As we button smash the midway mark of 2023, let’s take a look at the most outstanding games released thus far! These gaming gems have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the industry, captivating players worldwide with their innovation and entertainment value.
Embrace the current peace while it lasts, as the gaming landscape is set to heat up with highly anticipated titles like Baldur’s Gate 3 and Starfield vying for your attention later in the year.
The wealth of phenomenal games released in recent months could keep you engaged for a lifetime. Whether it’s long-awaited sequels, beloved classics revisited, or unexpected hits, 2023 has truly been an exceptional year for gaming. Let’s take a moment to celebrate and appreciate some of the best games that have captivated us during the past few months.
Cassette Beasts defies easy categorization, and that’s precisely what makes Bytten Studio’s indie masterpiece so captivating. This stunning 2D open-world game entices players into a world of exploration, dungeon-clearing, forming bonds, and capturing monsters to employ in thrilling battles. Is it reminiscent of Pokémon, Persona, Zelda, or even inspired by Arthurian legends? The truth is, it draws elements from various sources, creating a unique and mesmerizing experience. Once Cassette Beasts ensnares you, it becomes all-consuming, and you’ll find yourself utterly engrossed in its enchanting world for an extended period.
Ok…Who came up with the notion of making Dead Space even scarier? With the release of this survival horror remake in January, EA introduced an entirely new generation of gamers to the spine-chilling ambiance of the USG Ishimura. This year’s Dead Space is a remarkable upgrade from the original, featuring enhanced gore, weaponry, and, above all else, an intensified sense of terror. Brace yourself as you embark on a haunting gaming experience that will surely leave a lasting impression!
After its announcement in 2019, Diablo 4 might not have lived up to everyones expectations but it certainly lived up to the anticipation when it finally launched. Whether you were a long-time follower of Blizzard’s isometric RPG series or a newcomer to its gothic universe, Diablo 4 had an abundance of exciting experiences to offer. While its high-stakes storyline and captivating cinematics were impressive, the true allure of the game lay in the sheer satisfaction of annihilating hordes of adversaries and reveling in the thrill of discovering valuable loot as you adventure along.
Fire Eblem Engage
Intelligent Systems and Nintendo celebrated the enduring success of the Fire Emblem series with the launch of Fire Emblem Engage, 33 years after the debut of the first game. This latest installment showcased the timeless appeal of the strategic series, as beloved iconic characters from the Fire Emblem universe united once again to embark on a thrilling quest to save another world. The game’s impressive fusion of three decades of history into a spectacular Switch title spoke volumes about the series’ lasting impact and left players enthralled with its captivating gameplay and storytelling.
Surprising gamers everywhere, Tango Gameworks released Hi-Fi Rush, an exhilarating rhythm-based action game that took players on a head bopping, foot tapping and robot bashing journey through a dystopian future, accompanied by the dynamic sounds of The Black Keys, Nine Inch Nails, and other thrilling tracks. As players fought off robots to the beat of The Prodigy, the significance of every beat per minute heightened, making the experience unforgettable. Hi-Fi Rush’s catchy tunes stayed with players long after the credits rolled, leaving an indelible impression that continued to resonate.
Octopath Traveler 2
For those who embarked on the journey of Octopath Traveler 2 upon its release in February, it’s likely that you are still immersed in the enchanting world of Solistia. This expansive RPG presented refined turn-based combat and the beloved eight-protagonist formula that had won the hearts of fans in the original Octopath game. Notably, the game’s stunning lighting system contributed to its status as one of the most visually captivating titles on the Nintendo Switch. As you continue to explore this mesmerizing realm, Octopath Traveler 2 continues to shine as a true gem in the world of gaming.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Unwilling to be complacent after the success of 2019’s Fallen Order, Respawn Entertainment ventured back to a distant galaxy with Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. Continuing five years after Jedi Cal Kestis’ initial adventure, Survivor provided a much darker portrayal of life under the oppressive Empire. With its polished combat mechanics and compelling narrative, this sci-fi odyssey proved to be a force to be reckoned with, even amidst the most challenging boss battles. The journey through Survivor remained enthralling, demonstrating that the developers were not resting on their laurels, but rather pushing the boundaries of the Star Wars gaming experience.
Street Fighter 6
In June, Capcom made a triumphant return with Street Fighter 6, leaving players in awe. This all-out slugfest delivered an incredible experience that catered to both seasoned fighting game enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With its smooth and intense battles, abundant customization options, and an abundance of style, Street Fighter 6 emerged as a definitive knockout, impressing players from all corners of the gaming world.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom delivered an enchanting and mesmerizing experience, with each passing minute in the mystical realm of Hyrule surpassing the last. This highly anticipated sequel to Breath Of The Wild exceeded all expectations, outshining its predecessor in every aspect. Abundant innovation showcased Link’s return as a true masterpiece, solidifying its place as one of the greatest triumphs in Nintendo’s remarkable 133-year history. The game’s magical journey through the kingdom left players captivated and in awe of its brilliance.
If you’re a gamer now is the time to catch up on all of the fantastic games that have already launched this year, and remember your a gamer not just to have one life but to have many… Game On!
Written by: Gerald