2023 is coming to a close, so it’s a perfect time to take a look at the best video games released this year and pick some up for your next gaming adventure. Which one(s) should you grab, though?

We’ve prepared a handy list of some of the greatest, most popular titles that premiered in the last, well, 11 months. Let’s take a look.

Whether you’re looking for some great gaming present ideas or just something for yourself, you should be happy with our suggestions. They cover quite a variety of genres, but all the games on the list have one thing in common: they’re all great and worthy of your attention!

Alan Wake 2 2023-10-27 Action & Horror
Resident Evil 4 Remake 2023-03-24 Horror
Street Fighter 6 2023-06-02 Fighting
COCOON 2023-09-29 Adventure
Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun 2023-05-23 Action
DREDGE 2023-03-30 Indie
Brotato 2023-06-23 Action & Roguelike
DAVE THE DIVER 2023-06-28
Lethal Company 2023-10-23 Co-op & Horror
Hogwarts Legacy 2023-02-10 Adventure
Hi-Fi RUSH 2023-01-25 Hack and Slash
Starfield 2023-09-06 RPG
Mortal Kombat 1 2023-09-19 Fighting
Ghostrunner 2 2023-10-26
The Talos Principle 2 2023-11-02

Lies of P

Release date:2023-09-19

A soulslike video game adaptation of the classic story of Pinocchio? Sounds fun!

Set in the decaying city of Krat, Lies of P puts you in the shoes of Gepetto’s puppet-turned-son. Apparently, the boy is a skilled fighter capable of wielding a wide variety of melee weapons. He can also attach various gadgets – heck, even a flamethrower! – to his mechanical arm in order to put them to good use in combat and exploration.

Lying played a big part in the original story and it’s no different here. The decisions you make – and the lies you tell – lead to three distinct endings. The game has already proved to be a competently made action RPG game pretty much on par with the classics. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for another soulslike fix.

Key features
  • A soulslike adaptation of Pinocchio
  • You get to wield quite a selection of weapons and useful gadgets
  • Three endings which depend on your decisions
  • Visual design is pretty impressive here

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Release date:2023-10-20
Developer:Insomniac Games

First they had their own separate games, now they’re in one.

Peter Parker and Miles Morales certainly don’t have easy lives, as they need to balance out superhero and private stuff. And now Kraven and Venom are here to mess things up…

Gameplay-wise, there are no revolutions here. Once again, it’s an open-world action-adventure game where you play as both Spider-Men who have some new abilities and gadgets in addition to the moves and tricks returning from the previous installments in the series.

There’s free roaming, there’s combat, there are various main and side quests to complete. In addition to Manhattan, you can now explore Brooklyn and Queens. And since Peter gets bonded with Venom, he gains some special abilities courtesy of the symbiote from outer space. Nasty. In general, it’s one of the best action-adventure games ever released, so be sure to grab it if you love the genre.

Key features
  • One of the best action-adventure games of all time
  • You get to play as Venom-powered Peter Parker and Miles Morales
  • Lots of new features in the combat and exploration departments
  • Plenty of stuff to do aside from the main plot

Baldur’s Gate 3

Release date:2020-10-06
Developer:Larian Studios

Larian Studios did it again. Their latest opus, Baldur’s Gate 3, is an insanely good CRPG game, one of the best ever.

Why? It’s simple. Its quality and attention to detail is unparalleled. Baldur’s Gate 3 lets you create your own character – or a group of characters – and embark on an epic quest divided into three acts, each taking place in a different part of the game’s world.

The best thing about Baldur’s Gate 3, however, is the amount of freedom the game allows in how you interact with the world and progress the narrative. Most quests can be completed in numerous ways. You can kill virtually any NPC, even those important to the plot, and still be able to progress further. It’s simply insane how content-rich and detailed BG3 is. If you love role-playing games, this one’s a smash hit that you simply cannot miss.

