The video games launched this year have received high ratings, making 2023 a fantastic year for gamers. Not only have first-party games for PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo been impressive, but third-party games have also been well-received. This list comprises five action-adventure games—both old and new—that you should consider playing this year.
Notably, the games listed here are in no particular order, and features games from most platforms.
Starfield – PC, Xbox Series X/S
Starfield was arguably the most anticipated Xbox game of the last decade, and it marks Bethesda’s first new IP in almost three decades. At its core, it’s a true Bethesda RPG but features improved shooter mechanics and gameplay compared to past Bethesda games like Fallout 4. The game starts off slowly, but after a few hours, it picks up the pace quickly and offers one of the best stories in any space exploration game yet. It’s available on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and can be played as part of Xbox Game Pass.
Final Fantasy XVI – PS5
If you’ve been looking to get into the Final Fantasy series by Square Enix, Final Fantasy XVI is worth checking out. Like other games in the series, this one features a standalone storyline, and you need not have played any prior games. During our playthrough of the game, we found it to be quite gripping, both in terms of the storyline and gameplay. It tells the story of Clive Rosfield, who is on a quest to destroy all the Mother Crystals in Valisthea.
If you want epic boss battles, great combat, a storyline that is full of twists and turns—something reminiscent to Game of Thrones, Final Fantasy 16 is a must-play game in 2023. It is currently a timed exclusive on PS5, but a PC version is also in the cards for the future.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Nintendo Switch
The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the 2017 Game of the Year, Tears of the Kingdom immerses you in the sprawling world of Hyrule. As a modern Zelda game, the possibilities of what you can do in the game are endless. Want to defeat some Bokoblins using a rocket-vehicle hybrid? It’s possible. Want to craft insane-looking weapons and become overpowered by grinding? It’s possible. Being Link has its privileges, and while the game is mostly based on the same formula introduced by Breath of the Wild, Tears of the Kingdom takes things a step further and allows you to do even more. The game offers a plethora of content, with side content being a particular highlight.
Hogwarts Legacy – PC, PS5/PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
If you are a Potterhead, you shouldn’t waste any time looking for a new game to play because Hogwarts Legacy is a game that deserves your time. From the beautifully detailed world that features the likes of Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade, Gringotts bank—to the Forbidden Forest, this game offers fun combat which consists of performing combos of spells and more. While it’s an RPG through and through, the game’s storyline leaves very little to be desired and is quite gripping. Even if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan, the world of Hogwarts Legacy deserves your time.
God of War Ragnarok – PS5/PS4
A direct sequel to 2018’s God of War, Ragnarok features Kratos and Atreus taking on the Norse pantheon of gods, including Thor and Odin—the Allfather himself. It’s a gripping tale with highs and very few lows. Not only does the story grip you and immerse you, but the game also impresses with its in-depth combat systems. If you own a PS4 or PS5, you should most definitely play it. If you haven’t played the 2018 game, we suggest you start there, as this story is a direct continuation.