Summer 2023 gaming roundup

Summer 2023 gaming roundup

Date: 31/08/23

Author: Anthony Harrison

When is Gamescom 2023?

With this year's Gamescom over and done (running from the 23rd to the 27th of August 2023), we're still reeling from all the excitement. So, we’ve compiled a collection of 2023's most-anticipated gaming gems. From breathtaking open-world adventures to intense multiplayer showdowns, read on to discover the most unforgettable gaming hits that have taken the gaming community by storm. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or a casual player, these titles are sure to keep you glued to your screens for the remainder of the year. So grab your controller, buckle up and let's dive into the gaming excitement.  


The biggest games releasing this Summer/Autumn 2023 

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Genres: Action, Post-Apocalyptic, Open world 

When is Starfield's release date? Starfield is set to release on 6th September 2023.

Developers: Bethesda Game Studios 

Is Starfield multiplayer? Sadly, Starfield will only be a single-player game. 

Platform: Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows 

Voice cast: Craig Sechle, Victoria Atkin, Seth Allyn Austin 

We’re kicking off strong with the much anticipated (since 2015) open-world gaming experience — none other than the already highly acclaimed "Starfield." Imagine an expansive and boundless universe awaiting your exploration, filled with captivating narratives interlaced into the cosmos itself, all accompanied by the excitement of travelling across space. This adrenaline-infused game casts you into a post-apocalyptic, interstellar voyage. To top things off, you get to build your own spaceship as a fearless cosmonaut. What’s not to love? 

"Starfield" stands as a testament to cutting-edge, high-end gaming with its breathtaking visuals. Each pixel is a brushstroke that paints a thoroughly detailed universe. However, it's not just visual grandeur that sets "Starfield" apart. Quality and quantity combine as Starfield's procedurally generated map boasts over 1,000 explorable planets with a heap of side quests, delivering additional adventures that linger in the imagination long after the console is powered down. 

The game also features one of the most inclusive character creators ever with great customisation, including skin tone, eye colour, traits, head and body shape. Plus, you can pick from three different character backgrounds that determine what skills you start out the game with. 

In the ever-evolving landscape of science fiction gaming, "Starfield" emerges as a true leader in innovation, potentially revamping the very standards that define the genre. The anticipation that swirls around this title is widely noted, making "Starfield" not just a game but an interstellar voyage into the unexplored realms of role-player-game (RPG) prospects. 

Mortal Combat 1 

Genres: Action, Adventure, Combat 

Release Date: 14th September 2023 

Developers: NetherRealm Studios, QLOC, Shiver Entertainment, Saber Interactive Inc. 

Players: Multiplayer 

Platform: PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows 

Voice cast: Steve Blum, Cherise Boothe, Andrew Bowen   

Get ready for an immersive dive into the arena of bone-crunching combat as the iconic Mortal Kombat franchise makes its triumphant return. Featuring a thorough revamp in graphics, bridging the gap between the nostalgia of good ol’ gaming days and the cutting-edge visuals of today’s modern gaming landscape. As you prepare to step into this digital battleground, you'll find yourself face-to-face with a variety of characters that have become cultural icons, each equipped with their unique set of moves and techniques that have fired up fierce competitions and countless virtual fights. 

But what truly defines the essence of "Mortal Kombat 1" is its bold commitment to the outrageous - the fatal moves, which have sparked equal parts of awe and disbelief, return with a vengeance. While these brutal and often freakish fatalities might prompt a chuckle or two at their sheer audacity, they're an integral part of what sets this game apart, reminding us that within the borders of the digital realm, imagination knows no bounds. 

Whether you're a battle-hardened veteran of the franchise or a newcomer eagerly seeking adrenaline-pumping digital confrontations, "Mortal Kombat 1" pledges an unforgettable clash of champions, entangling your day in an electrifying stream of martial arts and competitive spirit. Be prepared to rewrite the history of your own gaming saga in blood, sweat, and pixel glory. 

