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A Year in Gaming – A Few of My Favorites from 2013

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.

Tomb Raider:


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.

Bioshock Infinite:


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.

A Week in Gaming: Stuff and Things


So I have been playing a lot of stuff this week. It’s been a busy week with both life and gaming, to be honest. I have had three PlayStation 4 games to play through as well as the new DLC for Bioshock Infinite and Tearaway for the PS Vita. On top of that I’ve had school and a crazy work schedule (gotta love working retail during the holidays) so busy hardly describes it. What I have had the chance to play has been pretty awesome though, and there truly is no better time to be a gamer.

I’m going to do a quick and fun general recap of all my exploits this past week, video game-wise. There’s really no point in going into depth since none of you have all day to read every detail about all the games I have been playing, I’m sure, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Let’s get cracking, shall we?

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea (Episode One)

I played through this lovely little DLC last week and really enjoyed it. Venturing back to Rapture in its hayday (before excessive damage and splicers) was great and playing through that environment as Booker with Elizabeth at my side sweetened the deal. I found myself spending a lot of time just waltzing around and listening in to conversations and looking at the sights throughout the first half of Burial at Sea. It takes place in an area that wasn’t in Bioshock or Bioshock 2 so there was a lot to see if you are interested. Plus, I just love this little gem (thank you Ken Levine):



I did have a few issues though. One was that the plasmids were all weird, cannon-wise. You have Devil’s Kiss and Possession at the beginning but you should have had Incinerate and, I don’t know, Telekenisis or something that was actually a plasmid not a vigor. Maybe that’s just me being a stickler but I thought that was odd. I also thought the gameplay was still a little bit overly difficult (I played through on medium and died way more than I should have) but oh well, not a huge deal. The new microwave gun was a neat addition though. The narrative was the best part, so I’m really looking forward to playing as Elizabeth in Episode 2.

Killzone: Shadowfall

This game is gorgeous and features some really fun gameplay (if you’re into first-person shooters) but is pretty lacking in the story department. I expected this as none of the Killzone games have featured great story lines on their own (they are better as a whole I suppose) but it still kind of sucks considering this was the major launch day exclusive for the PS4. On the positive side I really like how they wove all the neat new features the PS4 has to offer into the game. Little things like playing audio logs through the speaker in the controller to having stunning graphics were really neat. Overall it’s been a lot of fun and while it’s not perfect it’s helps me to imagine what futures games will look and feel like.

Battlefield 4:

I really haven’t played more than about 5 minutes of this game’s campaign but I have been having a blast with the multiplayer. I’ve been mainly playing team deathmatch since I hate playing objective-based modes unless I have some buddies, but I have been having a great time. In Battlefield 3 I was fond of the assault class so I’m sticking with that. The new interface is much easier to get the hang of (spawning and upgrading/selecting weapons in a match mainly) and makes the gameplay a lot more fluid from the player’s perspective. I hope to make some friends soon and play with a group more than as a lone wolf. I’m a good lone wolf, but even wolves need buddies sometimes.

Assassin’s Creed 4:

Now I don’t usually like the Assassin’s Creed games and I have only beaten 2 and played part of 3, but I got this for free (technically) so I thought why not give it a try. I’m actually liking it a lot more than I have liked any other AC game. It plays well and looks pretty, plus I love the whole pirate theme. This is another one I can’t elaborate much on since I haven’t had the time to play it very much, but the hour or two that I have played has been really cool.



Some of the funner aspects include the naval battles, the open world feeling, the scenery and of course seeing whales and other sea life out and about. It’s really an improvement over past games, even over what little of the past games I have even played. I’m looking forward to playing more of it.


Now this little piece of gold is really just amazing. I have only played about an hour of it, so I can’t say too much, but I really love it so far. To be honest this game was the reason I wanted a Vita in the first place. Once it was announced I knew I had to have it. I’m a sucker for cute little games like this but in all honesty it’s just a fun game all around. I adore the art style (Media Molecule knows how to impress me) and really like the innovative use of the Vita camera and dual touch screens. Tearaway is definitely a good game to get if you have a Vita, I’d highly recommend it.

So what have you all been playing this past week?