The gamer in 2023 cannot complain, because this year the world of games was full of launches, even though we are almost in the middle of the generation of consoles such as the Playstation 5 and the Xbox series XS, the Xbox One and Playstation 4 have gained survival with some game releases 2023. And there were a lot of good games, including one of the most talked about things when it comes to the end of the year, which is which of these were the best releases of 2023 and this year there were no competitors left.
Metroid, Dead Space, Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, Baldur’s gate 3, Resident Evil 4 Remake, Starfield are some of the games that 2023 presented us with, choosing one game to be the best is difficult as there are countless genres to deal with. However, we can certainly point out good 2023 releases for you to play and that will remain in the memory of whoever is playing.
To begin with, fighting game fans this year have a fight that dates back to the Super Nintendo era, as they are simply fighting Street Fighter 6 and Mortal Kombat 1. Capcom’s classic, Street Fighter 6 has once again managed to be a one of the essential games for fans of fighting games, solving problems that Street Fighter V had. Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat rebooted its timeline to bring another MK to the public with a lot of nostalgia and several elements from the 90s game.
Nintendo presents its games portfolio on Switch
Speaking of Nintendo, the Japanese giant showed signs that it could soon launch a new console but made 2023 a memorable year, with the return of the classic that came unnoticed, Metroid Prime Remastered. And it doesn’t stop there in the middle of the year, another work of art, The Legends of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom came with a score of 96 on Metacritics and was completely acclaimed by critics, including being one of the strongest candidates for best game of the year.
The game managed to surpass its predecessor The Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, expanding the gameplay with Link in every way. Even though they don’t compete for the best of the year, the Switch will still gain other titles to boost its library this year, such as Super Mario RPG and Warioware Move it. Other notable games released for the Switch this year were Pikmin 4, Fire Emblem Engage, and Kirby’s Return to Dream Land.
Microsoft impresses with Starfield and Gamepass
Already on the green side of the force, Microsoft finally delivered a major title in 2023 that could compete with the best of the year, Starfield was released on October 6th for Xbox series X | S and computer and had great repercussions. Despite dividing opinions, this is a new IP from Bethesda after 16 years without presenting anything new, the game has an immersive story, surprising gameplay and a high level of exploration of the open world.
Another franchise from the wide range of Microsoft studios is Forza Motorsport, Turn10 has been working for years on this vehicle simulator that competes with Gran Turismo 7. Forza Motorsport impresses with its graphics and gameplay, it was created using a new version of the ForzaTech graphics engine Engine, which brings a lot of realism to vehicles. The company promises to constantly update the game and comes with a more realistic approach to Forza Horizon.
However, when it comes to major releases, the company stops there, apart from Forza Motorsport, which could be among the best car games of the year competing with The Crew Motorfest, the company stood out for the number of good games offered on its Game Pass. Lies of P, Payday 3, Sea of Stars are some games with a recent release date that are already in the subscription package, apart from Starfield itself, which is the icing on the cake for the Xbox brand this year.
Final fantasy XVI and Marvel’s Spider Man 2 are Sony’s big draws this year
On the other side of this race is Sony, although it doesn’t have a flagship like God of War this year, it still has an ace up its sleeve, Marvel’s Spider Man 2. The Spider-Man game is yet another title of weight developed by Insomniac, where we will see Peter Parker and Miles Morales swinging the web together in the plot that features the symbiote villain Venom.
The game is highly anticipated by fans and remains one of the most anticipated of 2023. Another Playstation 5 exclusive on consoles is Final Fantasy XVI, Square Enix this time brought an action RPG that even resembles the great Final Fantasy XII. With a lot of action and focusing on the protagonist Clive Rosfield, the game is a good way to enter the FF universe, with a slightly different feel from Final Fantasy’s with turn-based battles. Sony also attracted attention when it introduced the PS VR 2 and released Horizon Call of the Mountain titles for the virtual reality device.
Baldurs Gate III is one of the biggest contenders for game of the year
Moving away from the fight between consoles, there were incredible multiplatform game launches for all tastes, Blasphemous 2, Hogwarts Legacy, Star Wars Jedi Survivor and Assassin’s Creed Mirage are some of the games that should compete in several categories for best game of the year. However, Baldur’s Gate 3 was certainly one of the most surprising, Larian Studios successfully fulfilled its mission of bringing an immersive game that can be built in any way you want.
