2023 looks to be a huge year for video games, because there’s so many big games coming to PlayStation 5, from first party exclusives like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, to not one but two huge Final Fantasy games, a new era of fighting games with Street Fighter 6, and so much more. We’ve gathered together 21 of the best games confirmed for PS5 in 2023, and many of them are coming to PS4 as well.
Note that we’re not including PlayStation VR 2 games on this list, but there’s a ton of great virtual reality gaming to look forward to as well, once the new generation headset launches on 22nd February.
Monster Hunter Rise
PS5, PS4, XSX|S, XBO, PC | 20th January 2023
The already wildly successful Monster Hunter Rise is being ported to more platforms this January, including PS5. Aiming to build on the success and popularity of Monster Hunter World on home consoles, this game brings in new ideas such as the Wirebug to perform mid-air grapple moves, Wyvern Riding, and new canine hunting buddies called Palamutes.
Following on from the release of the main game, you’ll have a few months to take in all of the challenging monster battling that it offers before the massive expansion Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak arrives in Spring 2023.
PS5, PC | 24th January 2023
Square Enix’s first big action RPG of 2023 is flying a little under the radar, but looks to take advantage of a lot of what the PS5 has to offer with its ultra-speedy SSD enabling super-fast, magic-infused parkour in an open world, and brings an energetic acrobatic style to the combat.
Sure, the trailers haven’t done enough to capture people’s imaginations, and the recently released demo didn’t do enough to really show off what this game is capable of, but from our own extended hands on preview, we were pleasantly surprised. There’s something to Forspoken once you get into the open world and dig deeper into the magical combat that we’re looking forward to see more of.
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 27th January 2023
Remakes are all the rage right now and a ground up remake of the 2008 action horror classic Dead Space will be the first one to land in 2023. Rebuilt within the modern Frostbite engine, exclusively for the latest generation of console, there’s plenty of ways that EA Motive are able to modernise and even take the game in new directions. After The Callisto Protocol divided opinion, there’s sure to be lots of crossed fingers for this.
Dead Space remake will now feature a single cut camera style, the USG Ishimura having been expanded and changed so you won’t hop onto a ship’s tram system anymore. There’s new gameplay to enable this, so Isaac is now able to fly through a zero-G area, and there’s new ideas like needing to power different subsystems, perhaps sacrificing lighting or a breathable atmosphere to transform areas as you explore.
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 10th February 2023 – PS4, XBO | 4th April 2023 – NSW | 25th July 2023
For the many millions of people that grew up with the Harry Potter books and films, dreaming of hopping on a train at Platform 9 3/4 and going to wizard school (instead of putting up with boring geography lessons), Hogwarts Legacy will be a dream come true.
The game is set in the 1800s, casting you as a newly enrolled student at Hogwarts. Perhaps unsurprisingly, you are able to tap into an ancient form of magic that is being awoken in a way that could alter the future of the Wizarding World.
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 17th February 2023
Teaming up with EA, Koei Tecmo are looking to grab a chunk of the monster battling co-op action RPG genre made popular by Monster Hunter… and Wild Hearts looks great!
While the core monster battling might be immediately familiar to MonHun Fans, there’s more flexibility in how to battle them, thanks to being able to craft karakuri boxes and barricades to give you height or cover. It’s been a while since anyone’s seriously challenged Capcom’s crown (remember Dauntless?), but with this particular twist alongside a whole host of player-friendly quality of life differences, this could be one of the strongest attempts yet.
Like a Dragon: Ishin!
