Game of the Year 2013

GameSpot Editors' Top 10 Lists

It's a personal choice.

So far, you've seen all of our official choices for 2013's best games according to platform categories. But before we unveil the one game that we've chosen as our overall GameSpot Game of the Year (that's happening on December 19), we're asking all of our editors to list their personal favorites for 2013.* After all, GameSpot isn't a hive mind, and our editors aren't working in a Borg-like collective. We're actually a bunch of individuals with our own personal tastes and opinions, some of which differ wildly from one another. So come check out what our editors have chosen as their individual top 10 games for the year. You may be surprised at some of the choices.

*For personal top 10s, GameSpot editors were able to choose any game that had a release in 2013--this includes games that were released on different platforms this year but that were initially made available at some other, earlier time (such as Spelunky). This was less strict than our criteria for the official Game of the Year awards, which dictated that only games that were first released between January and the end of November 2013 were eligible.

128 comments
jlconrod
jlconrod

Gamespot also has PC Games, yet almost every Editor's Choice list and GOTY Nominations only list console games! How about some PC games being included. While next-gen consoles are a hot gaming media topic, IMO PC graphics are far superior and more immersive.


Steam PC games should also get some serious coverage.

jonny_dutch
jonny_dutch

Does anyone know which game made the most lists?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Wow, 18 different editors. I didn't think there were that many, but I mostly just read the news articles and some reviews. My top ten list of games played during 2013 doesn't contain any game from 2013, lol. I'm still stuck on old games like VtM: Bloodlines, Kotor, Serious Sam: The Second Encounter and The Witcher 1.

Gopstop2222
Gopstop2222

u meant top 10 most bribed editor games

kuda001
kuda001

Metro Last Light, DOTA 2, AC: Black Flag, Biosock Infinite, Path of Exile, Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider, Rayman Legends, State of Decay and FIFA 14 were the big highlights for me this year. PoE especially was a surprise and a well made game reviewed by Kevin.

special-ops
special-ops

I also like tomb raider,super mario and metro last light 

special-ops
special-ops

I like peter brown and Justin haywald top 10 list of games  

special-ops
special-ops

I think last of us,Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag,Battlefield 4 and GTA V will win

brain20035
brain20035

I think Kevin, Carolyn and Tom have the best lists this year. Very thoughtful and none of the hype.

IndridCipher
IndridCipher

for how poorly Beyond Two Souls was received by so many, i see it on a lot of these lists. 

jedimasterss
jedimasterss

It's such a hard list to think of my top ten 

legend of zelda:albw

battlefield 4 (even with the glitches)

pikmin 3

ac4

luigie's mansion

fire emblem

last of us 

gta 5

wonderful 101

starcraft 2 heart of the swarm 

wgerardi
wgerardi

For those 1 or possibly 2 of you who care- Here is my Top 10 Games of 2013 <3


http://tinyurl.com/mch2xzd


Feel free to be my tumblr homie- I always follow back.

Bread_or_Decide
Bread_or_Decide

McShea...Petit...and VanOrd. Checking out the lists from my gamespot favorites. 

shreddyz
shreddyz

out of those 18 editors only one of them picked only one rts game. baaaaaa

Romeric87
Romeric87

Great stuff, Gamespot. Reading top 10 lists is something we can all enjoy. Now I have lots to read through!! All the best and Merry Christmas! These lists will be more personal than the democracy of game of the year voting. Look forward to see some of the more unusual picks! Oh and a link between worlds looks great - just hope I get some cash for Xmas!

moatasim07
moatasim07

looks like more gamespot editors love GTA 5 more than TLOU......i am not fanboying here......and not hating on any of these two games.........just providing you a FACT............

faizanhd
faizanhd

For some reason the youtube video for gamespot's GOTY winner is already up. It's LOZ: Link Between Worlds. Now that was a surprise.

max-hit
max-hit

Heeeeeyyyyy... where is Johnney????

It would also be interesting to see some top 10 ( or 5) worst games of the year lists as well. 

Alucard1475
Alucard1475

Pretty good suggestions for the upcoming 'Steam Winter Sale'.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

I honestly didn't see a lot of great games this year...  a lot of bad games though... games like Beyond 2 souls, Lost planet 3, killer is dead, deadpool, Star Trek, Crysis 3, dead space 3, Paper mario Sticker star, Batman Arkham Origins, Sonic Lost Worlds, Rayman Legends and Resident Evil Revelations...   There were some good ones though i couldn't think of 10.. only 9.. in no particular order


1.Tomb Raider


2.Saints Row 4


3.Last of Us


4.Bioshock Infinite


5. Tales of Xillia


6.Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3


7.Splinter Cell Black List


8.AquaPazza


9.Metal Gear Rising: Revengence

denhoffi
denhoffi

There are of course a few games that are on nearly everyone's list like TLOU, GTAV, Bioshock Infinite, AC4 or Mario World 3D(I didn't play that one but I saw a playthrough) and they deserve it, probably the best games of the year but I was still surprised that a few games didn't get as much recognition as I was expecting. I expected to see more of Rayman Legends for example or Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Puppeteer, but hey everyone has the right to his own opinion.