Key features
  • This might be the best RPG game in years
  • Unparalleled freedom
  • Fantastic attention to detail
  • Excellent technical state

Football Manager 2024

Release date:2023-11-06
Developer:Sports Interactive

Behold: the most popular spreadsheet in the world. Football Manager never ceases to draw crowds. And the 2024 edition lets you import the career from 2023 one and continue your march to glory!

If you’re not familiar with the franchise, here’s a quick summary: Football Manager lets you manage your own football club and rise to fame and glory (provided that you’re successful). This means coming up with new strategies to outsmart your opponents, recruit players, train them and lead them to victory during matches. It’s a robust simulator, so it’s not for everyone, but if you want to try your hand at managing a club, it’s the best option around.

What does the 2024 edition bring? Well, for starters, new licenses unlock Japan’s J1, J2, and J3 Leagues. There are plenty of fresh updates to the existing features. Match Engine also has a couple of new tricks up its sleeve. In general, the changes are not very revolutionary, but they are certainly a breath of fresh air.

Key features
  • Another great edition in this acclaimed series
  • Lots of upgrades and a bunch of new features
  • Japanese leagues
  • Updated Match Engine

Hi-Fi Rush

Release date:2023-01-25
Developer:Tango Gameworks

What do you get if you mix a rhythm game with action? Well, Hi-Fi Rush! If you always wanted to rebel against an evil mega corporation to some great beats, now’s your chance to do so.

You play as Chi, a wannabe rockstar who leads a ragtag bunch of resistance fighters in a fight against the above-mentioned evil mega corp. What’s interesting is that he has this device in his chest which makes him move according to the rhythm of the music.

Yeah, beats play a huge role here. And no, you don’t really have to synchronize your actions with them, but it’s something you should do for more powerful attacks and other bonuses.

With vibrant colors and an excellent soundtrack featuring the likes of Nine Inch Nails and The Black Keys, Hi-Fi Rush is certainly a treat to look at and listen to. It’s a fun mixture of two genres which you might want to try out if you’re looking for something far different from your usual fare.

Key features
  • A blend of action-adventure and a rhythm game
  • Everything moves to the beat of the music
  • Great soundtrack
  • Stylish visuals

Alan Wake II

Release date:2023-10-27
Developer:Remedy Entertainment

The long-awaited sequel to Alan Wake is finally here. And it went full survival horror this time around.

As the titular best-selling writer, you find yourself trapped in an alternate – and hellish – dimension.

Your goal is obviously to escape it. Alan devises a plan which involves writing a new novel about an FBI agent, Saga Anderson. This way you get two playable characters, each with a separate storyline.

Combat involves using the flashlight to weaken your enemies and make them susceptible to your firearms. When you play as Saga, detective elements come in. You can find clues and then connect the dots using a special space known as the Mind Place. You can also find manuscript pages which foreshadow the events to come. All in all, it’s one of the best survival horrors that you can get right now, so if this is something you’re looking for, don’t hesitate and grab your copy of Alan Wake II!

Key features
  • You get to play as Alan Wake and the fictional character he created, Saga Anderson
  • Two separate storylines
  • Combat involves using the flashlight to weaken your enemies
  • Detective elements in Saga’s segments

Hogwarts Legacy

Release date:2023-02-10
Developer:Avalanche Studios

It was a controversial title, no doubt, but it proved to be an excellent action RPG in the world of Harry Potter. Well, around 100 years before his time.

You play as a hopeful adept of magical arts enrolled in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As you learn new spells and improve your abilities, you also discover there’s an ancient secret within the world of wizards. This is where the fun begins!

What’s great about the game is the fact that you can create your own custom character and join any of the four Houses. Over time you’ll even get to craft your unique combat style. Aside from the Hogwarts Castle you will be able to explore various other locations. You’ll make new friends, gain new powers, and embark on an epic adventure. If you feel wizardry is your thing, be sure to grab Hogwarts Legacy!

Key features
  • A fantastic story set in the Harry Potter universe (just 100 years before the events from the novels)
  • You get to explore Hogwarts and a bunch of other great locations
  • Open world
  • Your wizardry dreams will come true here

Mortal Kombat 1

Release date:2023-09-19
Developer:NetherRealm Studios

The second reboot of the Mortal Kombat universe, MK 1 feels somewhat familiar, yet it is very different from what you’re used to when it comes to this franchise. And that’s great!