PS5, PS4, XSX|S, XBO, PC | 21st February 2023
It speaks volumes for the growth of the Like a Dragon series (formerly known as Yakuza) that Like a Dragon: Ishin! could be one of the biggest games of the year. A remake of a PS3 spin-off that steps back from modern day Japan to 1860s Kyo (a fictionalised Kyoto), dropping the familiar faces of Kiryu and Goro into the shoes of historical characters, this will have real appeal to Western fans of the series, as the original release was never localised.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
PS5, PS4, XSX|S, XBO, PC | 3rd March 2023
Fans of the Nioh series should be paying close attention to Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. This is Team Ninja’s latest Soulslike, but it leaps from Japanese mythology to a Chinese that’s common to other Koei Tecmo series like Dynasty Warriors and Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
It’s not a historical period piece, though. This is filled with just as many supernatural monsters to battle. You’ll play as a nameless militia soldier this time, fighting to survive through a dark fantasy version of the Later Han Dynasty, employing swordplay based on Chinese martial arts and tapping into an innate power within them.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 17th March 2023
A sequel to Respawn’s blend of Soulslike elements with a Star Wars story was a no-brainer. Picking up five years on from Fallen Order, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor continues the journey of Cal Kestis as he’s struggling to stay one step ahead of the Empire’s constant pursuit of the last remaining Jedi. Along with his trusty (and still very cute) droid companion BD-1, he will find himself a new ally and meet up with new and interesting characters.
Naturally Respawn will be building on the foundations of the first game, but as it’s now coming exclusively on the current gen consoles, Respawn can push on in certain ways, improving the visuals, the animations, and combat variety. The reveal trailer featured animal riding, combat team ups, grappling hooks and more.
Resident Evil 4
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 24th March 2023
The original Resident Evil 4 set out the stall for modern action horror gaming, its third person over-the-shoulder camera becoming standard for the genre over the following decade, but this remake can still do a lot to bring this classic title bang up to date. Tank controls have been thrown out the window, you can move (slowly) while aiming down sights, you can crouch and be more stealthy, block and parry melee attacks, and more. Despite that, the game feels thoroughly faithful to play, and the opening village encounter is an excellent sandbox that demonstrates this very well.
Dead Island 2
PS5, PS4, XSX|S, XBO, PC | 28th April 2023
Dead Island 2 is actually coming out this year? What a time to be alive! After bouncing between game studios and several indefinite delays, Dead Island 2 is back from video game dead.
Set in what Dambuster Studios have dubbed as HELL-A – it’s like regular LA, but there’s less traffic and more zombies – you’re one of the few survivors, but you’re not only immune to whatever disease has turned the populace into the living dead, you can leverage it to your advantage, unlocking superhuman abilities in the process.
We got to go hands on with the game at Gamescom 2022, and came away pleasantly surprised. Here’s our Dead Island 2 preview.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 26th May 2023
It feels like we’ve waited an eternity for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, but given Rocksteady’s track record with the Batman: Arkham games, it should be well worth the wait. We’ve had several cinematic trailers since the game was formally announced in 2020, but only one gameplay trailer, and it was the sort of fast cuts of action that show off special abilities and finishing moves, but little of the moment-to-moment.
We’re looking forward to seeing Warner Bros. and Rocksteady really kick into gear with a big media push in the next couple months.
Street Fighter 6
PS5, PS4, XSX|S, PC | 2nd June 2023
We’re about to step into the next generation of fighting games in 2023, and Capcom has big and bold plans for Street Fighter 6. There’s a lovely new art style, there’s an exciting roster of characters, there’s a whole character builder, a broad online multiplayer lobby arena, and so much more that looks to define the fighting game scene for the next decade.
The best thing, compared to Street Fighter 5’s launch, is that Capcom feels ready to deliver. There’s already been two beta tests that have drawn plenty of positive responses from the fighting game community, and it really seems like Capcom has a fully fleshed out game that they want to release in the summer. With such solid foundations for SF6, and with exciting competition from other contenders for the genre crown, 2023’s going to be a good year for fighting fans.
PS5, PS4, XSX|S, XBO, PC | 6th June 2023
Blizzard’s reputation as a company might have been dragged through the mud for good reason, but their abilities as game developers hasn’t really been in doubt, and Diablo 4 looks sublime.
The fourth coming of the defining action RPG series, this chapter in the long-running battle between heaven and hell will see players once more step into the boots of the Nephalem, picking from Barbarian, Sorceress, Druid, Rogue, and Necromancer classes, striding into battle on a quest to find eternally better gear and loot. It’s almost certain to be another excellently refined example of the genre.
