2013 was a good year for gaming, one of the best in my opinion. Great games came out every month and there was never a dull moment it seemed (well, maybe over the summer). Last year was also when the next generation of gaming consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, were announced and released. For a lot of people, myself included, this was the first next generation console release that they were actively a part of so that was super exciting. There was just a lot going on this year in the world of gaming in general.
But back to the games. I’d like to list a few of my favorite games from the year 2013. I have already chosen a Game of the Year over on my blog, but I want to recognize more than just one game since I loved more than one game and they all deserve a little recognition. So here they are, my favorite games from the year 2013!
The Last of Us:
This was my personal choice for game of the year in 2013. I truly loved this game and every aspect it had to offer. I enjoyed the gameplay, the narrative and the characters above all else (though the whole thing was pretty much perfect). The gameplay was a lot of fun to get used to and master, the stealth elements in particular challenged me to do better and improve throughout the game. The narrative was captivating in every sense of the word, a true masterpiece. The characters were the icing on the already perfect cake. Ellie and Joel were some of the most amazing characters in gaming history. The whole game was one big A+ for me.
Beyond Two Souls:
Though some people seemed to dislike this game, I really liked it. After I played Heavy Rain I just waited around for Quantic Dream to release a new, awesome interactive story. When Beyond Two Souls was released it really exceeded all expectations I had for the game. A lot of people complained that there was “no gameplay” but I think it’s just a different kind of gameplay and one that I found to be very enjoyable. Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe’s performances were top-notch and I found the story to be very interesting and enticing. All in the all the game was a lot of fun to play and experience.
DmC: Devil May Cry:
Another game that received flack, though not necessarily from critics. The old school fans of the Devil May Cry series didn’t like how Dante had black hair for most of the game or how Vergil looked or something, but I loved this game. DmC’s gameplay is so cool and noteworthy because it’s not really just about mashing buttons and hacking/slashing. I mean you could play through like that, but to get more points and not die all the time you have to really utilize your weapon varieties for combos. It was great fun! I also really liked the new Dante (never cared much for the original, sorry) and Vergil as well as the new side character Kat. The story was good and the game itself was very fun. After all, isn’t that what gaming is all about?
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag:
This one really surprised me. As someone who has never cared much for the Assassin’s Creed series, I was taken aback by how much I love Black Flag. I got the game for free as part of a “buy two get one free” deal on PlayStation 4 games since one of the games I really wanted wasn’t available. I’ve never made a better decision in gaming. I don’t know whether it’s the lovable pirate whom I play as, sailing around the seas in complete freedom listening to my crew sing sea shanties, the ship battles, or the narrative that makes me love this game. Maybe it’s all of those things combined. regardless, I cannot put this game down! Such a surprise for me, but a pleasant one no doubt.
Yes. So much yes. This game made me so happy to play. Not just because I’m a mega Tomb Raider fangirl but because it was just such a perfect game in general. The gameplay was simply amazing, plenty of action paired with a good amount of tomb raiding and exploring. It suited Lara well. Speaking of Lara Croft I must say that this rebooted version of her is the best version yet. She feels more like a full-fledged character now and the players were given the opportunity to look into her life a little more and understand her. The narrative was great and really brought on the feeling of a Tomb Raider game with much more umf (I don’t think that’s a word, but I’m using it anyway). Tomb Raider was definitely one of the best games I have ever played. I bought it twice (for two separate consoles) and have already preordered the newly announced Definitive Edition for the PS4.
This game was much-anticipated by me (and tons of others) and it did not fail to live up to all my expectations. While I found the gameplay to be a bit lacking, I didn’t expect more considering it’s really similar to that of past games in the series and I loved those. The narrative was just mind-blowing and really impressed me. I’m pretty sure Ken Levine is a genius, he has created some of the best games I have ever played and they have all been seriously impressive. The characters were great and I really loved the talent put forth by Troy Baker and Courtney Drapper as the voice actors from Booker and Elizabeth. The setting was spectacular, while I may have been a little unsure about switching from a city under the sea to a city in the sky at first, I’m totally down with it now. Overall Bioshock Infinite was an instant classic of a game, one I plan on playing more times in the future. I’m also eagerly awaiting the second part of the Burial at Sea DLC.