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The “10s” of 2022

It’s that time of year again to look back on the games we’ve scored 10/10 over the last 12 months.

What makes a 10/10 game? For different outlets, that can mean different things. For us at GameSpew, a 10/10 isn’t a perfect game – after all, no such thing exists. But we award 10s to games that stand out from the crowd. Maybe they’re a technical marvel. Perhaps they have a story that blows us away. Or maybe they do something so out of the ordinary that we can’t stop thinking about them. Sometimes, it’s an amalgamation of all of those things, and more.

This year, we’ve reviewed 306 games. Of those 306, just six have been awarded the highest score. That’s less than 2% of all game we’ve covered. And of those six, two of them are re-releases, and another two are sequels. Let’s revisit them, shall we?

God of War (PC)

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Reviewed on 12th January

“They say good things come to those who wait, and in this case it rings true for PC gamers. This PC port is undoubtedly the best way to experience God of War, boasting improved visuals and additional features such as ultra-wide support and NVIDIA Reflex for reduced latency. Ultimately, this is a brilliant port of a phenomenal game, instantly making it a must-have for any PC gamer seeking out an engaging adventure full of intense combat and thoughtful puzzles.”

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Horizon Forbidden West

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Reviewed on 14th February

“Bigger and better than its predecessor in every single way, Horizon Forbidden West is a game that’s ever so easy to get lost in. It’s got a surprisingly heart-warming story in which Aloy finally realises the value of friendship, thrilling combat that never loses its edge, and a dense world that’s not only cram-packed with things to do, but is also utterly gorgeous. It’s yet another must-have first-party title for PlayStation gamers. And on PS5 with its lightning-fast loading times, stunning visuals and brilliant DualSense implementation, it’s a real showcase of what the hardware can do.”

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Elden Ring

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Reviewed on 23rd February

“Combining the deep and challenging combat FromSoftware is known for with a vast and varied world that’s always a pleasure to explore, Elden Ring is quite simply incredible. From the moment you step foot into The Lands Between you’ll be engrossed, and while you’ll no doubt experience some setbacks on your adventure – such as a boss that at first seems impossible to defeat – there’s always somewhere else to go to cool off, pick yourself up, and perhaps power yourself up before returning to have another go. That is to say, you don’t just play Elden Ring; you live in its world for hours at a time. It will consume you, but you’ll willingly throw yourself into its maw with fervour.”

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Eternal Threads

Eternal Threads

Reviewed on 18th May

“You won’t have played anything like Eternal Threads before, and unless Cosmonaut Studios makes a follow-up, you likely never will again. This is a remarkable piece of storytelling, expertly written and crafted, weaving together the ordinary and the futuristic to create something incredibly compelling. You won’t want to put it down, and once you’ve finished, you’ll be thinking about it for weeks to come. It truly is something special.”

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The Last of Us Part I

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Reviewed on 31st August

“With this remake, Naughty Dog has made one of the best games of all time even better. While you may look at screenshots or snippets of video footage and think that it looks and plays just like you remember it, go back to an older version and you’ll realise just how much work has been done here. Yes, The Last of Us Remastered still holds up well, and you can stick with it if you like, but for newcomers and ardent fans The Last of Us Part I is a treat that’s worth every penny. It would be one thing if this emotional rollercoaster was just as captivating now as it was nine years ago. But in fact, it’s even more so. And that’s an impressive achievement.”

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God of War Ragnarok

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Reviewed on 3rd November

“The truth is, there’s so much more we could say about God of War Ragnarok, but to do so would spoil the experience for you. Ultimately, all you need to know is that this is bigger and better than 2018’s God of War in every single way. Its boss battles are the definition of epic, its world is more rewarding to explore, and its combat has been refined to perfection. Throw in a story that grips you from the outset and has you wondering where it will go from one moment to the next, and you have a game that sticks you to your seat like glue. Sit down to play and minutes turn into hours – it’s so hard to pull yourself away from it. All we have is love for this God of War.”

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