’t played it yet, there isn’t a better way to enjoy Naughty Dog’s classic.

 

Stray

 

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Our Review

Also On: PC

Stray got a lot of attention as the cat game, but behind the cute feline, you have a strong adventure game that tells a touching story of a society that fell apart while still retaining hope for the future. Playing as a cat is delightful. The way you move through the levels and how cat-like behaviors, such as rubbing against people’s legs, actually impact gameplay are wonderful. Its biggest flaw comes when it tries to be a bit too traditional a game, but this is still a wonderful experience to 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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