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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

A new graph, courtesy of Axios, shows just how amazing 2023 has been for video games. The year has the highest number of games boasting a Metacritic score of 90 or better in the last twenty years. Yes, this is based on aggregated critic scores but based on what we’ve seen this year, this tracks.

But it’s really hard, impossible even, to celebrate all these good-ass games when the people who’re making them keep getting laid off amidst one of best years the industry has ever seen creatively.

Image of a graph illustrating the number of games with a Metacritic score of 90 plotted over the years 2004-2023. 2023 has the highest number of games over that period.
Image: Axios