3 Up, 3 Down – April 2023
On paper, April 2023 wasn’t a crazy good month for video game releases. But there ended up being a lot of really good games. All the biggest releases scored well, usually somewhere in the 75-85 range, with the exception of one. You’ll find that lemon in the Bad section of The Three Best (and Worst) Video Games from April 2023. The Good section is full of sleeper successes that surpassed April’s big guns. The Three Best (and Worst) Video Games from April 2023 are:
Everspace 2 is a flight combat game, with heavy RPG elements. Its best aspect is the way it captures the addicting loot and upgrade mechanics popularized by Diablo. Although it’s the direct story sequel to its predecessor, it ditches the original’s roguelike and procedural aspects for a crafted experience. Our reviewer concluded “The narrative, breathless arcade space battles, and deep customization keep Everspace 2 engaging for its full running time and beyond.” What more do you need?
Hunt the Night
Hunt the Night is top down adventure game like 2D Legend of Zelda entries. It has a dark horror setting, and unique combat that involves dashing and melee attacks that reload bullets. The game also introduces additional mechanics over its entire runtime, keeping gameplay fresh, and fun. Our reviewer wrote “There’s something for fans of almost every genre in this gem of a game.” So if you’re at all curious, give it a try. Hunt the Night is the biggest sleeper hit ofnThe Three Best (and Worst) Video Games from April 2023.
MLB The Show 23
Our reviewer claims that MLB The Show 23 is “the best sports simulation on the market”. That’s bold praise. But the series has had some time to perfect its look and mechanics, and the Negro League storylines are a massive new selling point. The only real nitpick our reviewer could come up with was that the commentary has some jank. MLB The Show 23 is a must play for baseball fans, but also any fan of sim games for any sport.