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The year 2023 has been a big one for the gaming industry, with the release of several highly anticipated video games. From remakes of classic games to new story-rich RPGs to unique takes on first-person shooters, let’s take a closer look at some of the best video games of 2023, according to popular opinion.
The top-down RPG ‘Diablo IV’ made waves in the video gaming community when it was released in June of this year. The game lets players play as a Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer, Rogue, or Sorcerer as they fight their way through dungeons and complete quests. ‘Diablo IV’ is a huge favorite for gamers this year, especially those who enjoy playing with their friends online.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Nintendo’s game ‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ is the most recent installment in one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The game sold over 10 million copies within three days of its release and close to 20 million by the end of the year, making it one of the best-selling games for the Nintendo Switch. This open-world video game lets the player control the classic character Link as he fights to stop the Demon King and save Princess Zelda.
For fans of first-person shooters, the much-awaited new game ‘The Finals’ was released in December 2023. The unique team-based first-person shooter pits teams of three against each other in an arena of completely destructible buildings and other terrain. This game’s groundbreaking mechanics and fast-paced gameplay have made it a hit among fans of the genre, and it’s already averaging close to a million daily players.
Baldur’s Gate 3
Arguably the biggest game of 2023 was ‘Baldur’s Gate 3,’ the new Dungeons and Dragons-inspired RPG. This new addition to the franchise that started in 1998 has been highly praised for its technical design, storyline, and player freedom. This huge critic and fan favorite won Game of the Year at the Game Awards and scored an average of 96 out of 100 on the review aggregator site Metacritic.
Sony’s 2018 video game ‘Spider-Man’ for the PS4 was one of the company’s biggest titles of all time, and with the release of the PS5 in 2020, fans knew it was only a matter of time before the game got a sequel. This year the company released ‘Spider-Man 2’ for the PS5, which lets the player play as the classic Peter Parker Spider-Man or as Miles Morales, the protagonist of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.’
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Another big sequel game this year was ‘Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,’ the sequel to 2019’s ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.’ Like ‘Spider-Man 2,’ this addition to an iconic franchise brings new mechanics but keeps the familiarity of a beloved game. Not only does the action and combat make this a great game, but its story alone rivals many of the franchise’s movies and TV shows.