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10 Video Games from 2023 You Still Need to Play

In the gaming world of 2023, a magical spell of human connection weaves its way through the year’s top games, celebrating the joy of togetherness and the puzzle of loss. This enchanting theme, perhaps awakened by our collective journey out of the pandemic’s shadowy forests or by the deep canyons of our societal divides, shines brightly across a variety of gaming realms. From multiplayer adventures where camaraderie is key, to solitary quests that highlight the importance of community, these games are like treasure chests filled with stories that mirror our own choices and journeys.

© Larian Studios

Baldur’s Gate 3 | A Wizard’s Quest in the Forgotten Realms

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Mac

Larian Studios casts a spell with their third magical journey into the Baldur’s Gate universe. Rooted in the Dungeons & Dragons world, this RPG lets players craft their own hero from a gallery of 12 classes and join forces with a band of unique characters. Whether you choose to venture alone or with friends, the game’s turn-based combat and strategic encounters promise a journey filled with intriguing relationships and choices that shape your path.

© Insomniac

Spider-Man 2 | Swinging High in New York Skies

PlayStation 5

The web of excitement tightens with Insomniac’s latest Spider-Man tale. Swing into the shoes of Peter Parker and Miles Morales as they navigate personal challenges and face new threats in a beautifully rendered New York. With improved gameplay and a story that weaves through the essence of time, this game promises to keep your Spidey senses tingling.

© Remedy Entertainment

Alan Wake II | A Writer’s Chilling Nightmare

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC

A thrilling sequel 13 years in the making, Alan Wake II plunges players into a world where horror and narrative dance in the dark. Split between FBI Agent Saga Anderson and writer Alan Wake, the game intertwines their journeys in a tale of suspense and survival. It’s a literary scare-fest that will keep you clinging to the light.

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom | Link’s New Hyrule Adventure

Nintendo Switch

A sequel to the beloved Breath of the Wild, this game expands the horizons of Hyrule, adding sky islands and caverns to explore. Dive into Link’s quest to save Zelda and the world, enjoying the refined combat and stunning landscapes that beckon with mystery and adventure.

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Resident Evil 4 (Remake) | A Fresh Fear in Spain

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Mac, iPad

Capcom revives a classic with this enhanced remake, where players guide U.S. Agent Leon S. Kennedy in a harrowing mission against a cult and a mysterious virus. Updated combat and a dynamic partnership with Ashley Graham breathe new life into this survival horror adventure.

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Dead Space (Remake) | Space Horror Reimagined

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC

This remake of the iconic Dead Space sends shivers down the spine with its haunting atmosphere and intensified gameplay. Step into Isaac Clarke’s suit as he navigates the Necromorph-infested U.S.S. Ishimura, uncovering chilling secrets in a story that will make you check every shadow.

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Super Mario Bros. Wonder | A Flower Kingdom Adventure

Nintendo Switch

Mario leaps into 2023 with a side-scrolling adventure filled with nostalgia and new thrills. Play as your favorite characters and explore the enchanting Flower Kingdom, facing Bowser’s latest scheme. The game’s multiplayer fun and “Wonder Flowers” offer a delightful twist for gamers of all ages.

© Respawn Entertainment

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor | A Galactic Quest Continues

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC

The saga of Jedi Knight Cal Kestis unfolds in this thrilling sequel. Face new threats, customize your Jedi skills, and navigate emotional storylines in a galaxy far, far away. This game balances intense lightsaber battles with a heart-touching narrative, making for an epic space odyssey.

© Blizzard Entertainment

Diablo IV | A Dark Fantasy Rampage

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC

Blizzard Entertainment returns with the fourth chapter of its legendary dungeon crawler. Choose your hero and battle through demonic realms in a quest against the formidable Lillith. While familiar, the game’s satisfying combat and rich world-building make for an addictive adventure.

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Dredge | A Haunting Fishing Tale

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PC

An unexpected gem from indie developer Black Salt Games, Dredge invites players on a fishing journey laced with Lovecraftian mysteries. Navigate eerie waters, face monstrous catches, and uncover a deep, dark secret in this atmospheric game that’s a true catch for the adventurous.

As we close the book on 2023’s gaming odyssey, it’s clear that these titles are more than just digital escapades; they’re windows into worlds that celebrate human connections, challenge our perceptions, and invite us into extraordinary adventures. From the mystical realms of Baldur’s Gate 3 to the web-slinging heights of Spider-Man 2, and from the haunting corridors of Dead Space to the charming landscapes of Super Mario Bros. Wonder, each game offers a unique tapestry of storytelling, innovation, and immersive gameplay. They’re not just games; they’re journeys that connect us, teach us, and remind us of the power of play in our lives. Whether you’re a veteran gamer or new to the world of gaming, these titles stand as beacons of creativity and fun, heralding a year that has truly redefined what games can be and the profound impact they can have on us all.

Born and raised in West Philadelphia. No relation. I'm a lifelong gamer and an avid movie-monger. My favorite thing in life is sharing Christ through my geeky fandoms.

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