Entertainment Feature: Our most anticipated games of 2023: Spider-Man 2, Zelda, Star Wars and more

Entertainment Feature: Our most anticipated games of 2023: Spider-Man 2, Zelda, Star Wars and more

From Hogwarts Legacy to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, here are the games we’re most excited to play in 2023.

We call it: 2023 is the year of video games. With so many highly anticipated sequels and indies right around the corner, it feels like there’s something for everyone to enjoy this year. If you like Marvel Comics, you should look forward to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. If you are into horror games, Resident Evil 4 Remake is right up your alley. Looter-slasher fans have Diablo IV, Nintendo Switch owners have The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and even VR fans have a brand new console to look forward to – the PlayStation VR2.

Like we said, there’s a lot to look forward to this year. Here are the 15 games we’re most excited to play in 2023:

Hogwarts Legacy (February 10)

It’s every Potterhead’s dream come true: a game that lets you actually go to Hogwarts, get sorted into one of the four houses with a grumpy hat, and practice magic with other wizards and witches in your class. Hogwarts’ Legacy lets you do all that and more as you attend Hogwarts in the 1800s and become embroiled in a goblin rebellion and a quest for ancient magic – when you’re not murdering other wizards yourself.

PlayStation VR2 (February 22)

If you’re thinking about getting into VR gaming, the PlayStation VR2 might be a great place to start. Sony’s new VR gaming console launches in February with PlayStation 5 compatibility and more than 11 exclusive titles launching throughout the year. These games include Horizon: Call of the Mountain, a VR game set in the world of Horizon Zero Dawn, and a horror game from the creators of Until Dawn called The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR. If you can afford it, this is a pretty decent VR console that offers great value for money.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (March 17)

Possibly the only new Star Wars game coming out this year, Jedi: Survivor continues the story of Padawan Cal Kestis and his friends on the run after the events of Jedi: Fallen Order. Apex Legends developer Respawn returns to helm this sequel with most of the main cast returning, although we have to say – Cal is looking pretty grown up these days. Jedi: Survivor looks like a much more ambitious game than its predecessor in every way, from Cal being able to fight with both a gun and a lightsaber, to the more wide-open environments ripe for exploration.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake (March 24)

“This time it could be different. It has to,” says Leon S. Kennedy, before battling another zombie plague. It’s fair to say that Resident Evil 4 is not only one of the best, but one of the most influential third-person horror games of all time – but can the remake live up to this legacy? Resident Evil 4 picks up Leon’s story years after Raccoon City’s destruction. Leon is now an American agent and is sent to a Spanish village where a cult called Los Illuminados has kidnapped the President of the United States’ daughter, Ashley Graham. Unfortunately, the entire village has also been mutated by a monstrous parasite, complicating his rescue efforts quite a bit.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (May 12)

Many people are looking forward to playing the new Zelda game and we are no exception. This sequel to Breath of the Wild takes players back to the open world of Hyrule, where Zelda and Link face new dangers that threaten their home. Link has new abilities that allow him to explore previously unseen floating sky islands, as the game moves vertically with his exploration. We still don’t know much about this sequel’s story, but after Breath of the Wild blew us away in 2017, we’re pretty excited to return to Hyrule and see what’s changed over the years.

Street Fighter 6 (June 2)

A new Street Fighter game joins the fray! Street Fighter 6 looks set to be a staple fighter for years to come, with splashy graphics, stunning character designs and newcomer-friendly control modes. This section even expands on the story mode, allowing players to explore multiple locations in the open world as they progress through the campaign and encounter other fighters. Yes, the box art is a little lame – but everything else this game has to offer looks really exciting.

Diablo IV (June 6)

Blizzard Entertainment may not have had a great track record with sequels lately, but that doesn’t change the fact that Diablo IV looks really, really good. The hack-and-slash action RPG series returns to its dark, bloody roots with a campaign that sees players return to Sanctuary and meet Mephisto’s daughter, Lilith. Players can choose from five different character classes to free the Sanctuary from the new demonic antagonist: the Barbarian, the Sorceress, the Druid, the Rogue, and the Necromancer. Visually, the game looks amazing already. Let’s just hope pesky microtransactions don’t get in the way of our fun.

