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WorthPlaying's Most Anticipated Games of 2023: Top 10 - 1

by Judy on Jan. 14, 2023 @ 1:00 a.m. PST

We have revealed the honorable mentions and the bottom half of the top 20, and today, we announce what the WP staff considers to be the 10 most anticipated games for 2023. Cue the drumroll, and head on over for the final results!

Editor's Note: Looking for honorable mentions and titles #11-20? Look no further:

10. Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon (PS5, PS4, XSX, XOne, PC)

Tim McDonald: Before FromSoftware became known as The Soulsborne Studio, it was known for two things: brutal open-ended RPGs like King's Field and brutal mech combat with Armored Core. And I love me some Armored Core. As a mercenary mech pilot, players of this third-person shooter series take on contracts, earn money, customize and upgrade their giant stompy robot, and — inevitably — get blown into tiny metal fragments because this is a FromSoft game, and it's going to kill you repeatedly. The series has been on hiatus since 2012, but I'm excited to see it come back so I can YOU DIED in another game.

Read more WP impressions about Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon

9. The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom (Switch)

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: Honestly, this is almost a game you don't need to discuss. The direct sequel to Breath of the Wild, Tears of the Kingdom returns players to the postapocalyptic Hyrule. No sooner is Ganon defeated than a mysterious presence beneath Hyrule Castle awakens, sending the castle and chunks of the land high into the air. It's up to Link, aided by a new magic arm that unlocks cool new powers like melting through floors, to save the day once again. Most people were just sold by the phrase, "Breath of the Wild sequel."

Read more WP impressions about The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom

8. Resident Evil IV Remake (PS5, PS4, XSX, PC)

Redmond Carolipio: Are we starting to get too many remakes? Probably. But that's partially because Capcom's work with the RE series has been so high quality, reshaping the experiences and leveling up the definition of what a remake should actually be. I enjoyed the hell of out the Resident Evil 3 remake, despite it being such a short ride, but to be fair, the "original" RE3 was fun and a bit on the shallow side as well. The fourth installment will be a different animal altogether. It's been revered in every aspect, and if any game in the series deserves another revamped and captivating look, it's this one, chainsaws, Leon and Ada Wong in row.

Read more WP impressions about Resident Evil IV Remake

7. Street Fighter VI (PS5, PS4, XSX, PC)

Adam Pavlacka: The latest iteration of Capcom's seminal fighting game franchise promises to change the way we think about online play. Sure, the core fighting engine looks and plays great, but the real draw is the innovative lobby system that mixes the classic arcade experience with modern day esports. Specifics are going to matter, but the potential for local and regional scenes to happen virtually (and at scale) could change the way we think of competitive fighting games. Want to look over the shoulder of your favorite player, as they're practicing? You can do that here.

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6. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (XSX, PC)

Andreas Salmen: I have never completed a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, but I love the Metro games that somewhat toe the line of being the next best — and at the time still ongoing — postapocalyptic FPS. The war in Ukraine has undoubtedly cast a long and cruel shadow over the development process, but I'm hoping that the final product will be yet another exceptional example of Ukrainian perseverance during times of unspeakable horror.

Read more WP impressions about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

5. Diablo IV (PS5, PS4, XSX, XOne, PC)

Rainier Van Autrijve: When I started gaming, I was mostly into strategy games like Blitzkrieg, Command & Conquer and StarCraft. It wasn't until Diablo III that I fully switched to the action-RPG wagon and haven't looked back since. D3 is still an amazing game, with 27 seasons of fresh content and the next season rolling out imminently. One of the new features D3 added was verticality, and it looks like Diablo IV will build on that. It may seem like a simple addition, but I loved being able to delve deeper into a dungeon. Speaking of exploration, while previous titles let you roam around a particular map, D4 is promising an actual open world that will only add to the need to investigate all nooks and crannies. I'm usually not much of a PvP player, but I'm sure the procedurally generated dungeons will make up for that and keep me busy for another decade. Where's my Necromancer!? I'm ready to raise the dead!

Read more WP impressions about Diablo IV

4. Marvel's Spider-Man 2 (PS5)

Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: Marvel's Spider-Man is up there for one of the best superhero games ever made. Perfectly capturing the feel and tone of the web-slinger, it's rivaled only by games like Arkham Asylum. Spider-Man 2 looks to be going bigger and better. Peter and Miles Morales will team up to take on new groups of villains with new gadgets and powers. Probably the most exciting and anticipated of these is the symbiote Venom, who will be voiced by the amazing Tony Todd of "Candyman" fame. Even if it's just "more of the same," more of the same as the first game (and its spin-off) is something to be jazzed about.

Read more WP impressions about Marvel's Spider-Man 2

3. Starfield (XSX, PC)

Tony "OUberLord" Mitera: Oh, what a big shocker! I and just about everyone else is anticipating Starfield. Bethesda has a knack for making open-world games, and although the developer dabbled in sci-fi with the Fallout series, this is the first time it's taken that approach to space: ship customization, stellar graphics, and a compelling universe to explore. I'm probably going to take off a week and play this one every day until I pass out.

Read more WP impressions about Starfield

2. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (PS5, XSX, PC)

Rhi "StormyDawn" Mitera: Jedi: Fallen Order was a perfect storm of a game, with beautiful graphics, a compelling story, interesting characters, and combat that's challenging without being punishing. Everything I've seen so far gives the impression that Jedi Survivor will be even better. This series has the potential to oust KOTOR as my favorite Star Wars series of all time. Plus, I'm just really excited to spend more time with Cal and BD-1.

Read more WP impressions about Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

1. Alan Wake II (PS5, XSX, PC)

Redmond Carolipio: How do you make a story-driven action classic with a fiction writer and a flashlight? Remedy found a way ages ago, and it's poised to do so again. Alan Wake's impact still resonates, and now that Control showed that Remedy hasn't lost its weird, quirky narrative fastball, I'm beside myself seeing how it plans to warp minds this time while cutting loose on the newest hardware.

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