2013 has been a mixed year. We have had some great games come out, we have also had some of the worst in recent memory. The new consoles are also upon us offering the chance for new experiences. 2014 looks set to be a great year. Anyway lets get on with my favourite games of 2013.
Favorite Game Released Before 2013, Played in 2013: Dark Souls
Dark Souls and I have an on/off relationship, we see each other for a couple of days then we part ways either through frustration or moving onto something new, but its always there when I want it. It is perhaps still the most rewarding game I have ever played and it never ceases to entertain me, show me something new or challenge me. I purchased the downloadable content last year when I bought the Prepare To Die version of the game for my brother, but I never got around to playing it. How foolish was I? Some of the best bosses in the game are in Artorias of the Abyss my favourite being the Black Dragon Kalameet, who continually wiped the floor with me, but you know what, I loved every minute of it. If it had come out this year it would be my game of the year in an instant.
5. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a charming, cute and wondrous Japanese role playing game. Even though by the end I found it a chore to play, the characters and world were so endearing that I couldn’t help but complete every side quest, try to capture every creature I came across and explore every last bit of its lovingly crafted world.
4. Grand Theft Auto V
Before Grand Theft Auto 5 came out I had no doubt that it would be at the top of my list for game of the year for 2013. This is the best playing, best looking game in the series, the story is excellent, spanning multiple interesting characters with amazing set pieces. The multiplayers is incredibly ambitious so much so that it was completely unplayable for the first week. It is a shame that it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, I suppose that is what overhyping something does to you. It is definitely still one of my favourite games of the year however.
3. Battlefield 4
Oh Battlefield 4, I want to play you so much but you stop me everytime. Your constant crashes, poor matchmaking system and completely terrible campaign are great reasons to hate you but I just cannot. Battlefield 4 like 3 before it is the best multiplayer experience I have ever had. The basic gun play is better than ever, the large scale battles are, as always, entertaining and the small scale is more intense with maps being designed with more consideration taken for verticality.
2. Fire Emblem Awakening
Ni No Kuni covered my story JRPG for this year, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I found its gameplay a little lacking and actually incredibly frustrating by the end. Fire Emblem Awakening filled that JRPG gameplay itch perfectly. Challenge: Check. Depth: Check. Accessibility: Kinda. Playing a new kind of role playing game was fascinating to me and once I understood most of the gameplay systems I couldn’t put it down.
1. The Last of Us
The Walking Dead topped my 2012 game of the year because of its touching and engaging story and The Last of Us does the exact same. The post apocalypse in recent years has been the backdrop for an absolute ton of games. Most do not take advantage of the stories that can be told in such a situation. Again, like The Walking Dead, The Last of Us uses this environment to explore human natures as well telling a more personal story. Joel and Ellie are great characters and their story arc was amazing.
There are very few games that I wish never to play again, not because they are bad but because they are so good that I don’t want to spoil my original experience. This list consists of: Journey, The Walking Dead Season 1 (I still want to play Season 2, obviously) and now The Last of Us.
Honorable Mentions: Pokemon X, Saints Row IV