Well and truly into the current generation of consoles and with some huge hitters finally seeing their long-anticipated releases, the first half of 2023 has been an absolute cracker six months for fans of video games of all kinds. With the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Final Fantasy XVI bringing out the big guns alongside some bonafide indie gems, we’re spoiled for choice so far this year.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the very highest rated games of 2023 so far, according to review score aggregators Metacritic and OpenCritic. Of course, review scores should never be the be-all-and-end-all of your gaming decisions, but if you’re somehow stuck for what to play right now, hopefully the below list of everything currently sitting over an average 85 review score for the year so far will help you find your next fave.
In the interest of consistency, we’ve omitted any releases that are strictly ports from previous generations to the newer consoles, like The Witcher 3’s new-gen release earlier in the year. Brand-new remakes, remasters and the like are fair game, though. The scores listed for each game are also the highest aggregate rating the game received across all of its release platforms, so something like Diablo IV that has a Metacritic score of 91 on Xbox and 87 on PC will show the higher Xbox number.
Our Review: 9/10 “EA Motive could have taken a path of least resistance in delivering a Dead Space remake, though I’m thankful for everything they’ve poured into what is a tremendous reimagining of one of gaming’s truly iconic horror games.” Read more.
Our Review: 10/10“Final Fantasy XVI is an epic in every sense of the word. Consistently sharp writing, a captivating cast of characters, exhilarating combat, and a timeless soundtrack coalesce into an experience that showcases what the PlayStation 5 is capable of at the highest level.” Read more.
Our Review: 8.5/10“Final Bar Line is another fantastic entry in a great rhythm series, propped up by an enormous catalog of essential video game music and a variety of fun and engaging (if slightly superfluous) systems.” Read more.
Our Review: 8.5/10“Octopath Traveler II does an earnest job of trying to right the wrongs of its predecessor, making more attempts than ever to integrate the stories of its eight characters.” Read more.