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Community Games Of The Year 2023


As the year 2023 is coming to an end, we want to take some time to celebrate all the games that we loved this year – whether they are new favourites or old classics.

Games are the reason why we are here – they bring us together, form friendships, and create many lasting memories. Let us look at the communities’ favourite games this year – thank you all for your responses!

And now, for this year’s favourite game (with 5 out of 15 responses), drumroll please… ๐Ÿฅ

๐Ÿ†COMMUNITY GAME OF THE YEAR ๐Ÿ†

Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldurโ€™s Gate 3 is a story-rich, party-based RPG set in the universe of Dungeons & Dragons, where your choices shape a tale of fellowship and betrayal, survival and sacrifice, and the lure of absolute power.

Larian Studios

Release Date: 3 August 2023

Developer: Larian Studios
Publisher: Larian Studios

Baldur’s Gate 3 Official Launch Trailer

Baldur’s Gate 3 has stolen the hearts of many this year, winning multiple awards (including Game Of The Year 2023), so it is no surprise that you loved this game too! Here is what you said about Baldur’s Gate 3:

It’s an addiction and if I could beat it I would. Every time I think “This is a dumb way to do it, it won’t work” it does. A flying bear punching a gnoll in the face, to beating a drider to death with a goblin corpse, and so much inbetween.

Roganz

An RPG on a higher level. And a love letter from a studio not yet overcome with greed.

Mactabilis

Overall quality, story and just endless solutions to solve problems.

Sherlockswolemes

Its just so god damn immersive.

1und2

The world-building is amazing and so detailed, the characters are nuanced and have depth. I just love how skills and spells interact with each other – leading to many many paths to solve a problem. The only game I bought at full price in a long time because I felt like it was worth it.

Siocain

If you want to treat yourself to a copy of Baldur’s Gate 3, you can buy the game here:


๐Ÿ’š More Community Favourites ๐Ÿ’š

Starcom: Unknown Space (Early Access)

Starcom: Unknown Space is an action RPG of space exploration and adventure. Build your own starship while discovering an epic story in a universe of strange mysteries, alien factions and uncharted worlds.

Wx3 Labs, LLC

Release Date: 14 December 2022

Developer: Wx3 Labs, LLC
Publisher: Wx3 Labs, LLC

Starcom: Unknown Space Launch

Here is what you said about Starcom: Unknown Space:

Fun little space adventure with a good mix of battle/resource collection with the story line that makes it interesting – You can build your ship having to manage heat sink aspects, rate of fire, speed and armor.

Lazarus

If you want to treat yourself to a copy of Starcom: Unknown Space, you can buy the game here:


Final Fantasy XIV

Join over 27 million adventurers worldwide and take part in an epic and ever-changing FINAL FANTASY. Experience an unforgettable story, exhilarating battles, and a myriad of captivating environments to explore.

Square Enix

Release Date: 18 February 2014

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix

FINAL FANTASY XIV (Version 1.0) Trailer

Here is what you said about Final Fantasy XIV:

Story, music, play with friends, best MMO community. A lot of the music was and will be in my Youtube Music recaps. I can just hop in, do something and hop out. Or just go into an ingame player house party/club location.

xPhire

As a game, I really enjoyed the more mature setting and feel to it – I read somewhere about growing up with something and it growing up with you, and this felt like that in a lot of ways (although I did miss some of the more quirky staples). The combat system is so satisfying when you string together great combos of moves for huge damage, and it’s probably the only AAA game this year I’ve sat down and played from start to finish over one period. There’s a great number of games I’ve missed this year – but I’m really happy I didn’t miss FFXIV.

SoupaBuoy

If you want to treat yourself to a copy of Final Fantasy XIV, you can buy the game here:


Bramble: The Mountain King

Bramble The Mountain King is a grim adventure set in a world inspired by dark, Nordic fables. Explore the beautiful yet dangerous and twisted land of Bramble in your endeavour to rescue your sister. Traverse a wondrous landscape and survive deadly encounters with Bramble’s many hideous creatures.

Merge Games

Release Date: 27 April 2023

Developer: Dimfrost Studio
Publisher: Merge Games

Bramble: The Mountain King – Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Here is what you said about Bramble: The Mountain King:

The story, gameplay, music and general atmosphere is just perfectly executed. The way they depict the nordic folklore is simply put just art!

ItsDrPlacebo

If you want to treat yourself to a copy of Bramble: The Mountain King, you can buy the game here:


Starfield

Starfield is the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4.


Bethesda

Release Date: 6 September 2023

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Starfield Official Gameplay Trailer

Here is what you said about Starfield:

Mainly liked exploring the ‘world’ I think. Only game I really thought about while I wasn’t playing it and wanted to load it back up. It has issues but the gameplay loop is fairly fun.

Braxios

If you want to treat yourself to a copy of Starfield, you can buy the game here:


Stellaris

Explore a galaxy full of wonders in this sci-fi grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studios. Interact with diverse alien races, discover strange new worlds with unexpected events and expand the reach of your empire. Each new adventure holds almost limitless possibilities.


Paradox Interactive

Release Date: 9 May 2016

Developer: Paradox Development Studio
Publisher: Paradox Interactive

Stellaris – Base Game Trailer

Here is what you said about Stellaris:

I love playing this type of game as a way to pass the time. Not entirely sure exactly why, but i place it in a similar way to how i love play Sid Myers Civilization games.

ItsJustKorbin

If you want to treat yourself to a copy of Stellaris, you can buy the game here:


Call of Duty: Warzone

Welcome to Call of Dutyยฎ: Warzoneโ„ข, the massive free-to-play combat arena which now features the brand-new map, Urzikstan.

Activision

Release Date: 16 November 2022

Developer: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Beenox, Treyarch, High Moon Studios, Sledgehammer Games, Activision Shanghai, Demonware, Toys for Bob
Publisher: Activision

Official Trailer | Call of Duty: Warzone

Here is what you said about Call of Duty: Warzone:

The unpredictability in each match, playing with friends and had a lot of fun with said game with them.

DeadsyPeaches

If you want to treat yourself to a copy of Call of Duty: Warzone, you can download the game for free here:


Cities: Skylines 2

Raise a city from the ground up and transform it into a thriving metropolis with the most realistic city builder ever. Push your creativity and problem-solving to build on a scale you’ve never experienced. With deep simulation and a living economy, this is world-building without limits.

Paradox Interactive
Official Release Trailer | OUT NOW I Cities: Skylines II

Here is what you said about Cities: Skylines II:

It allows me to mindlessly build cities and transport networks for hours on end ๐Ÿ˜€

mark3186

If you want to treat yourself to a copy of Cities: Skylines II, you can buy the game here:


Project Zomboid (Early Access)

Project Zomboid is the ultimate in zombie survival. Alone or in MP: you loot, build, craft, fight, farm and fish in a struggle to survive. A hardcore RPG skillset, a vast map, massively customisable sandbox and a cute tutorial raccoon await the unwary. So how will you die? All it takes is a bite..

The Indie Stone

Release Date: 8 November 2013

Developer: The Indie Stone
Publisher: The Indie Stone

Project Zomboid Trailer – This Is How I Died

Here is what you said about Project Zomboid:

A great sandbox that has a super dedicated dev team and a huge community of players and modders. If you think it should be in the zombie apocalypse, PZ either has it, or has a mod that adds it.

Khalak13

If you want to treat yourself to a copy of Project Zomboid, you can buy the game here:


Once again, thank you all so much for being part of this community and sharing your favourite games. We really appreciate all of you and hope you have a great festive season and a wonderful start to 2024! ๐Ÿ’š

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