Best of 2022: Vampire Survivors – Tom’s One True and Only Choice for GOTY

I tend to get tired of the hot new game. The game that came out of nowhere and is being talked about as the second (third? fourth?) coming from Molyneux. Everyone on social media is all, “You MUST!! play this game. It’s legit AMAZING! 1!” My bullshit sensors go into overdrive and I’m basically forced to get as far away from said game as possible. I wish I hadn’t done that with vampire survivors.

That’s why everyone should play Vampire Survivors.

Although released in Early Access on December 17, 2021, Vampire Survivors didn’t really have an impact until 2022. At the start of the year the rumblings began. I ignored them. The noise grew louder. I put on my earmuffs. The game was announced for Xbox and Game pass. I looked up. What was this archaic-looking game that had captivated so many people doing? Me, I decided that I was not going to fall into the trap of the hype… or so I thought.

Long story short, I played the Xbox version on Game Pass and was hooked. I installed the game on the Steam Deck shortly after and the rest is history. It’s easily my most played game of the year, despite the fact that it’s a game you really don’t do much in.

Trying to explain what’s so great about Vampire Survivors really requires the words of a better writer than me, but I’ll do my best. This simplistic looking action game lets you navigate 2D open-world levels, with your character automatically attacking using a number of weapons you earn as you play . The more you play, the more upgrades you can make, with successful runs ending in your character’s ability to screw everything up by simply existing in space. A real badass. And it’s damn brilliant.

I think I still have quite a few Vampire Survivors to see, not even considering the bargain priced DLC. I’m still treated to “WTF just happened” moments that leave me on the brink of Googling answers to things I really don’t want to explain. I have to stay strong.

You really have to play it to believe it.

If you’re reading this and haven’t experienced Vampire Survivors yet, it comes with the biggest recommendation any video game can get: my praise. It’s a wonderful game, and a game that can be played on a bunch of platforms for a low fee. Don’t be like me. Embrace the hype. Enjoy and have a good time.

I was going to roll out a bunch of other games I love this year (like The Last of Us: Part 1, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, for example), but I don’t want to. I’m a tired, aging man who doesn’t have enough time to play everything I want to play. The fact that I really only play Vampire Survivors says a lot. It’s the game of the year and it’s not even close.

Best of 2022: Vampire Survivors – Tom’s One True and Only Choice for GOTY