The best games of 2023: Ultimate Guide – What to play in February – GameMAG

We continue to publish preview materials by the most interesting 2020 games. This article includes projects for February 2023, including one game from the January line, which was announced after posting the last part of the guide.

What to play in 2023:

Games January 2023 PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition / Act 5

Developer: Cardboard Computer
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One / PC
Release Date: January 28, 2023
Genre: Adventure

The masterpiece adventure in the style of Twin Peaks on the search for Dogwood Drive and the mystical zero route leading to it will finally end with the release of the last fifth episode on the PC. At the same time, the full version of the game with the subtitle TV Edition will appear on consoles. Fans have been waiting for this for seven long years! Our review of the first episodes can be found here.

Doubts: None.

Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3

Developer: Milestone S.r.l.
Publisher: Milestone S.r.l.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Release Date: February 4, 2023
Genre: Racing

The continuation of a good race, where two dozen motorcycles pass through a series of obstacles with dirt and dangerous stunts, promises updated physics, a hundred racers of categories 450SX and 250SX, 15 official stadiums and tracks, a new career mode with the 2019 Supercross Championship team, dedicated servers for multiplayer with public and private lobbies, a well-developed editor of tracks with the publication of works on the network, as well as the presence of female racers. The latter, obviously, was done in order to keep up with the times and trends for inclusiveness.

Doubts: The graphics of the place look outdated, as does the slightly twitchy camera.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics

Developer: BonusXP
Publisher: En Masse Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Release Date: February 4, 2023
Genre: Tactical role-playing game

The popular Netflix series, which was shot as a prequel to the 1982 1982 Dark Crystal puppet film, got its play story with an extended story. Fans are waiting for new events, characters and locations, as well as complex turn-based battles in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics with good three-dimensional graphics.

Doubts: The developer is the company that created the tactical game based on the series “Very Strange Things” (Season 3).

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Developer: Rebellion
Publisher: Rebellion
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: February 4, 2023
Genre: Third-person shooter with elements of horror

The undead army returns to Europe in 1946, where you and your three friends must arm themselves to the teeth, choosing trunks from dozens of elaborate cannons, and defeat fierce opponents like dead Fritz summoners and a huge zombie shark. The developers promise gloomy levels in the territory of undead occupied Italy, unexpected locations, such as a zoo with not very dead animals, updated ballistics and an even cooler Horde regime. In addition, the game will have more melee weapons and an advanced modernization system that will allow you to cross a flamethrower with a pistol and a sniper rifle with a stun gun. Rebellion wants to develop the universe and even prepared the release of the book “Fortress of the Dead,” written by the studio’s designer.

Doubts: The game may be outdated for 2023. Although the bored Left 4 Dead fans still have nothing to do.

Darksiders Genesis for consoles

Developer: Airship Syndicate
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Release Date: February 14, 2023
Genre: Action / Adventure

This is a small prequel about the joint adventures of War and Discord, which offers a linear passage of pretty levels in both single and cooperative mode. Our review of the PC version can be found here.

Doubts: From experience with THQ Nordic, console versions may look ugly and even more buggy than iterating over a PC.

Dreams / Daydreams

Developer: Media Molecule
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PS4
Release Date: February 14, 2023
Genre: Adventure, Game Editor

Unfinished construction from the creators of LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway (the game was made for more than 8 years!) Is finally released in mid-February, which means that millions of PS4 users will be able to discover amazing worlds and become architects of their own universes. A well-developed editor allows you to implement any genres, graphics, music and game elements. The developers focus on the creativity and self-fulfillment of users, offering special championships where you can fight for the title of best game creator, but Dreams will also have a story mode from the studio itself. Media Molecule told about three stories – about the robot that saves the forest, the classic noir adventure and Action / Adventure, made in the style of children’s horror films.

Doubts: The idea may not fly up, as it is much more difficult to make interesting three-dimensional games than 2D platformers with ready-made gameplay, and the amount of plot content from developers may not be enough for a full-fledged game.

Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold

Developer: LEVEL-5
Publisher: LEVEL-5
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: February 14, 2023
Genre: Action / Adventure / RPG

A cooperative humorous role-playing game (online up to 4 people) in which your character will have to avenge Sultan Vinegar for an attack on his native village. To do this, he needs to explore vibrant locations and randomly created dungeons, find new equipment and collect snacks – photos of bizarre creatures that can be called up in battle, like Pokémon. The real-time combat system looks good. The western release already has all the add-ons that came out in Japan.

Doubts: The game was ported from 3DS, so the graphics are 10 years old. The design is very amateurish, and another project was censored in the western version.