Final Fantasy XVI (June 22)

Final Fantasy 16 shows a lot of promise. This game takes place in the world of Valisthea, a medieval fantasy setting where most of its resident kingdoms are at war for the power of several magical crystals. After our protagonist, Clive, suffers a tragic loss following an attack by the dark Eikon Ifrit, the warrior embarks on a dark quest for revenge that draws him into the growing conflict of Valisthea’s warring nations. With Final Fantasy 14’s director Naoki Yoshida producing and composer Masayoshi Soken providing music, this game has an all-star creative team behind it, and so far it shows.

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Starfield (first half of 2023)

A new Bethesda game is always something to look forward to, but the first new IP Bethesda has put out in 25 full years? Sign us up. This open world game takes place in the year 2330, in a realm called Settled Systems. 20 years ago, two factions called the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective went to war, and now Settled Systems lives in a troubled time of peace. Enter the Constellation: a group of astronauts that you are now a part of, tasked with finding new worlds and mapping unseen corners of the galaxy. Bethesda claims that Starfield is their most ambitious RPG yet, and it certainly looks the part so far.

Baldur’s Gate 3 (sometime in August)

Speaking of cult classics finally getting a sequel this year, Baldur’s Gate 3 is finally coming out of early access in August! This sequel to Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn comes from Larian Studios (Divinity: Original Sin II), now based on the Dungeons & Dragons 5E ruleset. Set 120 years after Shadows of Amn, a series of mind flayers have launched an invasion of Faerun and implanted parasites into the minds of the inhabitants. When their invasion is invaded (figure it out), the mind flees before completing the transformation of Faerun’s people into their kind.

The player somehow survives all this chaos, but not before getting a parasite implanted in his head. Fortunately, there are a bunch of other people who have the same problem as you – so why not party and figure this out together?

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (sometime in 2023)

Insomniac Games has proven to be one of the best developers working under the PlayStation Studios umbrella today, having given us fantastic games like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales back to back already. While Miles’ solo adventure succeeds in shaping the new Spider-kid on the block, this sequel gives us a proper team-up between both of New York’s Spider-Men as they face a dangerous new threat: Venom. Insomniac put an interesting twist on Doctor Octopus in the first game, while keeping the character true to its roots. Hopefully the team manages to deliver an equally satisfying version of Venom this time around.

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Hollow Knight: Silksong (sometime in 2023)

Hollow Knight finally returns. Silksong is Team Cherry’s follow-up to the critically beloved Metroidvania game Hollow Knight, which puts players in the shoes of a recurring character named Hornet. Originally planned as a simple DLC character for the first game, the Hornet is now starting to command a game of its own – with a moveset more focused on speed and agility than the previous game’s protagonist Knight. In Silksong, Hornet finds herself in a strange realm called Pharloom, where she must climb to the top to reach a shining citadel.

Hades 2 in Early Access (sometime in 2023)

Hades is one of the best games we’ve ever played, so we’re very happy that it’s getting a sequel. It comes with a caveat: the game launches in early access this year just like its predecessor, and will probably only have a full launch in 2024. Still, we’re happy to jump back into Supergiant’s gorgeous interpretation of the world of Greek mythology, with the focus now shifted from Zagreus to his sister, another daughter of Hades named Melinoe. Melinoe seeks to defeat the Titan Cronus with the help of several deities and supernatural creatures from the Greek Empire, in order to free her father Hades from his newfound prison.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 (sometime in 2023)

Looking to get into the Warhammer universe before Henry Cavill’s Warhammer series on Amazon comes to fruition? This is a good place to start. The cult classic Space Marine game from 2011 is finally getting a sequel this year, placing players in the shoes of the greatest of the Emperor’s warriors: the titular Space Marines. These warriors have an arsenal of powerful weapons and abilities at their fingertips, and they must make good use of it to wipe out the Tyranid hordes.

Sea of ​​Stars (sometime in 2023)

If you’re a fan of old-school turn-based RPGs like Breath of Fire and Chrono Trigger, this is right up your alley. Sea of ​​Stars is a drop-dead gorgeous RPG from Sabotage Studio, creators of The Messenger. This game serves as a prequel to The Messenger, following two Children of the Solstice who must use the powers of the Sun and Moon to perform Eclipse Magic, the only power capable of defeating the evil creations of an alchemist called the Fleshmancer. If the game’s story turns out to be half as good as the art style, we’re looking at a classic in the making.

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