With 2022 in the rearview, 2023 is shaping up to be an absolutely stacked year for video game releases. Here are the ones I’m looking forward to the most.
As an avid gamer, there are so many games I’m looking forward to playing in 2023. 2022 was a busy year for me, and although I did play quite a few games I enjoyed, I plan on playing many more in the coming year. I’ll be listing more than 20 games I’m very excited for. In reality, if all these games end up releasing in 2023, it might be one of the best years in gaming in a long time. That is, of course, if all the games do live up to the expectations of the fans.
Before I get into the official list, I’ll also be listing some games I definitely want to play and have the potential to release next year, but I’m not sure if they will.
DokeV is one of those games where I’m not sure what to expect from it. The footage I’ve seen for it is absolutely bonkers and a bit all over the place, but strangely enough, in a good way. The world seems full of wonder, vibrant visuals, and doesn’t take itself completely seriously. I love how the characters look and how they traverse throughout the world, and the gameplay/combat is very unique and interesting. Most of all, it looks fun and the potential for this is practically endless. It’s described as a creature-collecting open world action-adventure game, which sounds like the Pokemon MMO we’ve never gotten, so I’m in.
It was rumored to release in 2022, but we’re at the tail end of the year and it still isn’t here. There haven’t been any announcements about a release date either, so it can definitely be releasing sometime next year. But, nothing is for certain just yet.
Knowing that Insomniac Games is developing a Wolverine game, it’s impossible not to be excited about this game. Throughout the years, Insomniac has delivered some incredibly memorable gaming experiences with the Spyro series, Ratchet & Clank series, the Resistance series, the criminally underrated Sunset Overdrive, and, in my opinion, the best Spider-Man game, and one of the best superhero games ever made. The prospect of a Wolverine game from the studio has me overwhelmingly hyped up for it not only because it’s coming from Insomniac, but because Wolverine is also one of my favorite superheroes. I can only imagine what to expect from this game, but I’m thinking a more grounded and gritty setting with plenty of violence and a dynamic combat system is in play. This character couldn’t be in better hands, in my opinion.
As for a release date, there have been rumblings of it releasing in 2023, but it hasn’t been confirmed. I don’t think it’ll release next year since Spider-Man 2 has already been confirmed to be on track to release in 2023 and I think Insomniac and Sony will try to spread these two games apart and 2024 is the more likely scenario. Then again, if Spider-Man 2 comes out earlier in the year, then maybe Wolverine could drop by the end of the year.
There haven’t been many other updates for Lucasfilm Games’ nad Bethesda’s Indiana Jones (being developed by MachineGames) since its reveal in January of 2021. Then again, it’s one of the properties where I’m surprised there haven’t been more games based on it. Seeing the success of series like Uncharted and Tomb Raider, I truly believe, if done correctly, an Indiana Jones could be a fantastic action-adventure video game full of vast exploration and a compelling story. It can be hard to emulate the same nostalgic feel the movies offer, but creators have much more freedom to explore this character’s story in a way it never has before.
There’s a chance it could release next year based on speculation since it’s been almost two years since its reveal. It not releasing in 2023 wouldn’t be a surprise either, though. It could very well still be in development. At the very least, I suspect we’ll get some sort of update next year. Maybe, we’ll even see something at The Game Awards later this year.
Metroid Prime 4
At this point, I’m not sure if this game will ever release. I mean, Nintendo already has one massive release next year with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but it could definitely use another with the return of the Metroid Prime series. Metroid Prime 4 was revealed back in 2017 after it was confirmed production would be restarting under Retro Studios. It’s been a little over five years since its announcement and we haven’t had any other update on it. It’s frustrating since it’s been a little over 15 years since Metroid Prime 3: Corruption released. I mean, sure, Metroid Dread is a phenomenal side-scrolling adventure and, for some, it perfectly captures the roots of the series. However, I love first-person shooters and the Prime series not only scratches the FPS itch, but it also offers an incredibly atmospheric feeling with its environment, the puzzle solving, and the deep exploration. I can only imagine what Prime 4 will be like considering how much gaming has evolved throughout the years.