I see that a lot of people are shoving their own opinions down our throats by publishing their lists on this public site without being asked to do so...those bastards....oh well, here's mine:

TLOU, GTAV, Bioshock Infinite, AC4, Rayman Legends, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Puppeteer, Resogun, The Wolf Among Us,Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

Yep, I'm selfish like that.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

I don't know why we need a Top 10 of all the editors. The best games of 2013 are quite obvious to everyone out there. I think 2013 was one of the best years for gaming ever. So many incredible titles in a row. Wow. I can't imagine 2014 be  more exciting.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

only looked at Kevin VanOrd's list. only one that matters

PostNothing
PostNothing

This section, in my opinion, is way more useful and interesting than the whole platform based awards. Shame there aren't any lists from Cam, Seb and Johnny. 

The__Dragon
The__Dragon

Where's Johnny's list?? Chivalry will no doubt take up top spot! :-p

Zloth2
Zloth2

I like seeing the editors' picks but, honestly, I'm really missing the genre awards.  I know it's rough sometimes figuring out what games fit in what genres but that's where you really get to compare apples against apples.  Well, OK, at least your comparing citrus to citrus anyway.

shinyyoungster
shinyyoungster

The last of us

GTA V

Tomb raider

BioShock Infinite

Injustice Gods Among us

DMC

Metal Gear Rising Vengeance

Batman Arkham Orgins

Dead or Alive 5 ultimate

Splinter Cell blacklist

tgwenz
tgwenz

Just came from Good Old Games. Da cheapness is too much. I am going to get the Indies mentioned in these lists. 5 bucks for Spelunky and 1€ for my GOTY: System Shock 2. (hey first time playing it)

GT_APE
GT_APE

@kingdo_goodbomber I have to say 1. Don't you think you're being a prick? and 2. Please see #1. CaroLYN's reviews have a depth to them but you have to be able to escape your ADHD for more than a minute to see it (hence why you likely never will). 


I would like to see a rating system rating graphics, sounds, acting, etc. but admittedly, this is my number one place to check reviews before I buy a game. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@kuda001PoE will probably be the first ever F2P game I will ever try. I resent not being able to get access to everything once I install and play a game, but PoE seems like it does F2P the right way. Of course, I have 7 years of backlog and dozens of uninstalled AAA games I bought cheaply yet to play, but in a year or two, PoE will be the first ever F2P I'll play.

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

@shreddyz Well, Pikmin 3 was pretty close to making my final cut.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@shreddyzYes, I'm appalled that none of these 18 individuals picked more games from a genre that I like. Appalled, I tell you!!!!!!!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Romeric87Yes, instead of only nine games to argue about (platform winners + overall goty), we have 180 games here to bicker about :P. 


Though, honestly, I also find these personal lists more interesting, because the person's individual tastes comes out more clearly. Games are very subjective and so I appreciate to see everyone's subjective choices, not just the site's overall choices.

scalz
scalz

@faizanhd If that's true, it is fantastic.  I was for sure my pick would be Last of Us after I played it.  Once I played Zelda though, it's no doubt the best game this year IMO.  It could be the greatest Zelda ever, and that's saying something.

denhoffi
denhoffi

@bri2u2002It was released in 2012, it's sad because it came out too late for any award last year and to early for the awards this year, but it was awesome.

Zjarcal
Zjarcal

@Trickymaster To see the difference in opinion between editors?


"The best games are obvious to everyone"


Not everyone thinks the same way about every game, it's quite evident just from seeing how many of the lists here don't even include some of these games that are "obviously" the best to everyone.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@shinyyoungster 

Yet one more person to shamelessly plant one's own top ten in a publicly viewable page with high traffic. :P

Zloth2
Zloth2

@tgwenz Oh you just HAD to mention SS2, didn't you?  <sigh> I'll be dreaming about monkeys with their brains showing AGAIN tonight, I guess.


P.S.  If you're poking around on GOG, look up Sacrifice.  Great fun.  There's an excellent guide to the game somewhere in the deep sub-basements here at Gamespot, too.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@kingdo_goodbomber@Gopstop2222You're actually right about that. Even though I like Gamespot and considers it a pretty big site, it's not big enough or influential enough to be worth bribing. It doesn't matter what Gamespot chooses as goty or which games it rates highly, it's just weird people who think/pretend that, so that they can get angry about a site that doesn't align with their own individual tastes.

faizanhd
faizanhd

@scalz

Just watched it. Check the channel. I loved the game too. GOTY  ? Why not ?


NTM23
NTM23

@Gelugon_baat I don't see the problem with people putting their own list down here. As long as they're not forcing it on others with "this is what it should have been you idiots!" Then it's perfectly fine.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@tgwenz 

If you do pick up Sacrifice, do be warned that your usual imagination of fantastical creatures would be greatly challenged by that game.

Damn-chunky "dragons"... XP

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@NTM23 

I have no problem with that either - I just happen to have the whim to poke. ;)

But the latter kind - those I would poke - HARD. >:D