With it already being a good year for gaming, 2022 and 2023 look to be set for two of the most packed years in gaming that there have been for a while. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at ten of the most exciting upcoming games.
Before we jump into the top ten, this list is mainly focused on triple-A games. If you’re interested in indie games, check out our other top ten list for the most exciting upcoming indie games for this year right here:
10. Resident Evil 4 Remake
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X, PC
Release date: March 24, 2023
Starting off the list is a remake of the highly acclaimed Resident Evil 4. With Capcom having nothing but praise and success with their new takes on remaking the classics of the franchise with Resident Evil 2 and 3, a remake for Resident Evil 4 seemed inevitable.
With a brief but interesting trailer, followed by some gameplay footage from Yasuhiro Anpou, the director, and Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, the producer, for the RE4 remake, the game looks visually stunning. When comparing it visually to when the game was first released in 2005, the difference in graphical quality is mind-blowing.
We didn’t get to see too much gameplay showcased by the producer and director, but it is safe to say the game has, from what we got to see, nailed the vibe that they have set out to make with this remake. It perfectly captures the dangerous and eerie vibe of the village, keeping you on edge at all times.
Overall, we still don’t know much about this remake, but if the showcase is anything to go off, it seems like they may have managed to make what many call Capcom’s best resident evil, even better.
9. Final Fantasy 16
Release date: Summer 2023
When it comes to main-line final fantasy installments, it seems like Square Enix somehow just keeps managing to one-up themselves game after game. Final Fantasy 16 looks to be one of the most exciting games coming out next year in 2023, and for good reason.
Returning to the classic medieval era of JRPGs for the series, Final Fantasy 16 looks to be firing on all cylinders. With Sony showcasing a trailer for the game that perfectly summed up what the game has to offer, Final Fantasy 16 looks like it is going to be one hell of an experience.
From the beautiful visuals to the outstandingly composed soundtrack by Masayoshi Soken, to showcasing the bewildering combat, which takes a more action-oriented style of battle instead of the traditional turn-based style that some fans were hoping for.
With that being said, however, the combat here just looks insanely good, and that’s down to the battle director being Ryota Suzuki, who was the main battle director for games such as Devil May Cry 5, Dragon’s Dogma, and Marvel vs. Capcom.
If Square Enix can deliver on what Sony showcased for the reveal trailer of Final Fantasy 16, it’s safe to say that not only could this easily be many people’s game of the year for 2023, but it could also end up being many people’s favorite final fantasy entry in the series, and the fact that this is a PS5 exclusive is definitely a huge deal for Sony.
8. God of War Ragnarok
Platforms: PS5, PS4
Release date: November 9, 2022
We have God of War Ragnarok coming in at the number 8 spot on the list, which is the highly anticipated sequel to the beloved God of War series. Ragnarok has us continuing the journey, following Kratos and Atreus but with the story, this time, watching as Kratos and Atreus have to face the impending Ragnarok together as father and son.
The hype for this one is undoubtedly high, as many consider the previous installment of the God of War IP to be one of, if not Sony’s, best console exclusive experiences. Furthermore, the hype has grown even more after Sony released a trailer for the game, which has received over 15 million views.
From the somehow improved visuals to the beautiful world we get to explore, the trailer really has left us wanting more, as it was a perfect slice of what the game has to offer, and this looks like it could potentially be the perfect end to the story that has been following Kratos since all the way back on PS2 in 2005.
Ragnarok is also confirmed to be the final chapter of the Nordic arc of the series, which director Cory Balrog has confirmed.
7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release date: Spring 2023
Praised as the best open world game ever made and one of the best games made period. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally getting its deserved sequel in the spring of 2023.
People were extremely excited by the reveal trailer, despite the fact that it didn’t show much other than the illustrious and beautiful world you’d inhabit as Link. Other than the reveal trailer, at the time, we got a release date for the game of 2022, but recently, the producer of the Legend of Zelda series, Eiji Aonuma, announced that the team wanted to delay the game till the spring of 2023.
Thankfully, the delay across the Zelda fandom was met with praise and understanding, as fans just want the developers to take their time as they know the game is in the right hands when it comes to development. Other than that, we still haven’t seen or heard much other than the team over at Nintendo is working extremely hard to make sure that it is everything fans want and deserve.
6. The Last of Us Part 1
Release Date: September 2, 2022
With what many consider to be the best game ever because of its gripping and beautiful story, and given how financially successful the original was, it only made sense for Sony to enlist the talented team at Naughty Dog to remake and revamp the original. Of course, I am speaking about The Last of Us.
This just makes sense for Sony, as, let’s be honest, this is an easy cash grab. As the gameplay will be drastically improved, as noted, the visuals will be infinitely improved thanks to the PS5’s vastly superior graphic capability compared to the PS3’s. And it will still follow the amazing story from the original, just with improved graphics and gameplay. Honestly, it’s hard to think why Sony would not do this.
Some people aren’t fans of how the new characters look and such, which is fair as many people have strong emotional attachments and bonds with those characters. However, the biggest critique of this remake has been the asking price of £70, which many have noted is simply too much.
However, even with that, this is still going to sell incredibly well, as, without a doubt, this is the most definitive way to experience Naught Dogs’ masterpiece, and whether it’s fans jumping in to see how they have changed the original or newcomers to the series, this is definitely going to sell well.
