How does your favorite game stack up?
In the hellscape of Twitter, fan communities can be a bright spot for players to share fanart and talk about their favorite games (when they’re not being toxic as hell themselves). Twitter recently highlighted which games have the biggest presence online.
Nintendo has kept its mouth shut about the Breath of the Wild sequel this year, but no one else has. In the absence of any announcements, rumors run rampant, giving fans on Twitter plenty to yell at each other about.
Hero shooter Valorant is a tactical juggernaut and has stuck around when others have failed. Even if it doesn’t have as hectic an update schedule.
One of the most popular gacha games around, Fate/Grand Order has millions of players obsessing over its massive character roster.
Undoubtedly the biggest game of the year so far, Elden Ring’s finicky social component and an absurd number of secrets make it perfect fodder for Twitter.
Apex Legends had a spectacular launch and managed to avoid burning out like so many other battle royale games. It helps that its character designs are top-notch, and Respawn teases enough Titanfall connections to keep fans hoping for a crossover.
The mobile rhythm game Project Sekai was incredibly popular even before Hatsune Miku showed up and catapulted it to even higher success. Its gacha mechanics make fans even more likely to stick with it long-term.
It’s no surprise Final Fantasy was so popular this year. Between Final Fantasy 14 adding some great content, and both Final Fantasy 16 and Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth on the horizon, fans have a lot to talk about.
3. Ensemble Stars!!
The Ensemble Stars!! series has a life sim and a music game, both of which are so popular they’ve spawned anime and manga adaptations. Its pop idol theme makes it stand out even more and inspires the kind of popularity you’d expect from idol stans.
Honestly, it’s kind of impressive that anything beat Wordle after the few months it spent as seemingly the only conversation topic on Twitter. Whether it’s just from fatigue or weariness of the New York Times taking over, the daily word game got overtaken by one game this year.
Genshin Impact’s combat and world are incredible for a free-to-play game and its seasonal events are some of the best in any live game. An ever-growing roster of cute anime teammates provides endless subjects for fan art.