Here Are The Top 10 Xbox Games Of 2022 According To Metacritic

We're going to be publishing our official Pure Xbox Game of the Year 2022 roundup here later this week, but before we do that, we thought we'd take a look at the highest-rated Xbox games of the year according to Metacritic.

It'll come as no surprise to hear that Elden Ring takes the top spot, but there are a few games that aren't too far behind. The lower half of the list is also filled with games that have acquired very similar Metascores throughout the year.

We're going to publish two lists here — the first is the standard way Metacritic calculates its rankings, where games with less than 7 reviews aren't counted at all. Here are the top 10 Xbox games of 2022 based on those rules:

  1. Elden Ring - 96
  2. Persona 5 Royal - 94
  3. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe - 93
  4. Cuphead in the Delicious Last Course - 92
  5. Rogue Legacy 2 - 90
  6. Deathloop - 89
  7. Immortality - 88
  8. TMNT: Shredder's Revenge - 87
  9. Pentiment - 86
  10. Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection - 86

That's the list based on games with a certain number of reviews, then, but if we want to include games with slightly less reviews for Xbox on the Metacritic platform, it actually changes the rankings quite significantly.

So, here's what the list looks like if we include all Xbox games with at least 4 reviews on Metacritic:

  1. Elden Ring - 96
  2. Vampire Survivors - 95
  3. Persona 5 Royal - 94
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition - 94
  5. The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe - 93
  6. Cuphead in the Delicious Last Course - 92
  7. RimWorld Console Edition - 92
  8. Rogue Legacy 2 - 90
  9. Deathloop - 89
  10. Roguebook - 89

It's interesting to see there's no place in either of these lists for A Plague Tale: Requiem, which has a real shot of winning the Pure Xbox Game of the Year award for 2022, while other popular releases such as Tunic, Grounded 1.0, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Marvel's Midnight Suns and more failed to crack the top ten.

If you're interested, Metacritic also published its list of the worst games of 2022 earlier this month:

What do you make of these best Xbox games of 2022 lists? Let us know down in the comments.