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.
Joel's Top 5 Games of 2013
2013 is such a weird year to write about my favorite games. For all but one of my Top 5 games, the console in which I played these games is no longer hooked up. That just goes to show that developers have learned to develop for these older consoles and put out some truly remarkable and memorable experiences. We can only hope it doesn’t take developers another seven years to put out the high quality of games that we got this year for the new consoles.
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!
Darkstation Spotlight: Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider has been rebooted yet again and is taking the gritty more realistic approach this time around. I was really on the fence with this game up until its release and I still wasn't sure what to expect when I first booted it up. Everything about the game had pointed to the fact that it seemed very similar to Uncharted (which is really always been Tomb Raider's best comparison) but with a female protagonist.