In addition to an immersive story, Baldur’s Gate III has countless characters rich in detail and personality, the game also combines gameplay from classic RPGs from the 90s. Baldur’s Gate III was an expected success because it was in early access and received a lot of attention given to player feedback.
Another classic RPG that returned in 2023 and captured the public’s attention this year was Diablo IV. The action RPG made a triumphant return, leaving all that colorful air of Diablo III behind, even marking a good move by Blizzard after being acquired by Microsoft. Diablo IV maintains its essence where you explore the most sinister dungeons amidst demonic hordes to stop the plans of the goddess Lilith.
One of the biggest PC game releases of 2023 was the Counter-Strike 2 shooter, after more than 11 years since the launch of CS: GO the franchise finally had its successor released and it was very well received by the public. Developed at Source 2, the game brought better graphics, more realistic weapons and also new mechanics for the game’s smoke and new particle effects. CS 2 promises to continue the franchise’s reign among the most relevant esports games on the world stage.
We cannot forget that horror games were also highlighted, EA Games made a remake of Dead Space that managed to maintain all the psychological and space horror atmosphere of the first title in the franchise. The highly anticipated Resident Evil 4 Remake was also released at the beginning of the year for all platforms and managed to renew its gameplay, without changing the essence that made RE 4 the most famous title in the series.
EA Sports FC 24 and NBA 2k24 are the best options in sports games
Now changing a little to sports games, the year brought a new direction for FIFA or as it is now called EA Sports FC 24, after decades in partnership with FIFA, EA Games created its football game with a greater identity of its own and several licensed teams and players. Despite being new, the game has the same elements as FIFA 23, practically an update to the game as EA Games usually does, but essential for fans of football games.
The same thing happened with NBA 2K24, although it is the right game for you to impersonate NBA stars like Luka Doncic, it is also an update to the previous version. Not that it’s bad, as NBA 2K23 really brought new modes to the basketball franchise, but it evolved very little compared to the previous EA Sports title.
There were not so good releases in 2023
It wasn’t just “hits” that the generation lived through, there were also games that were very disappointing, Lord of the Gollum was a fiasco that threw away all possibilities of enjoying the story of Gollum, a very important character from Lord of the Rings. The game fails so much in gameplay, as well as in graphics and history. Redfall was also another “promise” that disappointed a lot, the game featured exciting trailers in the Left 4 Dead style with a “vampire” feel.
However, when it was launched, the MS exclusive was very disappointing due to its bugs and gameplay, recently the title has even received updates and is more attractive, but nothing that takes away the impression it created in the past.
Lastly, Forspoken was a “white elephant” for Square Enix among the games released in 2023, as it was estimated that it cost more than US$100 million to the company’s coffers and did not sell well at all, despite having beautiful graphics, Forspoken’s story did not arrested. However, there were so many good launches that this went unnoticed and there are still others that promise to make gamers spend a lot by the end of 2023.
See other games that will be released in 2023
Check out the list of games with release dates for 2023, both exclusive and multi-platform games:
- Lords of the Fallen – 13 de outubro – Playstation 5, Xbox series X| S e PC
- Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 – 20 de outubro – Playstation 5
- Super Mario Bros. Wonder – October 20th – Nintendo Switch
- Cities Skyline 2 – 24 de outubro – Playstation 5, Xbox series X| S e PC
- Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 – 24 de outubro – Playstation 5, Xbox series X| S e PC
- Alan Wake II – 27 de outubro – PS5, Xbox series X| S e PC
- EA Sports UFC 5 – 27 de outubro – Playstation 5, Xbox series X| S
- Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story – 1 de novembro – ps4, ps5, xbox one, xbox series x s e Nintendo Switch
- My Time at Sandrock – 2 de novembro – ps4, ps5, xbox one, xbox series x s e Nintendo Switch
- WarioWare: Move It! – 3 de novembro – Nintendo Switch
- Football Manager 2024 – 6 de novembro – ps4, ps5, xbox one, xbox series x s e Nintendo Switch
- Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn – 9 de novembro – ps4, ps5, xbox one, xbox series x s e Nintendo Switch
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III – 9 de novembro – ps4, ps5, xbox one, xbox series x s
- The Day Before – 9 de novembro – Playstation 5, Xbox series X| S e PC
- Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – 7 de dezembro – Playstation 5, Xbox series X| S e PC
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