Welcome to our guide to the most anticipated games of 2023! This year promises an exciting lineup of games across various gaming platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. Despite some delays, 2023 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for gamers, with long-awaited titles finally hitting the market. Our comprehensive gaming guide will tell you all you need to know.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder
The gaming world is buzzing with excitement over the upcoming release of “Super Mario Bros. Wonder.” Nintendo has taken a bold step by revamping the iconic Mario franchise with a fresh and whimsical twist. The game’s visuals seem straight out of a Beatles music video during their trippy years, departing from the traditional Art Deco style of recent Mario games.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder introduces exciting new elements, including warp pipes that come to life and a mysterious item called the ‘Wonder Flower’ that transforms game stages in unexpected ways. Perhaps the most surprising twist is Mario’s ability to turn into an elephant, adding a delightful layer of unpredictability to the gameplay.
Mark your calendars for the release date: 20th October. Get ready to embark on a surreal adventure in the world of Mario like you’ve never seen before!
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Indie gaming enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting “Hollow Knight: Silksong.” This indie Metroidvania title, crafted by a small but dedicated team, gained a cult following with the release of the original Hollow Knight in 2017. Now, Silksong is on the horizon, and the anticipation couldn’t be higher.
The game transports players to a beautifully hand-drawn world inhabited by bugs. You assume the role of Hornet, a character with a complex history, as you confront new enemies and challenges while striving to reach the kingdom’s pinnacle.
While the exact release date remains a mystery, the great news is that Silksong will be available on multiple platforms, including Xbox, PS5, PS4, Switch, and it’s even confirmed for Game Pass on day one. The wait for this indie gem is sure to be worth it!
Lies of P
Prepare for a unique spin on the classic Pinocchio tale with “Lies of P.” This game takes the beloved wooden boy on a darker journey in an alternate Victorian era setting. Players step into the shoes of Pinocchio, or ‘P’ in this instance, who awakens in a mysterious train station with a singular directive: ‘Find Mr. Geppetto. He’s here in the city.’
But this isn’t your typical fairy tale. Pinocchio is armed with a robotic arm that can be upgraded with an array of weaponry and gadgets, promising an action-packed gameplay experience. Drawing inspiration from titles like Kingdom Hearts, “Lies of P” offers a unique blend of adventure and intrigue.
Anticipate the release of this intriguing title in August 2023. Get ready to explore a world where fantasy meets steampunk in “Lies of P.”
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Swinging into the gaming scene with tremendous anticipation is “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.” Building on the success of its predecessor and the well-received Miles Morales expansion, this sequel promises an even more thrilling web-slinging adventure.
One of the standout features of this installment is the ability to play as both Peter Parker and Miles Morales’ versions of Spider-Man. Together, they face formidable new villains in the form of Kraven the Hunter and fan-favorite Venom. While specific details are still under wraps, fans are hopeful for a fresh take on the open-world formula that made the original game so enjoyable.
Set your sights on Autumn 2023 as the time when Spidey fans will once again swing through the virtual streets of a beautifully recreated New York City.
Mortal Kombat 1
Prepare for a brutal showdown in “Mortal Kombat 1,” a reboot of the iconic franchise. However, don’t expect a tamer version of this fighting game – the trailer promises the same visceral and gory combat that fans love.
Set in a universe reborn by Fire God Liu Kang, “Mortal Kombat 1” reintroduces classic characters while offering a fresh take on the familiar gore-filled battles. For fans of ’80s nostalgia, expect some beloved characters to make a return, including a Johnny Cage character skin inspired by Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Get your fight sticks ready, as “Mortal Kombat 1” is set to launch on 19th September, and it’s sure to deliver bone-crushing action like never before.
EA Sports FC
Fans of football video games, get ready for a new era as “FIFA” undergoes a transformation into “EA Sports FC.” This change comes after EA’s separation from FIFA in 2022, and it brings exciting developments to the virtual pitch.
Launching on 29th September, “EA Sports FC” features official teams and players from top football leagues like the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga. Say goodbye to generic team names; this game boasts 19,000 fully licensed players, 700 teams, and 30 leagues.
What sets “EA Sports FC” apart is the HyperMotion V system, which captures real-world game data to create animations that mirror actual football moments. Women’s football will also be available in Ultimate Team, providing an inclusive and immersive experience for players.
Football fans, mark your calendars for this exciting kickoff!
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl
Prepare for a haunting journey in “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl.” This highly anticipated game marks the fourth installment in the Stalker series and promises an eerie experience set in the exclusion zone around the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power station.
Developed for the Unreal Engine 5, “Heart of Chernobyl” is expected to showcase cutting-edge graphics, including ray-tracing technology. In this first-person open-world game, you’ll face not only the challenges of survival but also bizarre radioactive anomalies and menacing creatures.
With the series known for its unique storytelling and atmospheric tension, players are in for an unforgettable adventure when the game is released in December 2023.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
The gaming community is abuzz with excitement as “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater” makes its return. This remake of Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece promises to faithfully capture the essence of the original, delivering the iconic Solid Snake experience.
While gameplay footage is yet to be revealed, the few cinematic shots available suggest a visually stunning and faithful adaptation. Fans of the Metal Gear Solid series have high hopes for this remake, anticipating it to be one of the standout games in the franchise.
Set for release in 2023, “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater” offers both nostalgia and the promise of a refreshed classic.
Alan Wake 2
After a 13-year hiatus, fans of the original “Alan Wake” will finally have the chance to dive back into the enigmatic world of the writer. “Alan Wake 2” continues the story, with the protagonist imprisoned in an alternate dimension for over a decade.
Your mission in this thrilling game is to escape by crafting a horror story for an FBI agent who may be your ticket to freedom. With gameplay reminiscent of True Detective Season One and a plethora of spine-tingling jump scares, “Alan Wake 2” is poised to captivate fans of the horror genre.
Look out for the release date on 17th November, as “Alan Wake 2” promises to be a standout title in 2023.
Alone in the Dark
As if 2023 weren’t eerie enough, “Alone in the Dark” makes a chilling return. Set against the backdrop of a 1920s New Orleans infused with classic film noir aesthetics, this game promises a dark and mysterious experience.
You’ll step into the roles of two detectives, portrayed by Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”) and David Harbour (“Stranger Things”). Together, you must unravel the enigma of how nightmarish creatures and grotesque monsters have overrun New Orleans.
While the game’s release was delayed to 2024, the anticipation for “Alone in the Dark” remains high. Brace yourself for a journey into the unknown.