The bar has been set so high that it may take a concerted effort for 2024 to even come close, but if it does, you can thank several of the potential 2024 GOTY candidates listed below.
Not every game on our list has been officially confirmed for 2024, with some selections based on ideas and rumors, and there’s always the possibility of delays. Nonetheless, let us wait and see what the new year brings.
- Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
- Hades 2
- Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
- Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
- Star Wars Outlaws
- Silent Hill 2 Remake
- Grand Theft Auto 6
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is already a massive title, but its sequel promises to be even bigger. Rebirth, the second installment of the FF7 Remake trilogy, is intended to seriously open up Midgar, and previews have already shown that truly epic moments from the original will be featured—I’m actually thrilled about The Golden Saucer. However, several major plot twists are unavoidable and will almost certainly be included in the FF7 Rebirth release. Will Square Enix stay the course? Will it, on the other hand, pull the trigger on some surprising twists and turns?
Given that the original Hades deservedly won numerous GOTY awards in 2020, this is a suitable submission. It is under a lot of pressure to do so again, but whether it will materialize in 2024 is unknown. Questions lurk over the roguelike’s mind: Will Hades 2 live up to its predecessor? Can the script be kept tight? Is Melinoe, the new protagonist, capable of matching Zagreus’ wit and charm? These are all issues we hope to have addressed when Hades 2’s early access opens in 2024, but one thing is certain: Supergiant Games is the team to give it a chance.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
I often wonder if developers with impeccable reputations are ever under pressure. Rocksteady Studios is perhaps most known for its popular Batman Arkham series. It’s been a long time since Arkham Knight, and even longer since Arkham VR, and it’s time for a new IP—Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. It, too, will have early access in 2024, and the comic book action title will undoubtedly bring hard-hitting action. It will be interesting to observe whether it succeeds or fails under the pressure of expectation. Not only that, but here is the final opportunity to bid farewell to the much-missed Kevin Conroy in his final role before his sad death.
Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD
This is the first remake/remaster on the list, and it’s not a bad one. The GOTY debate in 2023 saw major reimaginings of popular titles like Resident Evil 4 and Metroid Prime Remastered. It would be strange if 2024 did not follow suit. The daunting burden of making a classic Mario game relevant in a new era falls to Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD. Having said that, Luigi’s Mansion 3 was really darn good, so I believe it’ll be even more eerie if this full-fledged remake of 2013’s Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon is little more than a ghost by the time the 2024 GOTY nominations come around. It may not sweep them up, but it should give its competitors pause.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is a continuation of Senua’s saga and a rare, big-time exclusive for the Microsoft platform. It’s been in development for a long time, and Ninja Theory is a big part of the technology the team has been able to use for the game. The original was hailed for its in-depth investigation of madness, and mystery, horror, and psychological intrigue continue to dominate Senua’s Saga. If you don’t believe me, watch gameplay footage from The Game Awards 2021, and let me know if you need a minute—I did.
Star Wars Outlaws
As a huge Star Wars fan, I can’t express how happy it makes me to know that single-player Star Wars games are back in style. EA’s Star Wars Jedi series has been a big hit, and now Ubisoft is dabbling in the waters with Star Wars Outlaws. It, like the Jedi franchise, has a new tale and characters and, for the first time, allows you to step into the shoes of an outlaw in the cherished galaxy. 2024 will allow you to see Star Wars like never before, and I’ll be drinking all the blue milk in anticipation of what happens.
Silent Hill 2 Remake
The Silent Hill 2 Remake has been finally confirmed after considerable speculation. Bloober Team is taking its time and care with one of the most strange and acclaimed horror titles in history, originally announced in October 2022. Although (and I should say this quietly), I’ve never played a Silent Hill game. That will change with the Silent Hill 2 Remake, which will purportedly modernize the controls and make the setting even more terrifying. You must maintain your Pyramid Head swiveling.
Insomniac was certainly scratching and clawing to secure the rights to Wolverine after the popularity of the recent Spider-Man series, with Spider-Man 2 being the newest masterpiece. It would have taken adamant-ium to do Wolverine right. Understandably, we’ve only gotten a whiff of the upcoming comic book game, with Spider-Man 2 dominating the news in 2023. However, we will most likely discover a lot more in 2024, possibly even a full release date. If Wolverine achieves the same heights and success as Spider-Man, Insomniac will be a genius, and players will be ecstatic.
Grand Theft Auto 6
If GTA 6 is released in 2024, I’ll put my neck on the line and declare it the 2024 Game of the Year right here. It must be. If it isn’t, I believe we’ll be discussing why it isn’t rather than the actual winner. GTA 5 has broken numerous records, sold nearly 200 million copies, and rightfully cemented its place in history. Now that we’ve seen the first GTA 6 video and have a better idea of what to expect, it’ll be interesting to see if Rockstar can live up to the hype. A Metacritic score of 98 for GTA 4 and 97 for GTA 5, respectively, indicates that the game has ridiculously high expectations, but if anyone can match them, it’s Rockstar Games.