here is our GOTY and the other winners

Here we are: after a long process of internal evaluation, the editorial staff has finally ratified the winners in the various categories of the TGM Awards 2022, including our GOTY. You will find all the titles in the rankings in the next issue of the magazine, TGM 396with lots of new details and deluxe layout đŸ™‚

The editorial staff of The Games Machine met in a plenary session to take a look at the twelve months that have just passed and take stock of the videogame year that is about to close. This is how we found ourselves choosing the best video games of 2022, appropriately divided into categories that reflect not only the main genres, but also some specific characteristics such as the soundtrack, storytelling or aesthetics. This year we have decided to introduce something new that we hope you will enjoy: the Retro TGM Champion, that is the recognition aimed at new video games and conversions for platforms with a few more years on their shoulders. Finally, among the TGM Awards, our game of the year could not be missing which certifies – according to the unquestionable judgment of the editorial staff – the best video game released in Anno Domini 2022. Want to know what it is? Read on and don’t rush to the end of the article right away!

The winner of each category is highlighted in bold.


Action in the broadest possible sense, provided that the player’s nerves are at least as crucial as the brain.

  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Bayonet 3
  • Neon White
  • Vampire Survivors
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder’s Revenge

Role Playing Game
The role-playing (and action) games that we like, dense, deep and adhering to the genre in terms of stats, attributes but also for simulation.

  • Elden Ring
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  • Expeditions Rome
  • Soul Hackers 2
  • Steelrising

Tactics and Strategy
The reborn genre of turn-based tactics or even the best examples of real-time strategy: dominance of the brain, in short.

  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Total War Warhammer 3
  • Victoria 3
  • Marvel’s Midnight Suns

Platform and Action Platform
Here are the titles that still put a custom ahead of everything – that of platforms – among the oldest in videogames. Together with the puzzles, but also without.

  • OlliOlli World
  • Kirby and the Lost Land
  • Salt and Sacrifice
  • Timothy and the Tower of Mu
  • Treasures of the Aegean

Action, storytelling or survival games in a horror sauce are more alive than ever, and indeed include many different meanings of anxiety and fear.

  • Signalis
  • The Callisto Protocol
  • Saturnalia
  • The Chant
  • The Quarry

Dynamic Adventures
Between respect for the more “puzzle” past and the desire to tell stories of the present, the best dynamic adventures on the square.

  • Pentiment
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Immortality
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist
  • Syberia: The World Before

Sports, simulations and fighting games
Engines, hitting balls, without prejudices on the arcade or simulation essence: the important thing is to follow one’s vocation well.

  • Gran Turismo 7
  • NBA 2K23
  • The King of Fighters XV
  • fifa 23
  • WWE 2K22

Virtual reality
Quality and experimentation in a sector that is growing slowly but constantly, both in terms of play and style.

  • compound
  • Red Matter 2
  • Espire 2 (Meta Quests only)
  • Bonelab
  • Moss Book 2


The Games Machine DOC, best of PC Games
The best game for TGM’s platform of choice, not necessarily exclusive but which honors the Master Race for various reasons, including technical or stylistic ones.

  • Vampire Survivors
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Elden Ring
  • Total War Warhammer 3
  • Expeditions Rome

Retro TGM Champion
The new prize linked to the magazine’s special insert on the “present of retrogaming” could not be missing: new games and crazy conversions for ancient platforms!

  • Eye of the Beholder (c64)
  • Lilly’s Saga (MSX2)
  • Puzzle Bobble (c64)
  • Lykia (Plus/4, C64)
  • Tiny Dungeons (Spectrum)

tell me a story
The value of storytelling ahead of – or on par with – any other feature, while passing through different systems of rules and visual presentation.

  • Pentiment
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Immortality
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

Music to Play
Games that excel at soundtracks, or soundtracks that excel more than the games themselves.

  • Elden Ring
  • Metal Hellsinger
  • Vampire Survivors
  • tunic
  • God of War Ragnarok

Stendhal syndrome
The games in front of which one is dazzled by the crazy artistic or technical level, for large and small productions.

  • Elden Ring
  • tunic
  • Immortality
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • A Plague Tale Requiem

We love these guys
The best studio of the year according to The Games Machine editorial staff. We had to make several sacrifices, since basically there was nothing but the embarrassment of choice.

  • Obsidian Entertainment
  • FromSoftware
  • poncle
  • Santa Monica Studio
  • Terrible Toybox

Best of the Future
The not yet released game from which we expect the most impressive performance for the not too distant future, presumably by 2023.

  • Alan Wake 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl
  • Starfield
  • Homeworld 3

The Games Machine GOTY
The jury prize in that of The Games Machine. In the end we managed not to beat each other.

  • Elden Ring
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Neon White
  • Vampire Survivors

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