Our individual Game of the Year articles allow our lovely team of writers to share their own personal PS5 and PS4 picks for 2023. Today, it's the turn of contributor Scott McCrae.
Armored Core 6 is just a rad game overall. Having never played any of the other games in the series, I wasn't 100% sure how I would mesh with this game. But then I used my giant mech chainsaw to destroy someone else in a 1v1 mech fight and it clicked. As much as I'd love to tell you that I spent hours configuring my mech to be the coolest thing and the most efficient for each mission, I am a mere plebeian who just treated the release as an action game starring a chainsaw wielding mecha.
I was skeptical about the decision RGG Studio made to bring Kiryu out of retirement, but after Gaiden I can't wait to see him again. Like a Dragon Gaiden somehow manages to be one of the shorter Yakuza stories and one of the most impactful, setting up Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth in a way that has me even more excited for my most anticipated game of 2024. RGG Studio once again proves it is unmatched when it comes to making the hypest finales possible, and then followed it up by making me cry like a baby.
I didn't want Capcom to remake Resident Evil 4. The original still holds up and remaking it only gives it a chance to be ruined. As you can see, I have to eat hats a lot. Resident Evil 4 did a masterful job of adapting one of the greatest games ever made into another one of the greatest games ever made. The gameplay feels phenomenal, the campy dialogue is still intact and they made Luis Sera one of the most compelling characters in the whole series. Basically, I should stop doubting Capcom, because it always delivers right now.
2. Alan Wake 2
Remedy is on another level. Alan Wake 2 outshines other 'cinematic' focused titles (like the majority of Sony's first-party output) and it does it on what I imagine is at least half the budget. Alan Wake 2 could have been a safe survival horror game, but what Remedy does with its innovative story and level design propels it into all-timer status. It's one of the most intense and atmospheric games I've ever played while also being one of the funniest and exciting. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face while playing THAT level, and it's going to stick with me for years to come.
Street Fighter 6 is a masterpiece. Capcom is firing on all cylinders with this game, with the incredible art direction, soundtrack, character designs, newcomers, accessibility options, netcode, and unprecedented amount of single-player content. But, none of that would matter if the core fighting wasn't so incredible. Street Fighter 6 isn't only the best fighting game of 2023 by a country mile, it's right up there as one of the best fighting games ever made with Third Strike, CVS2, and Garou. No game got more hours from me this year, and that's something I expect will continue well into next year.
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