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Press Start’s GOTY 2022 #10 – Pentiment

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It’s time for our annual countdown to award the very best games this year had to offer. Over the next ten days, we’ll count down our top ten games of 2022.

As always, the votes of each Press Start team member, weighted from #10 through to #1, were collated to compile our collective very best for the year that was. Games worthy of one’s top spot would be awarded the maximum of 10 points and the values would descend down to their tenth selection, which would receive a single point.

A round of rapid polls were utilised to settle dead heats and finalise the top ten.

With forty-two games receiving votes from our team, there could only be ten in the end.

Obsidian will go down as one of the year’s most productive, without a doubt. While still simultaneously developing both Avowed and The Outer Worlds 2, the developer launched the full 1.0 for Grounded as well as a niche role-playing game about a artist journeyman which became a lock for end of year accolade through fanciful writing, heady concepts, and its ardent commitment to the arts of 16th century Bavaria. 

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This murder mystery whodunnit felt like the best kind of period piece, pitting church against the state in a time when skepticism began to bear its teeth toward God’s word. Developed by a small troupe within Obsidian, and headed up by the ever passionate Josh Sawyer, Pentiment is the definition of a passion project and it’s been a joy watching the team’s interactions with fans as the game caught fire post-launch. 

In his review, Brodie scored Pentiment a 9 out of 10 stating: “Although its subject matter might confound and could be too heady for the general audience, Pentiment is a role playing game that has been considered and laboured over to the nth degree. It’s a great reminder that some creatives just get it done, budget be damned. By God’s will, Pentiment is making a late charge for Game of the Year.”

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As it stands on Metacritic, Pentiment is currently sitting at an 86 based on 55 critic reviews.


#10 – Pentiment