I don’t mean to be a pessimist, but the likelihood of it releasing next year is pretty low. I mean, I could be wrong, but at the very least, maybe we get another trailer.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake
I can’t speak on what this game really means to me since I never played the original, but Knights of the Old Republic is widely considered the greatest Star Wars game ever made. A game that has that much acclaim is one I can’t ignore. Plus, I’m a huge Star Wars fan and a recreation of this classic with today’s advancements in gaming technology is a recipe for success. I’m curious to see what direction they’ll be going, however. Since it’s a remake, it may be a slight departure from what the original established. I expect it’ll still be an RPG, but it’ll also put an emphasis on world exploration and enhanced combat mechanics thanks to the improvements the gaming industry has made throughout the years.
It was originally supposed to release in 2023 if I remember correctly, but it was delayed indefinitely since production partners at Sony and Lucasfilm weren’t pleased with the state of the game. Let’s hope whoever takes over of the project can do it justice.
Silent Hill galore
Yet another franchise I have no history playing, or watching, for that matter. However, I have quite a few friends who are obsessed with the series and seeing how I’ve warmed up to the horror genre through various mediums of entertainment, including video games, I, for one, am looking forward to all things Silent Hill. All of the reveals look pretty awesome and part of what makes them look so appealing is how different in gameplay and tone they all seem to be. The Silent Hill 2 remake is probably the one that’s the most intriguing since it’s the game most fans refer to the most and playing it in a new way is exciting. But, I think I’m most excited for Silent Hill: Townfall since it’s being worked on by Annapurna Interactive. After seeing what those creators did with Stray, I’m on board with whatever comes next. It’s a great time to be a horror fan, that’s for sure.
I’m honestly not sure what the release windows are for the various Silent Hill projects announced, but I do think there’s a good chance at least one of them comes out in 2023.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
I’m very excited to see what Ubisoft is cooking up with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. Personally, I think Avatar is a visual spectacle and it’s one of my favorite films of all time. Sure, it’s an unpopular opinion and I do understand some of the criticisms surrounding it, but I still stand by that statement. I truly believe the sequel is going to be a phenomenal follow-up to the record breaking classic. There are few properties better suited for an open-world game than Avatar. I can only imagine flying through Pandora as a Na’vi on an Ikran, as well as swimming in the vast ocean, completing different missions, partaking in different combat scenarios, and simply enjoying the vibrant visuals. Ubisoft is no stranger to huge open-world games, so I’m hoping they make this one worthwhile.
Originally, it was supposed to release in 2022, but it was delayed. The creators have said it can release sometime in 2023 or 2024, so seeing it next year is still a possibility.
Okay, now let’s move on to the actual list. Buckle up!
P.s. I’m sure there will be plenty of other games I will be playing next year that won’t make this list. They may even end up on my “Best of 2023” list, so who knows?
25. Planet of Lana (TBD 2023)
Throughout the years, my appreciation for indie developers and their projects have grown tremendously. As a matter of fact, some of my favorite games of the last couple of years have been indies, and I don’t see this changing any time soon. These are passionate video game developers who have very little, if any, big corporate or massive studio interference and they have the complete freedom to craft the game they want to tell the story they want to tell. Planet of Lana seems like it’s right up my alley. I love the aesthetic look of the game and how the main character has a loyal companion. I’m sure it’ll be a very charming gameplay experience where you explore a beautiful world and play though an emotionally engaging narrative because of the bond between Lana and Mui. Plus, I’ve always loved puzzle-solving, and it seems it’ll be a prominent feature in this game.