5. The Callisto Protocol
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, PC
Release Date: December 2, 2022
Taking our number five spot here on the list, we have The Callisto Protocol. For those who don’t know what this game is, The Callisto Protocol is an upcoming survival horror video game developed by Striking Distance Studios and published by Krafton. It is also being directed by Glen Schofield, who was the previous co-director of the Dead Space series.
And with that being said, it’s clear from the trailer alone that Callisto Protocol is heavily inspired by the Dead Space series, and people are more than okay with that. We didn’t get to see much from the trailer, other than the fact that this game is definitely not going to shy away from the gore side of things.
Overall, the game looks great, from the atmosphere to the overall vibe. This is definitely going to be a game for many fans of the survival horror genre to pick up, and if you are at all interested in this game, just make sure you have a strong stomach.
4. Street Fighter 6
Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, PC
Release Date: 2023
“Street Fighter” is a name in gaming synonymous with the likes of Call of Duty, FIFA, Madden, and so many other household names, which is why the fighting game genre as a whole is even as big as it is today. Without Street Fighter, there would be hardly a fighting game scene.
Which is why when Street Fighter 5 was released after the highly acclaimed SF4, people were just so disappointed. There were so many things wrong with SF5, and we aren’t going to dive into what the problems with SF5 were in this list.
However, what we are going to do is dive into how simply amazing SF6 looks. After the truly terrible time with SF5, it looks like Capcom has really learned its lesson with SF6. From the updated visuals to the amazing gameplay, SF6 really looks like the game people wanted SF5 to be. The feedback from pros and YouTubers who have managed to get their hands on the demo or game has just been phenomenal, which has really made people excited for this, and rightfully so.
Not just improving the gameplay and visuals, Capcom, for the first time in the series, is also trying something extremely interesting, where you can create your own fighter and then take on a sort of open world where you explore, fight, and challenge other NPC’s, and even potentially people. This really looks like Capcom is giving it their all with this entry in the Street Fighter series, and honestly, if you’re into the fighting game scene, this is definitely going to be one to pick up.
Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC
Release date: July 19, 2022
Coming in at number three on the list, we have a game being developed by the great folks over at BlueTwelve studio, and that game is the cat-like adventure known as Stray.
What we know about this game is that you take control of a stray cat that has been separated from its family and has ended up lost and stranded alone in a gorgeous, lost, and forgotten city. The game is described as a “third-person cat adventure game” by the developers, and to be honest, I feel like this has been a massive shock for a lot of people.
The premise is so unique, and, from what we got to see from the trailer, the game really does look gorgeous and really looks like a game that shouldn’t be looked past. From exploring the abandoned city to just getting to see this adorable cat strive and survive, this game looks like it could be a massive success, as it not only has an amazingly unique premise, but the gameplay we got to see looks extremely enjoyable and really well made, but we will just have to wait and see until the game is fully released.
2. Hogwarts Legacy
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Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PC
Release Date: December 2022
For years now, it seems like fans of the Harry Potter series have been receiving nothing but disappointment after disappointment when it comes to modern-day Harry Potter games. Other than the Lego series, each mainline title released for a Harry Potter game has been extremely disappointing and really nothing short of a cash grab. However, thanks to the talented team over at Avalanche Studios, that’s all about to change.
The Hogwarts Legacy is described by the development team as an immersive, open-world, action role-playing game set in the 1800s wizarding world, where players will get to create and define their own story in the wizarding world of Hogwarts. The Hogwarts Legacy is best described as Harry Potter meets the RPG genre. And from first glance, this really does look like a very special game.
From the stunning visuals to the amazing soundtrack, the trailer has managed to perfectly capture the feeling of Harry Potter that the fans have been waiting for all these years. The Hogwarts Legacy will not only allow you to be a wizard in the world of Harry Potter, but it will also allow you to fully live the experience of being a student at Hogwarts, from the beginning to the end.
From exploring the illustrious and mysterious world to living the student life, to exploring and conjuring and learning new spells and potions. This is definitely one to put on your radar, even if you aren’t that much into the Harry Potter series.
Platforms: Xbox Series X and Series S, PC
Release Date: 2023
To round out the list, we have Bethesda’s highly anticipated Starfield at #1. This could easily be the most anticipated game on this list, and for good reason. Firstly, this is a title from Bethesda; the studio that created two of the best RPG franchises in gaming history. More importantly, Starfield is the first new universe from Bethesda Studios in 25 years, so the excitement for this game is on a whole other level.
Starfield takes place 20 years after a major war has happened, and you find yourself as a member of the Constellation team; an organization of space explorers. As the player, you get to fully customize your character, as well as your ship to explore over 1,000 planets, where you can collect, scavenge, and meet new people.
This all sounds amazing, as it’s from the talented minds behind the Elder Scrolls and the Fallout series. However, Starfield’s reveal trailer definitely left some concerns for fans. Despite the fact that it was a test build, the game was barely managing 30 frames per second and appeared to be struggling to run at all.
Additionally, many fans found the gunplay and fighting to be lackluster. The biggest concern from fans, however, was the highly noted “1,000 planets to explore.” This has given many people “No Man’s Sky vibes”, leaving them nervous and worried. Many believe that there is simply no way for all those planets to be unique and detailed. It feels like this could be a huge downside for the game, considering Bethesda’s recent track record with over-promising and not-so-great final products.
Many are still very excited for this title, as they should be.