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15 Games Every Gamer Must Play At Least Once

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Dive into a world of engrossing narratives, unique and path-breaking gameplay mechanics, ultra-realistic and immersive graphics, and unforgettable gaming moments through our meticulously curated list of 15 must-play games for every gamer. This list spans across all major gaming platforms as well as genres, to ensure you have an unforgettable gaming experience.

1. Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Easily topping the list of the best Switch games of 2023, this latest Zelda game offers unparalleled freedom to players. Explore the massive world of Hyrule, filled with countless opportunities to unearth hidden mysteries, collect rare and unique artifacts and resources, battle lots of exciting and challenging enemies, help the game’s many characters, and rescue the titular Princess.

2. Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Released in late 2023, this title takes us back to our fondest childhood memories of playing the OG Super Mario Bros games. Easily amongst some of the best games on Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Bros Wonder is a fresh take on Mario games that includes new characters, special power ups, engaging multiplayer gameplay elements, and new world’s for our little plumber friend to explore.

3. Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Consistently offering some of the best Switch games of all times, Super Smash Bros series keeps offering gamers delightful new surprises. The latest edition in the series, released in 2018, offers a bewildering collection of fighters, hailing from different Switch games. This ultimate showdown/ fighting game offers a fun take on brawling fight games. With fighters like Mario, Link, Kirby, Pikachu, Snake, and Mega Man, as well as new items and team ups makes it an enjoyable experience for you and your friends.

4. Elden Ring:

Tough, gritty, and hard to beat, this modern Soulslike title has been appreciated and played by millions of gamers since its 2022 release. With a captivating and non-linear story crafted by George R. R. Martin and a panoply of massive, berserk, and thick-skinned monstrous bosses, Elden Ring offers challenging and punishing, yet ultimately rewarding gaming experience for hundreds of hours.

 5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Undoubtedly leading the roster of best racing games on Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart games have been a staple of family homes and college dorms across the world. Filled with an amazingly adorable cast from Mario Bros universe, this competitive and whimsical racing game hits all the right notes. It’s silly, yet captivating. Fun, yet extremely competitive. And offers unique gameplay elements and power ups that help the game stand apart from every other racing game in the world. 

6. The Last of Us (Part 1 & 2):

 A rich and emotionally devastating narrative, beautifully crafted and relatable characters, masterfully created world, hauntingly serene soundtrack, and exhilarating gameplay mechanics make these games unmissable for every gamer. These games have received their fair share of awards and have also been remastered for next-gen consoles. Gritty and at times scary, TLOU games offer equal parts of stealth, survival, combat, narrative, and puzzle elements for a holistic gaming experience.

7. Baldur’s Gate 3

One of the best PC games of 2023 and the winner of TGA’s prestigious Game of the Year award, Baldur’s Gate 3 is unmistakably a game you shouldn’t miss out on playing. This DnD inspired classic RPG offers literally hundreds of hours of creative, story driven, and player choice-focused gameplay. Craft your unique character, join your friends, and navigate the game’s absolutely massive map. The game is loaded with thousands of things to do, quests to undertake, enemy camps to destroy, strategize to make new allies, and hunt for exotic artifacts.

8. Red Dead Redemption 2:

This prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption allows you to strap on the boots of Arthur Morgan – an outlaw dealing with the disappearing Wild West. You can explore the huge open world, inspired by the U.S. in 1899, and partake in many activities – either to live as an honorable man or gallop into the world of crime. You can be a gang member, loot trains, rob banks, hunt for animals, and resist your death at the hands of government agencies, rival gangs, and jealous allies.

 9. Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars proved its mettle as the best indie game of 2023 by winning TGA’s award for Best Indie game this year. The cute indie features gorgeous pixel-based graphics, a strong and emotional narrative, exciting turn-based combat, and an alluring soundtrack. Join Zale and Valere to unleash the combined powers of Sun and Moon to fight creatures of the dark in this retro-themed RPG.

10. Hogwarts Legacy:

Fulfilling the dream of every Potterhead, Avalanche’s Hogwarts Legacy is arguably the best open world game set in Potterverse. Explore the stunning grounds of Hogwarts, fly through enchanted forests, shop at your favorite Hogsmeade stores, duel evil Goblins and animal poachers, zoom through multiple broom challenges, and tend to magical beasts and plants. Apart from captivating main story, the game also offers tons of unique puzzles, challenges, and character-driven side quests for hours of enjoyment.

 11. Starfield

One of the most anticipated, well celebrated, and arguably one of the best games of 2023, Starfield offers a chance to explore interstellar space like none before. Bethesda’s brand new universe lets you decide your own fate, while offering a massive universe that features a thousand planets. This space exploration RPG, often referred to as ‘Skyrim in space’, allows you to uncover secrets of colonized space, build and fly spaceships, join various companies and societies, and loot till you drop. 

12. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

This PlayStation exclusive by Insomniac Games is one of the best PS5 games of 2023. Join Peter Parker and Miles Morales as they swing, fly, and blast their way through tons of Venom and Kraven the Hunter’s henchmen. The game plays beautifully, pushing the limits of Sony’s latest console. The game features brilliant graphics, massive map of New York City, instant fast travel, and an opportunity to don both suits – Peter’s as well as Miles’.

13. Phasmophobia

Considered one of the best horror games on Steam right now, Phasmophobia boasts a 10/10 Steam Store rating from over 519,000 players. This online co-op multiplayer horror title has you struggling to survive through disturbing haunted sites, investigating what types of ghosts are haunting the place. This FPS survival horror is best experienced in VR, however, even the PC version is creepy and scary enough to haunt your dreams.

14. Minecraft:

Beloved by millions, Minecraft is a 3D sandbox sim that offers unlimited fun. Apart from certain goals to achieve, the game lets you explore its trademark block world and build your own creations. Minecraft, at times, feels more like an art project than a game. Your creativity is the only thing that matters. You can build and then showcase anything you build and you can build anything you can imagine. 

 15. Gran Turismo 7:

Gran Turismo is one of the most celebrated racing game franchises of all time. The game offers a hyper-realistic experience, placing you in the driver’s sit in some of the fastest cars and toughest tracks around the world. The latest installment, released in 2022, features best and most accurate technical assets, brings back dynamic weather effects, and focuses on providing players with rich history of motorsports and various cars.