What an incredible year it has been for gamers! Throughout the months, we’ve been treated to outstanding games, both anticipated releases and delightful surprises. As we reflect on this fantastic year of gaming, let’s explore the best selling games of 2023 and discover which titles emerged as the most successful.
Dead Island 2 – 2 Million+
After a prolonged development journey and years of anticipation since its captivating first announcement trailer in 2015, Dead Island 2 made a triumphant return at the end of April this year! The game delivered exhilarating zombie action, complemented by a distinctive sense of humor that left players thoroughly satisfied. Following its release, Dead Island 2 surpassed the 2 million sales milestone, marking a significant achievement after the extended wait.
Street Fighter 6 – 2 Million+
A legendary comeback! Street Fighter, a game that has shaped generations, returns to the battleground with its sixth installment, now more vibrant and diverse than ever! Street Fighter 6 not only brings back iconic fighters like Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li but also introduces new characters to the roster. The game achieves a groundbreaking tone for the series by crafting a dynamic city of fighters. In its inaugural month, Street Fighter 6 has already surpassed the impressive milestone of 1 million sales and it has been one of the best selling games of 2023.
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Final Fantasy XVI – 3 Million+
The nature of this ‘final fantasy’ remains uncertain, as Final Fantasy XVI marks the 16th main installment in the series, excluding side games. Despite not factoring in auxiliary releases, the production garnered predominantly favorable reviews from both players and critics alike this year.
Resident Evil 4 Remake – 5 Million+
Capcom delivered an awe-inspiring experience this year. Resident Evil 4, a strong contender for multiple game of the year awards, not only secured victory in numerous categories but also served as a tribute to the iconic entry in the long-standing series. In an era dominated by the frenzy of remakes and remasters, Resident Evil 4 Remake set a benchmark, earning admiration from both seasoned series enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
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Starfield – 10 Million+
For the first time in 25 years, Bethesda has introduced a new original IP. The announcement of a new game from Bethesda, under the Microsoft umbrella, brought a celebratory atmosphere to the gaming community. However, the extent to which our expectations were met remains uncertain. Despite mixed reviews, with some players expressing love for Starfield while others, including critics, found it lacking, Bethesda’s “Space Skyrim” release in September surpassed 10 million copies sold in a relatively short span and made it one of the best selling games of 2023. Notably, the game was available on Xbox Game Pass from its launch day.
Diablo IV – 12 Million+
This year marked the arrival of long-awaited games, including the return of Blizzard’s legendary series, Diablo. After an extended hiatus, Diablo 4 made a triumphant comeback, reopening the doors of Sanctuary and hell. Impressively, the game generated revenue exceeding 666 million dollars within its initial five days of release.
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Hogwarts Legacy – 15 Million+
A standout surprise of the year undoubtedly came in the form of Hogwarts Legacy. Transporting players to the enchanting world of Harry Potter, the game invited us to explore Hogwarts in the late 1800s, predating the events depicted in the beloved book and film series. Featuring a vast open world intricately designed in every detail, Hogwarts Legacy allowed us to fulfill our fantasy of attending the iconic school we’ve dreamed of for years. Undoubtedly successful, the game achieved remarkable sales, exceeding 15 million copies.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – 18.5 Million+
Considering that the game was released only for Nintendo Switch, this is an incredible success. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which is the very definition of ‘the game that sells consoles’, presented the new path of the long-established series in a way that blew our minds. With its tons of gameplay-diversifying mechanics and great atmosphere, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is one of the most ambitious candidates for different game of the year awards.
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Baldur’s Gate 3 – 21 Million+
Moreover, these figures only belong to Steam sales! Whatever we say or talk about Baldur’s Gate 3 here would be incomplete. It’s no small thing that a very niche genre like CRPG can be one of the best selling games of 2023 and also become the darling of gamers. Baldur’s Gate 3 was even accused of ‘raising the bar’ by some game developers, with its flow of events that take a different shape at almost every step, its choices that are as heavy and deep as a rock, and its world that is created with love!