The end of the year is here and it's time to discuss the Games of 2013. Here are our winners for the Random Awards as voted on by Darkstation writers.
Best Random Achievements of 2013
Best Game Expansion of 2013
This category is for downloadable content or expansion pack. These expansions can be large or small but are great examples of additional content for a pre-existing game.
Winner - XCOM: Enemy Within
Worst Game Expansion of 2013
This category is for downloadable content and expansion packs that, either large or small, are bad and add no value to a pre-existing game.
Winner (tie) - Battlefield 4: China Rising, BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds and SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow
Best Trend You Want to See Continue of 2013
This category is for trends that started or have come to fruition in the last year that you think are positive and should endure.
Winner - Steam Early Access
Worst Trend You Want to See Die of 2013
This category is for trends that started this year or have continued from previous years that you think are negative and should stop immediately.
Winner - Microtransactions
Best New Character of 2013
This category is for a character that has never been seen before. This character is utterly new and cannot have existed in any other video game or intellectual property.
Winner (tie) - Joel (The Last of Us) and Samantha (Gone Home)
Best New IP of 2013
This category if for new intellectual properties. This is a game that is not a sequel, spin-off, prequel or is in any other way connected to a pre-existing franchise or series, whether it’s a game or not.
Winner - The Last of Us
Best Digital Ellen Page of 2013
The category if for you to choose between Ellie from The Last of Us and Jodie from Beyond: Two Souls.
Winner - Ellie
Best Non Recommendable Game of 2013
This category is for game that you love but find impossible to recommended because describing what makes it good would either spoil everything or make it sound completely and utterly not fun.
Winner - The Stanley Parable
Most Worn Out Franchise of 2013
This category is for games that endure but should not. Whether it’s lack of innovation, a story that’s been ruined, or simply sequel fatigue, this is a franchise or series that needs to stop.
Winner - Call of Duty
Least Improved Sequel of 2013
This category is for a sequel that is worse than the game it comes after. This does not take into account sequel fatigue, it’s for games that were supposed to improve upon their predecessor but ended up making things worse. This category also includes reboots and sequels.
Winner - Dead Space 3
Most Improved Sequel of 2013
This category is for a sequel that is far better than the game it comes after. It’s for a game that improves upon its predecessor and possibly makes you forgive how bad the last game was. This category also includes reboots and sequels.
Winner - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Worst Game to get Delayed of 2013
This category is for the game that you were and are looking forward to the most but that got delayed into 2014.
Winner - Watch Dogs
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