Dec 17, 2023 4 min read

Time to wrap up 2023

Don't worry, we're not copying Spotify.

2023 Wrapped.

Don't worry, we're not copying Spotify.

Hi, hello, and welcome to a new edition of the overkill digest newsletter.

Today's newsletter is the last of the year, as Chris and I will take a little break over the holidays. We will still publish content on the website, but there won't be a new email until January!

I had a lot of fun writing these emails nearly every Sunday for the last year, and I hope you had as much fun reading them. We have big plans for next year to create even better content for you, the reader. I won't spoil too much, but let's say we started talking to a designer and a developer.

But enough teasing. Let's get to this week's email.

2023 has been one hell of a year

As a fun way to end the year, I asked the overkill staff (Chris and I, along with our freelancers Timo and Jason) to sit down and write each of their top five games for 2023.

The Best Games of 2023
2023 was an excellent year for video games, so here are the Top 5 video games for 2023 of the overkill staff.

Not every game on the list here was released in 2023, but most were, and there are some surprises on this list – some I hadn't even heard of!

Though, to be honest, that list made me realize how many fantastic games were released this year – and how little time I had to enjoy all of them thoroughly. 2023 might have been the year I started the most games but finished the least of them.

Just to name a few, this year we got Baldur's Gate 3, Assassin's Creed Mirage, Hi-Fi Rush, Dead Space, Hogwarts Legacy, Atomic Heart, Like a Dragon: Ishin!, Metroid Prime Remake, PSVR2, the PC port of The Last of Us Part I, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Tears of the Kingdom, Diablo 4, Final Fantasy 16, Starfield, Lies of P, Spider-Man 2, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Alan Wake 2, The Talos Principle 2, and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. ...and I had to cut many titles from this list.

This year was insane. And 2024 might continue that trend, with titles like Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, Nightingale, Pacific Drive, Dragon's Dogma 2, Alone in the Dark, and Princess Peach: Showtime all dropping in the first three months!

I certainly know what I'll be doing the two weeks I am off of work: catch up on this year's backlog. Wish me luck!

In other news:

The imperfect art of limited editions in gaming
A look at the battle against bots, scalpers, and the pursuit of fairness in the gaming collectible market.

...and that's all folks.

Again, thank you very much for taking some time to read through my words every week. I appreciate you all incredibly, and I can't wait to be back next year.

Happy holidays, whichever you celebrate, and see you on the other side.


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