2022 Summer Game Party, like many of the games on display there, was an ambitious experiment. In previous years, Summer Game Fest was a simple live stream. This year, however, the event was a two-day spectacle, with hands-on opportunities for dozens of games. Tom’s Guide attended the event and experienced some promising games firsthand.
Now that the event is over, we wanted to highlight five of our favorite games from the event. These range from big budget titles with a ton of hype to potential indie darlings we just heard about for the first time. While we don’t know if every game on this list will be great, we think they’re worth keeping an eye out for.
Desta: the memories between
Desta: the memories between comes from the same team as Monument Valley, and his pedigree shows it. Desta is also a beautiful game with a rich color scheme, an unconventional game system and a moving story. In this game, you play as Desta: a young man who tries to solve his interpersonal problems every night by dreaming. There, they play a game of ball (think “dodgeball meets handball”) with allies and enemies based on people they know in real life. You can recruit characters with different abilities and grow stronger over time, making this game an intriguing sports/RPG/social simulation. However the game turns out, it’s at least something different.
world killer outriders
When Riders launched last year, it had its fans and its detractors. But whatever you think of the game, it did at least one thing extremely right: it delivered a long and involved multiplayer shooter without a single microtransaction. world killer outriders represents the game’s first major expansion, and the pitch is just as simple: pay $40 for a new area, new story campaign, and new endgame progression system, then play as much as you want, too as long as you want, with full access to every in-game item, system, and location. Outriders Worldslayer still features solid shooting mechanics and satisfying special abilities, so it’s worth checking it out if you enjoyed the base game.
Star Trek: Resurgence
My favorite Summer Game Fest game, play Star Trek: Resurgence it’s like watching a good episode of the series. This adventure game introduces you to two Starfleet members aboard the USS Resolute: Carter Diaz, an enlisted engineer, and Jara Rydek, the ship’s new first officer. Conversation takes center stage here, as you’ll interact with a variety of characters, shaping their opinions of you along the way. You’ll also have to make tough moral choices, which is at the heart of what Star Trek is all about. With incredible fidelity to the Star Trek setting and plenty of interesting narrative decisions to make, Star Trek: Resurgence is one of the most promising Trek titles in a while.
Street Fighter 6
Street Fighter has been around for over 30 years, so fans should already have a good idea of what to expect Street Fighter 6. You’ll control a variety of colorful fighters in one-on-one battles, including series mainstays such as Ryu and Chun-Li. You’ll memorize and execute flashy combos; you’ll compete against the computer to hone your skills and against other players for bragging rights. But while Street Fighter 6 should satisfy longtime fans with tight gameplay and great special effects, it may also appeal to newcomers with its optional “modern” control scheme, which makes it easier to pull off special attacks.
Part Japanese-style RPG, part love letter to ’90s pro wrestling, Fight Quest is one of the weirdest games we played at Summer Game Fest. It was also one of the most memorable. You play as two up-and-coming wrestlers, Randy Santos and Brink Logan, as they travel the world, honing their skills, and developing their own unique performance styles. The twist is that the whole game takes place in a toybox of action figures, which explains the larger-than-life fantasy elements, as well as the preponderance of real-life wrestlers that show up along the way. With stunning pixel art graphics and stunningly detailed turn-based combat, WrestleQuest could bring JRPG fans to wrestling – or wrestling fans to JRPGs.
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