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Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2023

by Game Informer Editorial on Dec 29, 2023 at 11:07 AM
Introduction

It’s no secret that 2023 is off to a raucous start with multiple high-scoring games hitting within the first few months of the year. This list will be your guide to every gaming experience Game Informer considers a must-play in 2023, encompassing the best games you can play on platforms like PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC, among others.

Below you'll find a list of the top-scoring games of 2023, beginning with the top scorer and going down. Any game that scores between a 10 and an 8.5 makes the cut. Each entry also features a small blurb and a link to the full review. We'll update the list with eligible titles as the year progresses, so be sure to bookmark this page if you ever need recommendations on what to play next. Have fun!

9.75
9.75

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

They say you can never go home again, but I adored returning to Hyrule with all new tools. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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9.5
9.5

Baldur's Gate 3

Whether you choose peace or something less savory, Baldur’s Gate 3’s intricate writing and impressive emphasis on experimentation make it one of the most unforgettable games in the genre. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Release Date: August 3, 2023 (PC), September 6, 2023 (PlayStation 5), December 7, 2023 (Xbox Series X/S)

Lies of P

Lies of P uses the familiar, the highlights, and the lessons learned from the authors of the Soulslike subgenre to create something unique, fascinating, and exhilarating. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac
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Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Insomniac meets and exceeds the high expectations established by its earlier Spider-Man games, and delivers one of the strongest superhero games ever made. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5
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Metroid Prime Remastered

Metroid Prime was a masterpiece in 2002, and that assessment still rings true in 2023. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Resident Evil 4 (Remake)

It's not only one of the best action games in recent memory; it's the best Resident Evil since, well, probably the original Resident Evil 4. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation VR2, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS
Release Date: March 24, 2023 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC), December 20, 2023 (Mac, iOS), December 8, 2023 (PlayStation VR2)

Street Fighter 6

Between its cohesive aesthetic, the bounty of clever features, and crisp central gameplay, Street Fighter 6 is one of the most impressive entries the genre has seen in some time. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC
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9.25
9.25

Diablo IV

Diablo IV is a massive and deeply engrossing action RPG that continually seduces players with its promises of power and riches and regularly follows through. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Respawn's anticipated sequel gives you more of everything you liked in the prior game, and then plenty more on top. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: April 28, 2023 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC), TBA (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Super Mario Bros. Wonder

After all this time, I thought I had a grasp on the breadth of the tricks the 2D Mario series had up its sleeve, but that Super Mario Bros. Wonder so consistently surprised me speaks to just how much gas is left in the iconic franchise’s tank. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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9
9

Dead Space (Remake)

This exceptional remake faithfully recaptures the magic of its predecessor while amplifying the elements that made it beloved in the first place. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Fire Emblem Engage

Players looking for deep customization, expertly crafted strategy RPG combat, and a heartfelt story with adoration for more than 30 years of Fire Emblem history will find that and more in Engage. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy is a lengthy and rewarding adventure that adeptly captures the magic of the stories from which it is inspired. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: February 10, 2023 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC), May 5, 2023 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One), November 14, 2023 (Switch)

Jusant

Jusant's ingenious climbing mechanics, inviting presentation, and alluring air of mystery and isolation make for a rewarding expedition and Don't Nod's best title since the original Life is Strange. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1's genre-leading single-player offerings are immediately apparent, but this latest entry also pushes forward the series' tight, brutal gameplay and excellent production values. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC
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Pikmin 4

Pikmin may never rise to the top of the Nintendo heap, and it’s probably unfair to expect it ever could, but the latest Pikmin is the best effort yet. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars is a smooth, consistently thrilling adventure with fun combat, all in a gorgeous and inviting world. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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The Finals

Embark Studios' inventive multiplayer shooter is a strong debut for the new studio. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Theatrhythm Final Bar Line

After nearly a 10-year gap, Theatrhythm is back and it's better than ever. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch
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8.75
8.75

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon

Much like the young Cereza herself, Bayonetta Origins doesn’t look like much on the surface, but this exceptional and refreshing change of pace for the franchise kept a smile permanently plastered on my face. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Blasphemous 2

Blasphemous 2 takes inspiration from those that came before it, but by intertwining a gorgeous art style, enticing exploration, and rewarding combat, it rises above the horde of Castlevania-inspired action titles. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: August 24, 2023 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC), November 2, 2023 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Chained Echoes

It may harken back to the greatest 16-bit RPGs, but this intriguing gem has more than enough new ideas to keep players guessing. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Cocoon

I don’t know that I will ever fully understand what transpired during my molecular journey on Cocoon’s alien world, but its imagery and puzzles will stay with me for some time. Read review

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Dave The Diver

This simple and joyful game combines undersea exploration and restaurant management, and the biggest surprise is just how supremely well it all works. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC
Release Date: June 28, 2023 (PC), October 26, 2023 (Switch), April 16, 2024 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4)

