2023’s Most Anticipated Games – Vidjagame Apocalypse 505

As a new year dawns, it’s time to look ahead to the next 12 months (with help from Anthony “BruceWayneBrady” Abatte) and the five games we’re most excited for. Will any surprise you? Probably not! But they’ll be fun to talk about anyway. Then it’s on to a few games we missed last year, including Sports Story, River City Girls 2, and Choo-Choo Charles, after which we’ll talk about whether there’s more story to be wrung from The Last of Us and your personal GOTYs of 2022.

Question of the Week: What game are you most looking forward to in 2023?

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9 thoughts on “2023’s Most Anticipated Games – Vidjagame Apocalypse 505

  1. QotW: Since I am not sure about most of what will actually out this year I’ll say Like A Dragon Ishin. Got into relatively recently and was interested in the older games that never came out in English, especially ones taking place in this time period covered in several of my favorite anime.

  2. QotW: You guys already mentioned a bunch of my most anticipated games of 2023 but I’ve got to champion Oxenfree II. Going from the Night School Studio style dialogue system to any other game feels like going from Quake back to a game that asked you to aim with Page Up and Page Down. Normally games have dialogue that’s stilted, pausing between à la carte menu choices with shot/countershot cinematography that locks you in place until the game’s done with exposition. I wish every game would allow me to poke around an environment, crack a beer or just pace back and forth when my character’s supposed to be exasperated with their comrade’s infighting. The first game also had story hooks I won’t spoil that can’t be replicated in any medium that doesn’t have a nonlinear narrative, a friends list and New Game+ modes. So I’m interested to see what Night School has in store for this second trip to Edwards Island both in terms of mechanics and storytelling.

  3. Qotw: I’m out of mind excited for Starfield. I’ve never been able to get into the Elder Scrolls because I’m not a fantasy guy so Bethesdas first original IP in a long time being a sci-fi space rpg is right up my alley. I’m also excited for it to be the next big game to support modding on console because Fallout 4 modding on Xbox has given me endless entertainment for the last 7 years. I just hope I’m not jinxing the game into another delay by mentioning it. The official support page for the game is up though and there’s a rumored Microsoft games showcase this month so here’s hoping we’ll be playing it soon.

  4. QotW: My most anticipated game of 2023 is the 2nd half of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass.

  5. QOTW: There’s only one game that matters in 2023 and that’s BALDUR’S GATE 3 BABY. I don’t really get hyped for games these days, but I’m so goddamn hyped for this game. Thanks to the early access, I’ve already put over 300 hours into it, and I’m still not sick of it. The first act is already fan-fucking-tastic. Each combat encounter is a deep and challenging puzzle that rewards you for cheesing and cheating in the best way possible. The story already has so many branching decisions and I can’t wait to see how they will play out in the full game. This game lets you straight up join the bad guys and murder all the quest givers that a lesser game would rely on to drive the story forward. Larian’s previous release (Divinity Original Sin 2) is possibly my favorite RPG of all time, and, as a huge DnD nerd, it’s a no-brainer that I already love this game. I’ve hardly touched the first 2 BG games (bit before my time), but I’ve spent so much time in the Forgotten Realms through DnD that to see the Sword Coast so lovingly and beautifully adapted is a magical experience. Also you can throw cats at people.

  6. QOTW: For me it’s gotta be Pikmin 4. there’s really no game that has ever replicated the Pikmin experience for me, that sensation of being one inch from the natural world in all its splendor, seeing the distant sun cast diamonds over the surface of a puddle full of scattering tadpoles, then squashing bugs & stealing their treasure. Not sure what the hook is going to be, but it’s been in development for like a decade, and that’s always a good sign… right?

  7. QoW: Quickly read this before Antistas brain can evacuate his skull in self-preservation, there is a slew of PC titles I am looking forwards to coming out soon!
    Kerbal Space Program 2, make rocket go up
    Company of Heroes 3, not all modern RTS games are still just Age of Empires or Starcraft (please Relic, no following in the cursed steps of Dawn of War 3 this time!)
    Second Front, a cartoony looking yet serious-business WW2 hex tile game being published by Microprose like it’s 1992
    Xenonauts 2, a sequel to a great game that is very much a spiritual sequel to the old XCOM games
    Toy Soldiers 2, the best tower defence game ever made gets a sequel and switches from WW1 to WW2 !

    …. Huh, that’s a lot of twos and one three! I’m sure Wiki Paraz is nodding with wisdom at some of these titles, it always feels like being part of a cool underground movement to mainly play PC exclusive games, even when they’re actually well known and get console ports!

    WoodDuck
    Western Australia

  8. QOTW: Among other exciting Warhammer news, Space Marine 2’s ambiguous “2023” release makes it my most anticipated game of the year. The sequel was an unfortunate casualty of the fall of THQ and I had given up on it coming back because it seemed like too niche of a property. Getting billed as a GoW clone seemed a little unfair. Rather than taking cover and waiting for your shields to recharge, the gameplay loop had you charging into crowds to recharge your shield by getting melee kills, which felt much more exciting to me. Plus it had jetpack levels instead of a boring-as-shit truck with a flashlight. Here’s hoping the multiplayer is supported long enough to balance out the Assault class this time.

  9. QotW: Jedi Fallen Order Survivor is my most anticipated game of the year. I have been itching to get back into that world and it’s combat style. I didn’t play the first game until it went on Steam sale after Chris’s vociferous recommendation. I am deeply thankful. I love the game and I can’t wait to get my video game Star Wars fix again with Cal Kestis (bring him into the shows Disney you cowards). I also second Space Marine 2, but I don’t think it’s coming in 2023 and we have Darktide in the meantime.

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