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Hollow Knight: Silksong

Genres: Haunted Island, Indie, Adventure, Fighting 

Release Date: latter half of 2023 

Developers: Team Cherry 

Players: Single 

Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, MORE 

Voice cast: Makoto Koji

Step into a hauntingly beautiful realm where challenge meets mesmerising art in the highly anticipated "Hollow Knight: Silksong." A journey unlike any other awaits those who yearn for an enchanting and impressive experience. Originally scheduled for a debut in the first half of 2023, the game's release has now shifted to the latter portion of the same year, allowing us to prepare our future selves, practising patience that will surely pay off. 

This sequel to the critically acclaimed "Hollow Knight" unveils a new chapter in the saga, transporting players to a mysterious and ghostly island that is calling for exploration. Amidst treacherous landscapes and shadowed alleys, adventurers will engage in heart-pounding battles that demand skill, precision, and strategy. As the narrative unfolds, the mystifying allure of the Silk Song emerges, promising revelations that will captivate even the most seasoned of players. 

The allure of "Hollow Knight: Silksong" goes beyond its challenging gameplay. Its visual landscape is combined with atmospheric design. Each frame is an invitation to immerse oneself in a world where every corner creeps up with both danger and discovery. For devotees of atmospheric platformers, this game is a beacon of promise, an opportunity to be swept away by a captivating tale painted across the canvas of an ethereal kingdom. 

As the calendar pages turn and the release date nears, anticipation swells for the arrival of a sequel that promises to deliver an adventure that's both haunting and heart-stirring. In the latter half of 2023, as the shadows lengthen, "Hollow Knight: Silksong" will emerge, inviting you to lose yourself in its haunting melodies, intricate designs, and an irresistible invite into a world waiting to be explored. 

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Lies of P 

Genres: Darker Story of Pinocchio, Italian Folk 

Release Date: 16th September 2023 

Developers: Neowiz Games, Round 8 Studio 

Players: Single 

Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows 

Voice cast: Anthony Howell, Gregg Lowe, Sofia Jin   

Enter the realm of dark enchantment and twisted narratives through the encaptivating experience of "Lies of P." From the moment you step into this virtual world, a sense of familiarity combined with suspense takes hold – giving us the feel of the haunting allure found in "Alice: Madness Returns." The resonating echoes of this familiarity are like happy goosebumps that intensify the thrill of the unknown that lies ahead. 

Derived from the foundation of the Italian folk tale of Pinocchio, "Lies of P" harnesses the haunting essence of the original story and cranks it up a notch, delving into realms far more sinister and labyrinthine-like. The journey unfolds as you take control of the puppet protagonist, embarking on a morally complex quest to untangle the web of deceit and uncover the hidden truth. 

"Lies of P" portrays a captivating blend of gameplay and storytelling, feeding in unexpected twists and turns into a tapestry of intrigue that challenges the daily perception. As you step into the narrative labyrinth, your imagination will be captivated by the ever-deepening shadows of the tale. Brace yourself to explore the darkest corners of a moral tale reimagined, where the lines between truth and falsehood blur, and the puppeteer's strings may well be in your own hands. This game promises an experience that's as haunting as it is unforgettable. 

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Super Mario Bros. Wonder 

Genres: Adventure, Platform game 

Release Date: 20th October 2023 

Developers: Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development 

Players: Singe and multiplayer 

Platform: Nintendo Switch 

Voice cast: Kenny James, Deanna Mustard, Samantha Kelly 

Bringing a delightful blend of nostalgia and family-friendly entertainment, "Super Mario Bros. Wonder" steps onto the scene, upholding the enduring legacy of everyone's cherished character. In a gaming landscape that continues to grow, this instalment encapsulates the essence of classic joy intertwined with fresh experiences. Designed to captivate both the young and the young at heart, it stands as a testament to the universality of Mario's appeal — nostalgia and innovation, expertly intertwined to resonate across generations. 

