There will be 32 new competitors in the True Achievements Game of the Year bracket this December (2022). Yes, we also anticipate Elden Ring to perform fairly well here; but, there were some surprising results on the road to the finals last year, so there are sure to be some more entertaining confrontations along the way! We listened to your comments on last year’s bracket and made some adjustments for 2022.
While TA user ratings were still used to determine the top games, a more traditional seeding was used for the first 28 of the 32 games up for consideration this time around to give voters a chance to experience some of December’s new releases before casting their votes.
Some did switch, however, The Callisto Protocol and Need for Speed Unbound both failed to achieve the high user scores of some of the reserve games, allowing Infernax and MLB The Show 22 to replace them as the highest seeded by TA user score.
Due to the overwhelming amount of negative criticism we received for several of the rounds last year, we have decided to exclude remakes and remasters from the competition this year. We also didn’t include games that were released in beta or early access (sorry, MultiVersus) or that didn’t arrive on Xbox until later in 2022 despite launching the year before on other platforms. However, games that reached full 1.0 release this year are considered to be 2022 releases, so a few of these did cut.
This year’s bracket features a wide range of titles, from AAA powerhouses to indie darlings to Game Pass highlights and beyond, so be sure to cheer for your favorites! Check out the complete first-round bracket and the poll itself down below, and then defend your pick in the comments section!
This format was a lot of fun last year, so we’re delighted to be running it again as an alternative, and it will be interesting to compare results at the end of it all. However, if you’d rather just vote in our more regular Game of the Year event, you can do that, too. Let the best game win!
THE BRAND NEW ACTION RPGTREASURY
Tarnished, you must rise and be led by grace if you are to wield the power of the Elden Ring and ascend to the position of Elden Lord in the Lands Between.
- An Enormous, Exciting, and Diverse World
A vast, interconnected universe where broad plains host a wide range of circumstances and massive dungeons feature intricate, three-dimensional layouts. There’s nothing like the rush of discovery to give you a great sense of success when you venture forth into the unknown and face down formidable dangers
- Make Up Your Persona
You can mix and match any combination of weapons, armor, and magic to create the perfect setting for your character, in addition to the appearance you give them. Enhancing physical prowess to become a formidable fighter or learning to control the elements of magic are just two examples of how you can shape your character’s growth to suit your preferred playstyle.
- An Iconic Mythic Drama
An intricate tale revealed in pieces. An epic drama where the players’ divergent minds meet in the Lands Between.
- A Novel Internet-Based Game with Only Loose Links to Other Players
The game features a unique asynchronous online element that allows you to feel the presence of others, in addition to multiplayer, where you can directly connect with other players and travel together.
Players in Cult of the Lamb assume the character of a possessed lamb who was spared from extinction by a sinister stranger and must now make amends by amassing a devoted cult in his honor. In a land full of pretend gurus, you must strike out on your own to discover uncharted territory where you can plant your own cult, gathering a devoted following among the trees, and eventually convert the rest of the country.
FORM YOUR FLOCK
Gather materials and put them to use constructing new buildings, conducting rituals in the dark to placate the gods, and preaching to your followers to strengthen their faith.
Kill the skeptics
The objective is to expand your cult’s influence by exploring a vast, procedurally created environment and defeating other cult leaders so that you can absorb their power.
PUBLICLY PROMOTE YOUR MESSAGE
Develop your flock’s skills and set out on an adventure to unravel the mysteries of four distinct areas. Purge the unbelievers, bring light to the world, and enact magical rites on your way to becoming the powerful lamb god.