12/12/2023 Xbox has now released its own version of PlayStation’s official 2023 Wrap Up. The copy of this article has been updated to reflect that.
It’s safe to say that 2023 hasn’t been the best year for the gaming industry, with layoffs impacting thousands of developers and several smaller studios fully shut down in the last 12 months. It has, though, despite that, been quite a good year for the videogames themselves – with fantastic titles like Baldur’s Gate 3, Alan Wake 2, and Spider-Man 2 all dropping this year. If you want to know what you have been playing on your PS5 or Xbox (and what game you can’t seem to pull yourself away from), you can thanks to this new ‘Spotify Wrapped’ review for both platforms.
When you take a moment to pour over all the new PS5 games and new Xbox games we’ve been able to enjoy over the last year, there really are some truly fantastic experiences out there. Sure, Epic Games’ Fortnite continues to impress and dominate any discussion regarding the best battle royale games available, but Alan Wake 2 is one of the best horror games of all time and that dropped in October 2023. Similarly, The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom is one of the best open world games available on Nintendo Switch consoles, and that came out in May 2023. Then, of course, you have the behemoth that is Baldur’s Gate 3 – not only one of the best RPG games on consoles right now, but one of the best games of all time. That, if you’re unaware, dropped on PS5 in September 2023 and then Xbox in December 2023.
Throw those examples into a wider conversation that includes other titles like Spider-Man 2, Starfield, Final Fantasy 16, even surprise hit RoboCop Rogue City, and it’s clear that some of the best Xbox games and best PS5 games available at the moment came out this year – and clear that there’s been quite a lot to play.
So, if you’re wondering just how many of those new games you were able to play and how much time you spent playing them over hard drive staples like Call of Duty Warzone, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and more, you’ll be pleased to know that both TrueTrophies and TrueAchievements have thrown together a ‘year in review’ style Spotify Wrapped for you to check out.
Whether you head here to #MyYearOnPlayStation or here to #MyYearOnXbox, you can log into either TrueTrophies or TrueAchievements and link either your PSN or Microsoft account (or, of course, both if you’re someone who plays games on both platforms) to see how many different games you played in the last year, how many trophies you earned, what your most played game of 2023 is, and just how long you actually spent playing it.
Sure, you might not be able to get Spotify Wrapped’s rather deranged genre suggestions from these, but it’s an interesting service that you can use to get a quick snapshot of your stats for the year – and quickly see just how indecisive you are when it comes to the number of games played. We know, we know; there are quite a few games out there worth playing at the moment – even more when you account for the best Xbox Game Pass games and all the free PS Plus games you can check out throughout the year.
When we signed up and logged into TrueTrophies to check it out, we did have to wait a little while for the site to finish “downloading our profile information” – but, you can actually kick-start this process by booting up your console and it should only take a minute or two after that.
Once our profile information had been downloaded, though, we actually found out that we (we being me, the author of this article in this situation) had spent the most time playing Destiny 2 – of all things – throughout 2023. It’s one of the best FPS games out there and a videogame with a lot of content to explore, so it does make some sense that we spent the most time playing it. But, it’s still certainly something that caught us by surprise. We played 71 games in total, however, and earned 744 trophies for those 71 games (including three Platinum trophies). All in all, when you think about all the fantastic games to come out this year, we’ll take it – even though we were fully expecting a game like Modern Warfare 3 to be top of the pile.
If, though, you’re looking for something a little more comprehensive, you can actually check out PlayStation’s own 2023 Wrap Up – a similar service with the added bonus of telling you what your “gaming style” is and how many hours you played in total. We’re not sure anyone needs that level of embarrassment, but it’s information available if you want it. For transparency, this actually seems like the more accurate service – although, that does mean we played quite a few more games than we thought.
According to PlayStation’s 2023 Wrap Up, we played over 100 games throughout 2023, spent 222 hours on FIFA 23 and 151 hours on Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 over Destiny 2, and a total of 1,614 hours playing games on the PS5. Oh, and our gaming style is The Goat – which is a nice confidence booster. We can imagine Xbox will be announcing it’s own version of this Spotify Wrapped-style review soon.
For those of you who play your games on an Xbox console, Microsoft has also released its own version of the above: the #XboxYearInReview. Here, you’ll find similar sorts of information and interesting details about your playing habits. Xbox, alongside this, has also revealed that 91 billion total GamerScore was earned throughout 2023 by the Xbox community across 4.5 billion achievements and 36,000 games. That’s… just a lot of games, isn’t it. The fact that the Xbox Store itself only lists 10,500 games, though, does make us wonder how this is possible.
If you want to know more about some of the upcoming games you can look forward to playing in 2024, you can find out more about Star Wars Outlaws, details on the Like A Dragon Infinite Wealth release date, and the Tekken 8 release date right here. On top of all that, new Suicide Squad game leaks reveal a PvP mode similar to Destiny 2’s Gambit is on the way and (speaking of Bungie’s looter shooter), the Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date is due in a few months, too. There’s a lot to play now and a lot to play next year; we just hope the industry as a whole is in a better place in 12 months time.