What 2023 game release are you most hyped for? The Top 10 Must-Play Games of the Year!

What 2023 game release are you most hyped for? The year 2023 is shaping up to be huge for video games on all platforms. Have you rested up from the holidays and watched all the major 2022 games yet? Whether you’re prepared or not, it’s time to start thinking about 2023’s best games, which promise to be just as massive as those released in 2022.

Some of these releases were originally scheduled for 2022 but were pushed back. However, it appears that the current-gen hits its stride in 2023, after a couple of years of adjusting to a new console generation and development challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Even if one of the most anticipated games of the year is being released exclusively on the Switch, which has a much lower processing power.

The Top 10 Must-Play Games
The Top 10 Must-Play Games

1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

A continuation of the best video game of this generation, if not all time? The new Legend of Zelda game appears to be expanding upon the innovative sandbox open world of Breath of the Wild’s Hyrule by creating an entirely new world high in the clouds.

We still don’t really know what to expect from this game, aside from a few very cryptic teasers that show glimpses of Link’s new tools, including what looks like a way to reverse time.

The subtitle may allude to the return of traditional dungeons, the significance of tears as a collectible, or something else entirely. Is there any doubt that the Switch’s weak hardware will struggle?

Tears of the Kingdom will make sure the Switch, Nintendo’s most successful console since the Wii, has a fitting send-off if the company does indeed unveil a new successor to the Switch in 2023.

2. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

A sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man, one of the best-selling PlayStation exclusives starring one of the most recognizable superheroes in the world, seems inevitable.

After the success of the Miles Morales DLC, it only makes sense to allow players to choose between Peter Parker and Miles’ version of Spider-Man as they face off against Kraven the Hunter and fan favorite Venom.

Little else has been shown, but we’re hoping for an interesting shake-up of the open-world formula to complement the already awesome sensation of swinging around the city.

This looks like an amazing year to be Spider-Man, what with the release of both Homecoming and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse in theatres this June.

3. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s biggest selling point was the ability to wield a lightsaber, which appealed to fans even though the game felt a bit derivative in its mashup of Uncharted and Sekiro, albeit with more forgiving sabre combat than the latter.

Nonetheless, the groundwork has been laid for a more exciting sequel, which will pick up with Cal Kestis five years later, in grizzled warrior mode after constant years of pursuit from the Empire.

While we have been promised some improvements to the combat, such as new saber stances, we are most looking forward to Cal’s new traversal abilities, such as his ability to tame and ride wild animals.

4. Resident Evil 4

Capcom has already remade Resident Evil 2 and 3 for modern platforms, and now they’re working on a remake of Resident Evil 1, the game that not only revitalized the series but also introduced the over-the-shoulder viewpoint that has since been adopted by countless third-person shooters like Gears of War.

The pressure is on for this remake to bring something new to the table beyond improved visuals, as the original Resident Evil 4 is playable on pretty much any modern platform and still holds up.

Despite the fact that the famous opening village ambush is nearly identical to what you remember (right down to the terrifying guy wielding a chainsaw), first impressions suggest a more horror-oriented atmosphere than the original’s action-packed B-movie camp. Anxiously, we await Leon Kennedy’s return.

5. StarField

Starfield, as Bethesda‘s first major new open-world IP after The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, sounds galactically massive in scope.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that the game was pushed back from its original November 11 release date in 2022, hoping to break the studio’s reputation for buggy releases or to avoid comparisons to the divisive launch of another massively ambitious space sim, No Man Sky.

Despite its outer space setting, in which players can build their own customized spacecraft and explore more than a thousand planets spread across more than a hundred systems, Starfield is fundamentally an action role-playing game in which they will form alliances and engage in first- or third-person shooter and melee combat against space pirates.

6. Street Fighter 6

It may seem like fighting games are a dwindling subgenre, but if anything can bring the genre back to life, it’s Street Fighter 6.

Early hands-on reveals a highly polished fighting game with exciting new systems, a bold hyper-real style, and a more accessible control option.

Making your own fighter and taking them into a robust single-player mode and an online battle hub is what will build a secure new platform for both seasoned fighting game fans and newcomers to the genre.

Of course, the roster is also important, and it’s been significantly updated from the original World Warriors (shout out to the cop-turned-kung fu master Chun Li and a Ken who looks like he’s fallen on hard times) to include new competitors like the French grappling fashionista Manon and the African-American graffiti ninja Kimberley.

7. Final Fantasy XVI

Two highly anticipated Final Fantasy games, including Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, will be released in 2023. However, Final Fantasy XVI has us most excited because it promises to be an entirely new experience.

With a darker tone reminiscent of Western fantasy games like The Witcher or God of War, this is a controversial turn for the long-running Japanese RPG series, but fans can still look forward to the usual spectacle involving crystals and the legendary summoned Eikons.

While it appears that your protagonist Clive will have allies to help him along his journey through the story’s multiple timelines, this is primarily a single-player real-time action experience. But you know it’s good when the battle director has worked on games like Devil May Cry and the criminally underrated Dragon’s Dogma.

8. Redfall

After the critical acclaim for their time-traveling shooter Deathloop, Arkane Studios returns with another novel take on the genre (this time from its Austin-based studio).

The Massachusetts town of Redfall is home to a horde of vampires that were the result of a botched research project turned horror movie.

You’re not just playing as a group of survivors in a Left 4 Dead clone with vampires. Threats in Redfall will include fending off human cultists, and the game’s open-world design means players can enjoy the game equally well in either single-player or co-op modes.

The worldbuilding and characters, such as a biomedical engineering graduate with telekinetic powers, will keep you engaged as you explore the town and uncover its secrets, in addition to the weapons and load-outs you can try out.

9. Diablo IV

We’re all used to the engrossing cycle of slogging through dungeons in search of better loot, which leads us to stronger enemies, which leads us to better loot, and so on. What better way to celebrate the return of this sinister style than with the original?

With Diablo IV, Blizzard is going back to the basics of the top-down dungeon crawler genre, albeit with a more open-world layout.

Even though you’re viewing everything from a bird’s eye view, the graphics still look great, and they’re even clearer when the camera zooms in for some truly breathtaking cinematic sequences.

Because of this meticulous attention to detail, you can not only tailor your character’s class-based abilities but also their appearance, via the transmog system.

10. Hollow Knight: Silksong

The indie Metroidvania Hollow Knight, developed by a small team of only three people, has steadily gained cult status since its 2017 release. As a result, people’s excitement over the sequel Silksong is through the roof.

Playing as the agile Hornet, a deadly antagonist from the original game, you must overcome new enemies and challenges to escape your prison and return home. The game is set in a haunted world of bugs but is presented in a gorgeous hand-drawn style.

In spite of the fact that we have no idea when Silksong will be released or if Team Cherry will just drop it out of the blue, at least it has been confirmed for every major platform, including Game Pass on day one.

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