Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom isn’t our Game of the Year, but it’s the strongest No. 2 ever

When we asked our writers to name their favorite games of 2023, each one had a different game at the top of the list.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Alan Wake 2, Hi-Fi Rush, and even Sonic Superstars received votes. 

Baldur's Gate 3 eventually won, but what struck me the most after that process was how, on practically everyone's list, the same game was ranked second: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Tears of the Kingdom, released by Nintendo in May after a long wait, would have been the industry's undisputed game of the year in any other year. 

Although the competition was too intense in this packed year for that to be the case, Tears of the Kingdom is nonetheless an enjoyable event. 

 Indeed, I believe that earning a spot near the top of almost everyone's personal list at Digital Trends demonstrates how widely appealing Nintendo's latest Zelda game is,

and that end-of-year gaming discussions should focus on elevating great games rather than nitpicking their flaws to determine which one is the best.

Tears of the Kingdom is a masterpiece of open-world game design. There are three worlds piled on top of each other.

It is possible to pause, look around, and locate various things of interest around, above, and below yourself from practically any position in Hyrule. 

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