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Best Surprise of 2022

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VGChartz's Chinh Tran: "Every year gamers are treated to a wide assortment of games from different genres. From small indie darlings to large tentpole releases, there’s just about something for everyone.

And yet, every year, we’re still caught unawares by games that both surprise and delight us. 2022 saw the release of several key surprises, as the shortlisted candidates demonstrate.

Chained Echoes by lone developer Matthias Linda took everything fans love about 16-bit JRPGs while modernising them in several innovative ways.

Neon White by Angel Matrix had players speed-running through levels while slaying demons with Soul Cards. Tribute Games masterfully took the Ninja Turtles back in time to the age of arcade beat 'em ups with Shredder’s Revenge.

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