Summer Game Fest 2023 Review

From Fantasy Realms to Sci-Fi Galaxies: Unleashing the Latest Gaming Treats

Mason Moeller

6/9/20234 min read

The Summer Game Fest 2023 live event was packed with a number of exciting announcements and reveals. From the audacious triumphs of some titles to the promising debut of others, there's a good amount of options to explore and anticipate. Let's start with some of our favourites.

Mortal Kombat 1, a legendary title that has forever left its mark on the fighting genre. The remastered edition of this iconic title promises to rekindle the thrill of combat, steeped in rich nostalgia. It's not just about the bone-crushing fatalities or the flamboyant special moves; it's about the history it carries and the lineage it upholds.

Witchfire, the eerie dark fantasy shooter from The Astronauts, teases an intoxicating blend of gloomy atmospheric aesthetics and adrenaline-pumping gameplay. The glimpses of witchy supernatural powers and monstrous foes are sure to keep players on their toes.

Remnant 2 continues the legacy of its predecessor, offering a more expansive and robust post-apocalyptic world. The sequel looks poised to double down on its winning formula with a fresh storyline, unique challenges, and, of course, a platter of grotesque creatures to destroy.

Lies of P, the dark retelling of the Pinocchio story, brings an intriguing, almost nightmarish twist to the familiar tale. As a mechanical boy in a world lost to insanity, players will experience a unique blend of horror and storytelling, sure to give even the most hardened gamers pause.

Warhaven, an impressive looking real-time strategy title, is a promising newcomer to the RTS genre. Its rich world-building and strategic combat mechanics, not to mention the wealth of faction choices, hold substantial promise for those looking for the next big thing in strategy gaming.

Alan Wake 2, a sequel to the much-beloved psychological thriller, was another standout announcement. A cocktail of sinister supernatural mysteries and an enigmatic protagonist, Alan Wake 2 promises a deeper, more suspense-filled narrative that is sure to both thrill and terrify fans of the original.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden, from the acclaimed studio Don't Nod, takes us on a more action-packed path than the studio's previous offerings. The existential contemplations hinted at in the trailer suggests this title will not lack depth in its storytelling, offering a potent mix of action and mystery

Wayfinder, from the creators of Battle Chasers: Nightwar, carries the promise of a satisfying action RPG experience. With light MMO elements and an immersive fantasy world, it's set to offer a unique blend of solo and multiplayer action that could make it a standout hit in the RPG landscape.

And finally, the pièce de résistance: Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. This sequel to the lauded FF7 Remake introduces fresh twists to an already rich narrative, sending the iconic Cloud Strife and his comrades into uncharted timelines and revelations. Its early 2024 release is anticipated with bated breath by many fans around the world.

But the excitement doesn't stop there. The festival didn't leave the strategy enthusiasts hanging, introducing an intriguing mix of grand strategy with titles like Stellaris Nexus and Star Trek: Infinite. Stellaris Nexus, a creative collaboration between Paradox and Whatboy Games, brings a novel concept to the table, promising to condense epic space opera narratives into a tight, hour-long experience. For fans of the Stellaris universe, this fast-paced spin-off promises the thrill of forging alliances and conquering the universe in a condensed, manageable playtime. Meanwhile, Star Trek: Infinite, developed by Nimble Giant Entertainment, is set to transport players into the legendary universe of Star Trek. Offering the opportunity to control an entire fleet from one of the four powerhouses of the universe, the game promises a grand strategy experience steeped in the lore and spirit of the iconic franchise.

On the other end of the spectrum, we've got the cosmic survival base-builder, Space Trash Scavenger, also from Paradox. A foray into the world of interstellar waste management, this title sets players on a mission to salvage riches while defending their ever-expanding Space Rig base. With a vibrant procedurally generated universe ripe for exploration, this game could be a treat for lovers of survival and base-building games.

For those looking for a creative indie experience, Under the Waves and Faefarm, two unique titles, promise something different from the mainstream offerings. Under The Waves, with its artful design and captivating narrative, offers a refreshing take on the exploration genre, while Faefarm entices players into a world of magical farming and creature rearing that could charm fans of the genre. We were especially intrigued by Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior, a time-looping isometric hack and slash game.

In the world of free updates and new game modes, Marvel Snap's new Conquest mode was a highlight, injecting a fresh dose of competitive play into the popular Marvel card game. Another noteworthy update was Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4, continuing the tradition of offering regular content updates for this immensely popular shooter. And not to forget Black Desert Online's "Land of The Morning Light" expansion, which promises to keep the MMORPG's world fresh and exciting for its vast player base. The event also featured a mix of surprises, notably the announcement of Fortnite's new season, titled "Wilds", which took fans by storm with its unexpected Cybertron crossover, and the unexpected appearance of Nicolas Cage as a playable character in Dead by Daylight.

In conclusion, Summer Game Fest 2023 was a reasonably exciting event that offered a good variety of game announcements that piqued interest across various genres and gaming communities. While it lacked any truly jaw-dropping revelations, the assortment of new titles, updates, and expansions ensured that it was a worthwhile occasion for the gaming industry. The festival delivered a fair share of surprises and introduced several titles that hold promise. The future of gaming, as showcased by this event, seems set on a course of diversity and creativity, offering a multitude of experiences to players around the globe. Stay tuned for the following announcements coming all week.