Wccftech’s Most Anticipated Adventure Games of 2022
It’s hard to describe what makes an upcoming adventure game so exciting. The boundaries between genres are often vague, and the explosive, interactive action typical of video games often plays second fiddle. But each of the adventure games on this list has something about it, a spark of something engaging that’s worth keeping an eye on this year. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below!
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Martha is dead (February 24)
Martha is Dead is a dark, uncomfortable and intriguing story. Set against the backdrop of World War II, this game puts you in the role of a young woman posing as her dead twin. There are so many things that make this game exciting, and in our preview a few months ago, we saw that one of those things is the photography element that lets you play with a simplified darkroom and less smelly.
But the story itself is what captivates us, navigating the moral and emotional tightrope of pretending to be your dead sister, watching your family mourn your death, while World War II rages in the background should be enough to intrigue you, but the game also offers elements of psychological and supernatural horror. Martha is Dead will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.
Cyberpunk is a setting that games have explored before, with some extremely public success and failure. Stray attempts to recreate a futuristic neon-soaked city from a new and fascinating angle. Rather than playing some level of Matrix cosplayer in leather and latex, you’re instead covered in fur because you’re a kitty cat.
Stray promises to explore the detailed city and its seedy underbelly filled with decaying technology. Exactly how you get to navigate this world has yet to be fully explained, but even the concept alone is enough to add it to the list. Stray will be released on PC, PS4 and PS5.
Oxenfree was an amazing game that had you exploring a ghost story that touched on everything from heartbreak to time loops and number stations. It looked fantastic, with superb acting to really engage the player in the world.
It was only natural to add its sequel to our list of most anticipated adventure games for 2022. Oxenfree 2 introduces new characters but seems to keep the same vibe, with meta stories, radio ghosts, and warped classic ghost locations. by archaic technology. On the surface, it looks a lot scarier than the first, but hopefully the characters and dialogue will feel just as solid and heartwarming even when the weird and weird start to happen. Oxenfree 2 will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Developer Fulbright has more than earned its place among the top independent developers with Gone Home and Tacoma. They return in 2022 with Open Roads, a game that consists of a road trip featuring sixteen-year-old protagonist Tess Devine and her mother, Opal, voiced by none other than Keri Russell (The Americans, Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker).
According to the developers, however, we can expect a decent amount of mystery and thriller vibes. At the same time, a “unique and engaging interactive dialogue system pushes the narrative forward, exposing character flaws, secrets, and buried truths.” The game will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.
It would have been impossible to write this list of most anticipated adventure games without mentioning Somerville, the highly anticipated debut title from Jumpship Studio. After all, the producer is Dino Patti, the man behind Inside and Limbo. Somerville is much like those games in that it will tell its narrative without any dialogue, relying entirely on environmental storytelling instead.
The setting is quite different, however. Here, a family of three with their pet dog navigate a post-apocalyptic Earth in an effort to find more human survivors while avoiding being killed by alien artifacts. The developers also stated that unlike Inside and Limbo, Somerville will not feature puzzle or platforming elements, nor is it limited to 2D movement.
The game will be released on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.