Road 96

I've played a lot of great games this year, with Xbox Game Pass helping me discover some proper gems thanks to its consistent work in adding high-quality titles. A Plague Tale: Requiem was an absolute delight back in October (well, aside from the rat waves of course), as was the Xbox-exclusive As Dusk Falls which really surprised me this summer. However, one game captured my heart this year, and that's Ravenscourt's procedural adventure Road 96.

Sure, this game technically came to Nintendo Switch in 2021, but its Xbox arrival was this year, so I'm classing it as a GOTY 2022 contender. I reviewed the game when it did finally come to Xbox and I enjoyed my experience so much that, well, here we are!

For those who aren't quite sure what this one is all about, I'll try and sum it up. Road 96 is a story-heavy adventure where you'll play out various different journeys, escaping to the border in a fictional, authoritarian nation. With each journey, you'll meet a bunch of interesting characters who are mostly there to help you out, although even if they aren't, they'll provide plenty of memorable moments throughout the whole adventure.

The voice acting here is top notch, and that goes a long way to help ground each individual story and how its dialogue plays out. There's also the game's soundtrack which is varied, surprising at times, and just utterly brilliant. In fact, Road 96 has one of my very favourite game soundtracks of all time!

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I'll openly admit that the timing of Road 96 hitting Xbox likely contributed a fair bit to just how much I fell in love with the experience. The game arrived at a time when I was at a major crossroads in my personal life, and aside from providing some much-needed escapism at the time, it actually taught me a lot about making tough decisions in life and reconnecting with people after a global pandemic.

Well, that got personal! Anyway, I can wholeheartedly recommend Road 96 to anyone who loves a good video game story that focuses on realistic characters and how they overcome tough personal challenges. It's on Xbox Game Pass as well, so if you're looking for something to play this Holiday season, why not give it a go!

What's been your Xbox GOTY for 2022 so far? Let me know down in the comments below.