If you thought 2022 was chaotic, 2023 was perhaps even more chaotic. 2023 saw the rise of AI, the coronation of King Charles III after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, tons of Hollywood strikes, and a ridiculous amount of conflict around the world. Le sigh. The cost of living crisis continued and the world was literally on fire again too. Fun times.
2023 was the year of Barbie, Oppenheimer, the brilliant The Last of Us adaptation, and the year that Doja Cat's ‘Paint the Town Red’ dominated social media. Speaking of social media, Elon Musk rebranded Twitter to X, although everyone still calls it Twitter. Man City won the elusive treble in 2023 too, while Harry Kane finally left Spurs.
In the gaming sphere, 2023 was the year that Microsoft finally purchased Activision Blizzard, despite the UK government's best efforts to be a party pooper. From a PlayStation standpoint, 2023 was a relatively quiet year by their standards, but despite that, Sony still dropped the brilliant follow-up to their web slinging classic from 2018 with Spider-Man 2. 2023 was also the year that saw a couple of great third party exclusives in Oxenfree II and Final Fantasy XVI land on the platform.
Third-party wise, 2023 was a banger. It was the year that Alan Wake 2 finally launched, as well as the frankly great Hogwarts Legacy, Resident Evil 4 and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. On top of that, Diablo IV, Assassin's Creed Mirage, Dead Island 2 and Remnant 2 also impressed, as well as Monster Hunter Rise, Lies of P and Mortal Kombat 1 which all landed with a similar bang. 2023 was the year that FromSoftware returned to their roots with Armored Core 6, and EA launched their first football game without the FIFA branding, FC 24. Oh, and Cyberpunk 2077 received the brilliant Phantom Liberty DLC too, as well as the hefty 2.0 update. 2023 was a great year for games!