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It didn’t seem like it: more highly rated games have already been released in 2023 than in the last 20 years

portal Axios I noticed that a surprising number of good games were released in 2023. As it turns out, this is not just a feeling, but a very concrete fact supported by statistics.

    Image source: Steam NightLizard

Image source: Steam NightLizard

According to estimates by Axios journalists, in 2023, 25 games on at least one (or even several) of their target platforms have already received ratings above 90% on the review aggregator website Metacritic. That is more than in the last 20 years.

In comparison, the average score of games on Metacritic over the last decade was over 90%, less than half of what it was in 2023 (see table below).

    Image source: Axios

Image source: Axios

A remarkably strong year in gaming was the result of long-in-development sequels (Alan Wake II, Baldur’s Gate 3, Diablo IV), polished remasters (Quake II) and remakes (Resident Evil 4).

One of the reasons for such a successful year for quality video games from publisher Focus Entertainment is that some of the acclaimed projects should have been released earlier:

  • Delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have extended production cycles;
  • Ninth generation consoles (PS5, Xbox Series X and S) have already established themselves on the market;
  • the developers had time to get used to new technologies (Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 became Insomniac’s fourth game on PS5).

    When there are a lot of good games but not enough time and money (Image source: Sony Interactive Entertainment)

When there are a lot of good games but not enough time and money (Image source: Sony Interactive Entertainment)

We can expect the fight for the title of Best Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2023 to be fierce. Presenter Geoff Keighley has already done it indirectly indicatedthat they will not expand the list of nominees for the main prize.

The stream of critically acclaimed games did not save the industry from the wave of layoffs that hit many major companies in 2023, including Microsoft, Epic Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment and so on.

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Alan Foster

Alan Foster covers computers and games and all the news in the gaming industry.

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