2023 has been a big year for video games, with notable achievements and setbacks that have shaped the industry. From game ratings to layoffs, this year will be remembered as a turning point for gaming.

Let’s start with the good news – 2023 has had a lot of highly-acclaimed games. According to Metacritic, this year has the most games with a score of 90 or above in the past two decades. This establishes 2023 as a year with critically acclaimed games.

Notable titles include Alan Wake 2, Street Fighter 6, Cocoon, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Turbo Overkill, Sea of Stars, and Diablo 4. These games have received praise and high ratings.

But amidst the celebration, there’s a sad reality. The industry has been impacted by layoffs, tarnishing the accomplishments of 2023. Game developers have faced an uncertain future as companies downsized. This has made 2023 a challenging year for those in the industry.

Interestingly, the struggles faced by game developers this year are similar to 2007. Both years had great games but also challenges. This shows the cyclical nature of the gaming industry.

When we think of exceptional years in gaming, 1997 and 1998 come to mind. Now, 2023 can join that conversation. The high-quality releases and critical acclaim have established 2023 as part of the gaming elite.

One standout game is Baldur’s Gate 3. It has captured the hearts of fans and newcomers alike.

The Game Awards will also recognize the achievements of 2023. Games like Baldur’s Gate 3, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and Resident Evil 4 are expected to compete for awards.

However, we can’t ignore the challenges faced by game developers in 2023. Despite the industry’s success, layoffs have left many talented individuals without stable careers. This reminds us that the gaming industry, like any other, has struggles.

Looking at more recent years, 2018 was also notable for gaming achievements. Games like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 were highly acclaimed. This shows the cyclical nature of the gaming industry.

As 2023 comes to a close, it will be remembered for its triumphs and tribulations. The highly-rated games solidify its place among the greats, while the layoffs remind us of the challenges faced by creators. 2023 will be remembered for resilience and innovation as the gaming industry continues to evolve.