At a time when electronic sports are gaining more and more space, games to be played alone (single-player games) are not left behind. With many highly recognized titles, these games maintain their legions of fans and continue to deliver innovative experiences each year. If you are one of those people who likes to start a solo campaign and play for hours and hours, check out our list of the 22 best games to play alone in 2022 below!
1. The Witcher 3
At this point in the championship, The Witcher 3 almost needs no introduction. The game is the third title in a series inspired by a series of books and which received its own series on Netflix. The story revolves around Geralt, a genetically modified wizard who is super trained to deal with monsters.
Like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, The Witcher is an action RPG set in a massive open world. The full gameplay is estimated to take around 200 hours if the player decides to do all the main and side missions.
One of the great differentials of The Witcher 3 is the artificial intelligence of the characters and the dynamic time system in which day and night pass very realistically, affecting the performance of some monsters on the map.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 features an open world as large as that of GTA V. The most beloved western in video games has quickly established itself as one of the best single-player games today due to its incredible graphics, exciting photography and storyline, several innovative mechanics and a captivating charm for any bang-bang fan.
3. Grand Theft Auto V
A masterpiece. GTA V raised the bar for a franchise that was already a huge phenomenon. With all the classic elements of the series, the fifth title innovated by bringing 3 playable characters, each with their own story, skills and missions that intersect in a story full of crimes, violence, betrayals and everything expected of GTA.
Hades was released at the end of 2020 and in a few months it gained a lot of prominence, especially among the top gaming awards in the world. The game is a hack and slash RPG with cartoonish graphics in which you control Zagreus, one of the sons of the god Hades. Your objective is to escape from your father's underworld while facing waves and waves of enemies and receiving help from different Olympian gods, who grant you special powers and differentiated weapons. Hades has simple and very addictive gameplay, as well as an intriguing story that unfolds little by little, revealing more and more characters from Greek mythology.
5.Horizon Zero Dawn
Released for PC only in 2020, Horizon Zero Dawn is an action RPG in the same class as classic titles like The Witcher and Skyrim. The story takes place in the 31st century, when humanity has been reduced to tribal society with access to certain super advanced technologies and the world is dominated by robot dinosaurs. As with most action RPGs today, Horizon Zero Dawn has a main campaign, side quests and many other extra activities to pass the time in the game.
6Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion is the third title in the Watch Dogs franchise, released in 2020. The story takes place in a dystopian London completely dominated by a military entity that installed extreme surveillance systems in the city. Our characters are a group of hackers who seek to clear their names of crimes they didn't commit, as well as freeing citizens from military control. The gameplay is very similar to the previous games in the series, with the big difference being the possibility to recruit any NPC to your team. Each character has their own skills and backgrounds that contribute in different ways to the team. In addition, the game's very high level of freedom allows you to complete missions in different ways, depending on your creativity.
7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Another famous game. Skyrim, which also received numerous awards at the time of its release, is one of the best single player offline RPGs out there. With a huge open world, the game allows you to explore different locations with their own characteristics such as economy, traditions, etc.
Regarding the character, Skyrim has an absurd content to be explored. In addition to the main skills, it is possible to learn numerous others such as cooking, forging, opening locks, etc. None of them are mandatory, but upgrading them can unlock various secret quests and unexpected rewards.
8 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Another award-winning title at The Game Awards 2022, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice took home Game of the Year and Best Action Adventure Game. The game is very reminiscent of games like God of War or Dark Souls, and puts you in control of a badass ninja named Wolf in search of revenge.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has everything an action adventure game can have. Breathtaking graphics and environments, electrifying combats full of special effects, gigantic monsters, weapons, ninja moves, and much more.
The game also has some innovative elements. Instead of HP bars, you need to break enemies' stance to land a fatal blow. Also, despite being an RPG, you don't level up, you just improve your equipment and skill tree.
9. Dark Souls III
Following up with the big names, Dark Souls III ranks among the top action RPGs of all time. With gameplay marked by a high level of difficulty, the game has intense combats and extremely challenging bosses even for experienced players.
10. Elysium Disco
The big winner of The Game Awards 2022, Disco Elysium won the categories for Best Narrative, Best Indie Game, Best Roleplaying Game and Best Indie Debut. The game is an open world RPG that follows the story of an alcoholic detective tasked with investigating a murder.
The game also innovates in many ways. Combats are not the focus of the game and are fought in the form of dialogue trees in which the player only needs to choose what actions to take. Your character traits also have very interesting consequences. For example, if he is very dramatic, he may lie easily, but he may also become paranoid.
