The gaming world has thrown away all the laziness of the pandemic and presented us with wonderful games this year. 2023 has proven to be a landmark year for the industry, offering a plethora of groundbreaking titles that have captured the hearts and imaginations of players worldwide.
Let’s take a look together at the best games of 2023, according to Metacritic, where we are confused about which one to play and where many anticipated games drop almost every month.
The Best Games of 2023
Slay the Princess
One of the most interesting and surprising games of this year was Slay the Princess. The production, which once again proved to us what great work independent developers can produce, received great feedback from the players. The game, in which we follow a princess who looks sweet but of course has secrets, and we try to escape death by coaxing us, manages to enter the list with a Metacritic score of 90.
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X/S, Nintendo Switch
Turbo Overkill, one of the best games of 2023, managed to both take dinosaur players’ minds back to the past and fascinate new players with its fast pace. With its retro atmosphere, cyber punk theme and never-ending crazy action, it definitely managed to become one of the most memorable games of the year.
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Street Fighter 6
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox X/S
There was a lot of good news this year for those who can’t get enough of beatings, but one of the most popular was of course the last game of the Street Fighter series. Street Fighter 6, which introduced new fighters as well as the beloved characters of the long-established series, and where everyone could find an opponent to their taste with its different game modes and interesting world, was loved by both critics and players.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Future Redeemed
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Future Redeemed, which was released only for Nintendo Switch, managed to become one of the best games of 2023 according to Metacritic. The expansion pack that finalizes the Xenoblade Chronicles trilogy managed to blow the minds of the fans of the series with both the rich content it offers and its story.
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Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Wii
It may seem like the Nintendo lobby is at work, but our game has received nominations in many categories at ceremonies such as The Game Awards. Super Mario Bros. is a lesson in level design and a wonderful adaptation of one of the most established brands in the gaming world to modern times. Wonder was loved by players and critics alike.
Resident Evil 4
Platforms: PC, iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U, GameCube
Capcom’s popular game returned with a remake worthy of its name and showed the industry how to make a remake. Staying true to the original game but increasing the gameplay pleasure with significant innovations and improvements, Resident Evil 4 Remake has become one of the productions that both loyal fans of the series and new players will love in 2023.
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Asgard’s Wrath 2
Platforms: Meta Quest Pro, Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest 3
One of the most popular games of the year on Metacritic was Asgard’s Wrath 2, which we could experience on VR devices. Unlike many other competitors released for VR, Asgard’s Wrath managed to get 94 points in total with its in-depth gameplay and eye-catching graphics and made its name on the list.
Metroid Prime Remastered
Platform: Nintendo Switch
What games came out for Switch this year! The return of Metroid, one of the oldest series in the gaming world, was truly worthy of its glory. The game, in which we once again go on an adventure with Samus Aran, managed to get 94 points as well as the ‘Must-Play’ title from Metacritic.
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Against the Storm
Bringing a new breath to the city-building genre, Against the Storm also takes the best aspects of the RTS and roguelike genres. The result is a production in which the person who sits down cannot get up for hours and each tour is pregnant with brand new events and strategies.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Wii
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, one of the constant favorites of this year’s award ceremonies, moved the stones. The production offered players so many different solutions and such a wide range of options that it was possible to play the game almost any way you wanted. Although it was released only for Nintendo Switch, it achieved tremendous sales success and is the beloved ‘game of the year’ for many players.
Baldur’s Gate 3
Platforms: PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Here is the game of the year! Baldur’s Gate 3, which makes people feel like it is a passion project with every detail, is one of the games that will be remembered for many years and will be passed on to future generations. The CRPG game, in which Larian Studios has done a great job and you will not understand how hundreds of hours have passed by, has collected awards one by one, including the game of the year, in different ceremonies.
As the year comes to a close, the best games of 2023, according to Metacritic, have not only entertained but have also pushed the boundaries of what is possible in the gaming industry. Baldur’s Gate 3, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Against the Storm, Metroid Prime Remastered, and Asgard’s Wrath 2 are some of the games that stand as testaments to the creativity, innovation, and artistry that continue to define the world of gaming. As we eagerly anticipate what the future holds, these titles will undoubtedly be remembered as the trailblazers that shaped the gaming landscape in 2023.