24. Lies of P (TBD 2023)
I’m going to be honest; I’m not the biggest fan of Souls-like games. Although I do appreciate a challenge in some games, I simply don’t have the time to really dedicate myself to a game where you’re forced to learn different strategies and fighting patterns over and over again against a handful of creatures and bosses who will absolutely punish you if you don’t. It’s no secret these kinds of games are very, very difficult. Despite all that, I still find myself giving these games a shot, even if I don’t always finish them. There’s something enticing about these kinds of games, especially when there’s a story to follow. For example, games like Bloodborne and Elden Ring are both Souls-like games, and I truly believe are the best examples of what these games should be. Now, there’s Lies of P, which is basically a twisted take on the Pinocchio tale. From the jump, I was immediately interested in playing this and no matter how many times I’ll rage playing through this, I’m determined to try it out because, although I know I’ll die numerous times, getting past a specific area in the game is incredibly rewarding and satisfying. I’m loving the dark, atmospheric vibes this game is giving off, and the character design is amazing. This is one to look out for.
23. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (TBD 2023)
I will say the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series isn’t the most popular, but it does have a dedicated fanbase. That being said, it’s been almost 13 years since the last game in the series, Call of Pripyat, released. This isn’t one of those franchises you always hear about and I, for one, have never even played it. But, based on the footage I’ve seen, I can’t help but be somewhat intrigued by it. It has a very realistic feel to it from what I’ve seen, and I’m loving the dark themes it’s showing off. What I’ve also loved about the trailers are the small, intimate moments. For example, as the character, you see yourself sitting around a campfire with other people simply talking about what’s going on. It feels very genuine and there are few games that truly capture this kind of experience nowadays. Only time will tell if it’ll all end up paying off, but it’s hard not to support the developers of this project, GSC Game World, considering they’ve had to pause production on the game due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, and have since continued working on it despite everything going on. I think this game will surprise a lot of people.
22. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (March 3, 2023)
Team Ninja’s next game, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, seems to follow similar themes and gameplay elements from the developer’s past. I mean, this is the same group of creators who have made the Ninja Gaiden series, the Nioh series, the Warriors series, and so on. Most of these games place a heavy emphasis on fast-paced, ninja/samurai like gameplay, and, most notably, containing a high level of difficulty with a massive learning curve. Wo Long seems to be no different. Although it looks more like Nioh because of how the character fights and looks, along with the world you play in, I definitely see some parallels to the Ninja Gaiden series. I’m usually not the kind of gamer who is first in line to play these kinds of games, but based on what I’ve seen, it may be too good to pass up. I absolutely loved Ghost of Tsushima and even though it’s more of a passive experience compared to these kinds of games, it still offers its own sense of challenge and wonder. I hope Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty can deliver similar feelings.
21: The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (TBD 2023)
Believe it or not, I recently watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I absolutely love the world these films establish. The character development is fantastic and even with that, I feel there was so much room to dig a bit deeper into certain characters. One of those characters is Smeagol. I mean, we do see how he became what he is, but we only get a little bit of what his life was like prior to the events of the trilogy. This game is looking to bridge that gap and I, for one, am excited to see it come to fruition. I have to say, I’m a bit skeptical about the game since the developer is a bit unproven, at least in terms of the kind of game it is. Even some of the gameplay looks very strange compared to other games in that genre. That being said, I’m definitely digging the unique art-style it has, and the fact it’s been delayed a few times hopefully means the developers are dedicated to delivering the best game possible rather than rushing it and putting out poor quality. It may not be “precious,” but I hope it will be.
20. Tchia (TBD 2023)
Simply put, Tchia looks incredibly charming and full of life. I’m an absolute sucker for games with this kind of aesthetic, considering I’m a huge fan of animated films in general, and this seems to be checking that box. As for gameplay, the world seems full of life and genuinely fun to explore. From what I’m seeing, there’ll be various ways to play as well since the main character has the ability to transform into a variety of animals or objects you find in the world. With that, you can be certain there will be so many ways to complete certain tasks and tackle different kinds of puzzles. The versatility in its gameplay almost seems endless, and I’m excited to see how I’ll be able to put it all together. Coming from a small developer and being an indie is also a plus for me, but you already know how I feel about indies games.
