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RS Recommends: The Best Video Games for PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch

PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo all have huge game libraries — here are some of the most popular titles for each one

The Legend of Zelda Breath Of The WildThe Legend of Zelda Breath Of The Wild

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With the release of popular gaming consoles like the Xbox Series S/X, Playstation 5 and even the newer Nintendo OLED Switch, the world of gaming continues to evolve and change. There are thousands of games to choose from these days, whether you prefer adventure, mystery, action or just plain old first-person shooter games. The vast variety of options can get overwhelming though, especially if you just purchased your first console.

To help you out, we’ve listed some of the best video games to buy online right now, so you pick out your new favorite game — no matter which console you use. Though some of these options might be console-specific, some of the best video games can be played across multiple platforms (think classic games like Batman: Arkham Knight and the Life is Strange series. Many of them can be booted straight onto your PC, especially if you’re still waiting on that coveted restock of the Playstation 5 or Xbox Series S/X.

Read on for our advice on how to pick out the best video games you can play in 2022 and hopefully, you’ll discover something that will fit right into your digital library.

What Are the Best Video Games to Buy?

There are a number of factors to consider when shopping for the best video games online. We’ve listed the most important ones below to help make choosing the best video game easier.

Consoles: As we mentioned before, some video games may be exclusive to certain gaming platforms. For example, Forza Horizon 5 is made for Xbox and Super Mario 3D World is exclusive to Nintendo players. Many games are available on multiple platforms so make sure to select your console of choice before you hit “buy.”

A ton of games also feature “backward compatibility,” which means games originally designed for the Playstation 4 or Xbox One will be available for play on their successors. In my experience, older games not enhanced for the Xbox Series S/X do have lag times, so be prepared to compromise on the aesthetics if you’ve got your heart set on one of these classic games.

Genres: We’ve listed a number of popular video games from different genres below, from action/adventure and role-playing, to simulation, party games and more. The best video games today span a variety of genres for all interest levels and playing styles.

ESRB Rating: The Electronic Software Rating Board determines which games are appropriate for which age group. Some games may be a bit too violent for certain age groups, while some may be playable by everyone. If you’re looking to gift a video game for a teen or young kid, make sure to check the ESRB rating before you shop.

Multiplayer vs. Single Player Games: You might be the only one in your household into gaming or you might spend Saturday night playing Halo with your roommate or friend in a different city. We’ve listed options from both categories so whether you’re looking to bank in hundreds of hours on a complicated game solo or looking for an arcade-style game for your next family gathering, there’s game ideas for everyone.

Online Play: Some of the best video games do require a subscription to a console maker’s online service (Nintendo Switch Online, Xbox Live, or PlayStation Plus), to play with friends remotely—great if you’re still stuck indoors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. These games will work without an online subscription as well, but some functionality may be limited.

Favorite Video Games: These Are the Most Popular Video Games

Everybody has a favorite video game and we’re not exception – we’ve rounded up some of the most popular video games to buy online, as well as some of the best video games for 2022.

1. Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5

Microsoft

Xbox owners can indulge in this latest release of the ever-popular Forza franchise and embark on an open-world racing adventure like no other.

Set amongst the lush landscape of Mexico, the gameplay features strikingly accurate renditions of spots like the city of Guanajuato, Uxmal and picturesque Arco De Cabo San Lucas. There are more than 550 cars to choose from as well, each with its own unique set of upgrades so you can create the ride of your dreams.

If you’ve ever played Forza Horizon before, you’ll be happy to know that Forza 5 comes with its own set of adventures that include dirt racing trails, PR stunts, street racing, road racing circuits and more. The game’s open-world ability means you can play each mini-adventure at your own pace or just spend the day driving through the forests of Mexico.

There’s plenty of multiplayer functionality as well. With Forza Open you can interact with other drivers and challenge them to races, form convoys with your friends and compete in events. This game is Xbox Series S/X enhanced, which means if you have a newer console the colors and graphics will be bigger, better and brighter with 4K compatibility and faster load times.

Since it’s rated E, it’s made for everyone which means you’ll be able to game with players of all ages from all over the globe! Pro tip: This game is available via Xbox Game Pass which you can now sign up for just $1 for your first month.

Buy: Forza Horizon 5 at $34.99

2. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardian's Of The Galaxy

PlayStation/Square Enix

For fans of linear, single-player games, Marvel’s newest Guardians of the Galaxy game is a good addition to your gaming roster. You’ll play as Peter Quill (a.k.a. “Star-Lord”) and even though you won’t have control of Gamora, Drax or Rocket, you’ll be able to issue them commands, interact with them, and make important choices that affect your gameplay.

The best part about this game is the choice factor: Every decision you make will factor in, so if you choose to save a character they might reward you by going the extra mile in the near future. The game itself is relatively short, and shouldn’t take you longer than 16 to 18 hours to complete, which means yes, you can binge it this upcoming weekend.