The vibrant and inviting visuals of "Super Mario Bros. Wonder" are a kaleidoscope of colours, each pixel seemingly saturated with the spirit of whimsical adventure. As you navigate the digital landscapes, familiar characters with a touch of modern flair accompany you, resurfacing warm memories while welcoming new friendships. 

Beyond the aesthetics, the gameplay mechanics have been thoughtfully rejuvenated. Whether you're bouncing across platforms, stomping on Goombas, or cosplay the iconic Super Mushroom, the controls feel familiar yet refreshed, rekindling the magic of discovering new worlds and conquering a variety of challenges. 

"Super Mario Bros. Wonder" is more than just a game - it's an embodiment of Mario's enduring status as a cultural icon. It pays homage to the past while embracing the future, providing an interactive canvas where players of all ages can paint their own adventures. So, whether you're reminiscing about your earliest gaming days or introducing a new generation to the magic of Mario, this title promises an exciting trip down memory lane that's bound to capture hearts, one mushroom jump at a time. 

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Payday 3 

Genres: Shooter Video Game, Role-playing game 

Release Date: 20th September 2023 

Developers: Starbreeze Studios, Overkill Software 

Players: Multiplayer

Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows 

Voice cast: Damion Poitier, Pete Gold, Simon Kerr 

"Payday 2023" delivers a pulse-pounding experience of high-stakes heists. Set in a dynamic criminal landscape, players partake in planned robberies, taking on the roles of skilled criminals with unique abilities for a collaborative gameplay. The immersive world, detailed environments, and multiplayer option certainly highlight the thrill of breaking safes, navigating security systems, and orchestrating heart-pounding getaways. 

With cutting-edge graphics and immersive sound design, "Payday 2023" offers an adrenaline-fueled adventure where every decision matters. Teamwork, strategy, and the rush of successful heists define this title, making it a compelling entry in the series that's sure to captivate both new and returning players alike. 

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Under the Waves 

Genres: Adventure game, Indie game 

Release Date: 29th August 2023 

Developers: Parallel Studio 

Players: Single  

Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows 

Voice cast: Unknown  

"Under the Waves" immerses players in a bittersweet narrative adventure that explores the depths of grief and guilt. Set in a captivating techno-futuristic 1970s North Sea, the game follows diver Stan as he grapples with a life-altering loss, drawing a parallel with the isolation of the ocean's depths. As Stan delves deeper into solitude, he encounters inexplicable occurrences that blur the lines between reality and the ethereal. 

Guiding Stan through his emotional journey, players make vital choices that shape his future path, culminating in a fateful decision. Beyond its captivating narrative, the game serves as a tribute to the ocean, spotlighting the importance of conservation. Collaborating with Surfrider Foundation Europe, "Under the Waves" intertwines its environmental message with vibrant underwater habitant visuals and gameplay. 

In an era of transformative gaming experiences, "Under the Waves" stands out as an artistic and emotive creation. Through its vivid storytelling, stunning visuals, and commitment to raising environmental awareness, the game offers players an opportunity to embark on a journey of self-reflection while championing the vital cause of ocean preservation, as the profits will be donated to a non-profit charity.  

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Assassin’s Creed Mirage – Baghdad 

Genres: Action, Adventure 

Release Date: 5th October 2023 

Developers: Ubisoft Montreal 

Players: Single 

Platform: Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Luna 

Voice cast: Lee Majdoub, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Sophia Eleni 

"Assassin's Creed Mirage – Baghdad" transports players to a richly detailed ancient Baghdad of the 9th century, a city filled with historical significance and intrigue. Taking on the role of an assassin, players navigate the labyrinth of streets and markets, picking up a variety of new skills, all while unravelling a web of political schemes and mysteries. Well, you got us hooked there! The game's tribute to historical accuracy sets players in a vibrant world where every alleyway holds secrets and every decision shapes the course of events. 

This time, we are introduced to new elements that immerse the players in the cultural tapestry of the city. From rooftop chases to intricate puzzles hidden within ancient structures, the game balances action and strategy, providing a dynamic experience that reflects on the complexities of that historical era. 