19. Redfall (TBD 2023)
I may not be as excited about this game as most people seem to be, but I understand why people are anxiously awaiting Redfall. Arkane Studios has proven itself to be a quality game developer with a handful of games, including the Dishonored series, Prey, some Wolfenstein games, and Deathloop. Despite the scope and impressiveness of all of these titles, Redfall is shaping up to be its most ambitious game yet. It’s an FPS set in a massive open-world full of vampires who have taken over the town you play in. You’ll be able to choose from four different characters, each with different backgrounds and playing styles. Obviously, what intrigues me the most is the story behind everything that has happened since it doesn’t seem to take itself completely seriously, but I’m also intrigued by the cooperative aspect. This sounds like a fun game to play with friends. I’m fully expecting Arkane to continued the trend of dishing out quality gaming experiences.
18. Black Myth: Wukong (TBD 2023)
I’ve been following Black Myth: Wukong for quite some time now and every time new footage is released, I’m increasingly more impressed by it. The combat looks incredibly challenging, considering it’s described as a Souls-like game, but it has a certain fluidity and flash I don’t see in those games. It seems incredibly fast-paced and the options as to how you’ll take down specific enemies are seamlessly endless. I love how the game looks, and this is another aspect of the game that looks better every single time I watch new gameplay. It’s a bit crazy to me since Game Science is a relatively new developer, but you would think these creators have made numerous games in the past. I could be ignorant to who they really are and who’s involved, but I do believe Black Myth: Wukong is their first game, and what a first game it’s shaping up to be. I’m fascinated by the lore and history behind this story and what this game is based on. Experiencing it through this kind of medium will, in my opinion, do it justice.
17. Forspoken (Jan. 23, 2023)
The developers behind Forspoken, Luminous Productions, are the same team who made Final Fantasy XV. Say what you want about FFXV, but I really enjoyed it. The world was vast and full of exploration, each character had a distinct personality, along with a specific move-set, and although it was a slight departure from the series, at its core, it still felt like a Final Fantasy game, both with the gameplay and the emotionally engaging story. Because of this, I have high hopes for Forspoken. From what I’ve seen, the gameplay seems incredibly dynamic with the parkour movement and the abilities the main characters possesses. The open world is gorgeous as well, but I do have my reservations. Although the world is nice to look at, some of it does feel a bit lifeless, with the NPCs looking a bit dull and boring. I could be wrong and I fully intend on experiencing it for myself. I am expecting intense combat sequences full of a plethora of different techniques the character has at her disposal. Let’s hope I’m right.
16. Street Fighter 6 (TBD 2023)
I don’t remember the last time I owned an actual Street Fighter game. I mean, I’ve played some of the most recent entries in the series, but honestly, one of the last games I actually owned was on the Sega Genesis. Safe to say, it’s been years since I’ve dedicated a specific amount of time to any Street Fighter game. It’s no secret the last couple of entries in the series have been subpar and not very well-received. But, I’m hoping Street Fighter 6 is a step in the right direction, and longtime fans of the series seem pleased with the changes so far. While the traditional versus battle mode will still be one of the main features, there are two new modes, including “World Tour” and “Battle Hub.” World Tour is a single-player story mode with action-adventure elements, which is probably the most intriguing aspect to me since you can create your own character and discover backstories for other iconic characters from the series. As for Battle Hub, it’s an online lobby mode, but more features are set to be revealed soon. Safe to say, Capcom is trying something different and it might be enough to bring me back to the series.
15. Pragmata (TBD 2023)
Much of this game is shrouded in mystery, which is why I’m probably so invested in it. I’ve always been a huge fan of Capcom and seeing it develop a new IP, it doesn’t take long for me to get on board with it. That being said, I really don’t have a clue what this game is about. Then again, the trailer did enough for me to keep this on my radar. Obviously, the little girl in the trailer seems to play a huge role in the game and it’s apparent she’ll have some unique abilities. Some have speculated she may not be human due to her being able to breathe in space, which sounds logical and reasonable. As far as I’m concerned, I know this game will be a visually stunning adventure with an emotional story to tell. I can’t wait to learn more about Pragmata. It’s actually insane how high up it ended up being on this list, considering I don’t know very much about it.