Final Fantasy XVI
PS5 | 22nd June 2023
Final Fantasy 16 is swinging back to a medieval fantasy setting after its more recent sci-fi and technology-infused outings. Set in Valisthea, a world divided between six nations, each one holds power through Crystals and Dominants, who act as hosts for each Eikon summon. Within this setting, Clive Rosfield sees his kingdom destroyed and goes on a revenge quest in pursuit of the dark Eikon Ifrit. If nothing else, there’s plenty of opportunity for a severe case of political machination, with a side helping of classic Final Fantasy mysticism here.
This one should tantalise fans thanks in part to the team behind it, with big names like Naoki Yoshida and Hiroshi Minagawa from the Final Fantasy 14 team working on it.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
PS5 | Fall 2023
Insomniac and Sony have been fairly quiet about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 since announcing it in 2021, but we do know that it will be swinging onto PS5 later this year. There’s some really fun and interesting directions that they can take with this game, as well, delivering another crime-filled playground in New York City, but potentially letting players swap between Peter Parker and Miles Morales.
Then, of course, there’s the story that Insomniac will tell, with the fan favourite Venom leading the way and hints of the Sinister Six in that original announcement. We can’t wait to see more!
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
PS5 | Winter 2023
Continuing their reimagined Final Fantasy 7 saga, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will be a middle part to the new trilogy, aiming to be the Empire Strikes Back of the series. It certainly looks the part, with the game building on what was seen in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but able to go further as a full PS5 exclusive.
Of course, where Rebirth will continue to be divisive is with its story. Square Enix aren’t just retelling the tale of the original game with new graphics and gameplay, but are fiddling with the narrative as well. We’ll see how it pans out, but this could be something of a marmite game, even with Square Enix’s aspirations.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased his Name
PS5, PS4, XSX|S, XBO, PC | 2023
It’s kind of fitting that the first game in the Like a Dragon series to drop the Yakuza brand in the West will be one about name erasure. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name will tell a story set between the end of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, showing what Kiryu got up to between those games.
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon
PS5, PS4, XSX|S, XBO, PC | 2023
While they’re now far better known for their Soulsbourne genre, longtime fans of FromSoftware have been calling for a new Armored Core game for years. They’re answering the call with Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon this year.
We don’t really know much outside of the quite stunningly rendered announcement trailer that was released just a few weeks ago, but that teaser has fans salivating at the prospect. What will be interesting to discover is the kind of gameplay that will be found in Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. The last game released in 2012 with a more tactical slant to the mecha combat, compared to the quicker reflex-based combat of older games.
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 2023
If you enjoyed Mutant Year Zero, then Miasma Chronicles should be right up there on your watchlist for 2023. Developer The Bearded Ladies are taking a step away from the wilder mutated animal setting of their previous game, and building a more conventional post-apocalyptic world for Miasma Chronicles around their blend of free movement through world environments, stealth and XCOM-like turn-based combat. Also there’s a character that can join your party which is a head in a jar!
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
PS5, PS4, XSX|S, XBO, PC | 2023
If you’ve been missing the old school style of Assassin’s Creed game, then Assassin’s Creed Mirage will look to answer your prayers later this year. This “back-to-basics” game will take us back to a smaller world that’s mostly a dense city, a focus on stealth and parkour, and a more narrative driven game overall.
Alan Wake 2
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 2023
Everyone’s favourite flashlight-toting horror writer is making a long-awaited return this year in Alan Wake 2. from the success of Control, which was eventually revealed to be a part of the same universe as Alan Wake, Remedy Entertainment has teamed up with Epic Games for this sequel.
We’ve seen nothing since the game was announced at The Game Awards 2021, but it is apparently still on track for 2023. Expect Remedy to tease and show more of the game sometime in the next few months.
Phew! That’s a whole lot of games that will be coming out this year, with a lot of them already confirmed for the next few months. Stay tuned to TheSixthAxis for all the news on these big releases and everything else that’s happening in gaming.