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The Best Video Games 2023: Paradisiacal Escapes and Stunning Visuals - A NewGamer Perspective
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The Best Video Games 2023: Paradisiacal Escapes and Stunning Visuals - A NewGamer Perspective
NewGamer
November 15, 2023
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Armored Core 6, Baldur's Gate 3, Dead Space, the Works!
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The Resurgence of the Classics & The Arrival of the New
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The Realm of Fear and Adventure - Resident Evil 4 Remake and Star Wars Jedi Survivor
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Street Fighter 6 - A Stellar Promise and a Mixed Bag
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The Rough Edges - DLCs, Gacha & Deluxe Packs
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The Takeaway

2023 was a blast gamers! And as we delve into this new year, on the menu are absolutely stunning titles, unparalleled graphics, and some rather mixed feelings towards the prevalent trend of DLCs, deluxe packs, and gacha gaming. So, let’s buckle up and dive right into it, shall we?

Armored Core 6, Baldur’s Gate 3, Dead Space, the Works!

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are leaving no stones unturned in ensuring their offerings are nothing short of spectacular. As a fan of mech-based combat, Armored Core 6 had me at the edge of my gaming chair with its intricate base-building missions and epic battles. Baldur’s Gate 3, following suit, is a delight for our RPG enthusiasts. Meanwhile, the lovingly terrifying Dead Space re-emerges, reminding us why we adore its bone-chilling ambience and unique dismemberment-focused combats.

The Resurgence of the Classics & The Arrival of the New

Ever wondered what it would be like if nostalgia, classic gameplay, and modern gamification were beautifully intertwined? Meet Diablo IV, Final Fantasy XVI, and Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Diablo IV brings back the grim environments, teeming with creatures from the pit itself. Meanwhile, Final Fantasy XVI promises to deliver an epic, hard-hitting story set in a gorgeously detailed world.

But not everything on the shelves is a blast from the past. Say hello to Hi-Fi Rush and Pizza Tower. Hi-Fi Rush, a rhythm-based game, and Pizza Tower, a quirky pizza delivery platformer, both bring fresh excitement to our palette.

The Realm of Fear and Adventure - Resident Evil 4 Remake and Star Wars Jedi Survivor

When we talk about horror done right, Resident Evil 4 is a title that comes to all our minds. To have it return with next-gen graphics and gameplay makes for some thrilling late-night play sessions. On the other end of the spectrum, Star Wars Jedi Survivor gives a ones up to the fans of the Star Wars franchise with its thrilling lightsaber fights and immersive storyline.

Street Fighter 6 - A Stellar Promise and a Mixed Bag

Bringing us to a title we eagerly awaited – Street Fighter 6. It’s visually astonishing, the mechanics are fluid, and the character roster will get any gamer’s adrenaline pumping. Although the DLC content promises expanded gameplay and new experiences, the introduction of a gacha system for cosmetics feels a tad misplaced in a franchise known for its pure, intense fighting experience.

The Rough Edges - DLCs, Gacha & Deluxe Packs

2023 has also seen the rise in day 1 patches and deluxe packs. Deluxe packs? Yes, you’re getting additional content, but at what cost? And please, don’t get me started on day 1 patches. I mean, shouldn’t the game be polished and complete at launch?

Moreover, the rampant trend of gacha gaming, a mechanic of luck and chance that often feels like gambling, leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouth. It somehow leaves us yearning for the good old days of unlocking content through sheer skill and gameplay progression.

The Takeaway

2023 is, undoubtedly, a paradise of new experiences, stunning visuals, and gaming nostalgia. While we hail the revival of beloved franchises, brilliant new titles, and commendable console performances, the ongoing trends of day 1 patches, excessive DLC, and gacha gaming raises a few eyebrows. They have their pros and cons, but, in the end, it all boils down to the question - How much are players willing to pay on top of the original game price for these ‘add-ons’? At the end of the day, however good these additional elements may be, the core game should be memorable - that is and will always be the gamers’ primary ask. Happy gaming, everybody!

NewGamer

NewGamer

NewGamer

Immersed in the world of gaming, NewGamer is always up-to-date with the latest releases and trends. Enjoys exploring open-world environments, discovering hidden secrets, and engaging in epic battles. Provides insightful reviews and recommendations for fellow gamers.

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