Online gaming has never been more popular. From role-playing fantasies to a simple game of slots, more and more players around the world are joining the remote fun.

The gaming industry’s size is now estimated to be in the region of hundreds of billions of dollars annually. The video game and online casino markets have become the largest parts of the global entertainment industry, surpassing both the film and music industries.

Gaming has grown so fast thanks to the proliferation of gaming platforms, including consoles, PCs, mobile devices, and cloud gaming services. 

Game developers continually produce a wide variety of games to satisfy this growing demand. 

This increasingly diverse gaming marketplace includes now exciting genres like action, adventure, role-playing, simulation, as well as casino options like live multi-player games and a huge variety of new titles. 

What are the best up-coming games?

From lively top sites like Bally’s Casino UK to the big video game stores, it is becoming increasingly hard to keep track of all the new releases across the vast gaming world.

No matter what platform you play on, there’s going to be something new to add to your Christmas 2023 wishlist. Here’s our pick of the best newcomers:

Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 is released ready for the PS5 platform in time for Christmas 2023. Reviewers already say that it’s one of the best role-playing games of the year. 

Within its world of spells and heroes, this is an absolute storming adventure from developer Larian. 

On paper it’s a classic dungeons and dragons game amid the Forgotten Realms but in reality exploring Baldur’s Gate 3 is an amazing time-intensive expedition. 

From meeting interesting new characters, animals, and even corpses, to resisting the mysterious Dark Urge, it’s made for a rich, deep role-playing experience.

The Secret Book of Amun Ra

Here’s something very new and different: The Secret Book of Amun Ra a Booming Games slot game that is certainly worth waiting for. 

For starters huge wins of up to 10,000x the stake are possible. In return there’s a lower RTP than usual, 95.40%. 

The graphics are amazing – so much better than the usual Egyptian-themed slots. Look out for images with scarabs, the Ankh, Cleopatra, the Pharaoh, and the representation of Horus – the top symbol that pays 100x your stake.

The Book itself is the top feature symbol. If you achieve three Books on the reels, you’ll trigger eight free spins. 


The much-anticipated first release from Bethesda in 25 years, Starfield is worth the quarter of century build up. It’s sure to be one of the most talked about releases of winter 2023.

Starfield is set in an open-world space environment with 1,000 different planets to explore whenever you want. You are exploring space as part of Constellation – a group figuring out what’s happening in space. 

You can create your own character, base, and spaceship. Overall it’s an expansive, beautifully made experience that has endless possibilities.

Even professional reviewers say it’s almost impossible not to get distracted by the universe of things around you in Starfield. 

They say they start a mission with the best intentions but emerge hours later on a completely different planet from where you intended to be after countless space battles, enemy encounters, and adventures. 

Fae Farm

New in Autumn 2023, Fae Farm is a farming sim game with a difference. You won’t be blasting zombies or exploring new worlds, you’ll be cultivating in a cosy corner of an enchanted world. 

You can play solo or with up to three others. Players raise magical creatures, explore realms, and make friends (or more) with locals. 

This role-playing farm sim is developed and published by Phoenix Labs for Windows and Nintendo Switch.

Players are given a unused farm at the start. They can explore the world, with quests, combats, dungeons, crafts and romances. 

At the same time customising their house with furniture they make raises players’ powers. 

Reviewers have called it ‘supremely cosy’. It’s destined to be one of the most relaxing titles of the year.

Holly Jolly Bonanza

This a Christmas-themed slot game from Booming Games could be the newcomer that makes your winter. 

There are 6×5 reels and a top jackpot worth 6,500x the original stake. Holly Jolly also has a 96.60% RTP and high volatility. 

The game starts with a wide stake range and it pays fairly often.

The display is set in a traditional room with an open fire and stockings hanging on one side and Christmas tree on the other. The game symbols range from colourful baubles to images of stars or Santa.

Holly Jolly Bonanza is fun and interesting to play, thanks to features like cascading reels, random multipliers of up to 100x, and free spins. It could be the highlight of your Christmas 2023.