With its powerful storytelling, breathtaking visuals, and a dedication to historical accuracy, "Assassin's Creed Mirage – Baghdad" is a journey through time that not only entertains but also educates, offering players a chance to engage with history while stepping into an epic adventure within one of the world's most iconic cities. 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 

Genres: First-person shooter, Warfare 

Release Date: 10th November 2023 

Developers: Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, Infinity Ward, Raven Software 

Players: Multi and single  

Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS 

Voice cast: Julian Kostov (not confirmed), Barry Sloane, Neil Ellice   

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" places players into a high-stakes global conflict, where the lines between good and evil blur amidst a chaotic world order. As the battle against Makarov intensifies, players travel across iconic cities under siege, from New York to London and beyond. The game's engaging narrative compiles together different protagonist perspectives, immersing players like a needle in a messy haystack of a global conflict. 

Unravelling a spectrum of military weaponry and skillfulness, " Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" ensures players are well-prepared for intense combat across different lands. With a blend of cinematic storytelling and adrenaline-pumping action, the game delivers a thrilling experience that redefines the modern warfare genre.  

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Diablo 4 – Season of Blood   

Genres: Action role-playing, hack-and-slash 

Release Date: 5th June 2023 

Developers: Blizzard Entertainment 

Players: Single and multiplayer 

Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S 

Voice cast: Laila Berzins, Courtenay Taylor, Elle Newlands 

"Diablo 4 – Season of Blood" summons players into a dark mystical realm where the evil resides. As the latest instalment in the popular franchise, this game takes you on a journey into a haunting narrative, uncovering a variety of demons, ancient rituals, and a brewing darkness. "Season of Blood" unfolds in a world filled with danger and secrets. 

The game's gloomy atmospheric design and graphic visuals create an immersive experience that captivates the senses. In the game, players will initiate alliances, practise forbidden magic and confront the representation of evil. 

Lore, battlefield and an overall ominous atmosphere have been a signature look for the franchise. The game signals the players to step into the unknown, embracing the darkness to uncover treasures and mysteries and stand against malice.

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As the curtains close on our gaming showcase, it's evident that 2023 has brought forth an array of gaming wonders that cater to every taste and preference. Buckle up and embark on an adventure - but make sure your broadband won’t spoil your fun time. We always recommend plugging in using an Ethernet cable if a quality connection is of utmost priority to you – who would want to lose those precious minutes (ok, hours) of gameplay without saving?  

Not sure if your current speeds can hack it? We’ve got you covered. It’s always a good start to test your current speed before you do anything else. Low broadband speed and bandwidth are some of the biggest culprits of high ping, jitter and latency. (Not sure what on earth we’re talking about? No problem. Check out our blog on how ping, jitter and latency affect your gaming experience). 

If, for whatever reason, you just don’t like attachments and want to connect your devices wirelessly? That’s cool. You can still sit with us. Though we highly recommend pimping your WiFi to avoid that WiFi rage. Our WiFi in Every Room service will do just that, eliminating dead spots and turning your home into the ultimate gaming hotspot. 

You’ll get guaranteed 35 Mbps WiFi coverage (but usually it’s the same as what’s advertised with your broadband package) in up to five bedrooms and 12 rooms in total across a maximum of three floors. If not - we’ll give you three months of free broadband. T&Cs apply.    


What broadband speed do I need for high-quality gaming

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So what are you waiting for? Go explore! From the far reaches of space to the depths of haunting islands and the twists of classic tales, these titles promise to keep us entertained and immersed in the world of gaming. So, whether you're ready to explore the faraway galaxies, engage in brutal combat, or venture into the unknown, these gems are poised to make your gaming experience an unforgettable one. If you’re looking for even more fun-filled multiplayer games to sink your teeth into this autumn, check out the Biggest upcoming multiplayer games of 2023. Let’s. Get. Gaming.