2023 has been an absolutely relentless year for video games, the covid induced delays have been resolved all at once and we've been left with an overwhelming number of arguably very good games being released all at once.
I'm struggling. Here's a list of the games I have been attempting to play this year:
- *** = completed
- ** = currently trying to play
Already released games:
- Hogwarts Legacy** (may not go back to this one..)
- Hi-Fi RUSH**
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom*** (but I need to go back and finish a load of side content on this)
- Diablo IV**
- F1 '23**
- F1 Manager 2023
- Baldur's Gate 3**
- Counter-Strike 2**
- Street Fighter 6
- Cyberpunk 2027: Phantom Liberty
And this is just a small selection of the many, many great games that have released so far this year. There's so many smaller budget, lower profile games I want to eventually try out too. I've focused mainly on the big budget, high profile games here.
This isn't even it, there's also a few more games coming out towards the end of this year / early next that I want to get into as well:
- Forza Motorsport
- Spider-Man 2
- Cities: Skylines II
- Horizon: Forbidden West (PC)
- Assassin's Creed: Mirage (maybe)
It has been many, many years since I've had a bunch of games that I wanted to play - and there's just not enough time to play them. When things dry up a little, I'll revisit this list I've made here and hopefully pick up any that I forgot.
However, so far, my favourites? Tears of the Kingdom and Counter-Strike 2 (the latter has a big advantage by just being Counter-Strike). But Starfield has surprisingly clicked with me in a way no other Bethesda game ever has, and Baldur's Gate 3 seems like it'll suck away too many hours of my time.
Diablo IV has been somewhat of a disappointment, it's the type of game I love to just mindlessly grind out on, but the core gameplay loop just feels so unsatisfying. They can tweak this, the fundamentals are good, but it has been a bit of a let down.