Best Reviewed Games of 2023

There are solely so some ways you’ll be able to say 2023 was an awesome yr for sport releases with out sounding like a damaged file. So, as an alternative, we’ve determined to gather all of our best-reviewed video games from this previous yr in a single place. We’re speaking about our Editor’s Choice recipients, the video games which have acquired both a 9 or a ten on our illustrious 10-point scale.

34 video games and two DLC made it onto our round-up of best-reviewed video games of the yr. But look slightly nearer and also you’ll discover that of these video games, solely 5 acquired an ideal 10 from IGN. The bulk of our best-reviewed video games this yr acquired a 9, falling simply brief of making it into the uppermost echelons of our evaluate rating high tier, however nonetheless a tremendous sport by any customary.

Speaking broadly, 19% of video games IGN reviewed this yr acquired a 9 or 10, which is a bit greater than regular in line with IGN’s senior opinions editor, Tom Marks. But if we solely take a look at our greatest reviewed video games, 87% of our best-reviewed video games checklist is made up of titles that acquired a 9, highlighting how unique our checklist of video games that scored a ten is.

Several of the video games we reviewed and gave a 9 ended up getting nominated for our Best Game of the Year Award, together with Alan Wake 2, Cocoon, Dave the Diver, Dead Space Remake, Final Fantasy 16, Hi-Fi Rush, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Street Fighter 6, and Super Mario Bros. Wonder. I don’t need to let you know twice why every of these video games deserved such excessive marks. For that, you’ll be able to take a look at our checklist of Best Game 2023 Award nominees on IGN.

However, there have been large video games that in the end didn’t make the ultimate shortlist regardless of their apparent high quality. Blizzard launched its long-awaited sequel, Diablo 4, to widespread acclaim. But, one of the downsides of live-service video games is that the expertise can change because the seasons proceed and the stellar launch has since hit some turbulent instances amongst followers who aren’t as happy with the continuing expertise as they have been with the preliminary drop.

Another large title from this yr that we gave a 9 to was Hogwarts Legacy, which realized the dream of attending everybody’s favourite wizarding faculty. For followers of open-world video games and Harry Potter, Hogwarts Legacy is a match made in heaven, with gamers capable of reside out what it could be like in the event that they have been an precise pupil in Hogwarts, full with getting sorted right into a House and studying totally different spells.

Looking over our opinions, just a few patterns start to emerge, which you may not have observed amid the mad flurry of nice video games. For instance, you could be stunned to study simply how good a yr Nintendo had in 2023. Although hypothesis over the Switch successor is reaching a fever pitch as we head into 2024, Nintendo continues to be delivering nice video games for the present Switch. And I’m not simply speaking about video games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Beyond the apparent suspects, Nintendo’s hybrid system acquired a bevy of exclusives which have earned 9s, not together with Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Games like Platinum’s Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon, Fire Emblem Engage, and Pikmin 4 all wowed our reviewers, and crammed out a complete yr of glorious Nintendo titles.

While no different developer was delivering a gentle stream of nice video games like Nintendo, one ignored style additionally had a surprisingly nice yr. As it seems, 2023 was excellent for sports activities and racing video games. Titles like EA Sports UFC 5, Gran Turismo 7 VR, and MLB: The Show 23 all acquired 9s in our opinions, highlighting how sports activities sport builders are nonetheless pushing the envelope in new and thrilling methods.

Sports games had a great 2023.
Sports video games had an awesome 2023.

But there are nonetheless so many video games that deserve your consideration, and with such a jam-packed yr there have been so much of small video games which will have fallen by the cracks. While we’ve celebrated indie darlings like Cocoon already, small studios have been chargeable for some of our favourite video games this yr, from mind-bending video games like Humanity – a brand new puzzle title from the developer of Tetris Effect – to Ghostrunner 2 from Polish indie dev group One More Level. Our resident motion lover and reviewer Mitchell Saltzman praised the cyberpunk sequel as one “that builds upon every part that made the primary sport nice.”

There have been additionally two standout indie platformers this yr. The first is Pizza Tower whose ridiculous identify belies a Mad-Cap homage to Wario Land 4, however mixed with the expressionistic artwork fashion of traditional LucasArts video games. And Laika: Aged Through Blood which mixes glorious 2D capturing with a Trials-like motorbike expertise.

