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2023 is set to go down as an all-time great when it comes to the most memorable years in gaming. It’s not often that you get so many months of high-profile and critically acclaimed releases, but so far, this year has delivered a seemingly endless line of AAA blockbusters and smaller games with impressive ideas at their cores. While there’s still some time before 2023 draws to a close, we’re taking a look at the games that got a review score of 8 (which we deem “great”) or higher on GameSpot so far this year.
That’s not to say that the games that scored below that threshold (or that we didn’t review) aren’t worthy of playing. But we’ve nonetheless got a hefty list to go through–games of an incredibly high standard that are spread out across a wide variety of genres and themes.
So far, this list has five games that got an ultra-rare 10/10 score from GameSpot. At the same time, dozens of other 2023 releases excelled in their efforts to provide unmissable entertainment on various platforms. The list below is encouragingly diverse as well, as between the usual high-budget blockbusters and sequels, there are titles with more intimate stories to tell, lower stakes, and innovative approaches to their respective genres.
For more, the GameSpot Reviewcast will give you a behind-the-scenes tour of how our reviewers came to their conclusions.