One of the new features in the game are Kameo Fighters: unique characters who assist you during the duels with their special abilities.

As far as the available game modes are concerned, there’s multiplayer, of course, there are also the Story and Towers modes, in addition to something fresh: seasonal Invasions, which are a mixture of fighting, board games, and RPGs. Each season (lasting about six weeks) means a different board.

In general, it’s a super fun, quality fighting game, one of the best around. This means that it’ll surely be a staple at parties. Grab Mortal Kombat 1 if you’re into this genre.

Key features
  • A second reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise
  • Invasions mix core gameplay with board game and role-playing elements
  • Kameo Fighters help you out during the duels
  • Great in both single and multiplayer modes

Resident Evil 4 Remake

Release date:2023-03-24
Genre:Survival Horror
Developer:CAPCOM Co., Ltd.

Looks like Capcom is remaking the entire classic portion of the Resident Evil series and to a great effect, to boot!

Less of an action game and more of a survival horror, the re-imagined part four of the franchise is just as fantastic as the revered original.

The remake boasts revamped visuals, but also an updated plot and new gameplay features. The game is far more tense than the original, too.

Your task is to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the President of the United States, taken to a remote village somewhere in Spain. The problem is it’s crawling with crazed villagers controlled by a strange parasite, all “thanks” to the machinations of an evil cult known as the Los Illuminados.

It’s all in a day’s work for Leon. He’s got some new moves, too, as melee combat is now possible as well. You can also craft stuff and the knives you wield are subject to wearing down, so you’ll need to remember to repair them often.

All in all, it’s a great remake of a great game, so if you’re a fan of survival horrors, it’s going to be a perfect pick for your next scary adventure.

Key features
  • An excellent remake of a survival horror classic
  • Tenser and more atmospheric than the original
  • Refreshed gameplay with various additions
  • Great audiovisuals

Remnant 2

Release date:2023-07-22
Developer:Gunfire Games

You might yawn, because it’s yet another soulslike.

But what if we told it has guns and – gasp! – procedural generation of pretty much the entire playthrough? Well, that probably got your attention!

The previous Remnan game already featured procedural generation, but the sequel takes it to a whole another level. You choose one of the character archetypes, including a bunch of new ones, and step into a randomized world.

Yup, the developers brag that even enemy types, region aesthetics, NPCs, heck, even quests and the storyline are generated that way!

It’s also a soulslike which encourages co-op. Up to three players can embark on epic adventures together, helping each other out along the way and decimating all threats as one.

With great combat and unique features, Remnant II is a fantastic pick, especially if you’re a fan of Dark Souls and its kin.

Key features
  • A soulslike based around procedural generation
  • This involves not just level structures, but also enemies and entire storylines!
  • Co-op for up to three players
  • Various character archetypes to choose from

Dave the Diver

Release date:2022-10-27

The final game on our list is a little bit perplexing, because it looks like an indie title, but it’s not necessarily so.

Maybe it’s the graphics, maybe it’s its unusual gameplay. Ah, no matter.

Based on a true story, Dave the Diver puts you in the shoes of the titular character who got talked into opening a sushi restaurant. So, he needs to fish by day and run the restaurant by night. The game thus blends various genres, ranging from restaurant management sim to exploration and even role-playing.

The fishing portion has you explore the sea, catch fish, discover new stuff, and complete quests for various folks. The restaurant management portion requires you to discover new recipes, perfect the ones you already know, attract customers, and make the place nicer and nicer.

There’s even a bunch of mini-games that you can unlock and play. It’s a fresh and fun little game, so if you’re tired of pompous AAA titles, this one’s a great pick.

Key features
  • A mixture of a restaurant sim and an action-adventure game
  • You explore the sea by day to collect fish and find treasures…
  • …and you run your little sushi place by night, attracting customers and crafting new recipes
  • Cutesy pixelated graphics