3 Up, 3 Down – November 2022
November is typically one of the most stacked months of the year. Amidst its many games, there were very few lemons. Our bottom scoring games still scored 60 or higher, so we’ve chosen to highlight a beloved game that needs an asterisk beside its rating. One of our top games scored incredibly high, and is a major contender for GOTY. Two of the games featured in this month’s article were actually released in October, but required lots of time to review, got published in November, and really need to be represented in 3 Up 3 Down. The Three Best (and Worst) Video Games from November 2022 are:
Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection
Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection is an insane dream come true collection for Atari fans. It features a staggering 100 games. There are lots of arcade games, but also games from the 2600, 5200, Lynx, 7800, and Jaguar consoles, as well as home computers. There are tons of archival elements, and lots of new documentary and interview footage. The documentary elements are so thorough that our reviewer referred to Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection as a “playable documentary” and an “interactive museum”. It might be worth trying just to see how the games and archival features are integrated.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is a really good Call of Duty game. It isn’t a remake of the original Modern Warfare sequel. And it isn’t a disappointing spin-off like Vanguard. There are still some missing features, and multiplayer glitches, but the gameplay has been tweaked to near-perfection. Our reviewer wrote “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II will not convince non-believers to jump into Call of Duty”. But long-time Call of Duty fans will recognize Modern Warfare II as one of the series’ best in quite some time.
God of War: Ragnarok
God of War: Ragnarok is the best reviewed game in The Three Best (and Worst) Video Games from November 2022. It’s exactly what people were hoping it would be. Ragnarok wraps up the story from the previous game, creating a duology. There’s no room for DLC. This is a complete, rich experience that perfects every element from its predecessor. The only critique one could make, is that Ragnarok is too similar to God of War. Our reviewer wrote: even though the game maintains many elements that were established by its predecessor, it refines them to create an unforgettable experience”. God of War Ragnarok is the true competition to Elden Ring’s Game of the Year championship.