Disco Elysium has an extremely engaging plot that mixes drama, comedy and tragedy in a unique way. The dialogues are always very captivating, as are all the characters.
Not by far the ultimate game it appeared to be, but Cyberpunk deserves a spot on this list. Even with so many problems, the game is already finding its way on PCs and delivers unprecedented mechanics, in addition to a level of interactivity never seen before. With a story full of plots and engaging characters, there is still hope for Cyberpunk to redeem itself and become a timeless game.
12. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is considered by many to be the best game in the franchise. Returning to the times of Ancient Greece, the game has a breathtaking open world, with several scenarios full of life and details to explore. With the possibility of playing with a male or female character, the story can be affected by your choices, which can either unlock secondary quests or kill important characters in the plot, thus modifying the end of the game.
The latest title in one of the most fiendish and violent franchises of all time, Doom Eternal continues to deliver frenetic combat filled with blood, disturbing demons and an arsenal of overwhelming weapons. This time, however, the game inserts a little more strategy into the gameplay and requires you to think a little more about your own steps and observe more enemy behavior. The game also has some interesting mechanics that give more replayability to the campaign.
14. Resident Evil 2 (Remake)
The remake of one of the greatest horror games of all time, Resident Evil 2 has enhanced the experience offered by the original game. The story is still exactly the same, but the new title bets on an “over-the-shoulder”-style 3rd-person perspective, instead of the fixed camera of the old days.
The current graphics also offer a much darker and more macabre air than the old game and undoubtedly make it feel like a completely different game. Regarding the story, we can still play both Leon Kennnedy and Claire Redfield, and it's only after we finish the game with both that we find the true end of the game.
15. Resident Evil 3 (Remake)
There's no way to suggest Resident Evil 2 and not put 3 together. Even with some occasional changes in the scenarios, gameplay and even some details in the story, Resident Evil 3 Remake still conveys the same feeling already known by fans of the first game. With the constant tension caused by Nemesis, combat now features state-of-the-art graphics that offer much more immersion to the game.
16. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is yet another masterpiece by Hideo Kojima. This time, the difference is the immense freedom with which players can choose how to complete missions. With an incredibly advanced Artificial Intelligence, the game allows you to be very creative when it comes to manipulating the elements of the scenario, luring enemies into traps, creating chain reactions, etc.
Hollow Knight is a metroidvania that can very well be described as a Dark Souls 2D, as it has the same action and dark theme. Other similarities are the combat mechanics, the difficult bosses and the equipment and skills system and the fact that there are so-called “souls”, which are stored in jars.
Hollow Knight doesn't follow in a linear fashion. The gigantic map can be accessed in any way you like, and this directly affects the order of bosses you encounter, the equipment and skills you have, upgrades, etc.
Hollow Knight's main differentiator is its content. The main campaign has around 30 hours of gameplay, which is A LOT for a standalone game. This value goes up a lot, of course, if you go back to explore all the available scenarios.
Cuphead is an all hand-drawn run and gun style game inspired by the 30s cartoons. Despite the cute look, the game is EXTREMELY difficult and, even if it is limited to classic platform game mechanics (jump, run, shoot , etc), the game is aimed at a more hardcore audience looking for stages and bosses that require a lot of skill and patience.
19. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley is an RPG/farming simulator. With Nintendinho's Zelda-style minimalist graphics, the game offers a very captivating experience that makes it one of the most acclaimed indie games of all time. In addition to taking care of a farm inherited from his grandfather, much of the gameplay revolves around developing your relationships with neighboring NPCs, whether making friends and getting to know their stories or even finding romantic pairings.
20.Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City was one of those responsible for taking superhero games to a new level. With a vast open world and numerous missions that you can complete non-linearly, the game has a lot of content that explores the Batman universe very well, whether including famous characters or known locations in Gotham.
21. Portal 2
Portal 2 is a 1st person puzzle game. Here you need to use a portal weapon to solve numerous puzzles and complete each of the different levels. The game requires a lot of spatial awareness so you can position each portal in the right place and thus interact with the elements of the scenario and find solutions. In addition to the totally original puzzles, the game also has a charismatic storyline that keeps the gameplay even more fun.
Undertale deserves a spot on this list for the simplicity and originality of the gameplay. The game is an RPG in which you don't have to kill anyone if you don't want to. Many players describe it as more of an interactive story in which their choices completely change the course of the game. Most interesting of all is that everything you do and choose is irreversible, even if you leave without saving the game.
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