The 10 Best Video Games of 2024 So Far

From satirical nun stories to fist fighting grizzlies, and a little bit of cheesecake in between, these are the games that made an impact this year

Believe it or not, 2024 is already halfway over. And as disappointing as the unstoppable passage of time may be, it’s equally disappointing to realize that we’re already six months into a year that feels decidedly lackluster from a video game release standpoint.

At this point last year, gamers were spoiled by bold new takes on franchises like Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, and Diablo — all in the same month! And despite a few major swings and successes, the early months of 2024 have been something of an off year for AAA publishing. With games like Dragon’s Dogma 2 failing to live up to their yearslong hype, and absolute disasters like Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League imploding on arrival, it’d be fair to feel like this might be a good time to hit the backlog rather than try anything new.

But there have been bright spots. Sprawling action RPGs such as Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth have delivered sorely needed gonzo energy. Major expansions like Destiny 2: The Final Shape brought longform live service storytelling back to life in a meaningful way. Hell, Princess Peach got her first solo game in almost 20 years.

And where the big names left a void, a slew of incredible indie games stepped up to shine. Doom-like shooter Selaco brought vintage bloodletting back with a bang. Lorelei and the Laser Eyes presented a noirish vibe to addictive puzzle play with a Lynchian flair. Palworld became a viral sensation by answering the question, “What if Pokémon had guns?”

So, fret not, for there are plenty of things to play this year. From surprise hits to under the radar gems, these are the best games of 2024 so far.

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