Is there a more iconic duo then combat/action and video games? You can make the case that 99% of videogames has some bit of action or combat as part of its core mechanics. The minority comes from titles that don’t have the destructive combat system of Battlefield or the subtle sneakiness of Metal Gear.
But with all that said, we are here to give you a list of the 6 best combat/action video games to play in 2023. Seeing as we don’t have anything else to do, let’s jump right into it.
1. Mount & Blade: Warband
Probably one of the most underrated action games in history, M&B: Warband is a very unique title that encompasses everything we’ll be talking in this article.
For starters, you get to create your own character and choose a class of your liking. You can be an archer, a one-handed hero, or a two-handed beast of a dueler.
The game also allows you to forge your own path to greatness, thanks to the open world system of the Mount & Blade series. Warband is truly a unique experience with a unique combat system that includes anything from punching people in the face to leading entire armies and conquering castles.
If you ever wanted to play a title that is captivating, fun, and very unique, then make sure to check out Mount & Blade: Warband.
2. Devil May Cry 3&4
If you love playing video games then how can you forget devil May Cry 3&4? The franchise that is single-handedly responsible for so many games to follow, Devil May Cry is yet another action/combat game that has a more fantasy setting than Warband.
The franchise reached the peak of its height when DMC3 and later DMC4 came out. The combat system is like none before, and this was all thanks to the “Styles” system that allowed players to swap between characters as they progress in the game.
If you’re not familiar with the system, it strongly resembles that of GTA V’s. But regardless, Devil May Cry is a unique experience that every videogame lever has to try out.
With both physical combat and magic, DMC 3&4 should definitely be on your to-do list this 2023.
3. For Honor
For Honor has probably one of the most unique combat/action systems ever developed in the history of videogames. And while players are disappointed that there are fewer and fewer players playing the game, we still decided to mention it because it really deserves it.
The title really boils down to choosing a lane and fighting an opponent. They are a number of classes and characters to choose from, and what you essentially have to do is outsmart your opponent in a 1V1.
While there is far more to it than simply blocking and landing hits, For Honor allows you a selection of attacks, defenses, and dodge maneuvers to outsmart and beat your opponent.
For Honor is yet another unique experience that everyone has to try, and it takes a lot of skill to master and overcome the complex 3D fighting style.
4. World of Warcraft
Everyone and we mean everyone, knows what World of Warcraft really is about. The game solely responsible for creating an industry in itself is also a fighting/combat game that involves huge raids, arena battles, and boss fights.
World of Warcraft paved the way for MMORPGs to really be a thing in videogames. Who knows what could have been if World of Warcraft never came to be or never succeeded.
But the reason why World of Warcraft was so popular and huge is all down to the unique fighting style PVE and PVP offered. To put it simply, World of Warcraft allows you to play a unique class from a unique faction with unique abilities. Each of these classes has its own set of skills that you use to outsmart and beat your opponents in the arena or raid.
But one thing that players hate in World of Warcraft is the endless expansions that require you to level up to really experience the game. With all that said, many players still love the original World of Warcraft Classic and you’d be surprised to see the number of players that still play vanilla WoW.
And if you happen to be one of them then there are numerous services out there, such as LFCarry, that allow you to buy WoW Classic boosts for the purpose of making leveling and questing 10 times less grinding.
It is one of the most captivating and popular titles to have ever existed, and you should differently try it this 2023.
Anyone who has ever owned a PS1 or a PS2 knows what Tekken is all about. One of the most unique titles that revolve around beating your opponent in a 1V1 has paved the way for dozens of others to follow in its path.
Tekken is currently up to 7, meaning there are seven games in total for you to enjoy. Each title upgrades on the previous one in terms of graphics, fighting styles, and characters to play from, with our favorite one being Tekken 3.
At the core of it, Tekken is all about lending combos that obliterate your opponent in mere seconds. There are various strategies you can employ such as playing aggressively or playing defensively, with many of the professionals choosing a combination of both.
If you’ve never played Tekken before in your life, then we suggest you do it this 2023.
6. Dark Souls 3
And the last title on this list is the latest from the Soulsborn franchise that has created a fanbase like no other. Dark Souls 3 is probably the hardest game you’ll ever play in your life.
You’ve probably seen popular videos on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram of players getting obliterated by simple mobs that roam the first layers of the map.
Saying the Dark Souls 3 is a hard game is certainly an understatement, and shout out to all of you G’s that have managed to complete it without dying ones. As for us mortals, we’ll get there eventually.