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Stormforce Gaming – 2022 Wrapped

2022 has been a rollercoaster in the world of PC Gaming. From incredible game launches to ground breaking hardware releases and frustrating delays, this year has had it all.

After the past few years of hardware shortages, it has become a lot easier to get your hands on a reasonably priced system to game on. The Stormforce range has continued to grow and provide huge improvements to the performance on offer from our Gaming and Professional systems. We have a wider range of case and component options and a new Watercooled system range too.

In addition to this we have continued improving our strict component testing to make sure every component in a Stormforce Gaming system is reliable and wont let you down!

2022 has seen the performance bar raised in many ways. We have brand new CPU offerings from AMD and Intel which bring new chipsets and system capabilities as well as a host of new video card releases towards the end of the year.

All of this cutting edge new technology would be wasted without a raft of new and exciting PC games to play, we have narrowed a list down of our highlights from this year to include our favourite gaming and hardware launches. If you missed any of the launches or titles listed below, go and check them out as you might find your next favourite game or hardware upgrade here!

January 2022

NVIDIA launched the RTX 3050 & RTX 3090Ti, the last launches of the RTX 30 series bring new models to the flagship and entry level categories.

Loads of games got official RTX ray tracing support

Rainbow Six Extraction surpasses 3 million players in one week making the tactical shooter one of the most played titles in the series since Siege released.

PUBG went Free to Play the favourite battle royale title goes F2P giving everybody a chance to get eliminated 30 seconds after landing!

 

February 2022

Dying Light 2 launches and gains over 200k concurrent players on Steam. The zombie RPG remains one of the most tense first person gaming experiences.

SIFU a beat ’em up with a difference comes to PC. Showcasing cool martial arts combat paired with a brilliant storyline and engaging environments.

Total War: Warhammer III releases on all PC platforms including Game Pass, going on to be one of the best strategy games of the year.

Valve release the Steam DeckGabeN hand delivers the first units to the public.

Elden Ring launches breaking Steam user records and becoming one of the most popular games of the year overnight.

March 2022

Tunic is released, an action adventure RPG with a surprising level of depth and unique aesthetic – Play now on Game Pass for PC

Fortnite Battle Royale introduces no-build mode. Originally a temporary change that removes one of the games core mechanics, but it stuck around…

Microsoft Flight Simulator receives a major update that add extreme detail to European points of interest. The update shows the Simulator continuing to grow in content and visual fidelity 

Ghostwire: Tokyo comes to Playstation 5 and PC offering a unique single player experience. Initially not a sales success but reviews show this game is really worth checking out.

April 2022

Corsair released a host of new Hydro X custom cooling products and development started on the new range of Custom Watercooling system at Stormforce Gaming 

Insomnia 68 took place marking the return of the UK’s largest LAN party after the pandemic put a stop to large gaming events taking place.

Overwatch 2 gets a beta launch and sets new twitch records going on to be one of the most successful Free to Play game launches of the year.

 

May 2022

Western Digital release the WD_BLACK SN850X SSD. A cutting edge PCIe 4 NVMe SSD, offering speeds of up to 7300 MB/s. Stormforce Gaming offer this new drive in our configurator range. 

Bethesda delayed their upcoming major releaseStarfield until 2023 due to concerns about the quality of the finished product. Every PC Gamer became very sad about the news.

Computex 2022 takes place with a raft of new hardware announcements from AMD, Corsair and ASUS

 

June 2022

Fall Guys becomes free to play – cross platform mayhem ensues. Give Fall guys a try if you haven’t already. This game is a riot with friends together on a Discord server.

SQUAD gets its 3.0 update adding water based assault scenarios to the already deep tactical FPS title. Squad remains one of the best military simulators on PC today.

Neon White is easily one of the most unique games on the list this year. A single player speed running FPS title that has the addictive ‘just one more try’ feeling that many modern games lack.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge launches on all major platforms selling 1m copies in its first month of arcade beat ’em up action.

July 2022

Microsoft Flight Simulator gets FSR and DLSS support allowing the demanding simulation to access AI upscaling technology and improve performance and visual presentation on all hardware.

Multiversus launches in open beta with gamers flocking to the Smash Bros style fighting game making it one of the most played games on Steam in July.

Stray releases to critical acclaim with outstanding review scores. Turns out that everyone likes being a cat!

Stormforce Gaming release a new range of systems in Cougar Gaming cases. These new cases offer sleek aesthetics as well as fantastic cooling performance in an affordable package.

 

August 2022

Rollerdrome releases on PC, mixing arcade shooting and skating in a weird mashup that proves to be one of the most addictive game releases of the year.

Two Point Campus hits PC – a cool sequel to the brilliant Two Point Hospital. Management & strategy sim fans will be right at home here.

September 2022

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered comes to PC with next gen graphics support running extremely well on a wide variety of hardware configurations.

Metal: Hellsinger hits Game Pass for PC. One of the most innovative takes on FPS shooters recently. Metal:Hellsinger gets you to sync your shooting and destruction with the soundtrack to boost your score and your abilities. Not only that but the game looks superb on PC!

