Interactive games have always been hot in demand and it’s no surprise that most video game developers have at least one signature interactive game to boast of. But while you can’t go trying out every interactive game out there, you can kick off the new year by sticking with our top 5 interactive games to play in 2023.
#5. New Tales from the Borderlands
We begin with the fifth ranked game on our list and that spot goes to “New Tales from the Borderlands“.
This is a graphic adventure video game developed by Gearbox Studio Québec and published by 2K. It is a spin-off of the Borderlands series and a successor to the 2014/2015 game titled “Tales from the Borderlands”.
Similar to Tales from the Borderlands, you move the game’s protagonist around the world’s environment in what feels like an unending adventure. You explore your surroundings, complete quick-time events, and make narrative choices that may change the outcome of the storyline.
As far as plots go, New Tales from the Borderlands is set about a year after Borderlands 3, weapon manufacturer Tediore had begun invading the planet Promethea.
A new cast of characters are introduced in this game including three playable protagonists: Anuradha Dhar (Michelle Rambharose), an altruistic scientist, Octavio Wallace-Dhar (Diego Stredel), Anu’s brother who is seeking for fame and fortune, and Francine Miscowicz (Lucia Frangione), the owner of a frozen yogurt store who uses a hoverchair for mobility.
You must guide all three protagonists, each with their own hopes and aspirations, as they fight against Tediore agents, as well as monsters and criminals that roam the planet.
The trio must also work together as they seek a vault key which may grant them access to a vault stashed with untold treasures that may change all their lives forever.
New Tales from the Borderlands is certainly an interactive game worth a look or two this year and you can get a copy today for $39.99 across platforms.
#4. The Quarry
In this game you assume control of nine teenage counselors who must survive their last night at Hackett’s Quarry Summer camp amongst scary supernatural creatures and odd violent locals.
What is neat about this game is that you get to make many narrative changing decisions throughout the game which may significantly affect character development, relationships, the story’s plot, and even its ending.
All nine playable characters may survive or die, depending on your decision making, so be smart at all times.
The Quarry is divided into ten chapters along with a prologue and epilogue. In between each chapter, as is traditional with Supermassive Games’ horror-themed games, there are occasional intermissions with a narrator, this time being fortune teller, Eliza played by Grace Zabriskie who interacts with you directly offering guidance to help you in making the right decisions by reading tarot cards that you get to collect throughout your progress in the game.
With fingerscrossed you could be lucky to pick tarot cards that prophesy good fortune for you, as you navigate your way in the game. If you love a good old-fashioned survival horror interactive drama, then The Quarry is definitely a game for you.
If you want to play The Quarry, you can can do so on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S consoles by buying your copy (The Quarry and The Quarry – Deluxe Edition) for between $59.99 and $69.99 today.
#3. A Plague Tale: Requiem
A Plague Tale: Requiem takes third spot on our top 5 interactive games to play in 2023. This is a single-player, action-adventure, survival horror, stealth video game developed by Asobo Studio and published by Focus Entertainment.
It is the sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence (2019), and follows siblings Amicia and Hugo de Rune who must look for a cure to Hugo’s blood disease in Southern France while fleeing from soldiers of the Inquisition and hordes of rats spreading the black plague.
The gameplay of A Plague Tale: Requiem is very similar to the original game title, although the combat system has been significantly expanded. Amicia is equipped with weapons, such as; a knife which she can use to stab enemies with, a slingshot that she uses to throw stones, and a crossbow which allows her to easily defeat armoured opponents.
Alchemical mixtures allow your character to combine crossbow bolts, throwing pots, and rocks. In addition to ‘Ignifer’ and ‘Extinguis’, which allows your character to light and extinguish flame respectively, the game introduces tar, which increases the radius of the light source, and can be used to set your enemies on fire.
Playing is believing, and you might want to give A Plague Tale: Requiem a trial run today. You can get your copy for an average price of $59.99 across the platforms mentioned earlier.
#2. Dying Light 2 Stay Human
Dying Light 2 Stay Human is our second best interactive game for 2023. Released on February 4, 2022 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S by Techland with a Nintendo Switch version for the cloud still in the works, this action role-playing, survival horror video game has since received rave reviews for its elaborate open world, parkour mechanism, and combat sequence.
While the zombie apocalypse storyline is somewhat cliché, you’d soon forget all about it once you are fully immersed in the addictive gameplay of Dying Light 2 Stay Human.
If you don’t mind another zombie infested end-time video game to add to your already saturated playlist, then you might want to seriously consider including Dying Light 2 Stay Human to your wishlist today for $59.99.
#1. God of War: Ragnarok
We ranked God of War: Ragnarok second in our “Top Games to Play in 2023” post, but this game takes top spot as the best interactive game to play this year.
Kratos and Atreus take center stage in this game, as they go in search of the Nine Realms in preparation of Ragnarok.
God of War: Ragnarok is a third-person adventure and action game with lots of combat scenes, weapons and player upgrades.
While the Leviathan Axe, the Blades of Chaos is still the signature weapon of Kratos, there are loads of other weaponry that you can equip the Spartan turned god of war with.
The bow wielding Arteus is not left out, as he also has special abilities like being able to call on ravens and wolves to help out in battles.
Magic spells are also available to boost your gameplay with Kratos also relying more on his wit rather than his brute strength in solving in-game puzzles and navigating complex levels.
This new year is not complete if you don’t have God of War: Ragnarok by Santa Monica Studio and every other game mentioned in our list of top 5 interactive games to play in 2023. You can get God of War: Ragnarok standard edition and digital deluxe edition on PlayStation 4 and 5 for $69.99 and $79.99. The digital deluxe edition comes with the following features;
- Darkdale Axe Grip
- Darkdale Attire (Cosmetic)
- Darkdale Armor
- Darkdale Blades Handles
- Official digital soundtrack
- Dark Horse digital art book.