The 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2023

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The 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2023

2023 promises to be another exciting year for gamers, from an onslaught of video games that call back to classics to fresh releases from revered studios. 

Whether it’s sequels, fresh franchises or remakes, gamers will surely have to pace themselves with the endless options coming their way. We are here to give you the rundown so you don’t feel you’re missing out on anything. Here’s what gaming experts believe are the titles you should be super excited about this year:

Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Credit: Mashable

All eyes seem to be on Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to the open-world epic The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild released 6 years ago. Fans have been starved for a long time, with very little information divulged on how the sequel will shape up. 

Mashable sums up the sparse glimpses of the sequel from the trailers: it’s partially set in the same open world as its predecessor, with the addition of floating sky islands. The game’s protagonist Link also has “got some kind of weird corrupted arm and he appears to now have the power to reverse the flow of time.”

Date of release: May 12, 2023

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Final Fantasy XVI
Credit: Mashable

A classic returns, 7 years after its predecessor that caused considerable divisiveness. Fans can expect the series to go back to its roots in this installation, “with a traditional, dark fantasy setting involving warring kingdoms, mountainous crystals, and Godzilla-sized versions of classic summons like Ifrit and Shiva.”

Date of release: June 22, 2023

Platform: PS5

Resident Evil 4 Remake
Credit: GameRant

Arguably one of the most popular installations in the franchise, and there is huge anticipation for its remake. While some fans may be concerned it would tarnish the legacy of the original, it is safe to say that a lot of gamers are excited to get reintroduced to this classic once again. What to expect from this remake? Game Rant speculates “some improved connections across the franchise’s various parasites and viruses, as seen in the Resident Evil 3 remake, but other improvements include an updated control scheme, new gameplay mechanics, improved graphic and character models, and much, much more.”

Date of release: March 24, 2023

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X.

Credit: GameRant

Unlike most of the games released this year, Starfield is a new title that is neither a part of a franchise nor is it a remake. However, it comes from the same people who created the juggernauts Skyrim and Fallout 4–that should help you decide whether you should be checking it out or not.

So what should we expect? We know that Starfield takes place in 2330, “20 years after two of the largest factions in The Settled Systems – the United Colonies and Freestar Collective – engaged in a bloody Colony War for territorial control. [Gamers] will assume the role of a member of Constellation, an organisation of space explorers trying to navigate what remains of the aftermath – where you go, and who you choose to side with from there is up to you. Additionally, Bethesda [the studio] has confirmed that the Starfield main quest will be 20% bigger than Skyrim and Fallout 4.”

Date of release: Sometime in 2023

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PC

Street Fighter 6
Credit: TheGamer

Everyone loves a comeback, especially if it’s a bona-fide classic like Street Fighter. Street Fighter 5 left much to be desired, so fans have been waiting for some redemption. TheGamer was lucky enough to play the beta version, and confirms that the “new Drive mechanic offers a unique risk and reward system that can make crucial moments tense and exhilarating, making every decision matter in determining the match’s outcome.”

Date of release: June 1, 2023

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Credit: GameRant

The latest installment in this multigenerational, all-time classic comes after Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Gamers should expect a slew of new additions, such as Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’s blaster + lightsaber combo as well as the crossguard lightsaber, and a plethora of new Force powers and applications. Even better? It’s only a month away!

Date of release: March 17, 2023

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League
Credit: GameRant

Originally scheduled to be released 2022, Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League is coming in full throttle early summer. Details recently revealed show that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League pits the likes of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark against the Brainiac-controlled Justice League, including Superman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and potentially more (Wonder Woman has somehow escaped Brainiac’s control, but it’s not certain yet what this means for the story). It’s also a co-op squad-based game, where unlike its DC predecessor Gotham Knights, players can switch between characters at will when playing solo.

Date of release: May 26, 2023

Platforms: PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
Credit: GameRant

Yes, another instalment of Final Fantasy is coming later this year. Serving as the sequel to the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, very few details have been revealed, “but fans can expect new party members, new abilities for Cloud, and more of all the things that made this particular entry in the franchise great.”

Date of release: Winter 2023

Platform: PS5

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
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Everyone’s favourite wall-crawling superhero is back. Gamers will not only get to step into the shoes of Peter Parker and Miles Morales, but villains like Harry Osborn, Venom, and Kraven the Hunter are expected to have intriguing arcs as well. 

Date of release: Winter 2023

Platform: PS5

Like a Dragon: Ishin!
Credit: Mashable

Perhaps an outlier and not a mainstay on many lists, but Mashable gives us plenty of reasons to be excited about this one. Originally released in Japan only in 2014, Like a Dragon: Ishin! is a spin-off of the series largely known as Yakuza. It’s set in Japan in the 1860s amidst a time of great cultural change, as the nation wrestles with staying in self-imposed isolation versus integrating with the rest of the world.

Get real excited about this one–it gets released in a few weeks!

Date of release: February 21 2023

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

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