2023 is shaping up to be a very good year for video games. With all the games coming out, I thought it would be fun to list my ten most anticipated games. Well, that and we’re on the last day of the week and I haven’t written a blog post yet and this seemed like something I could do pretty quick. But to give it at least a little effort, I’ve decided to list them in the order of my excitement, not simply by release date. So, here’s the list..
- Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection (April 14)
I’ve actually never played any of the Battle Network games, but have always wanted to try them. Unfortunately for me, when the Wii U and 3DS eShop shut down was announced, I bought ALL of the Battle Network games off of the Wii U Virtual Console, and then shortly after, this collection was announced. Guess I should have just waited, especially since I’d rather play on Switch.
- Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (Fall)
The first Spider-Man as well as its standalone expansion, Miles Morales, were some of my favorite games on the PlayStation 4, although I actually finished Miles on a PS5. We don’t know a whole ton about this one, except that Peter, Miles, and Venom are all involved, but I don’t really need to know much more. Just give me more of what I already love, please.
- Starfield (September 6)
Starfield has been a long time coming. If we don’t include Fallout 76, it’s been like eight years since we had a new, traditional Bethesda RPG. A space setting sounds like a great way to breathe new life into the genre, and I’m excited to see how it turns out. If they manage to avoid the typical Bethesda jank, that would be good too. Not expecting that though.
- Mortal Kombat 12 (TBD)
Mortal Kombat 12 isn’t even officially, OFFICIALLY announced yet, but it was casually mentioned at an investor meeting, so we know it’s coming. Since it hasn’t been revealed, we know literally nothing about it, but 9-11 have all been spectacular, and I’m really looking forward to seeing this one.
- Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp (April 21)
Another one we’ve been waiting a long time for, the remake of the first two Advance Wars games was announced years ago before being quietly delayed. Advance Wars is one of my favorite franchises, and I’ve been very frustrated over the last few years with how much the series has been ignored. But here’s a shiny new remake, and I can’t wait to play it.
- Resident Evil 4 (March 24)
I just talked about Resident Evil 4 last week, so I’m not going to get into it too much here. But the original Resident Evil 4 is incredible, the demo for the remake was great, and it’s less than a week away.
- Street Fighter 6 (June 2)
I got into one of the closed beta tests for Street Fighter 6… and then had basically no time to play it during the allotted time. I managed to get like two matches in. But it was fun and slick and exactly what I want from a new Street Fighter. I haven’t gotten fully consumed by a Street Fighter game since the original release of 4, but I think I’m ready to fall back in.
- Final Fantasy XVI (June 22)
I bought my PlayStation 5 specifically to be ready for Final Fantasy XVI when it comes out. I probably could have waited, since unfortunately, my PS5 doesn’t get a ton of use. But, XVI is out in just a few months, and I’m so happy to have the console ready to go.
- Pikmin 4 (July 21)
It wasn’t that long ago that Pikmin 4 was one of those games that no one thought would actually happen. But it got announced a couple Nintendo Directs ago and is out in July! Crazy! Pikmin is one of those Nintendo franchises that desperately deserves to be bigger than it is. I’m really hoping that 4 is the one to really make a splash. I’ll be there day one.
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (May 12)
This one should have been obvious. Breath of the Wild was my favorite game the year it came out, and I’m ready for more. We still don’t know a ton about it, which I’m okay with. I want to go in with as little knowledge as possible and discover everything myself. And honestly, even if the game turns out to be just more Breath of the Wild, it’s been so long that I would still be very happy with that.
And those are the ten games I’m most excited about. Did I miss anything that you’re hyped for?