2023 in Games

2023 in Games

Time for the annual round up of the previous year’s games, and a plan for which games I think I’ll play this one (but probably wont).

Top 5 played in 2022

Vampire Survivors - Xbox GamePass

1. Vampire Survivors – Xbox Series X

No prizes for this appearing at the top of my list, it took over my life in a big way at the end of 2022 and I’m already wondering if we’ll see more content. The couple of clones I’ve picked up since haven’t really captured me in the same way, but I am also open to something new scratching the same itch. Vampire Survivors is a masterpiece of pure gameplay demonstrating that you don’t need fancy graphics to create a great game.

This is only £3.99 on Steam or Xbox, but also included on GamePass*

Tales of Arise - PS5

2. Tales of Arise – PS5

As I rattle through JRPGs these days, it seems likely that another refresh of the All-time JRPG list could be in order. As it stands I don’t think Tales of Arise breaks into the top 5 but I did really enjoy it, and until Vampire Survivors late appearance in the year, I expected this to be my favourite game of 2022. Tales of Arise was also the only major PlayStation 5 game I played this year. Hopefully the PS5 will see more use in 2023. It was off the back of this game that we also played the definitive edition of Tales of Vesperia, but I think some of the older trappings of RPGs held that one back. I may try some others in the series, but not for a while.

At time of writing the PS5 version isn’t in stock, but multiple platform versions are here* on Amazon.

Forza Hot Wheels - Xbox Series X

3. Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels DLC – Xbox Series X

Always interesting putting a DLC on the list, but it feels fair with these as I did 100% complete all the new content. I think I prefer these Hot Wheels expansions to the LEGO one that was in Horizon 4, but it’s close. I’m excited to see what they have in mind for the other planned expansion for Horizon 5. On previous form we’d expect this to be more ‘traditional’ content.

Best way to get Forza Horizon is still to buy GamePass* then the premium DLC bundle. It might be cheaper to buy from the Xbox Store direct, but you can get it from Amazon*.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Xbox GamePass

4. Guardians of the Galaxy – Xbox Series X

I wasn’t expecting too much from this after the travesty that was the Marvel Avengers game, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear it review positively. Even better it came to GamePass so I was able to play it “for free”. It is a great game, nicely captures the characters and manages to deliver them well despite not being the MCU versions that people may be more familiar with. It is it’s own thing, but as a single player, squad based action game, it is very well done and the writing manages to capture the humour of the comics.

I don’t think it’s on GamePass any more, but the Xbox version seems to be much cheaper* than on PlayStation currently.

Life is Strange True Colors - Xbox GamePass

5. Life is Strange: True Colours – Xbox Series X

I wasn’t sure about this after not really enjoying Life is Strange 2. Pleased to report that this is much closer in tone to the first two games, and I had a great time with it. Think it’s still on GamePass too.

Also mention:

Turtles - Shredder's Revenge - Xbox GamePass

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – Xbox Series X

This was almost my number 5, but as I only really find these games fun in co-op, Life is Strange edged it out. Shredder’s Revenge is a fantastic brawler though, up there with Streets of Rage 4 showing there is still life in the genre. Was something else I played on GamePass too.

GamePass in general

As well as 4 of the 6 games mentioned above, this year I also played and enjoyed enough to complete all of the following on GamePass. I don’t think I would have played any of them otherwise. Very pleased with the value I’ve had out of my subscription this year and it continues to feel pretty essential.

  • Boyfriend Dungeon
  • Soccer Story
  • Escape Academy
  • Coffee Talk
  • Gorogoa
  • HUE (technically part of Games with Gold, but that’s included in GamePass now)

10 games for 2023

As usual I like to set out a few games I intend to play over the coming year. A few of these aren’t out yet but I’m optimistic will turn up. I’ve added on the end a couple of others that are due out in 2023 that I’m potentially interested in playing too.

God of War: Ragnarok - PS5

1. God of War: Ragnarok – PS5

It did come out in time that I could have played it in 2022, but it was towards the end of the year so I decided to hold it over. It was originally my plan for my January game, but I think number 3 on this list may get in first.

Firmly in the premium pricings of PS5 games, but Amazon* does have a few quid off RRP atm.

MYST 3 Exile - 2023 Games

2. Myst III: Exile – PC

One of the games I’m bringing forward from last year’s list, it was on there the year before too. I am still intending to play through all the MYST games. Though they have also announced a fancy new remake of Riven: The Sequel to MYST, so I may end up playing that before I get to Exile.

Harvestella - Nintendo Switch

3. Harvestella – Switch

Possibly the next game my JRPG group is playing. Well one of them at least. I played the demo and am suitably intrigued so I think this will be my next game. (I have now bought it, but yet to make a start)

I picked my copy up in the closing down sale of my local GAME, the price isn’t bad on Amazon* though.

Castlevania Advance - Switch

4. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon – Switch

Another one from the list last year. I still really want to make the most of this collection so hopefully I’ll get on it, may depend on when the next game in this list comes out.

Hollow Knight: Silksong

5. Hollow Knight: Silksong – Xbox Series X

Optimistic that 2023 is the year this finally comes out. It feels like forever since it was first previewed. I think it was on my list for 2020. They did announce in 2022 that it was going to be day one on GamePass so I’ll definitely be on it as soon as it does appear.

Octopath Traveler II - 2023 in Games

6. Octopath Traveller 2 – Switch (or Xbox)

Very much enjoyed the first game, it did make number 5 on my list when I updated the All-Time Top 5 JRPGs post. Interested to play the next one. I’ll probably play on Switch again, unless it turns up on GamePass or something dramatic.

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals

7. Oxenfree II: Lost Signals – Switch or PS5

This was supposed to come out in 2022 but the release date got pushed back to 2023. The first game was great though so looking forward to this sequel. Although I played the first one on Xbox and this appears to only be coming to PC, Switch & PlayStation. Not sure which I’ll go for, probably decide based on price.

C&C Remastered - PC

8. Command & Conquer Remastered – PC

Again, I’ve kept this from last year as I do still want to go back to it. I don’t think I’ve played any RTS games since so at least I haven’t replaced it with something else. Half the problem here is getting round to gaming on the PC.

Spider-Man 2 - PS5

9. Spider-Man 2 – PS5

Assuming this comes out towards the end of the year as planned, I’ll definitely be playing this. The first game was great, although I preferred the Miles Morales spin-off, I’m very much ready for a new one, and it wouldn’t hurt to have another PS5 exclusive that I actually want to play.

Return to Monkey Island - 2023 in Games

10. Return to Monkey Island – Xbox Series X

I do enjoy a good point & click game, and I think I missed that this was on GamePass. Providing it doesn’t disappear from there too soon, I think I’ll play this during 2023.

Other 2023 releases I’m looking forward too

Street Fighter 6 - 2023 in Games

Street Fighter 6 – PS5 or Xbox Series X

Never any doubt that I’d be playing this, especially after getting to preview it at EGX and loving the demo. Only question is which platform. If the crossplay is good enough that I can play on PS5 and play properly with a friend on Xbox then that’s the way I’ll go. Otherwise it’ll be an Xbox purchase. My good fightstick is on the PlayStation though, and I’d rather not need to buy another. Ouch.

Forza Motorsport - 2023 in Games

Forza Motorsport – Xbox Series X

It’s been a while since Forza Motorsport 7, and although they’ve got increasingly ‘stale’ since FM3, I have still found enjoyment in most of these. What they’ve shown so far of this new version looks incredible though, and I am keen to get back to it.

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