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The best games of 2023 so far, picked by the NPR staff


The year 2023 has been one of the biggest gaming years in recent memory. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom broke sales records, alongside blockbusters like Final Fantasy XVI, Diablo IV, Street Fighter 6, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Resident Evil 4, Hogwarts Legacy and Dead Space.

But while popular franchises dominated the market, far-flung indies also got their due, from South Africa's Terra Nil to Indonesia's A Space for the Unbound to New Caledonia's Tchia.

NPR staff and contributors have been sprinting to keep up with the frantic release schedule. Packed with modern spectacles and revitalized classics, there's something for everyone on this list.

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James Perkins Mastromarino
James Perkins Mastromarino is Here & Now's Washington, D.C.-based producer. He works with NPR's newsroom on a daily whirlwind of topics that range from Congress to TV dramas to outer space. Mastromarino also edits NPR's Join the Game and reports on gaming for daily shows like All Things Considered and Morning Edition.