Personal Picks

Game of the Year 2022

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In addition to our main Game of the Year Awards 2022 (opens in new tab), each member of the PC Gamer team is shining a spotlight on a game they loved this year. We’ll post new personal picks, alongside our main awards, throughout the rest of the month.

Despite my love of fantasy books and games I’ve rarely clicked with text adventures, though not for lack of trying. I initially said that Roadwarden felt like cracking open a giant fantasy novel, and if it were I’d now be hunting down a hardcover copy for a spot of honor on my shelf. Roadwarden nails the intersection between novel and adventure game in a way that, for the first time, doesn’t make me wish it were just one of those other things instead.

Roadwarden makes an excellent first impression visually. There’s no accounting for taste, but I’m personally not tired of the two-tone retro pixel illustration style and this is a lovely example of the form. It’s not only the style that’s approachable, but the visual design on the whole. Like much older dungeon crawlers, Roadwarden opts for a multi-panel design with text in the center, stats on the right, and an illustration of your surroundings that changes as you explore each area.

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All the while there’s ambient audio of chittering bugs or running water interspersed with the mellow acoustic guitar soundtrack that I’ve since been playing on repeat throughout my workdays. Its style is certainly what convinced me to give Roadwarden a chance, and its muted colors and chill soundtrack set the mood for what turned out to be an equally well-tuned adventure.

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