Game of the Year 2023: Critics' Top Picks Revealed

As the year comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the best games that 2023 had to offer. Our team of gaming critics have carefully deliberated and selected their top picks for Game of the Year. From thrilling horror experiences to beloved franchises, these games have captivated audiences and left a lasting impression. Join us as we reveal the critics' choices and explore why these games stood out among the rest.

Luke Addison's Pick: Alan Wake 2

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Luke Addison, our co-lead critic, couldn't resist choosing Alan Wake 2 as his Game of the Year. In a year filled with exceptional AAA and indie titles, this horror masterpiece managed to captivate him from the very beginning.

Alan Wake 2 delivered an immersive experience, blending horror, tension, and a gripping narrative. The game's technological feats and long-awaited continuation of the Alan Wake universe made it a standout choice. With its intriguing storylines and the ability to play as different characters, such as Saga, the game offered a multifaceted experience that left players wanting more.

As we eagerly await the next installment in the Remedy Connected Universe, Luke's choice of Alan Wake 2 as Game of the Year showcases the game's ability to surpass expectations and leave a lasting impact on players.

Daniel Boyd's Pick: Trepang2

Daniel Boyd, our co-lead critic, faced a tough decision when choosing his Game of the Year. However, Trepang2 ultimately won him over with its unparalleled joy and unbridled fun.

Trepang2, a PC game released in June, received a perfect score in Daniel's review. Its ability to bring immense joy and excitement surpassed all other gaming experiences in 2023. While other titles may have had the advantage of established fan bases, Trepang2 stood out as an original IP that delivered pure entertainment.

As a reviewer, Daniel values the fun factor above all else, and Trepang2 delivered that in spades. Its fast-paced action and unrelenting joy made it a standout choice for Game of the Year.

Ezekiel Hall's Pick: Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Ezekiel Hall, our critic, had a difficult decision to make with so many incredible games released in 2023. However, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 ultimately emerged as his top pick.

Insomniac's latest installment in the franchise exceeded Ezekiel's high expectations. The game provided a comfortingly familiar yet fresh experience, with a perfect balance of gameplay, world-building, and engaging side stories. The seamless integration of familiar characters and the promise of future adventures left Ezekiel eagerly anticipating more from the Spider-Man universe.

While there were other revolutionary titles in the running, Ezekiel's personal experience and connection with Marvel's Spider-Man 2 solidified its place as his Game of the Year.

Osama Farooq's Pick: Persona 5 Tactica

Persona 5 Tactica, a tactical role-playing game, emerged as a delightful surprise for Osama Farooq, our critic. As his entry point into the Persona franchise and the genre, it left a lasting impression.

Osama was captivated by the game's stunning visuals, stylish presentation, and layered gameplay. Persona 5 Tactica managed to strike a balance between accessibility for newcomers and depth for veteran players. The diverse cast of characters and their genuine emotions and interactions added to the game's charm.

As a Game of the Year choice, Persona 5 Tactica stands out for its ability to introduce players to a new series and genre while providing a fun and engaging experience.

Lisa Kamlot's Pick: Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Lisa Kamlot, our critic, had an absolute blast playing Marvel's Spider-Man 2, making it her top choice for Game of the Year. The game took everything that made its predecessors great and added new layers of excitement and depth.

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 struck a perfect balance between lighthearted humor and emotional storytelling, taking players on a thrilling and thought-provoking journey. The combat and traversal mechanics were refined, offering a more varied and satisfying experience. The game's stunning visuals and immersive world-building further elevated the overall gameplay.

Combining high-octane action, complex characters, and a gripping narrative, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 truly made players feel like they were embodying the iconic superhero. Lisa's choice reflects the game's ability to deliver an unforgettable gaming experience.

Adil Farooq's Pick: Final Fantasy XVI

Adil Farooq, our critic, was captivated by the amazing world, story, and characters of Final Fantasy XVI, solidifying it as his Game of the Year choice.

Final Fantasy XVI showcased a clear evolution for the franchise, drawing inspiration from Game of Thrones and combining elements from various games to create a unique experience. The large-scale battles and dramatic shifts from turn-based combat added a fresh twist to the beloved series.

For Adil, Final Fantasy XVI was a franchise-defining experience that left a lasting impression. Its immersive world and captivating storytelling made it a standout choice for Game of the Year.

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