14. Pikmin 4 (TBD 2023)
The Pikmin series is arguably the most unique and creative game series ever made. There aren’t many other games like it. As a matter of fact, many other games have been inspired by it, but I’m not sure there’s been a game that’s been able to properly replicate it. It’s been a long time since the last Pikmin game, almost 10 years to be exact, so this fourth installment is long overdue. The announcement trailer doesn’t really show much of anything, but the vibrant and lush colors are still there, along with the charming characters and innovative gameplay. Shigeru Miyamoto has also confirmed players will play from the Pikmin’s perspective, which is basically from the ground perspective rather than having an overhead, isometric viewpoint from the previous games. Only time will tell how this will work out, but I’m very much looking forward to it.
13. Alan Wake II (TBD 2023)
Continuing the upward trend of horror games, Alan Wake II was announced during last year’s The Game Awards. Longtime fans of the series have been highly anticipating this reveal and now, they have something to look forward to. Unfortunately, I’ve never played the first game, but I’m positive that’ll change prior to the release of this sequel. I’m a big fan of Remedy Entertainment due to the developer’s willingness to experiment with its games and not stray away from the vision it has. For example, Max Payne, Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and Control are all very similar in terms of graphical style, such as character design and the way the worlds look, but at the same time, they’re all incredibly different when it comes to gameplay mechanics. Most important of all, they each have memorable and thought-provoking story-telling, and as I get older, I find myself becoming more and more invested with these kind of games compared to others in this industry. Without a doubt, I will play Alan Wake soon, which will probably only increase my excitement for the sequel.
12. Final Fantasy XVI (TBD 2023)
It’s always a great time when a new Final Fantasy game is in the works. Although I didn’t play some of the iconic games of the series’ past while I was growing up, I have played the most recent entries, including Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XV, and Final Fantasy VII Remake. The newest entry is XVI, and every trailer I’ve seen for this game promises a darker tone with large scale boss fights and a ton of intense violence, while still staying true to what the series has established throughout the years with similar character designs, a massive, visually pleasing world to explore, and an interesting narrative. What catches my attention the most is the team behind it. Being developed by Square Enix Creative Business Unit III, which consists of industry veterans such as Naoki Yoshida (director and producer of Final Fantasy XIV), Hiroshi Takai (the SaGa series and The Last Remnant), and Ryota Suzuki (Devil May Cry series and the Dragon’s Dogma series), to name a few. Having all of their experience and creative minds coming together is a recipe for something special.
11. Starfield (TBD 2023)
It’s hard not to be excited about a brand-new IP being developed from Bethesda Game Studios, which is one of the best studios when it comes to creating vast, explorative worlds with so many characters with differing personalities and behaviors. The stories are usually my favorite aspects of these games since, although there’s a main goal you’re striving towards, there are a variety of side missions (almost too many) where you meet new characters with different backgrounds, and somehow, some of these stories intertwine with each other and aid the main story all together. The gameplay aspects are pretty fun too with all of the customization options and features that come with it. Both big Bethesda franchises (The Elder Scrolls and Fallout) follow this model, but yet, they’re also very distinct in themes and story beats, which is the beauty of it. Here’s hoping Starfield is inspired by the greatness of what has come before it. It’s shaping up to be the most large in scale yet with so many planets to explore and over 200,000 lines of dialogue. To be honest, there seems to be almost too much to do, which is a bit worrisome as well. I hope these planets are full of life and don’t lack any substance. As long as it doesn’t pull a Fallout 76, then it’s already taking a step in the right direction.
10. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (TBD 2023)
Rocksteady Studios will be making its long awaited return next year with something that isn’t a Batman game. However, it’ll still take place in the DC universe and, apparently, the Arkham-verse which is exciting, considering the success the developer has had with the Arkham trilogy and this universe, in general. Maybe Batman makes a cameo appearance?
