As the gaming world unfolds in 2023, a plethora of captivating titles have captured the attention of gamers worldwide. From survival horror to epic RPGs, this year has brought us a diverse array of gaming experiences that are nothing short of exceptional. Here’s a rundown of the top 10 games that have stood out in 2023:
1. Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil’s 2002 version, which featured enhanced controls, detailed visuals, and additional Spencer Mansion locations, raised the bar for the genre. The remake of Resident Evil 2 altered viewpoints while maintaining the game’s primary themes of horror and survival. The remake of Resident Evil 3 made use of vintage design aspects for contemporary consumers. The impressive Resident Evil 4 remake is now available.
The 2005 remake of Capcom’s survival horror game fixes flaws and improves one of the most cherished titles in the series. The remake improves gameplay throughout its vast sections, going beyond a straightforward redo. While keeping the beloved quirky features, it incorporates additional survival components. The Resident Evil 4 remake excels at juggling the difficulty of its difficult original material.
Resident Evil 4 is available on: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox platforms, PC
2. Star wars Jedi: Survivor
Is Star Wars Jedi: Survivor a worthy successor to Empire Strikes Back? Even though it falls short of that standard, it is surprisingly close to becoming one of the best sequels in the whole Star Wars franchise.
The game improves on every aspect of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, offering a more interesting, action-packed opening as well as a variety of aerial moves and lightsaber skills that heighten the sense of being a skilled Jedi Knight. Fast travel and other user-friendly features reduce gaming annoyance while amplifying the joy of discovery in new regions full of upgrades and hidden riches.
But the genuine spirit of Jedi: Survivor goes beyond the tangible. The emotional centre of the game embodies it. The remarkable personalities you meet on your intergalactic trip share this feeling, whether helping others or building and mending friendships. The everlasting, busy cantina that calls you is where it is shown. It is evident in the thoughtful, courteous method you used to make your lightsaber. And it is clearly conveyed in the action-packed scenes that honour the serials that served as the original inspiration for Star Wars. When it’s at its strongest, you can really feel the Force encircling you.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is available on PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X platforms.
3. Final Fantasy 16
Impressive video game Final Fantasy 16 takes players on a sumptuous adventure a like Game of Thrones. As Clive Rosfield, you defend your brother Joshua while pursuing retribution against an evil power.
The game examines different aspects of fantasy and was created by Square Enix’s internal Creative Business Unit III team, which is best known for Final Fantasy 14. It contains traditional features like mother crystals, fascinating combat against enormous animals (Eikons), and Chocobos, along with courtly intrigues, sensuality, and never-ending conflicts.
The dynamic battle is great despite the inconsistent narrative quality. The game’s gameplay captivates players as Clive deftly moves, counters, swings his sword, and uses magic to his advantage, heightening the anticipation for each new adventure.
Final Fantasy 16 is available on PlayStation 5.
4. Diablo IV
In Diablo 4, Blizzard Entertainment sought to combine the greatest elements of Diablo 3’s action, Diablo 2’s RPG complexity, and the grim mood of the original. This goal is accomplished by the eagerly anticipated sequel, which was announced at BlizzCon 2019 and released four years and a pandemic later.
Beyond how well its tone, action, and RPG components mesh, Diablo 4 stands out as a remarkable first installment of a new “living game,” exceeding earlier works like Destiny, Anthem, and even Diablo 3 in terms of promise and execution.
The mechanics of Diablo 4 are more complex and varied than those in its predecessors, allowing for extensive character development over endless hours. It has a lot of stuff to support prolonged playtime.
With ongoing expansions, Blizzard Entertainment ventures into uncharted territory. The potential of a first expansion exceeding mere adjustments is captivating, especially considering Diablo 4’s potential to excel as a premier ARPG even without expansions.
Diablo 4 is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
5. Metroid Prime Remastered
The 2002 video game Metroid Prime has remained popular. Samus Aran’s first-person journey is even more intriguing now that an unexpected restored version has been released as part of the Nintendo Direct in February.
While Metroid Fusion’s appeal to fans of 2D puzzle-platformers led to its quick inclusion in Nintendo Switch Online’s roster after Prime Remastered’s release, Retro Studios’ departure from the genre that made Samus famous sparked controversy. Take on extraterrestrial enemies while wearing Samus’ suit and using dynamic strategies, such as the morph ball form.
The harsh environment of Prime demands adaptability and tenacity but rewards them with the joy of solving hidden mysteries.
Metroid Prime Remastered is available on Nintendo Switch.
Black Salt Games’ first game appears to be a cosy coastal adventure with a fishing theme, yet it persistently hints to a darker undercurrent. Given the present news cycle, it is generally agreed that huge aquatic expanses hold secrets that are both fascinating and dangerous to reveal. You could catch a fish of a species you had no idea existed on any given day. This type of terror mostly mocks your feeling of curiosity. In contrast to other horror games that could make you want to turn away, “Dredge” urges you to peer even further into the depths.
Dredge is available on: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox
7. Street fighter
Fighting games have steadily developed into a niche interest since the arcade period, frequently because of their complex control methods. The most current and outstanding installment in the “Street Fighter” series, however, bucks this trend by introducing “contemporary” controls that make it easier for beginners to execute expert-level manoeuvres. Additionally, it offers a comprehensive narrative mode with a fully walkable city and a wide range of character customization options. This is a great introduction to fighting games for anyone who have been curious in the genre. Fortunately, it also holds the distinction of being perhaps the best fighting game ever made.
Street Fighter is available on: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox
8. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
By building on the ground-breaking open-world architecture of Breath of the Wild, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom brilliantly rises to the task. Players may create inventive equipment thanks to Link’s newly gained skills, which facilitates exploration of a redesigned Hyrule. The addition of new communities and the study of undiscovered levels provide complexity to the experience, heightening the allure of the voyage. Tears of the Kingdom is now firmly established as one of the highlight video games of 2023 because to the flawless fusion of innovative mechanics and emotionally stirring content.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available on Nintendo Switch
9. Dead space
This year is a shining one for survival horror thanks to the HBO version of The Last of Us and the attention given to Resident Evil 4. This pattern is best shown by Motive Studio’s impending Dead Space remake. The first Dead Space introduced third-person action to a dying spacecraft, similar to Capcom’s Resident Evil 4. Dead Space struck out as a sci-fi horror icon in tight confines with elements of Event Horizon, Sunshine, and Alien. This core is revitalised by the remake, which improves gameplay above and beyond Visceral Games’ original (particularly by updating previously ineffectual weaponry).
Dead Space is available on PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X.
10. Company of heroes
By placing a strong emphasis on squad-based tactics that set it unique from games like Starcraft and Warcraft, Company of Heroes launched a daring foray into real-time strategy in 2006. It reminded me of the painstakingly staged WWII combat in Saving Private Ryan.
The terrain of strategies has changed, though. RTS games have been eclipsed by 4X games, grand strategy games, and turn-based combat. Relic Entertainment had to change despite its spectacular debut in 2006 and a solid sequel in 2013.
And it did adapt. Real-time tactics is reimagined in Company of Heroes 3 with the addition of a “tactical pause” tool for directives in chaotic situations. As in Total War games, it also has a turn-based overworld map that improves manoeuvrability, installations, and support benefits. This new idea differs from the team’s excellent linear campaign strategy.
Company of Heroes 3 is available on Windows PC.