There’s no doubt that 2022 was another brilliant year for the gaming industry, as the millions of enthusiastic gamers dotted all around the world continued to enjoy their favourite hobby. There were many outstanding releases across a wide-range of consoles, with some of the most notable being the action role-playing game Horizon Forbidden West, which hit the PS4 and PS5 in February, the turn-based strategy game Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters, released onto PC in May, the interactive movie Immortality, which wowed Xbox X/S owners when it was released in August, and then there was the smash-hit Pokémon Scarlett & Violet, released onto the Nintendo Switch in November.
The good news is that 2023 looks set to be just as packed with great games as the year just gone, with there being some seriously tasty tiles on the horizon. Let’s take a look at a few of the most noteworthy then, and shine a light on the upcoming titles in 2023 that should be on every single gamer’s radar.
1. Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter is easily one of the biggest cultural phenomenons in the world, but despite this, there have been relatively few video games based in its universe. So, with the approaching release of Hogwarts Legacy, there’s understandably been an insane amount of fanfare. Developed by Avalanche Software, it will no doubt sell a ton of copies when it is released onto the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S on 10th February.
The action role-playing game is set in the corridors of the mythical Hogwarts, meaning you’ll be able to pick up a controller, and finally attend lessons in the most famous fictional school of all. With all these lessons available, even if they are in witchcraft and wizardry subjects, maybe it will become one of the top ten video games that can boost your intelligence. You’ll be able to heavily customise your character too, so you can truly import your doppelgänger into this magical world.
2. Company of Heroes 3
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Another genre that really shines, being set during that period, is real-time strategy, and one of the true shining lights is the Company of Heroes series which is developed by Relic Entertainment. The latest entry in this highly-rated franchise is due out in February, with Company of Heroes 3 offering players the opportunity to take control of WWII battles that took place in the Italian and North African region. The PC game will also include many new game mechanics, including the ability to take the high-ground, making your virtual theatre of war even more engaging.
3. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Ever wanted to let out your villainous side? Well, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will enable you to do exactly that, when it’s released in May for the PS5, the Xbox Series X/S and on PC. Developed by Rocksteady Studios, the game is the fifth main instalment in the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham series. Instead of having you take control of the Dark Knight again though, this title will see you step into the shoes of a selection of his renowned foes.
After the success of the 2021 movie, The Suicide Squad, rocketed this bizarre group of DC Comics anti-heroes into the zeitgeist, gamers have been hoping for a release that focuses on their zany shenanigans. The action-adventure game will be centred around the wacky Harley Quinn, along with Captain Boomerang, Deadshot and King Shark. All five are playable characters, and you will have to use all of their special abilities to take down an alien intruder, the immensely feared Brainiac.