In this article we shared the 15 best single-player games of 2023 from Zelda to Dead Space and Spider-Man 2 and so on, for PS5, Xbox Series X and PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series S and PC. Let’s dive in.
1. Baldur’s Gate 3
Among the multitude of games I’ve played 2023, Baldur’s Gate 3 stands out as my favorite. The sheer number of possibilities, meticulous attention to detail, and the captivating story that becomes more intriguing as you progress have all contributed to my deep admiration for Baldur’s Gate 3 game. I’ve experienced it on my modest PC, engaged in online co-op with my brother, and currently, I’m halfway through on my PS5 (review). An interesting habit of mine is saving right before an encounter, allowing me to explore different approaches, whether through stealth or varied dialog options, resulting in a consistently different outcome.
2. Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom
Next up is Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom, a strong candidate for Game of the Year 2023. Even if you don’t own a Nintendo Switch (review), fear not – with a decent CPU on your PC, you can delve into Zelda Tears of Kingdom and many other Switch titles. Tears Of The Kingdom offers a rich experience, featuring exploration, crafting, and combat against intelligent enemies in a captivating world.
3. Alan Wake 2
Moving on, Alan Wake 2 provides a classic horror experience, intertwining investigation with monster encounters. The Alan Wake 2 boasts two campaigns, one for Saga, the FBI agent, and the other for Alan Wake. The ability to alter locations and events through narrative choices adds an innovative layer to the gameplay.
4. Star Wars Jedi Survivor
The fourth game on my list is Star Wars Jedi Survivor, surpasses its predecessor, Fallen Order, in every aspect, especially after recent patches. Combining Souls-like gameplay with Uncharted-style platforming, it offers unique Force abilities, such as pulling enemies towards you and dismembering them, creating an engaging experience for Star Wars fans.
5. RoboCop Rogue City
RoboCop Rogue City, despite its outdated appearance, surprises players with enjoyable gameplay. The game’s appeal lies in its gory elements, allowing players to engage in destructive and humorous activities. The ability to shoot enemies in unconventional ways adds a layer of fun to the gaming experience.
6. Dead Space
Another gory addition to the list is Dead Space, a survival horror game that provides a tense atmosphere. The recent release on Game Pass makes it accessible to a wider audience, offering an opportune moment to revisit this classic.
7. Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2 takes the seventh spot, impressing players with its impressive performance mode, running at 60 FPS and seamless transitions between cutscenes and gameplay. The addition of two playable characters and challenging combat enhances the overall experience.
8. Lies Of P
Lies Of P introduces a challenging Souls-like experience with light graphics and smooth gameplay, standing out as an upgrade over traditional Souls games. and features various weapons with unique combinations of Fable Arts and Legion Arms to find out what fits your playstyle best.
9. Hogwarts Legacy
For Harry Potter fans, Hogwarts Legacy offers an interesting open-world experience, although some drawbacks include light RPG elements and a subpar targeting system. And in Hogwarts Legacy Learn spells, brew potions, grow plants, and tend to magical beasts along your journey.
Wartales, a blend of RPG, tactics, and survival, provides an engaging experience with numerous game mechanics. Players can choose to be heroic mercenaries or take a darker path, forming a band of cannibals to survive in the game’s harsh world.
11. Resident Evil 4
The Resident Evil 4 remake secures its place as one of the top games of the year 2023, featuring improved graphics and gameplay mechanics. The ability to move, aim, and shoot simultaneously enhances the overall experience, making it a must-play for fans of the series.
12. Final Fantasy XVI ‘Salvation’
For PS5 owners, Final Fantasy 16 offers a captivating story and epic moments, although some may find the gameplay too easy. The demo provides a taste of what the game has to offer, helping players decide if it’s their cup of tea.
13. Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora
While Assassin’s Creed Mirage was initially on this list, I replaced it with Avatar Frontiers Of Pandora. Though the game is yet to be released, the unique setting in the world of Avatar adds a refreshing touch to the typical Ubisoft formula.
Starfield, a divisive title, offers players the opportunity to explore a vast universe. While some praise its depth, others criticize aspects like fast travel-based exploration and a 30 FPS limit on Xbox Series X (review).
15. Like A Dragon Gaiden
Closing the list is Like A Dragon Gaiden, a beat ’em up game that, while not revolutionary, provides an enjoyable experience. Yakuza fans will appreciate the mix of real-life footage and CGI, along with the additional content unlocked after completing the game.