Cyberpunk :2077 Edgerunners update goes live adding a huge amount of extra content to the game. CD Project RED give you a massive list of reasons to revisit Night City that coincides with a brilliant Netflix animated series based on the game. The refresh to the game sees it back on top of the charts.

BONELAB the new VR playground from the excellent development studio ‘Stress Level Zero’ puts VR users into an exciting sandbox to mess around in. Following on from their excellent 2019 release: Boneworks. This is one to try if you have a VR headset

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series & X670 Motherboards are released to critical acclaim. Featuring the first new socket from AMD in many years, the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs offer efficiency, huge thread counts and high instruction per clock performance that is hard to match for power users, professionals and multi tasking gamers. Content creators will love the power that this new AMD platform can bring to them.

Session: Skate Sim brings the realism of skateboarding to PC as it leaves early access. Developed by a small team of passionate skateboarders, this title is sure to be as rewarding as it is frustrating. Unique controls and a constant stream of updates keep this smaller title interesting and worth watching.

October 2022

Stormforce Gaming officially partner with Corsair as an iCUE Certified System Builder. After years of successfully delivering systems featuring the excellent products from Corsair, the new premium system range from Stormforce focusses on the excellent Corsair iCUE lighting and system control technology.

EA finally killed Origin. The game launcher has now been replaced with ‘EA app’, but you can buy EA games on other game launchers now.

Overwatch 2 officially launches coming out of beta and replacing Overwatch 1 completely.

DDR5 Memory drops in price allowing DDR5 based platforms to become much more affordable. The price performance sweet spot of DDR5 memory increases to 5200MHz as the cost to produce the new DIMMs reduces.

Intel 13th Gen & Z790 Motherboards are released to the public. Intel jump ahead with a feature rich flagship CPU and chipset architecture. With massive bandwidth on offer for power users and huge frequency per core available for gamers, Intel 13th generation processors are the refinement that everyone was hoping for.

NVIDIA release the GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card. Their new flagship card featuring Ada Lovelace architecture. The 4090 brings with it a huge boost to performance that remains peerless in the market at the end of 2022. RTX 4090 gamers can leverage the power of this flagship card which offers staggering performance uplift compared to last generation ampere technology.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 releases officially on Battle.net and Steam. following on from the success of MW2019, this year’s Call of Duty game is another thrill ride of single player and multiplayer mayhem. Developed by Infinity Ward, these games always deliver amazing experiences.

November 2022

Warzone 2 was released showcasing the biggest change to the Call of Duty battle royale formula in a long time. The new format is a hit with players who have been crying out for a weapon reset since ‘Cold War’ integration disrupted the meta of Warzone 1.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 comes to market bringing another potent video card release from NVIDIA. With many of the higher end 30 series cards becoming unavailable, the launch of the RTX 4080 fills a high end niche for gamers who want 4k gaming performance and support for the latest features.

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide finally releases on PC after months of delays. Bringing players the classic brand of co-op action that developer Fatshark is known for, Darktide is a showcase of incredible graphics showcasing a variety of environments in the 40k universe as well as a host of frightening enemy hordes to wade through. Darktide has quickly become one of the best gaming experiences of the year and is a joy to play with friends. Check it out on Steam and Game Pass for PC now.

Stormforce partners with Newpay to offer flexible credit on gaming systems in the run up to Christmas 2022. Newpay will be the approved credit provider for Stormforce Gaming moving into the new year!

Hot on the heels of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered – Spider-Man Miles Morales comes to PC bringing with it support for DLSS, ultrawide support and all the other goodness that the PC platform can offer.

December 2022

Portal is one of the greatest PC games of all time. Considered by many as a masterpiece on our platform. Portal RTX is a modern version of the original with up to date graphical enhancements that really showcase how far PC visuals have come. Portal RTX is free for owners of the original game and the original is frequently included in the Steam holiday sales if you don’t already own it.

Callisto Protocol comes to PC bringing the ‘Dead Space’ vibes back to PC in this gripping sci-fi survival horror game. The game has launched to mixed reviews but the story is solid, the graphics are immersive and the tension remains high throughout. Well worth a play through if you are a fan of the genre.

AMD Radeon 7900XT & 7900XTX release bringing AMD RDNA3 architecture to the public. Using the advanced chiplet technology to efficiently deliver incredible 4k performance, the new Radeon 7000 series GPUs from AMD run every game we have tested really well and present superb value for money on a high end card. We have been using the ASUS TUF cards in house and they are one of the most impressive Radeon card releases we have evaluated in a long time. Cool operation, silent fans and a rugged aesthetic make them the perfect combo for your system.

Stormforce Gaming officially release Hydro X Watercooled systems as part of our system range. Taking years of product expertise and working closely with our partners Corsair our latest range addition showcases the best of the best in Gaming PC cooling and performance. Contact us directly for a custom quote or use our configurator to include a watercooling system as your cooling option.

High on Life headlines the December update for PC Game Pass. This quirky comedy shooter from the minds of the creator of Rick and Morty has solid game mechanics and interesting visuals. Perhaps one of the most unique looking game releases of the year, this single player adventure is a refreshing departure from the usually super serious shooter games you see on PC.