I’ll be the first to say I’m not the absolute biggest fan of this trilogy. It isn’t because I think the games are bad. As a matter of fact, I think they’re pretty fantastic. The combat system is one of the best combat systems ever crafted for a superhero video game and gaming period. The exploration and story for Batman: Arkham City is constructed pretty well also and its, by far, Rocksteady’s best work. I just don’t hold it in high regard like some others do. It doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. This project seems incredibly ambitious, and based on what I’ve seen, I think it looks phenomenal. I’m excited about the story it’s introducing since it hasn’t been adapted into a video game format just yet, at least to my knowledge. Maybe the Injustice games did, but I wouldn’t know. The most interesting aspect, to me, is the four-player multiplayer co-op mode it’ll include. If I can actually convince some of my friends to buy it, then it’ll be a blast to play this game together and take downs all the bad guys, explore the huge city, and, most importantly, kill the Justice League. I call dibs on King Shark.
9. Dead Space Remake (Jan. 27, 2023)
Dead Space has been a game I’ve always had my eye on, but I never got around to actually playing it. I mentioned it a bit earlier, but I never played horror games growing up since I was always a bit scared. But, as I’ve gotten older, the genre has grown on me, and over the last few years, both horror films and video games have been some of my favorites to both watch and play. I’m late to the party, but at least I’ll finally be able to experience this classic in a new light with improved gameplay mechanics, better visuals, and quality of life additions. Everything I’ve seen about this game looks fantastic and I tend to kick myself from time to time for not playing it earlier. From what I’ve seen, many horror games to come after it are heavily inspired by its dark, intense theme and creature design. I can definitely see it since it was a very unique game during its time. I’ve also heard it’s the absolute best in the trilogy, although some people make the argument for the sequel being just as good. The third one isn’t the most well-received, but should still be played. Depending on how this one is received, which I’m assuming both old players and newcomers to the series will play, maybe the other two games will get remade as well, and I’ll be able to play those as well.
8. Atomic Heart (Feb. 21, 2023)
Atomic Heart is one of those games that looks better and better every time I watch new gameplay footage on it. When I watch new trailers, I get plenty of BioShock, Half-Life, and Wolfenstein vibes, and most of the games in these respective series are iconic and critically acclaimed. It seems Atomic Heart is obviously inspired by these games as well. I mean, the first-person perspective is obviously immediately apparent, but that’s not the main reason why. The combat mechanics and art direction remind me of BioShock, Half-Life, and even Prey. As for the story and setting, which is set in an alternate Soviet Union in 1955, I see a bit of Wolfenstein in it as well. If it’s somehow able to blend the very best out of all these games, then this has the potential to be one of the best games of 2023. At the same time, I think it’ll have its own original gameplay features that’ll help it set itself apart. I can’t wait for Atomic Heart, and I considered moving it up a bit higher on my list. There hasn’t been a game released like this in quite some time, and I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival.
7. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (Winter 2023)
I’m very, very surprised this is releasing as soon as it is. Well, delays are definitely possible, but maybe, it’ll actually make this release date, which is very exciting. It seems fans, including myself, were waiting for Final Fantasy VII Remake forever. As mentioned before, I never played the original masterpiece, or say they say, so the wait for me probably didn’t feel as long as it did for others who grew up playing it in the ’90s. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the remake. Personally, it was one of the best games of 2020, and it resonated a bit different for me, and I’m sure for others as well, considering it released around the start of the pandemic. The story was emotional and most of the characters are incredibly likable, especially the main cast of them that are part of your group the majority of the game. They stay true to the design established in the original game, only they look much better now, in my opinion. The game, as a whole, truly benefits from this remake since the locations are more immersive, giving you more room to explore these areas, and the entire game is visually more appealing. The combat was varied and versatile as well, creating intense encounters with different monsters and the big bosses. I expect the second part to be even better and I’m excited to see more.
