Although 2023 is not coming to an end soon, gamers are still enjoying the fruits of 2022 releases and the early releases of 2023. Are you looking for the best games to grace your entertainment room this year? Read our review and take a look at some very good suggestions by us.
Best Games of 2023
Below is the list of best games we have had from 2023 so far. This list might be filled with some of your favorite games, so sit back and enjoy. The games include:
Bayonetta is an eight-foot-tall librarian who can summon flesh-eating monsters from her jet-black hair. But even Amazonians come from humble beginnings, and in Bayonetta Origins, we learn how a young Cereza developed into the woman we know and love today. This new Switch title foregoes the mainline games’ flashy combo-laden excess in favor of something more akin to an isometric Legend of Zelda diorama.
Cereza, the future Bayonetta who wields a spellbook and fits the stereotype of a sullen, witchy teen, is controlled by a single analog stick. The other allows us to pilot Cheshire, a demon-possessed ragdoll cat who handles the majority of the grunt work. You’ll be utilizing both of their skill sets in order to crack puzzles and crush a whole lot of enemies.
Resident Evil 4 Remake
With sleeker controls, better graphical details, and entirely new areas to explore in the iconic Spencer Mansion, the original Resident Evil remake all but set the bar for the format in 2002.
The remake of Resident Evil 2 changed the entire perspective of the original without sacrificing the focus on horror and survival. Resident Evil 3’s remake, as forgettable as it was, brought the original game’s design conceits, flaws and all, to a modern audience. And now we have Resident Evil 4, which is a remake.
Fire Emblem Engage
The Switch exclusive introduces a new protagonist to the series, Alear, who has red and blue hair. Players can summon, or “engage,” heroes from the series’ past in this latest mainline Fire Emblem, including original protagonist and Smash Bros. staple Marth. When a previous hero is summoned, Alear inherits their weapons and abilities.
Horizon Call of the Mountain (PlayStation 5)
The VR revolution, fueled by Facebook, Google, and practically every other shady power broker in the tech sector, never fully took hold. Still, Sony’s latest VR headset, the PlayStation VR2, was released earlier this year, and it’s an impressive piece of technology that’s backed up by an intriguing slate of software.
The Horizon series is set in a high-concept postapocalyptic world where humanity has devolved into the Stone Age and hulking cyborg dinosaurs stalk the blooming plains of the former United States. It’s the kind of world you want to see for yourself, and Call of the Mountain lets you do just that. With your calloused palms, you’ll be grasping the rocky outcroppings of a granite peak and threading rudimentary bows.
Tchia is an open-world adventure game from Awaceb that is set in a fictional version of the island nation of New Caledonia, which was inspired by Awaceb’s co-childhood founder’s in the country.
Everything is filtered through Tchia’s eyes, which have a special power that allows her to transform into any animal or object in her environment. Whether it’s birds, dolphins, a camera, or rocks. Tchia has the option of doing anything.
While clearly inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the game manages to stand on its own thanks to the innovative shapeshifting mechanics. Tchia isn’t as technically advanced as a Nintendo title with hundreds of developers; Awaceb has a team of about a dozen people.
After two delays in 2022, Forspoken is finally set to release on PS5 and PC on January 24. The new Square Enix action RPG is worth keeping an eye on for a number of reasons, the most notable of which is its all-star writing team, which includes Gary Whitta from Rogue One, Amy Hennig and Todd Stashwick from Uncharted, and Allison Rymer from Shadowhunters.
The isekai narrative concept of Forspoken transports protagonist Frey from modern-day New York City to Athia, a fantastical world of magic and deep mythology. Frey will learn other-worldly abilities that will help her in both combat and traversal as she travels back home.
Like a Dragon: Ishin!
Yakuza, the massive Japanese media brand that owns the Like a Dragon imprint, has been enormously popular in Japan for decades without ever gaining much traction in English-speaking regions. However, that divide has begun to erode in the last five years as more Americans have fallen in love with the franchise’s cockeyed humor and genuinely moving storytelling.
For example, Like a Dragon: Ishin! was first released in Japan in 2014, and it’s only now receiving a westernized localization for a newly minted legion of Yakuza fans. Ishin! is a gratuitous spaghetti-western pastiche set in the nineteenth century, near the end of Japan’s shogunate era. Everything you’ve come to love about Yakuza, from the intense interrogations to the heavy soliloquies
Patch Quest drew me in with its endearing creatures at first, but I stayed for its expert blend of disparate genres. It combines elements from Pokémon, Castlevania, The Binding of Isaac, and Enter the Gungeon to create a one-of-a-kind monster-taming roguelike in which you and your animal companions reassemble the world one piece at a time.
Tame deceptively cute monsters, explore Patchlantis’s winding labyrinth, and exterminate anyone who gets in your way with a fruit-ammo smoothie. Patch Quest was created by developer Lychee Game Labs (a one-man team, no less) by stitching several pieces of cloth together, and the resulting quilt is a mesmerizing experience. —Yu, Johnny
Octopath Traveler II
The first Octopath Traveler was praised for its magically ethereal art style, with the landscapes of the papered world layered on top of one another into the distance. However, critics were less impressed with its rote combat and drab storytelling, implying that the sequel had a lot of work ahead of it.
Square Enix outdid themselves. The eight-pronged narrative is far more substantial than its predecessor, carefully supplementing the standard fantasy RPG notes. (You’ll take control of either a dancer who perfects her craft in memory of her long-lost mother or an exiled prince attempting to resurrect the band.) These characters collide in a world rife with conflict.
Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries Of Honjo
Square Enix has a plethora of mega-franchises to keep it busy (and its coffers). This year sees new Octopath Traveler and Final Fantasy entries, as well as new Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts games in the near future. Dayenu!
Nonetheless, the publisher can’t stop bombarding us with surprising, interesting, sometimes great, often adequate experiments. In 2022, we got an English-language remake of the lost gem Live A Live, the surprisingly enjoyable tactical RPG DioField Chronicle, a bonkers Final Fantasy spinoff featuring Limp Bizkit’s musical stylings, and a pair of oddball card games laden with lore from gaming’s best weirdo.
This year, we have Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, the Avengers of rhythm games, and Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo, an excellent rhythm game.
Dead Space 2023 is a complete remake of the 2008 survival horror classic. Based on the original designs, it’s been completely rebuilt in EA’s Frostbite engine with “all new assets, new character models, [and] new environments.”
At its core, it’s still Dead Space, but the team at EA Motive is keeping things interesting by introducing new systems like Peeling, which allows players to shoot additional flesh, tendons, and bones off of Necromorphs. It’s both a gory visual treat and a clever health bar for Dead Space’s mutated baddies.
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