Cory's Top 5 Games of 2013
What a seemingly great year for video games, I say seemingly because while it was strong for games we witnessed the dramatic marketing collapses of Nintendo and Microsoft. There were too many good games to count, both in AAA titles and on the indie sphere and that's something we all noticed, whether when writing deliberations about the year at large or even casual player disconnected from the culture entirely.
Crystal's Top 5 Games of 2013
This has been another great year for gaming. There were plenty of great games released and now we have next-gen consoles. I've been slacking on my backlog and haven't had the chance to play many of the new games yet, but I look forward to catching up pretty soon. Here is a list of what I think are contenders for Game of the Year, and what I'm prioritizing in my backlog.
Doug's Top 5 Games of 2013
2013 has been a year of consistent turmoil and change for the industry we love. Most visibly, we’ve seen the clash of new consoles and the foundations for a new generation of in home play; and, online play. Less advertised, are the changes those like myself are most excited for. In that, I mean the changes to how representation, communication and feedback should be handled on the internet. In the combined efforts of marginalized individuals within the industry to oppose and illuminate the industry’s own oppressive atmosphere; in the growing demand for comment and feedback sections that were not a minefield for that very marginalization; and within the games themselves, whether they be pleading for change and recognition or representing the very thing being fought against - change was the talk of the year. For the first time since its inception, games are being challenged to mature; and, it is the start of something wonderful.
Brian's Top 5 Games of 2013
This is an odd list. In a year that highlighted how great non-blockbuster games can be, my list is filled almost exclusively with triple-A titles. I didn't mean for this to happen, and if I were smart, I probably would have played some of those smaller titles. But when you have a kid, and if you have been following along, you'd know that I have two small ones (there's a large one too, but he lives with his bio-dad), time is at a premium. That and apparently, I still have a problem with MMO's and time management.
Condra's Top 5 Games of 2013
2013 feels a lot like that last vacation you take with your friends before an impending graduation. It’s filled with profound memories, reverie (perhaps drunken, or not), setbacks on the road, years-long gestating confessions to close friends, personal revelations; days and nights suffused with the overwhelming joy of imminent freedom, but bruised by the sadness of parting ways and unfamiliar routines that are about to take over.
Jon's Top 5 Games of 2013
2013 was the year I became “that guy”. I phased out of most main stream games as my move to the west coast meant leaving my consoles behind. Being armed with a laptop meant that a lot of the graphical powerhouses, like Assassin’s Creed IV and Saints Row 4, would have to wait until I built a PC of my own. In the mean time I became the guy that focused on indie games, and you know what? I liked them! I consider 2013 to be one of the best years in a long time as the games I played this year, as evident by my list, brought more fun, emotion, and provocative thoughts to my life than any gaming year has before.
Ashley's Top 5 Games of 2013
2013 was a special year for me when it came to videogames, being the first year of my life so far where I've had the money, time and effort to keep up with the majority of major releases. In previous years I was forced to pick and choose, or spend my time catching up with older titles I missed out on. 2013, in comparison, was gluttonous for me. I played so many great games that this list is possibly the hardest one I've ever had to make. I hope you had as much fun as I did this year!
Most Anticipated Games of 2013 - Part 1
In many ways 2013 is a bit of an unknown for the video game industry. Will new consoles be released? What games can we expect for those new platforms? Will the Wii U have a bounce back 2013? All of these questions still remain to be answered and yet there are still a ton of great games we do know about. So to get us excited for 2013 our editors sat down and discussed their most anticipated games of 2013.