6. The Wolf Among Us 2 (TBD 2023)
Other than Telltale Games’ season one of The Walking Dead, and even then, I think The Wolf Among Us is the best game the creators have ever made. It’s honestly a shame it took this long (almost 10 years) for a follow-up to be made, but I won’t be salty about it. I know the developer has been through some struggles throughout the years. Technically, Telltale Games is defunct now with AdHoc Studio taking over. However, the name is still attached to this project as both a publisher and a developer, so it depends how you look at the whole situation. Regardless, The Wolf Among Us 2 is real and I, for one, am so excited to continue Bigby Wolf’s story. It takes a unique twist on certain characters we grew up watching in cartoons and learning about in other stories, such as Bigby Wolf formerly being the Big Bad Wolf, Ichabod Crane, Snow White, and even the Magic Mirror. This is a very mature and dark story, and I absolutely loved the direction the story goes in the first game. Most importantly, you, as the player, get to decide certain outcomes and make narrative choices, which is the true beauty of it. I’m looking forward to playing this and getting immersed into this universe all over again. I do admit I may have to replay the first game prior to its release, though. I recommend you do the same and prepare yourself for a wild ride
5. Resident Evil 4 Remake (March 24, 2023)
In the gaming realm, the Resident Evil series has never been in a better spot than it is right now. Not only are we getting quality remakes of the classics (Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis), but we’re also getting new installments (Resident Evil 7 biohazard and Resident Evil Village). Next up is the remake of the best Resident Evil game of all time, Resident Evil 4 (and I’m most definitely looking forward to the inevitable 9th game). Sadly, I never played 4 during its original release, but I do remember seeing gameplay of it at my friend’s house while he was playing it on the PS2. I was too scared and ignorant to appreciate it for what it was then, but I won’t make the same mistake with the remake. I’ve been a huge fan of what Capcom has been doing the last few years with this franchise and I’m completely on board with whatever comes next. The gameplay I’ve seen for the remake has me very hyped up to finally play this iconic game in a fantastic new way. The graphical improvements are immediately apparent and the gameplay seems so much smoother. I’m only hoping it brings that unique challenge I’ve come to appreciate from the games already, while still having an enthralling story and, most importantly, insane combat and horror vibes. Now, if only they can actually make a good film or TV series, that would be great.
4. Hogwarts Legacy (Feb. 10, 2023)
Okay, I’ll be honest. I’ve never seen all of the Harry Potter films. In reality, I’ve only seen the first one and parts of some of the other ones. I know, I know. I have to watch them and I already get enough flack from a few people for not having seen them already. But, I will watch them eventually since I know it’s a fan-favorite franchise. Plus, I always thought a proper video game in this universe was long overdue. Well, here we are with Hogwarts Legacy. I was excited about this game from the moment it was announced. I absolutely love the idea of creating your own character/wizard and experiencing the world of Hogwarts in a new light. I’m sure there will be some familiar faces in the game as you progress through it, but I feel there’s so much potential for this universe outside of Harry Potter. Granted, he’s the focal point of the series and really holds everything together. However, it’s nice to see this game will be a bit of a departure from the main story and you’ll be able to craft and experience your very own journey. I’m excited to see what house will choose me, learn a bunch of new spells, battle against a handful of unique and menacing monsters, and encounter new characters, both friend or foe, during this adventure.
3. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (TBD 2023)
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was absolutely a pleasant surprise. Being a big fan of the movies, I’ll always try and support Star Wars video games. I didn’t expect to enjoy Fallen Order as much as I did though. In my opinion, it’s one of the best stories ever told in the entire universe, and the gameplay is fantastic. It definitely has some Souls-like elements where you have to master certain moves and perform specific combos and patterns to defeat certain bosses. Then again, it never feels impossible to master, which I appreciate since there’s a learning curve even the casual gamer can get comfortable with. The game didn’t come without its faults though, such as the world exploration. Although the areas you’re able to travel to are all fun to play through, but the game, at times, felt a bit linear when, in reality, you should be able to have more freedom to explore more freely. The kind of game this is sort of calls for it and would only enhance the overall experience. Even with that, the game is phenomenal and I can only assume Survivor will build on what it already established and only improve it. Keep the same challenge it offers with the combat and puzzles, add on to the gameplay features, such as the upgrades and customization, continue the compelling story, bring back the same likable characters, along with introducing new ones, and give the player more freedom to explore and Survivor might be one of the best games of 2023. This will take place five years after the events of Fallen Order, and I’m excited to see what Cal Kestis and BD-1 are up to now.
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (TBD 2023)
Insomniac Games really knocked it out of the park with Marvel’s Spider-Man. I believe it’s the best superhero game ever made, and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. The gameplay is insanely dynamic, offering the best web-slinging gameplay in the entire history of Spider-Man games, the combat is incredibly fluid and almost seamless, and the story is enthralling and emotionally engaging, which accurately shows what this character is all about. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite Spider-Man stories ever, and seeing this story being continued with the sequel is very exciting. In all honesty, I’m not sure what Insomniac can do to really improve on this near masterpiece. What I would say is maybe create more variety with the side missions. I will say, it does get a bit redundant doing some of the same missions over and over. But, I’m confident the creators have something up their sleeves. What interests me the most is how Miles Morales’ Spider-Man is somehow involved. Will we be playing as both Peter and Miles? Will there be co-op elements? How about the other characters? We already know Venom will be making his debut in the game, which was teased at the end of the first game. There’s also an ominous voiceover throughout the first trailer, which I’m assuming is Kraven the Hunter. The Spider-Man universe is one of the most interesting in the comic book realm because of his rogue’s gallery and the many other characters he crosses over with. Simply put, my excitement for this is through the roof.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (May 12, 2023)
As if there was any other game going to be at the top of this list. It’s no secret the Legend of Zelda series is my absolute favorite game series of all time. I grew up playing most of the games, notably A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and most recently, Link’s Awakening remake and Breath of the Wild. I enjoy some entries more than others due to personal preference and nostalgia, but there’s no doubt every Zelda game offers a unique experience in terms of the narrative, the world, the gameplay, and the characters. One of the most unique is Breath of the Wild, which is particularly why it’s getting a direct sequel with Tears of the Kingdom. I loved Breath of the Wild, but I can’t say it’s my favorite. I will say it has the most freedom and sense of exploration I’ve ever seen in a Zelda game, along with great combat, the ability to be as creative as you want to be fighting enemies and traveling Hyrule, and it’s visually stunning. The downsides to it are the lack of traditional dungeons, the lack of an emphasis on the story, and a memorable villain.
Regardless, it was still a very enjoyable experience and it’s widely considered one of the best games made in the last 20 years. I think Tears of the Kingdom is going to kick it up a notch by breathing a bit more life into this world and giving you more things to do and more areas to explore. We already know we’ll be able to visit locations in the clouds, which somewhat reminds me of Skyloft from Skyward Sword or even in the City in the Sky temple from Twilight Princess. I think there will be more combat techniques, including skill upgrades, new weapons to use, more customization options, and new ways to travel through Hyrule. Most importantly, I think there will be more traditional gameplay features this time around, such as a story that feels a bit more important to the game rather than an afterthought. I still think players will be able to test themselves by trying to finish the game from the very beginning, but I don’t think many would be opposed to having certain areas closed off unless you have a specific item. It’s been a staple of the series for so many years now and in an open-world like this, I think it would do wonders to the quality of the gameplay. I wouldn’t mind completing some more shrines as well, but give me dungeons that are all unique in theme and will force you to think in order to complete the puzzles rather than Divine Beasts that mostly look the same and aren’t as challenging or thought-provoking.
My hopes for Tears of the Kingdom are overwhelmingly high and I think Nintendo will deliver one of the best games ever made given its dedication to making sure it’s a finished product.