Apart from the immersive “make-it-your-own” gameplay, you’ll also love the dry but witty dialogue we’ve come to love from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. You’ll see relationships unfold and develop but you might even get yelled at if you’re found wandering around the game, wasting time. The combat sometimes felt a bit dragged out and wasn’t one of my favorite parts of this game, but for what it’s worth, it was fun watching giant otherworldly, blob-like. monsters pop up on my screen.

Apart from that, this was a near-perfect game that I would happily play over and over again. Plus, with its multi-platform compatibility, even PC gamers will be able to partake in this intergalactic loony adventure.

Buy: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy at $24.99

3. Batman Arkham Knight

Batman Arkham Knight

Warner Bros.

First released in 2015, Batman Arkham Knight still makes our list of best video games — and for good reason. Not only is the story both engaging and gripping but the game’s open-world setting makes it all the more appealing. There’s the main storyline that involves Batman fighting the mysterious scare toxin released by Scarecrow but there’s also tons of mini-quests, including solving the haunting murders committed by a deranged opera-loving killer.

It’s clear there’s a good chunk of violence involved which is why this installation is aptly rated M, meaning for mature audiences. The entire gameplay itself will take you about 50 hours or so if you play on the normal setting (it took me 40 on easy mode) which makes this pick just lengthy enough without hinging on being overdone.

For a game that’s not enhanced for newer consoles, the graphics are still pretty fantastic. Set entirely at night and amongst some torrid weather conditions, Gotham’s cityscape still manages to look breathtaking, albeit chaotic what with all the goons running around. Each side quest is also interesting in itself, a good diversion if you’re looking to break through the redundancy of the central storyline.

Meanwhile, almost every one of Batman’s infamous villains makes an appearance including Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Penguin and even the Riddler. If you’ve been anticipating the upcoming Batman movie featuring Robert Pattinson, this game might be a good way to keep the excitement going. Plus, it’s available for Xbox, PlayStation and PC players (sorry Switch users) so you’ll be able to access it instantly (it’s included digitally on Game Pass and PS Plus)

Buy: Batman Arkham Knight (PS4) at $18.70

You can also get Batman: Arkham Knight for Xbox One here.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Legend of Zelda

Nintendo

If there’s one open-world game that’s on everyone’s radar, it’s Breath of the Wild. With Breath of the Wild 2 set to release sometime this year, now’s your chance to catch up with the story.

The game follows Link after he wakes up with no recollection of his memories. The main story revolves around beating the villain Calamity Ganon and restoring order to the kingdom of Hyrule but the game’s vast open-world compatibility means you can spend hundreds of hours learning recipes, riding horses, meeting new characters, or just exploring the kingdom at your own pace. The main story will take you about 60 hours to complete, but this single-player game truly shines when you explore the map of your own free will.

Many players even say the map of Hyrule is one of the most beautiful open-world maps they’ve ever seen so make sure to connect your Nintendo Switch to your TV to fully enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, mountains and oceans in this installment. Remember though: This game is Nintendo specific which means you’ll only be able to download and play if you own the brand’s console.

Buy: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at $26.99

5. Overboard!

Overboard!

Nintendo

For lovers of a classic mystery, try Overboard! This game follows the story of a starlet after she murders her husband and throws him overboard a passenger ship deep into the depths of the ocean, in order to claim his life insurance money. Now’s your chance to play from the perspective of the villain. Follow waning actress Veronica Villensey’s journey as she concocts an alibi and finds a sacrificial lamb to take the blame for her heinous crime.

Wander around the ship and talk to characters while uncovering secrets of their own — this game has more twists and turns than a ship stuck in a storm. You probably won’t “win” the game on the first try, but the story will conveniently restart till you get it right, which gives you ample time to explore every nook and cranny of this ocean liner.

The only downside? Once you figure out the storybook ending, the game loses its replay value, which means this Indie-game is a one-play-wonder in my book. That said, it can be played on either your Nintendo Switch or your mobile device, so if you’re on the subway commuting to work with nothing else to do, now’s your chance to spend it engrossed in a Nineties detective mystery like no other.

Buy: Overboard! at $5.99

6. Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite

Microsoft

If you’ve played any of the former Halo installments with your buddies, you know the stakes for Halo Infinite were pretty high. Luckily this first-person shooter game lived up to its crazed fan hype.

Following an open-world format, players are dropped into the game and after a brief tutorial can explore anything and battle anyone their little hearts desire. The intuitive world is almost grotesquely beautiful where your heart will be racing while you complete a mission, while at the same time you’re left staring at the landscape thinking, “Wow, that’s beautiful.” Plus, with the grappling hook players can quite literally scale every mountain in the game or like in Batman Arkham Knight, use it to defeat enemies.

