In the city builder boom of 2022, this game’s survival systems stood out

Personal Choices

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In addition to our main Game of the Year Awards 2022 (opens in a new tab), each member of the PC Gamer team highlights a game they loved this year. We’ll be posting new Personal Picks, alongside our main rewards, throughout the month.

We are in the midst of a boom in city builders. 2023 is already shaping up to be a bumper year for city builders, with Frostpunk 2 (hopefully!), Manor Lords (opens in a new tab)Laysara: Summit Kingdom, Aquatico and other interesting city building games (opens in a new tab) led our way. But 2022 was no slouch either – we had to build a city on a space station in Ixion, rebuild society after a climate disaster in Floodland (opens in a new tab)Manage a Norse settlement in Land of the Vikings and survive plagues, tornadoes, and floods in Settlement Survival, which left Early Access in October.

We even got to build a colony on the back of a huge dinosaur in The Wandering Village (opens in a new tab). What a time to be an urban planner!

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