Pentiment vs. Cult of the Lamb

The second GOTY quarter-finals clash is here, pitting a game about solving murders against one about committing them in the name of your dark patron… it’s Pentiment versus Cult of the Lamb!

The TrueAchievements Game of the Year bracket returns for 2022, with 32 more challengers competing for your votes throughout December. Yes, we also expect to see Elden Ring do quite well here, but last year saw a few upsets on the way to the finals, so there are bound to be some more exciting clashes along the way! Following feedback from last year’s bracket, we’ve made a few changes for the 2022 edition. While the top games were still picked using TA user ratings, we’ve opted for more traditional seeding this time around, at least for the first 28 of the 32 games in contention — the final four slots in the last two rounds were reserved for a few of December’s releases so folks had a chance to play them before voting, with replacements eagerly waiting in the wings should any of the December releases turn out not to be deserving of a place on this list. Sure enough, some did change — both The Callisto Protocol and Need for Speed ​​Unbound failed to hit the great user scores of some of the reserve games, meaning Infernax and MLB The Show 22 got to step in as the next highest seeds by TA user score .

In addition, we’ve made the decision to disqualify remakes and remasters from the running this year based on feedback on many of the rounds last year. We’ve also left out anything that launched into beta or early access (sorry, MultiVersus) and anything that arrived late on Xbox in 2022 having released in a previous year on other platforms, although games that hit full 1.0 release this year are considered to be 2022 releases so a few such games have found their way onto the shortlist. As a result, this year’s bracket runs a varied spread of triple-A heavy hitters, indie darlings, some of the best games on Game Pass, and everything in between, so be sure to root for your favorites! Scroll down to see the full bracket for the opening round and for the poll itself, and let us know in the comments why you’ve backed your chosen game. And don’t worry, we’re also running our more traditional Game of the Year event if you’d rather just get involved with some voting there — this format just happened to be a lot of fun last year, so we’re glad to be running it again as an alternative, and it’ll be interesting to compare results at the end of it all. May the best game win!

Penitentiary

Art Imitates Death
Step into a living illustrated world inspired by illuminated manuscripts and printed woodcuts in a time when Europe is at a crossroads of great religious and political change. Walk in the footsteps of Andreas Maler, a master artist who finds himself in the middle of murders, scandals, and intrigue in the Bavarian Alps.

Illustrated world
Experience 16th century Europe as the master artists of the time saw them. Art inspired by great illuminated manuscripts and the earliest printed books becomes a living, breathing world in Pentiment.

Uncover mysteries
Choose different academic and social backgrounds and meet a colorful cast of characters as you discover the stories and secrets that lie within the small Bavarian town of Tassing and nearby Keirsau Abbey.

Impact a changing world
In an era of great religious and political change, each decision you make can have a profound impact on the community’s future. Find your own way through this turbulent time and see the consequences of your choices play out over generations.

Cult of the Lamb

Cult of the Lamb casts players in the role of a possessed lamb saved from annihilation by an ominous stranger and must repay their debt by building a loyal following in his name. Start your own cult in a land of false prophets, venturing out into diverse and mysterious regions to build a loyal community of woodland worshipers and spread your Word to become the one true cult.

BUILD YOUR FLOCK
Collect and use resources to build new structures, perform dark rituals to appease the gods, and give sermons to reinforce the faith of your flock.

DESTROY THE NON-BELIEVERS
Explore a sprawling, randomly generated world, fight off hordes of enemies and defeat rival cult leaders in order to absorb their power and assert your cult’s dominance.

SPREAD YOUR WORD
Train your flock and embark on a quest to explore and discover the secrets of four mysterious regions. Cleanse the non-believers, spread enlightenment, and perform mystical rituals on the journey to become the mighty lamb god.

Cult of the Lamb

Cult of the Lamb

Cult of the Lamb casts players in the role of a possessed lamb saved from annihilation by an ominous stranger and must repay their debt by building a loyal following in his name. Start your own cult in a land of false prophets, venturing out into diverse and mysterious regions to build a loyal community of woodland worshipers and spread your Word to become the one true cult.

BUILD YOUR FLOCK
Collect and use resources to build new structures, perform dark rituals to appease the gods, and give sermons to reinforce the faith of your flock.

DESTROY THE NON-BELIEVERS
Explore a sprawling, randomly generated world, fight off hordes of enemies and defeat rival cult leaders in order to absorb their power and assert your cult’s dominance.

SPREAD YOUR WORD
Train your flock and embark on a quest to explore and discover the secrets of four mysterious regions. Cleanse the non-believers, spread enlightenment, and perform mystical rituals on the journey to become the mighty lamb god.

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Game of the Year 2022 voting round 26: Pentiment vs. Cult of the Lamb

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