This round-up of the nuggets released in 2023 on Xbox not to be missed begins with Death’s Door. This colorful epic with inspired visuals takes adventurers to the edge of a universe of a thousand and one surprises. Acid Nerve studios unveil a world full of nuances where exploration gives way to dynamic confrontations of high difficulty. Devolver Digital serves you on a platter on a melancholy journey to the border between life and death. Death’s Door is an exhilarating breath of air that can make you vibrate.
Death’s Door Trailer
Death’s Door trailer
The From Software saga has had a huge impact on the gaming industry. There is clearly a before and an after “Dark Souls”. Eldest Souls, whose only name proves its affiliation with the aforementioned series, is an Action-RPG all in pixel art with full-bodied difficulty. Calling it Souls-Like 2D is not in vain. The experience imagined by United Label and Fallen Flag Studio is built on a constant challenge, lively and precise gameplay, epic bosses and remarkable replayability with its New Game Plus.
Eldest Souls Trailer
Eldest Souls trailer
First-person shooters tend to make skill the main component of their gaming experience. However, Ratloop Games Canada and Frontier Foundry go against this principle, and put tactics at the heart of the gameplay. Lemnis gate offers an atypical vision of FPS, and skillfully mixes armed and turn-based confrontations via a concept of time loops that radically changes the competitive approach. Despite a somewhat generic artistic direction, the singularity of the title alone deserves that fans of the genre linger.
Lemnis Gate Trailer
Lemnis Gate trailer
Now it’s time for an action-platform game, a true tribute to the 16-bit era and to the martial arts. Okinawa Rush developed by Sokaikan and published by No Gravity Games is at the crossroads of Beat’em All and the platform game with its ultra punchy fights and its narrative phases which are all nods to the exploitation cinema of the 90s. Beyond its shimmering DA and retro soundtrack that will delight nostalgic music lovers, Okinawa Rush is a refined video game time machine.
Okinawa Rush Trailer
Okinawa Rush trailer
Devolver Digital has a flair for spotting the right veins and securing the services of studios as inventive as they are talented, and Olija is another edifying proof of this know-how. This action-platform game developed by Skeleton Crew Studio mixes mythology and Heroic-Fantasy within a universe all in pixel art that will make the players’ nostalgic chord vibrate. With stunning 2D visuals, engaging soundtrack, and high-end clashes, Olija draws on the past to offer modern adventurers a refreshing adventure.
We end this review of the “confidential” games not to be missed in 2023 on Xbox with a 100% competitive FPS merging the weapon-in-hand feeling of the Halo saga and the flagship mechanics of the Portal series. This unique concept developed and published by 1047 Games bears the name of Splitgate, and offers pleasant confrontations that are both dynamic and tactical. Free to play and accessible to as many people as possible, this first-person shooter is an invitation to break with joy and gunpowder.