The gaming industry had a prosperous year in 2023, with numerous hit games released. However, it wasn’t all positive as many companies faced layoffs and the end of the E3 conference. Here are some of the standout games from the year.
Baldur’s Gate 3 by Larian Studios impressed players and critics with its depth and customization options. It won Game of the Year at the industry’s awards ceremony.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, a sequel to Breath of the Wild, added new features like ultrahand crafting and received praise for its open world and non-linear gameplay.
Alan Wake 2 by Remedy offered a unique supernatural horror narrative and memorable musical sequences.
Spider-Man 2 became the fastest-selling PlayStation Studios game ever, with its cinematic presentation and engaging story.
Lego Fortnite, a collaboration between Lego and Epic Games, introduced new modes and attracted more players to the popular game.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty was an expansion that redeemed the base game’s reputation, with fixes and improvements that players appreciated.
Hogwarts Legacy faced controversy due to JK Rowling’s comments, but still sold well and allowed fans to explore detailed replicas of locations from the Harry Potter stories.
Starfield, despite not meeting some fans’ expectations, broke records for Bethesda and Microsoft, thanks in part to its availability on Game Pass.
Grand Theft Auto VI generated excitement with a trailer that confirmed some leaked details, making it one of the most anticipated releases of the year.