And we’re back! It’s time for Luke’s top 10 video games of 2023! If you were worried your favourite game didn’t make it into my previous 10 entries then chances are it has made the top 10!
This one’s a bit of a trip down memory lane for fans of the old RoboCop movies. The game has this gritty, cyberpunk feel that’s really immersive. You get to play as RoboCop, and the gameplay is pretty cool with all the skills and upgrades. It’s like you’re actually in the movie, especially with the voice of Peter Weller, the original RoboCop. The combat’s fun, especially with that Auto 9 pistol – you can mod it for different situations.
RoboCop is one of those games that’s just dumb 80s schlock and it’s the best for it.
9) Final Fantasy XVI
I’ve been playing Final Fantasy XVI and it’s easily one of my favorites this year. It’s got this rich, deep story with characters that really pull you in. Clive and his brother Joshua’s journey through all this royal drama mixed with magical elements is super engaging. And the themes, like brotherhood and the cost of power, are handled really well.
The combat is fun and dynamic, and visually the game is a knockout. It’s got these grand battles that are just mind-blowing. The game world isn’t fully open-world, but it’s packed with enough places to explore and keeps things interesting.
I know a lot of people have taken issue with the fact that Final Fantasy is an action game now so I thought I would take a moment to remind everyone here that the last numbered FF game which was turn based was: 22 YEARS AGO. GET OVER IT.
8) Hi-Fi Rush
Hi-Fi Rush isn’t really a game I can explain in words. A rhythm based action game just doesn’t do it justice. Play Hi-Fi Rush.
7) Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon has been a blast! It’s this intense mech game that’s really about speed and getting into the thick of battle. You’re on a planet called Rubicon 3, right in the middle of a huge conflict over a valuable resource. The game makes you feel like a real mech pilot, with lots of customisation and fast-paced action.
6) Sea Of Stars
Sea of Stars is a gem of a game for RPG lovers. It’s a modern take on the classic RPG feel, which I really like. The story is engaging and the characters are super charming. I also love the combat system — it’s turn-based but with a neat twist where your timing and strategy really matter. Plus, the minigames add a fun element. It’s not just about the battles; there’s a whole world to explore with beautiful visuals and music. Definitely one of my top picks this year for its blend of nostalgia and innovation.
5) Resident Evil 4
I can keep this one brief. Essentially, Capcom have taken the greatest survival horror game of all time and made it better. The end.
4) Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
More of the same as Spider-Man PS4 really. It could have been number 1 but I felt that Venom was wasted and should have been a three game arc instead of pushed really quickly through, but if you like Spider-Man on the PS4 and don’t mind the weird MJ bits then there’s a lot to love here.
3) Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Super Mario Bros. Wonder is a creative and playful addition to the Mario series. Set in the Flower Kingdom, it introduces the Wonder Flower, a magical element that brings a lot of unpredictability and fun to the gameplay. The game retains the classic Mario platforming charm while introducing new enemy types and power-ups, like the Elephant power-up, which adds an extra layer of strategy and exploration. There’s also a badge system for character customisation, enhancing replayability.
The game supports both local and online multiplayer, although local co-op limits badge use to one per group. Despite these nuances, it stays true to the Mario identity with its solid platforming and level design.
2) Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake 2 has a rock opera in the game. It’s absolutely phenomenal and a masterpiece of narrative.
If you like stories, survival horror or even just have a little bit of taste: Buy Alan Wake 2.
1) Baldur’s Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 infested the last quarter of my year and took every moment I had to give. This is the only game on this list where I pushed well over 100 hours into it then, when asked if I would like to play a co-op run, I started the game over again not once, not twice but THREE TIMES to do so.
In summary, Baldur’s Gate 3 is not just a game; it’s an experience that combines deep role-playing elements, a rich narrative, and a flexible combat system to create something truly special. It’s a game that sets a new standard for RPGs, offering an experience filled with creativity, depth, and freedom.
Written by Luke.
Edited by Alexx.