The 10 Most OVERLOOKED Games of 2022
VOICE OVER: Aaron Brown
WRITTEN BY: Aaron Brown
Today our hindsight is 20/20 as we look back on some of the most overlooked games of 2022. For this video, we'll be looking at games that were well received by critics and fans but didn't get the attention they deserved upon release or were lost amongst all the bigger AAA titles. Our list includes “Evil West” (2022), “Neon White” (2022), “Inscryption” (2022), “Signalis” (2022) and more!
10 Most Overlooked Games of 2022
Welcome to MojoPlays and today our hindsight is 20/20 as we look back on some of the most overlooked games of 2022
For this list, we’ll be looking at games that were well received by critics and fans but didn’t get the attention they deserved upon release or were lost amongst all the bigger AAA titles.
What was your favorite game of 2022 no one played? Let us know down in the comments.
“Hardspace: Shipbreaker” (2022)
What makes “Hardspace: Shipbreaker” so appealing is the real world concepts it uses set against the beautiful backdrop of empty space: breaking stuff and paying off massive debts. Players are indebted to the Lynx Corporation and in order to pay down their debt, they must salvage parts and scraps from abandoned space vessels. The better the haul, the better the payout. Shipbreakers can upgrade their equipment to salvage bigger and better materials and repeat ad nauseum. Shipbreaking can be a dangerous occupation and should you accidentally die in service to Lynx, they’ll helpfully resurrect you at an additional cost to you so that you can continue working to pay off your ever increasing debt to them. Good luck!
“Evil West” (2022)
Nowadays, every developer and publisher is so focused on being the next big thing and constantly talking up all their new innovations that sometimes they forget gaming is also supposed to be about having fun. Harkening back to the old school PS2 days of simple but fun gameplay, Evil West gives players a handful of powerful weapons and points them at large groups of vampires and tells them to go nuts. Undeniably more linear than many other modern games, Evil West knows exactly what it wants to be and sets out to do it with gorgeous visuals alongside weighty and solid combat and some truly inventively disgusting creature designs, Evil West gives players the power fantasy most modern titles are missing.
“Iron Lung” (2022)
There are few things more terrifying in the universe than the unknown. In Iron Lung, players are placed in a submarine and dropped into a blood ocean on an uncharted planet with all the doors and windows welded shut to prevent the pressure from crushing your tiny capsule. With no way to know what’s around you besides an old grainy camera, you set out into the red abyss in order to investigate points of interest and gather proof of valuable resources. Those with severe thalassophobia will find this experience especially unsettling even despite the title’s relatively short length. However, even with its brief playtime, Iron Lung’s atmosphere and deeply unsettling sensation and anxiety that you aren’t alone in the depths is one of the most tension-filled experiences of last year.
“Midnight Fight Express” (2022)
Sifu might’ve taken up the majority of the beat ‘em up spotlight this year but there was another contender waiting in the wings just itching for their time in the ring. Midnight Fight Express is a John Wick style action movie in the palm of your hands as you take on everyone who crosses your path using anything and everything you can get your hands on. The combat is fast, fluid and relentlessly satisfying as you pull off increasingly impressive moves against an unending wave of foes just clamoring to stop you in your tracks. Variety is the spice of life and everything from the environments to the weapons and various skills and wardrobe options you can unlock are all distinct and pack a satisfying punch alongside some truly brutal finishers.
“Beacon Pines” (2022)
Many games nowadays offer players endless options for player choice within the narrative, but “Beacon Pines” adopts more of the “choose your own adventure” approach, allowing for branching paths but keeping their finger on the last page so players can go back and make different choices. The beautiful hand drawn art style brings the storybook world of Beacon Pines to life and belie the darker nature of this idyllic world. The relatively short nature of the game also works in its favor, recreating the feeling of settling in with a good book on a rainy afternoon and finishing it in one sitting. The instantly endearing characters and twisting time hopping narrative all culminate in one of the best endings of the year and one that feels earned rather than a rug-pull just for a last-minute twist.
“Jack Move” (2022)
While many titles seek to emulate the old school RPGs of yesteryear, few manage to do it as successfully as Jack Move. Set in a dystopian future run by mega corporations, a tried and true formula we know, “Jack Move”’s varied and eccentric cast of characters keep you engaged in the world as you search for your missing father. Battles are turn-based but unlike most other RPGs, there’s no magic system to speak of, instead players use software as stand ins for traditional magic attacks.“Jack Move” allows players to build their own loadouts and even swap software mid battle adding a strategic layer to the otherwise straightforward combat encounters. The script also manages to be both mature and moving as well as charming without overstaying its welcome.
“OlliOlli World” (2022)
While the gaming world might never again see the likes of Tony Hawk shredding it up on our consoles, developers like Roll7 are helping keep the genre alive and kickflipping with the “OlliOlli” series. Their latest, “OlliOlli World”, sets a new benchmark not only for the series but also the genre with its near unlimited player customization and freedom of expression set in a fantastical world of skateboarding gods, with your custom character right at the center looking to become the next deity of shred. The Adventure Time-esque art style is instantly eye-catching and the game itself is approachable for both newcomers and veterans alike featuring branching paths and a much more forgiving combo system.
“Neon White” (2022)
Many games are adopted by the speed running community, but few embrace it the way Neon White does. Seemingly designed to be played as inhumanly fast as possible, levels will fly by within seconds as your muscle memory takes over and you sacrifice various cards for speed or jump boosts while trying to shave precious seconds off your best time. Set against the backdrop of a group of sinners all competing for a space in heaven by ridding the cloud city of its demon infestation, the anime inspired visuals, surprisingly philosophical story and endearingly wonderful characters come together in a way that seems absurd but works remarkably well. With its focus on speed and engaging narrative full of twists and turns, “Neon White” is by far one of the most rewarding experiences of 2022 and shouldn’t be missed.
We’re cheating a bit with this one as “Inscryption” technically released in 2021 on PC but with the recent release on consoles we decided to bend the rules to call attention once again to one of the best deck building games in years. Using rogue-like elements, players are forced to play against various nefarious Scribes who refuse to let him leave until the game is done. In between card battles, the player can explore the cabin and uncover its many mysteries and plan their escape, sometimes even breaking the fourth way to do so. The game’s themes of sacrifice to progress coupled with its oppressive atmosphere make it one of the most aesthetically interesting titles and honestly any more we say about it just ruins the game’s many surprises it has in store for players exploring the woods.
From one mystery to another, “Signalis” takes the formula laid out by the original “Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill” titles and puts an art house filter over it, creating something wholly unique in the genre. Set aboard an abandoned ship, the player must unravel the mystery of what happened to the ship, why they’re trapped there and more importantly, what happened to the rest of the crew. The game switches between 3rd person exploration and first person interactions and puzzles but never loses that overall sense of dread and oppressive atmosphere, made all the more immersive with its clever camera angles. The game’s intentionally retro visuals also manage to constantly keep the player in a state of unease, wary of every darkened corner or shift in perspective and uncover the clues that will unlock their missing memories.