PoppinJam Anticipated Games of 2023
Harvey is going to be so mad with me!
Breath of the Wild is my game of the generation and Tears of the Kingdom is, as a result, my most anticipated of 2023, as it is for a lot of people I imagine. I'm a very slow Souls game enjoyer, so I am still exploring Elden Ring... That is then the most recent benchmark for open world type games - but, it doesn't have the amazing sandbox elements of Breath of the Wild and that's what I'm looking forward to rexperiencing - refined and with new ideas in Tears of the Kingdom. The trailers I've seen have not been overly exciting - but I don't think they will ever convey what's in store so I don't have any concerns.
I always remember the Melee tournaments in the very early days where a subsection of the community would always sit around a table to play local multiplayer Advance Wars. When this is out, I would like to get rolled by AC_Anon at least once.
Highly unlikely I will get around to even playing this anytime soon at all... but it looks so nice and has the great spirit of the Pikmin franchise which is impossible to resist, so it will be part of my collection. I wonder if we'll see a 1+2 rerelease on Switch at some point, seems like it would be nice to have the whole series available.
Early access was last weekend and Open Beta is live in 6 hours for the weekend before the wait until release. Hugely anticipate this game, kind of in spite of myself. But, the visuals are terrific, the game feels great to play and I'm super excited to play around with the classes, explore end game content, and I'm especially hopeful that Hardcore turns out well. Most of this week I've had Early Access reactions and analysis videos on in the background, just to tide me over. Activision Blizzard being what they are though, I'm concerned about the monetisation of the game. At the moment, they're saying that monetisation will centre around cosmetics, and this will be fleshed out significantly. That could be fine, though I have some concerns, but what is really annoying already - Deluxe versions of the game will have access to the game four days before launch. Standard Diablo 4 is already £69.99, not to play when others are playing. £89.99 to play at the actual launch with cosmetic perks and £99.99 for some more cosmetics and some kind of boost in regards to the cosmetics shop - And, when an expansion launches, I guess it's that again. Fingers crossed it doesn't devolve any more.
It's a hard series for me to pin down at this point. I came to the realisation I only really like a couple of the games in the series, particularly the PS1 games, but at least a few more have made an impression. Playing Elden Ring Seamless Coop recently, my friend has been talking about his excitement for this and that has rubbed off on me a bit.
The main appeal is the team and Naoki Yoshida being at the helm. I've struggled to get into Final Fantasy XIV but have heard such great things about what they've done with the MMO, that I would love to play a streamlined single player experience from them. I'm sure the fanbase is still very excited about this game but it's not as overhyped as XV was which could be a really good thing for the game's reception and ability to exceed expectations. There appears to be commitment to systems in ways that have been murky before. I'm hopeful this will turn out to be a great entry in the series.
This will be my first Katamari game I've actually owned, but I've admired the series for a long time and played through some demos of previous games. I can't wait!
Thanks to Axelle for sending me this some time ago. It's still showing an unspecified 2023 release date on Steam and sits at the top of my Steam Wishlist. The visual presentation just looks amazing and I've got high hopes that this will be a great experience.
After this was announced I went back to play Armored Core 1 on the PS1, which was not for me... But, with all the intervening releases and with Miyazaki being involved, AND with Armored Core being what it is to FromSoftware, I'm very excited to see how this turns out.