Related: See All the Best Halo Games Online

The final fight will take a lot out of you — even getting frustrating at times. Your heart will feel like it’s ready to beat out of your chest or you’ll be screaming in both anger and exhaustion at your screen till you get it right. Once that battle is over though, you’ll be transported back to the game’s open-world landscape to compete all the side quests you want.

For lovers of this franchise who’ve been waiting for a semi-open-world Halo adventure that surpasses even their wildest imaginations, this is it. It’s a special game that will stay with you far after you turn off your TV and finally head to bed. If you’re a fan of multiplayer, the Halo Infinite multiplayer version is completely free to play and also available for download. (Although you won’t be able to complete the story without the single-player campaign).

Do note though, this game is exclusive to Xbox and PC players, which means if you’re a PlayStation user you’re out of luck.

Buy: Halo Infinite at $34.88

7. Life Is Strange: True Colors

Life is Strange: True Colors

Nintendo/Square Enix

Life Is Strange was one of those 2021 game releases that was entirely underrated. The most recent installment in the Life Is Strange series follows Alex Chen, a young girl with a troubled past who moves to a fictional town in Colorado where she uncovers sinister truths lurking underneath the town’s surface, using her supernatural empathic abilities.

While the mystery of the storyline is itself a compelling enough reason to play this game, the graphics take it to a whole other level. You’ve got beautiful snow-capped mountains, wide pavements dotted with picturesque cafes and cobblestoned streets that feel like they came straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Of course, the gorgeous landscape provides a great juxtaposition to the otherwise mysterious town.

There’s a lot of emotion in this game and you’ll find many scenes and moments tugging at your heartstrings, which is what makes the story so beautiful. The choice-driven gameplay makes the characters and NPCs come alive and you’ll feel very much a part of the town’s close-knit community as you progress within the game. Since there are so many different paths your character can take, this game also has high replayability, especially since it features multiple endings.

Buy: Life Is Strange: True Colors at $29.01

8. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

3D Mario World + Bowser's Fury

Nintendo

This classic bundle features one “old” game and one new. (Super Mario World 3D was originally released in 2013). This bundle was essentially a redesign for the Nintendo Switch and instead of reinventing the game, Nintendo improved on its graphics, introduced more options for multiplayer mode, and built a new adventure from the ground up, a.k.a. Bowser’s Fury.

Here, players tackle the looming threat of Bowser (who’s turned into a giant, scary alien-like villain) with the help of Bowser Jr. Now players can decide where they want to go and what they want to do — it’s the only Mario game to introduce the open-world concept. There’s multiple challenges and puzzles to complete (just like in a traditional Mario game) and each win awards cat shines, equivalent to stars from other Mario games. While this may seem pretty straightforward, the longer you take to complete these quests, the more difficult the game gets. You’ll see a storm rolling in, demon cats on the loose and more — I personally think this makes the game far more enjoyable.

It’s the perfect mix, bringing back the nostalgia from the original Mario games, while also experimenting with an entirely new storyline and game format. It’s enjoyable, unpredictable and its’ multiplayer functionality means you’ll be able to take on this adventure with your best friend. (Note, Mario games are compatible on the Nintendo platform only)

Buy: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s… at $59.99

9. It Takes Two

It Takes Two

EA

It Takes Two is the ultimate co-op game following Maya and Cody, an unassuming married couple on the brink of divorce until their child curses them into the bodies of dolls (yes, you read that right).

The game is as eccentric as you think it is: there’s a plot to assassinate a stuffed elephant, a nightclub inside an air vent and an entire mini-world that comes to life after Mary and Cody become “dolls.”

It’s an extremely fun co-op game that will keep you and a friend (or significant other) engrossed for close to 10 to 12 hours where you’ll do everything from combat together, solve puzzles, explore and more. Since the game does seem a bit drawn out as it progresses, we suggest getting this game done in one go. You’ll only really need one day to get through it all and since it supports online play, you won’t have to be in the same room as the second player (although the game still functions in split-screen making it easy to collaborate).

Buy: It Takes Two at $29.95

10. Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village

PlayStation

Mythical creatures know no bounds in Resident Evil Village as you fight for your life amongst Lycans, zombies, gargoyles and yes, many other ghouls. The story itself seems somewhat similar to other installments where a catalyst event (here, Ethan’s daughter Rosemary being kidnapped) leads him on a horrific, action-packed journey for survival.

There are plenty of tense, playing with one-eyed open moments as you brace yourself for what’s going to pop up next on your screen and there’s also a decent amount of carnage as you fight your various enemies to the end. Every gothic castle and bare, leafless tree is so detailed, you’ll almost feel like keeping every light on in your apartment as you brave the in-game landscape.

The puzzles and brainteasers sprinkled throughout do seem extremely simple and straightforward, which is a letdown, but the game’s deathly environment and stellar attention to detail almost make up for it — almost.

Buy: Resident Evil Village Deluxe Edition at $69.99

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