our 2023 Christmas selection

Like many gamers, you don’t necessarily have an unlimited budget to discover all the games released this year. And suffice to say that in 2023, there was a choice! As Christmas approaches, we present to you the three mainstream AAA games that in our eyes deserve to end up under the tree.

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Credits: Sony

As you know, the end of year holidays are fast approaching and like many gamers, you are probably going to treat yourself or someone with a video game under the tree. Only and like many, your budget is not unlimited and you don’t necessarily have hundreds of euros to spend to play all the major titles released in 2023.

And suffice to say that there was a choice this year, between The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Starfield, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 24 or Alan Wake 2, Mario Wonder Or Resident Evil 4 Remake. And again, these few titles represent a fraction of the video game releases in 2023.

But then, which game to choose when your bank account does not allow you to play several? After our list of the three best portable consoles and our selection of the best independent games at a low price, you will find in this file the three mainstream AAA games to absolutely play this year.

The Ultimate Superhero Game: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Price : €79.99

Platform : PS5

Lifetime : between 8 and 30 p.m.

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Credits: Sony

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 undoubtedly remains one of the major releases of the end of 2023. With the new title from Insomniac Games, the PS5 gets another formidably effective exclusivity. Yes, this sequel takes the solid foundations of the first part and the spin-off Miles Morales, but it improves this formula on all points: more generous, more spectacular, more beautiful, better written, more demanding in the fights…

And if we once again find New York as our playground, the Big Apple has never been so alive. Thanks to the power of the PS5, the city is full of NPCs going about their business, the traffic is finally realistic with hundreds of cars on the screen… In short, New York is the star of this Spider-Man 2. And what about the movement mechanics? Already exhilarating in the first episode, they reach a higher level thanks to the delta-webs, a sort of wing-suit that allows you to fly between skyscrapers at lightning speed. As for the clashes, they have gained in intensity and difficulty thanks to more numerous and more varied enemies and new enjoyable combat techniques (parries, symbiote powers, new gadgets, etc.).

For players who:

  • want to be in the shoes of the spider-man
  • love spectacular games
  • are looking for a calibrated but extremely effective experience

The last great game on the Switch: Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Price : €59.99

Platform : Nintendo Switch

Lifetime : Between 25h and 10 years (it’s up to you)

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Credits: Nintendo

If you own a Nintendo Switch and have not yet discovered Link’s latest adventures, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom is a must-have for the Nintendo console. If we indeed find the open world of Breath of The Wild, this episode marks its difference by offering to explore the skies but also the underground of Hyrule. But above all, the title offers a extraordinary freedom of actionthanks to brilliant features like Emprise, a power that lets you stick the objects together.

You only need to watch a few videos on YouTube to see to what extent Nintendo’s system allows the craziest creations. Want to create a mecha to defeat this goblin camp? It’s possible. Want to build an impregnable Mad Max-style tank with spikes and flamethrowers? It’s doable. Add to that a pleasure of exploration without any measure, a soundtrack to die for and some truly original gameplay ideasand you have one of the best games released on Switch, period.

For players who:

  • are looking for a great adventure game with a huge world to explore
  • like to let their creativity shine
  • are not afraid to spend hundreds of hours on a game

The best Star Wars game in a long time: Jedi Survivor

Price : €79.99 on PS5/Xbox Series X, €69.99 on PC

Platform : PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC

Lifetime : between 8 and 30 p.m.

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Credits: EA

After a promising Jedi Fallen Order, the Respawn Entertainment teams have given a sequel to the adventures of Jedi Cal Kestis. Awarded a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in our columns, this episode ticks all the boxes for an excellent sequel: more beautiful, bigger, more generous, simply better. In addition to resuming the strengths of the first opus, Jedi Survivor has the luxury of erasing the few flaws of its predecessor (fast travel, real cosmetic rewards, further customization).

For neophytes, we play the Jedi knight Cal Kestis, who after surviving Order 66, tries as best he can to fight against the Empire. In Jedi Survivor, you will be required to travel across the galaxy to find traces of a mythical planet, which could well serve as a home to all the oppressed. The title stands out as an excellent adventure game, which combines both exploration, clever puzzles, platforming and combat absolutely exhilarating thanks to the powers of the Force. The ultimate Jedi experience for all fans of the Star Wars universe.

For players who:

  • want to play an accomplished Jedi Knight
  • who are fans of the Star Wars universe
  • want to have fun with exhilarating and demanding fights

Honorable mentions

Of course, other mainstream games would deserve their place in this ranking. We are thinking in particular of the very good remake of Resident Evil 4, the brilliant Alan Wake 2 from the Finnish studio Remedy or even Hogwarts Legacy, the open world Harry Potter game which broke everything at the start of 2023. This is why you will find here Below are some honorable mentions:

  • Alan Wake 2 (€59.99): horror adventure game on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S
  • Hogwarts Legacy (€59.99 or less depending on platforms): open-world adventure game in the Harry Potter universe on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
  • Resident Evil 4 Remake (€69.99): horror action game on PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC
  • Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon (€69.99): mecha game on PS4/PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC
  • Super Mario Wonder (€59.99): Mario’s flamboyant return to the 2D platform available exclusively on Nintendo Switch
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 (€69.99): the new essential CRPG reference by Larian Studios on PS5, Xbox Series X (soon on Series S) and PC

Please note that the prices displayed can vary greatly, particularly thanks to the numerous promotions offered during Black Friday or during the end-of-year holidays.

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