The present juggernaut in cell gaming, MiHoYo, additionally launched its latest title after taking up the world with Genshin Impact. Honkai: Star Rail is the Shanghai-based studio’s sci-fi providing in comparison with Genshin’s fantasy setting, and ditches the latter’s motion in favor of a turn-based fight system. The end result was one of our favourite cell video games of the yr, and MiHoYo is already on the brink of launch its subsequent sport in 2024, Zenless Zone Zero.

There have been so many nice video games in 2023 past simply those we’ve spent all yr obsessing over, too. Other video games that acquired a 9 from IGN this yr embrace the tactical RPG Jagged Alliance 3 which provides one other feather to this yr’s cap of nice pc RPGs. There’s additionally the Making of Karateka, which is each a traditional sport assortment and insightful making-of documentary in a single package deal. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 – the cartoon studio’s tackle Super Smash Bros. however with iconic animated characters – additionally impressed this yr, as did the shooter soulslike Remnant 2. Finally, there was the ghost pirate technique sport Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew, yet one more masterfully remade traditional, System Shock, and Square Enix’s successful rhythm sport sequel Theatrhythm Final Bar Line.

Nintendo also consistently released exclusives that received 9s.
Nintendo additionally constantly launched exclusives that acquired 9s.

But what concerning the cream of the crop? The best-reviewed video games of the yr? As I mentioned earlier than, regardless of the massive flood of superb video games this yr, the right scoring masterpieces stay few and unique.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, IGN’s Best Game of 2023, is a no brainer. Its predecessor, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, additionally acquired an ideal rating from us in 2017 and the sequel improves upon it in each method. In our evaluate, we mentioned The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom “is an unfathomable follow-up to 1 of the best video games ever made, in some way bettering upon it in practically each method — be that with easy quality-of-life enhancements, a genuinely thrilling story, or wildly inventive new constructing mechanics that make you rethink what is feasible.”

Tears of the Kingdom’s closest competitor for our Best Game Award, Baldur’s Gate 3, additionally acquired an ideal rating from IGN, and it’s wanting very doubtless that Baldur’s Gate 3 could have as large an impression on CRPGs as Zelda has had on open-world journey video games. Our reviewer referred to as Larian Studio’s monumental RPG “a landmark second within the [CRPG] style, and if I needed to level to 1 paragon that I would really like everybody else making these to take inspiration from, that is completely it.”

It’s not like Larian Studios is even completed with Baldur’s Gate 3 both. The RPG lastly made its method onto Xbox Series X and S consoles, and the studio not too long ago launched an Epilogue replace that provides hundreds of extra phrases of dialogue to this already jam-packed sport.

Elsewhere, 2023 was a tremendous yr for stellar remakes and we acquired two good 10s this yr. Resident Evil 4 Remake set the brand new bar for Capcom’s remake library with our evaluate claiming the reimagining’s “enhancements over the unique are too quite a few to checklist, from easy high quality of life modifications to utterly overhauled boss battle mechanics.” Capcom has already confirmed much more remakes are on the best way too, and in the event that they’re something pretty much as good as what we’ve already seen, I can’t wait.

But one other remake that acquired an IGN 10 was Nintendo’s Metroid Prime, which made a shock look on the Switch. With newly improved graphics and efficiency, one of Nintendo’s all-time nice video games is best than ever. IGN’s resident Metroid aficionado Sam Claiborn mentioned, “21 years later, in 2023, Metroid Prime Remastered had to take action little past modernizing the controls and updating the graphics to turn out to be one of the perfect video games you should purchase as soon as once more.”

The solely VR sport to attain an ideal 10 this yr is Asgard’s Wrath 2, a fully-fledged open-world RPG utterly in VR. It has 4 distinctive characters and tales, improbable and satisfying fight, intricate and rewarding RPG techniques, and an awesome story, and even after greater than 90 hours throwing squids at gloriously shredded lizards and whipping throughout gaps, it nonetheless has lots extra to offer.

The lone VR game to receive an IGN 10.
The lone VR sport to obtain an IGN 10.

Finally, a particular shout-out to the DLC that made it onto our best-reviewed video games checklist. The first is CD Projekt Red’s near-perfect enlargement, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, which delivers on the preliminary promise of the bold base sport. The second is Dead Cells’ Konami collaboration, Return to Castlevania, which brings the Metroidvania collection’ iconic monsters to the roguelike world of Dead Cells. This acquired an ideal rating from IGN.

These are our best-reviewed video games of 2023. Let us know which of these have been your favorites within the feedback.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s Senior Features Editor. You can attain him @lawoftd.

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