Reflecting on a Year of Gaming: My Top Games of 2023

As we bid farewell to the gaming extravaganza that was 2023, it's time to reflect on a year filled with blockbuster releases, thrilling surprises, and the joy of building connections through our shared love for gaming. The gaming landscape saw heavyweights like Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Wonder, Dead Space, Final Fantasy 16, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, and Starfield, each leaving an indelible mark on our memories. Here's a heartfelt journey through my top gaming experiences of the year.

  1. Dead Space Remastered: A Timeless Horror Classic

Dead Space, a pinnacle of survival horror, continues to terrify and captivate audiences with its remastered version. The game's genre-defining strengths shine even brighter, accompanied by intelligent changes and thoughtful additions. Dead Space Remastered is not just a nostalgic trip; it's an immersive horror experience that stands the test of time, making it a must-play for both new and returning players.

  1. Venba: A Culinary Journey Through Social Commentary

Venba stands out for its unique approach to social commentary, exploring the immigrant experience through the preparation of meals. This indie gem offers valuable insights, showcasing the power of interactive narratives to address meaningful topics. Venba provides players with a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant gaming experience.

  1. Slay the Princess: A Visual Novel Adventure

Slay the Princess appeals to fans of visual novels with its psychological intrigue and surreal horror. This indie graphic novel offers a captivating and thought-provoking narrative that lingers in players' minds long after completion—highly recommended for those seeking a unique and immersive gaming experience.

  1. Cobalt Core: Innovative Gameplay and High Replay Value

Cobalt Core takes center stage with its innovative gameplay, seamlessly combining rogue-like, deckbuilder, and shmup genres. The characters' humour and relatability balance the game's profound learning curve, creating an engaging experience. While a multiplayer mode is notably absent, Cobalt Core offers a world begging for exploration and promises high replay value.

  1. Lethal Company: A Joyous One-Person Creation

Lethal Company, a game crafted by a single individual, brings joy and laughter to players. This multiplayer experience captures the essence of childhood, blending fear, laughter, and excitement. It's a testament to the power of indie gaming to create unique and memorable experiences.

  1. Street Fighter 6: A Fighting Game Masterpiece

Street Fighter 6 emerges as the crown jewel of the fighting game genre, setting new standards for excellence. With its captivating visual design, significant graphics upgrades, and a plethora of multiplayer and single-play humour modes, Street Fighter 6 caters to a diverse audience. Its commitment to innovating combat mechanics truly sets it apart, offering a refreshing take on the traditional fighting game experience. Capcom's latest creation pays homage to the genre's legacy while propelling it to new heights.

  1. Ravenlok: A Beautiful Wonderland Adventure

Cococucumber's Ravenlok, a love letter to Alice in Wonderland, charms players with its fun and beautiful game world. The stunning artwork and captivating music contribute to its welcoming atmosphere and high replay value. Ravenlok invites players to embark on a whimsical journey, and the anticipation builds for what Cococucumber has in store for the future.

  1. Hi-Fi Rush: A Rhythm-Action Marvel

Hi-Fi Rush kicks off the year with a bang, presenting a shadow-drop surprise that captures the essence of rhythm-action gaming. Boasting a captivating storyline, top-tier cel-shaded visuals, an outstanding soundtrack, and memorable characters, Hi-Fi Rush is an unforgettable gaming experience. The game effortlessly melds combat, humour, and visuals, making it a classic in the rhythm-action genre and a strong contender for Game of the Year.

  1. Resident Evil 4 Remake: Balancing Nostalgia and Innovation

Resident Evil 4 Remake exemplifies meticulous attention to detail, fine-tuning an iconic story with modern graphical capabilities. Preserving the essence of the original while introducing modern conveniences like a parrying system and enhanced mobility, the remake strikes a perfect balance between nostalgia and innovation. The heightened challenge ensures an engaging experience, keeping players on the edge of their seats throughout the game.

  1. Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Expansion

Exploring Cyberpunk 2077 after the fixes was enjoyable, but the Phantom Liberty expansion elevates the experience to new heights. CD Projekt's vision for Cyberpunk is fully realized in this expansion, offering a world where choices matter. The vast array of activities and decision points immerse players in a truly interactive experience, leaving a lasting impact long after the game concludes.

As we bid farewell to 2023, a year filled with gaming delights, I extend my gratitude for the shared journey. Let's carry the excitement into 2024, where new adventures await, and the gaming community thrives. Thank you for being a part of this incredible gaming year, and here's to many more adventures ahead!