Soapbox: Elden Ring Is My GOTY, But It Was Incredible Indie Games That Kept Me Playing in 2022

Without a doubt, FromSoftware’s fantastic Elden Ring garnered my personal GOTY spot very comfortably for 2023 (with the astounding Obsidian’s Pentiment a close second), really, it was an easier pick than any other year in recent memory. Nothing else has come close, particularly in terms of pick of the year for AAA’s big things.

However, as much as I loved my epic journey through The Lands Between, and boy did I adore it, when I look back in the year 2023 as a whole, it was, once again, the indie games that kept me interested, kept me playing and kept me coming back for more on Xbox during the past twelve months.

There were some indie entrants in 2023 that we all knew were going to be crackers long before they got here, like the amazing immortality of Sam Barlow (the man doesn’t know how to make a bad game), but others, a lot of others, just kind of slipped out of nowhere. And it gave me what were easily my most memorable experiences of the year, the kind of gaming experiences that stay in your mind for a long time and remind you why you love this art form in the first place.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a game I’ve been watching for ages – if Dotemu has anything to do with a project, I usually keep it – and even though I expected it to be very good, it ended up blowing me away, fully reliving the excitement That addictive take on the old Turtles games I spent a lot of time and money playing in arcades after school, but with a modern sheen that made everything a little smoother.

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In terms of the things that totally blew me away, well, there were a few. Rose-Engine Games delivered an amazing installment of sci-fi survival horror with Signalis, a game that unexpectedly ended up in my top five list for the year. Bounding Box Software delivered an absolutely terrific slice of old-school shooter action in the form of Prodeus – truly the best shooter overall, no questions asked – and Matthias Linda Chained Echoes is a retro RPG that manages to pay homage to the classic while bringing plenty of fun. Their own unique ideas, excellent fighting characters and likable to the table. How on earth could one person do such a thing?


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