We are at the end of an amazing year for gaming which has given us some amazing titles. As a result, the publications and awards have had a hard time choosing the Game of the Year. However, Time magazine has decided their winner, and it’s none other than Sony’s God of War Ragnarok.
The competition is always tough at this time of the year when awards and year-end lists come out. But, it’s exceptionally tough this year with both God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring competing for the crown. Both of them have already won a single GOTY each, but the 2022 sequel now has an edge.
- God of War Ragnarok is the Game of the Year according to Time magazine’s year-end list.
- The game beat out its heavy competitor Elden Ring for the crown, which came No.4.
- Other titles in the list include The Last of Us Part 1, The Quarry, Stray, and Sifu.
Elden Ring won the ultimate game of the year at the Golden Joystick Awards with another 3 awards. God of War Ragnarok tied the game by winning the Titanium Awards’ Game of the Year award. But now, the reputable Times magazine has again given a lead to the Sony game.
God of War Ragnarok sold 5.1 million copies in its first week, making it the biggest PlayStation 1st party launch in history. pic.twitter.com/ltEf0y91LU
— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) November 23, 2022
Horizon Forbidden West, another sequel by Sony and Guerilla Games, follows Ragnarok at No.2. Surprisingly, The Quarry takes up the number 3 spot which is kind of a surprise. It was a really good game but probably not better than the RPG that follows it.
Elden Ring is at No.4 in these rankings which is surprisingly low considering the praise it has got. At worst, it is among the top 2 video games made this year. Hence, Time magazine putting it so low is kind of a weird decision.
The reason Time magazine gives for this is the huge scale of the game. More specifically, saying that the sheer size of the open world can lead you astray from the main quest many times. And, even though many would agree that is a frustrating aspect, it’s a bit harsh to put the game at No.4.
Elden Ring has sold over 17.5 million copies
— Shinobi602 (@shinobi602) November 14, 2022
Stray deservedly takes the No.5 spot in the rankings behind Elden Ring. The cat-based adventure was a huge success and has us wanting more games of the ilk. Another surprising inclusion is the Last of Us Part 1 remake at the No.6 spot.
No doubt the game is one of the greatest of all time, but seeing it in the top 10 lists again after no award hype is a shock. Sifu is another PlayStation game that makes the list at the No.7 spot. Resident Evil Village’s expansion, Shadows of Rose, gets the No.8 spot after closing Winters’ storyline.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga gets a justified spot in the list at No.9. The game was a huge success on Steam and its light-hearted fun was a big plus in this year of doom and gloom. Closing the list at No.10 is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, which is an arcade game.
Many will have their thoughts on this year-end ranking by Time, but God of War Ragnarok has won another game of the year. It could be recency bias with how it’s selling and garnering acclaim, but we can all agree it’s a good game. However, there are some notable omissions from the list like every Nintendo game.
No game released on the Nintendo Switch like Pokemon Legends Arceus or Xenoblade Chronicles 3 made the list. Considering their success and critical acclaim this is a surprise and a huge talking point. But there are many awards yet to be given, so let’s see how many more God of War Ragnarok wins.
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