God of War, Pokemon, and Bayonetta 3: We Preview Holiday 2022's Hottest Games – PCMag

Ready for the holiday gaming glut? The PCMag crew analyzes the big titles coming soon to PC and consoles, so you can avoid the duds.
In 2013, I started my Ziff Davis career as an intern on PCMag’s Software team. Now, I’m an Analyst on the Apps and Gaming team, and I really just want to use my fancy Northwestern University journalism degree to write about video games. I host The Pop-Off, PCMag‘s video game show. I was previously the Senior Editor for Geek.com. I’ve also written for The A.V. Club, Kotaku, and Paste Magazine. I’m currently working on a book about the history of video games, and I’m the reason everything you think you know about Street Sharks is a lie.
The holiday season is just around the corner, which means 2022’s biggest and most exciting video games are about to drop. Compared to past console generations, the video game industry now does a slightly better job spreading major releases throughout the entire year. Still, publishers tend to save their biggest blockbusters for October, November, and December to capitalize on the shopping rush. 2022 is no different.
With next-generation consoles wrapping up their second full year on the market, holiday 2022 games are poised to better leverage the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S’ power. Sure, Sony’s big exclusive God of War Ragnarok is also coming to PlayStation 4, but gamers serious about experiencing this epic odyssey will want the highest possible visual fidelity. Meanwhile, the open-world, multiplayer Batman RPG Gotham Knights is only coming to next-gen consoles and PC.
The Nintendo Switch has its own exciting lineup of games you’ll only be able to play on the console/handheld hybrid. The long-awaited Bayonetta 3 brings back delightfully demonic combat. Mario + Rabbids continues gaming’s most unexpected mascot crossover for another tactics adventure. And, of course, millions of trainers will begin a new monster-catching journey in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. 
In this episode of The Pop-Off, we discuss these games and many others as we preview the 2022 holiday gaming season. Are we excited for The Callisto Protocol? What’s up with the new Star Ocean? Will Hollow Knight: Silksong ever release? Watch to find out, and be sure to look out for reviews for these games over the coming weeks.
For more on gaming, check out our picks for the best PC games, best Nintendo Switch Games, best PlayStation 5 games, and best Xbox Series X/S games. And for more in-depth video game talk, visit PCMag’s Pop-Off YouTube channel(Opens in a new window).
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In 2013, I started my Ziff Davis career as an intern on PCMag’s Software team. Now, I’m an Analyst on the Apps and Gaming team, and I really just want to use my fancy Northwestern University journalism degree to write about video games. I host The Pop-Off, PCMag‘s video game show. I was previously the Senior Editor for Geek.com. I’ve also written for The A.V. Club, Kotaku, and Paste Magazine. I’m currently working on a book about the history of video games, and I’m the reason everything you think you know about Street Sharks is a lie.
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