Darwin Project

Developer: Scavengers Studio
Publisher: Scavengers Studio
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: February 14, 2023
Genre: Third-person multiplayer shooter with elements of Battle Royale and survival

The very unusual chamber Royal Battle for 10 players has been in early access for more than a year, but will be released in mid-February. The game relies on survival in the low temperatures of the Canadian mountains, where players need to warm themselves with fires. This can give out their location, as well as tracks in the snow and other moments. Players must set traps and track each other. At the same time, there is a host and spectators of the match who can intervene in the game in a unique way, for example, cause disasters and comment on the actions of players.

Doubts: A cool idea can turn into a complete disaster, when inadequate schoolchildren and trolls in the role of leader will spoil the pleasure of the game.

Bayonetta and Vanquish for PS4 and Xbox One

Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: SEGA
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: February 18, 2023
Genre: Action / Adventure

Two gorgeous classic games from PlatinumGames will appear on PS4 and Xbox One on February 18 as part of Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle. A beautiful steelbook and 4K / 60FPS support on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro are included.

Doubts: None, except for the lack of a Vanquish port for the Nintendo Switch and the ability to buy these games separately.

The suicide of rachel foster

Developer: ONE-O-ONE Games
Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: February 19, 2023 (PC), TBA (consoles)
Genre: Adventure

The story of this atmospheric first-person adventure unfolds during a strong blizzard in the mountains of Montana, where Nicole is forced to wait out the bad weather in an old family hotel, investigating the dirty secrets of the past. Our first impressions are available here.

Doubts: A potentially interesting adventure can slip into a primitive walking simulator, but we believe in the best.

Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition for Nintendo Switch

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: February 20, 2023
Genre: Action / Adventure

Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition for Nintendo Switch

Another port of the cult DMC3, but this time with an unusual twist – the developers added a new gameplay chip – the ability to change styles in real time, which makes the reissue more modern in terms of gameplay – closer to new projects in the series. It will be interesting to switch between abilities and combine Dante’s techniques in a new way.

Doubts: We went through this game too many times, well, and Capcom again set an overpriced price. It is likely that port developers will not fix old bugs that have been going on since PS3 reissue. For example, in my version for the PS4, the save file went bad, which is why I lost all progress, which is just terrible for a game that involves numerous replay.

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r]

Developer: French Bread
Publisher: Arc System Works / PQube / Aksys Games
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: February 21, 2023
Genre: 2D Fighting

The third big update for the popular fighting game in narrow circles promises numerous improvements in gameplay, new tricks for old characters, a thousand edits in the game balance, an updated story and a new hero – armed with the staff and ice magic of the knight Londrekia. Well, of course, access to the Nintendo Switch. If you already have a basic game for PS4, then the new version will appear on it as a free patch with the ability to buy a fresh character for little money, which is very cool.

Doubts: It’s time for the French Bread developers to stop falling asleep on the keyboard when they come up with names for their games. Graphics look outdated.

Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Release Date: February 25, 2023
Genre: Platform / Action / Adventure

This collection combines six classic games in one: Mega Man Zero 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as Mega Man ZX and ZX Advent. In addition, it includes an art gallery, music player, special filters and much more. The simplified mode and the Save-Assist function will help pass the game to casuals. Players can also try their hand at the new Z Chaser mode based on the leaderboard, an exclusive created specifically for this collection.

Doubts: None.

Infliction for PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

Developer: Caustic Reality
Publisher: Blowfish Studios
Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Release Date: February 25, 2023
Genre: First-Person Horror / Adventure with Stealth Elements

Another indie horror, but with excellent graphics, tells a terrible story about the darkness, which can be hidden in the most ordinary at first glance country house. Exploring the abode of a once happy family, reading letters and diaries, listening to voice messages, you put together tips to understand what happened in this terrible place. Well, and, of course, it could not do without hide from a dangerous monster. The game was released on PC in 2018 and received a good press and a huge approval rating from Steam users – 91%.

Doubts: Nothing yet.

One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows

Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: February 28, 2023
Genre: 3D fighting game

3v3 battles, where players can form teams using their favorite anime characters, look interesting. You can play Saitama, who is always late, but kills with one blow. Our preview can be read here.

Doubts: Although the game is fun, it’s not a fact that it will last long.

Marvel’s Iron Man VR

Developer: Camouflaj
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PS4 VR
Release Date: February 28, 2023
Genre: Action VR

Iron Man fans’ dreams will come true very soon, when they can get into a steel suit, become a cool superhero and go to save the world, armed with two PlayStation Move sticks.

Doubts: The game looks budgetary and again there was not enough money for the actors from the film.

To be continued…

Material prepared by: ACE and Skyerist.

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