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We’re halfway through the year and one guideline is clear: despite a wave of industry delays and upheavals, 2022 has stood out as one hell of a good year for video games. In the summer, we generally regret a lack of must-have games. But this year, so far, it’s the opposite: there are, somehow, almost too many games worth your time.

This post was originally published on March 16, 2022. We’ve updated it to reflect some of the best games released in the meantime.

The following is a comprehensive list of those games, blockbusters and indie stars, which have already left a dazzling impact on Kotakucollective tastes. But also, we get it: your time is precious, and even if you spend every second of your free time playing, you’ll never be able to wipe it all out before the next wave of must-have games are released. To that end, we’ve included rough estimates of how long it would take you to complete each game, quoting numbers from Eternal Help. HowLongToBeat.

All right, that’s enough noise. Here, in no particular order, are the best games of 2022.