The year 2023 is shaping up to be a great one for gamers, with many exciting titles coming out across various genres and platforms. Whether you are a fan of action, adventure, horror, strategy, or simulation, there is something for everyone in this list of the top 10 games of 2023. These are the games that we are most looking forward to playing and reviewing in the coming months.
Highly Anticipated Games of 2023
1. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
The sequel to the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018) is set to swing into action in the summer of 2023. Developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will continue the story of Peter Parker and Miles Morales as they face new threats and challenges in New York City. The game will feature new gameplay mechanics, such as dual web-swinging, stealth, and combat options, as well as new villains, such as Venom and Kraven the Hunter. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive, taking advantage of the console’s advanced graphics, performance, and haptic feedback features.
2. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is a new action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. The game will follow the story of a young Jedi Padawan who survived the infamous Order 66 and is now on the run from the Galactic Empire. The game will feature an open-world exploration, lightsaber combat, Force powers, and customization options. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will also have a multiplayer mode, where players can team up or compete with other Jedi survivors online. It has won the Best Action Game of 2023.
3. Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Super Mario Bros. Wonder is a recently launched platform game for the Nintendo Switch, which became available on October 20, 2023. This is the initial conventional side-scrolling installment in the Super Mario game series since the release of New Super Mario Bros. U in 2012. The game showcases a roster of eight playable characters, each possessing unique powers and power-ups. These characters embark on a journey across the Flower Kingdom with the objective of thwarting Bowser’s plan to merge himself with the castle using the Wonder Flower. The game additionally features a multiplayer mode that accommodates a maximum of four players.
Furthermore, it achieved sales of more than 4 million units during the initial two weeks of its release, establishing it as the Super Mario game with the highest rate of sales. The game has received nominations for prestigious prizes such as the Golden Joystick Award for Game of the Year and The Game Award for Game of the Year.
4. Pikmin 4
Developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo, Pikmin 4 will continue the adventures of Captain Olimar and his loyal Pikmin, as they explore and collect treasures on a mysterious planet. The game will feature new types of Pikmin, such as the flying Winged Pikmin and the rock-hard Rock Pikmin, as well as new environments, enemies, and puzzles. Pikmin 4 will also have a co-op and competitive multiplayer mode, where players can work together or against each other with their own Pikmin armies. Pikmin 4 will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
5. Pizza Tower
Pizza Tower is a quirky and hilarious platformer game inspired by the classic Wario Land series. Developed by Pizza Tower Guy and published by Team17, Pizza Tower will follow the adventures of Peppino, a pizza delivery guy who is transported to a bizarre world full of enemies, traps, and secrets. The game will feature fast-paced and fluid gameplay, where players can run, jump, slide, punch, kick, and eat their way through various levels. The game will also have a unique art style, a catchy soundtrack, and a lot of humor and references.
6. System Shock
System Shock is a reboot of the classic cyberpunk first-person shooter game from 1994, developed by Nightdive Studios and published by Nightdive Studios and Alcon Entertainment. The game will take place in the year 2072, where the player will assume the role of a hacker who is trapped in a space station controlled by a rogue artificial intelligence named SHODAN. The game will feature immersive and interactive gameplay, where players can hack, fight, and explore the station, as well as a rich and atmospheric story, where players can discover the secrets and horrors of SHODAN’s plans.
7. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the sequel to the critically acclaimed and commercially successful The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017). Developed and published by Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will continue the story of Link and Zelda, as they face a new threat that is awakening from the depths of Hyrule. The game will feature an expansive and dynamic open world, where players can explore, fight, and solve puzzles, as well as new gameplay elements, such as flying, swimming, and crafting. The game will also have a darker and more mature tone, as well as a deeper and more emotional story.
8. Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake 2 is the sequel to the cult classic psychological thriller game, Alan Wake (2010). Developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Epic Games, Alan Wake 2 will follow the story of Alan Wake, a bestselling author who is haunted by his own creations. The game will feature cinematic and nonlinear gameplay, where players can use light and darkness, weapons and abilities, and choices and consequences, to shape the story and the world. The game will also have stunning and realistic graphics, a gripping and suspenseful soundtrack, and a lot of Easter eggs and references.
9. Street Fighter 6
Developed and published by Capcom, Street Fighter 6 will feature a roster of new and returning characters, each with their own unique fighting style, moves, and story. The game will feature a refined and balanced gameplay, where players can use combos, special moves, and super moves, to defeat their opponents. The game will also have stunning and vibrant graphics, a catchy and energetic soundtrack, and a lot of modes and features. Street Fighter 6 will be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
10. Baldur’s Gate 3
Developed by Larian Studios and published by Wizards of the Coast, Baldur’s Gate 3 will follow the story of a group of adventurers who are infected by a mysterious and powerful parasite and must find a cure before it consumes them. The game will feature a massive and immersive world, where players can explore, interact, and influence, as well as a deep and complex gameplay, where players can create, customize, and control their characters, and engage in turn-based combat, dialogue, and decisions. The game will also have a rich and compelling story, where players can experience the consequences of their actions, and shape the fate of the Forgotten Realms. Baldur’s Gate 3 will be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
There are many other games that we are excited about, but could not fit in our top 10 list. Here are some of the honorable mentions that we think deserve your attention and anticipation.
- Starfield: A new sci-fi role-playing game from the creators of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, featuring a vast and detailed universe, where players can explore, customize, and adventure, as well as a dynamic and reactive gameplay, where players can choose their own path and destiny. (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, winter 2023)
- Immortals of Aveum: A new action role-playing game set in a fantasy world inspired by ancient myths and legends, featuring a diverse and customizable character creation, a fluid and responsive combat system, a rich and varied world, and a multiplayer mode. (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PC, summer 2023)
- Jagged Alliance 3: A new turn-based strategy game that will revive the classic Jagged Alliance series, featuring a squad of mercenaries who are hired to liberate a small island nation from a tyrant, realistic and tactical gameplay, where players can use stealth, diplomacy, and combat, to achieve their objectives, and a co-op and competitive multiplayer mode. (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, fall 2023)
- Dave the Diver: A new underwater exploration game that will take players on a relaxing and beautiful journey, featuring a realistic and dynamic ocean, where players can discover, interact, and photograph various marine life, a soothing and ambient soundtrack, and a story mode that will reveal the secrets and mysteries of the deep. (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, spring 2023)
- F1 23: The official game of the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship, featuring all the teams, drivers, and circuits of the season, realistic and immersive gameplay, where players can experience the thrill and challenge of racing, a career mode that will let players create and manage their own F1 team, and a multiplayer mode that will let players compete with other racers online. (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PC, summer 2023)