Forza Motorsport

Though some of the progression and dynamic visual elements fall short of the realism the rest of the title achieves, Forza Motorsport currently vies for the pole position in the sim-racer field. Read review

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Hi-Fi Rush

Hi-Fi Rush finds a magical sweet spot between rhythm games, stylish action, and lighthearted, character-driven platformers we don't see very often anymore, and by every measure, it comes out on top. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Release Date: January 25, 2023 (Xbox Series X/S, PC), March 19, 2024 (PlayStation 5)

Kirby's Return To Dream Land Deluxe

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is still an enhanced remaster of a 12-year-old Wii game, but it effectively brings forward one of the pink puffball's best outings, complete with enhancements and additions. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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MLB The Show 23

Myriad options and modes allow you to engage with America’s Pastime precisely how you want, and in the process, MLB The Show 23 delivers one of the best baseball games in years. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
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Resident Evil 4 Separate Ways DLC

Any excuse to play more Resident Evil 4 remake is one we're eager to attach our grappling hook to and fly toward. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC
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Super Mario RPG

Super Mario RPG is not entirely innocent of the sins of video games past, but old fans will relish the chance to see the game in a new light, and I’m confident newcomers will find something to love. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie

Even if the narrative of The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie falls short compared to past entries, it still stands above most other games in the genre. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC
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The Talos Principle II

The Talos Principle II is a thoughtful and well-made puzzler with fascinating social, artistic, and scientific ideas that we’ll be thinking about long after the solution to its final riddle has faded from memory. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is a finely honed delight. Its action is precise and responsive, and learning the intricacies of each adversary is exceedingly fulfilling. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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8.5
8.5

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp might not include much new material, but it presents a strong case that classic games don’t always have to change to be relevant again. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Before Your Eyes

Before Your Eyes puts its unique blinking mechanic to great use, offering a novel and fun method of interacting with this memorable, bittersweet tale. We've also updated the review to highlight the excellent PlayStation VR2 version. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation VR2, PC, Mac, iOS, Android
Release Date: April 8, 2021 (PC), September 28, 2021 (Mac), July 26, 2022 (iOS, Android), March 10, 2023 (PlayStation VR2)

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

While Phantom Liberty doesn't stand head and shoulders above the rest of the Cyberpunk package, it slots in nicely, like a preem piece of cyberware you've been waiting to be in stock. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Darkest Dungeon II

Darkest Dungeon II is a harsh but fantastic game whose white-knuckled battles and hazard-filled exploration will trap you for hours. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC
Release Date: May 8, 2023 (PC), July 15, 2024 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch)

Disney Illusion Island

Illusion Island doesn’t overhaul the platformer genre, but its distinctive no-combat focus on simply moving through Monoth keeps the trip amusing, brisk, and gratifying. Read review

Platforms: Switch
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Final Fantasy XVI

There's a linear action game in Final Fantasy XVI, and it's the highlight of the experience. But standard RPG tropes slow it down. Still, it's a Final Fantasy worth experiencing. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PC
Release Date: June 22, 2023 (PlayStation 5), TBA (PC)

Ghostrunner 2

Though Ghostrunner 2 falters in a few ways, what remains in the hours outside of its missteps is its best-in-class parkour action. And like its predecessor, it remains a damn treat. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Humanity

Humanity mixes challenging puzzles with an engaging and heartfelt narrative to great success. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation VR2, Quest 3, Quest 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation VR, PC
Release Date: May 16, 2023 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation VR2, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, PC), March 14, 2024 (Quest 3, Quest 2), May 30, 2024 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One)

Lil Gator Game

Lil Gator Game presents a short, enjoyable Zelda-inspired adventure wrapped in a poignant, wholesome narrative. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: December 14, 2022 (Switch, PC), October 10, 2023 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Octopath Traveler II

Octopath Traveler II does what an excellent sequel should. Instead of breaking new ground left and right, it improves on the original in nearly every way and feels more confident about the stories it tells. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date: February 24, 2023 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC), June 5, 2024 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One)

Rytmos

Rytmos feels designed with musicians in mind, but puzzle fiends will also find a chill afternoon of challenges to play through here, too. Read review

Platforms: Switch, PC, iOS, Android
Release Date: February 28, 2023 (Switch, PC), May 16, 2023 (iOS), August 1, 2023 (Android)

Starfield

Bethesda has crafted a vast and engaging universe to explore, but it can be a challenging game to get started on. Read review

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Tchia

The tone, the music, and Tchia’s abilities all come together to create something that is simply fun, and it all takes place in a setting that demands to be explored. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC
Release Date: March 21, 2023 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC), June 27, 2024 (Switch)

 

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