My year of games in 2022 can probably be summarized as surprising narratives and mechanics that offered especially refined and/or complex versions of things I already pretty well liked. This certainly would not have been the list I would have guessed at the beginning of the year, but with the unstable nature of game releases and the constant release of extremely strong indie games, expectations get thrown out the window pretty quickly. These games all spoke to me or pulled me deep into their worlds and mechanics in some significant way, and I'm certainly happy with the year of games in 2022. On to the list!
Honorable Mentions: Neon White, Tunic