Summer Game Fest 2022, like many of the games featured 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 was present at the event and experienced some very promising games.
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 treasures 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 on.
Desta: the memories between
Desta: The Memories Between comes from the same team as Monument Valley and its family tree shows. Desta is also a beautiful game with rich color palette, unconventional game system and emotional story. In this game you play as Desta: a youngster who tries every night to solve their interpersonal problems while they dream. There they play a ball game (think “dodgeball meets handball”) with allies and enemies based on people they know in real life. You can recruit characters with different abilities and get stronger over time, making this game an intriguing sports/RPG/social simulation. However the game plays out, it’s something different anyway.
When Outriders debuted last year, it had its fans and detractors. But whatever you thought of the game, it did at least one thing extremely well: it made for a long, involved multiplayer looter shooter without a single microtransaction. Outriders Worldslayer represents the game’s first major expansion, and the field is equally simple: pay $40 for a new area, new story campaign, and new endgame progression system, then play as much as you want, for as long as you want, with full access to every item, system and location in the game. Outriders Worldslayer still features strong shooting mechanics and satisfying special abilities, so it’s worth checking out if you’ve enjoyed the base game.
Star Trek: Resurgence
My personal favorite game from Summer Game Fest, playing Star Trek: Resurgence is like watching a good episode of the show. In this adventure game, you take on the role of two Starfleet members aboard the USS Resolute: Carter Diaz, an engineer on duty, and Jara Rydek, the ship’s new First Officer. Conversations take center stage here as you interact with different characters and gradually shape their opinion of you. You’ll also have to make tough moral choices, which get to 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 more 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 from Street Fighter 6. Ryu and Chun-Li. You memorize and perform flashy combos; you compete against the computer to hone your skills, and against other players to brag. But while Street Fighter 6 should satisfy loyal fans with sleek gameplay and beautiful special effects, it can also entice newcomers with its optional “modern” control scheme, which makes it easier to perform special attacks.
Part Japanese RPG, part love letter to 90s professional wrestling, WrestleQuest is one of the weirder games we played at Summer Game Fest. It was also one of the most memorable. You play as two emerging wrestlers, Randy Santos and Brink Logan, as they travel the world, sharpening their skills and developing their own unique play styles. The twist is that the entire game takes place in an action figure toy box, which explains the larger-than-life fantasy elements, as well as the preponderance of real-life wrestlers that crop up along the way. With beautiful pixel art graphics and surprisingly detailed turn-based combat, WrestleQuest could provoke JRPG fans into wrestling – or wrestling fans in JRPGs.