Game of the Year 2013

Justin Calvert's Top 10 Games For 2013

Tough to narrow it down to only 10.

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There were a number of popular games released this year that I haven't found the time to play just yet, not because I haven't been devoting the vast majority of my finite free time to gaming, but rather because the games that I did play (and in many cases continue to play) couldn't easily be put down after a week or three. Take Animal Crossing: A New Leaf and Pokemon X for example: I've put upward of 200 hours into each already, and while I don't know that I'll be revisiting the former, I suspect I'll keep returning to the latter for as long as it takes me to catch 'em all.

FIFA 14 is another game that just keeps on giving; I'm still only two seasons into my career mode with Bolton Wanderers, but having gained promotion to the English Premiership and signed some promising youngsters, there's no way I'm going to quit my job as manager without seeing how their careers pan out. Come to think of it, Animal Crossing might be the only game on my list that I'm not still playing in 2014. Even State of Decay, which dominated 100 percent of my gaming time from the moment I downloaded it on Xbox Live Arcade until I'd finished it with every achievement, is sure to get another play now that its Breakdown downloadable content has been released. Piledriving zombies has never been so much fun.

The most noteworthy game that didn't quite make my list in 2013 is undoubtedly Battlefield 4. Historically, I've always preferred Call of Duty, but that's definitely not the case this year, in part because that's not the case for several friends that I enjoy playing with. At the time of writing, Battlefield 4 is invariably the first game that I play when I get home from work, and despite the fact that I can't claim to be good at it yet, I'm having a blast. The reason Battlefield 4 didn't make my list, then, is simply that I get unceremoniously booted back to the Xbox One home screen so often during or between matches that, in my frustration, I almost always end up playing something else instead after an hour or so.

As I'm sure you'll agree, and as evidenced by the nominees and winners of our annual awards, 2013 was a great year in gaming. My top 10 list could easily have been a top 20 or 30, and as we head into 2014, I'm hoping that I can find the time to finish games like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Tomb Raider, and Fire Emblem: Awakening before they have to compete for my attention with the likes of Watch Dogs, Destiny, and Bravely Default.

Justin Calvert's Top 10

Discussion

56 comments
vahythefloyd
vahythefloyd

well it seems to me that i cant find a good enough game for this xbox 360 B****hit!!! look at ps3...no no no i mean it.. just look at ps..it got tons of exclusive...damn u microsoft.. i just have to open up my power brick in order to fix the noise it got

Ramon Terrell
Ramon Terrell

I agree, Jeremy. Regardless of all the hatred, it was an amazing game.

Pooyagharagozlo
Pooyagharagozlo

10 worst Game of the Year 2013

for example:  Grand Shit Auto V

Nick Preveza
Nick Preveza

So , a mediocare zombie game , a football game , a platformer (resogun ) , a f2p game , a racing game and whatever is animal crossing . WTF Gamespot ? Fire Emblem , tLoZ aLBW , gta v , an pokemon x/y are great games .

Brad Terry
Brad Terry

They never said they didn't like it, maybe they've just stopped qualifying overbudgeted Sony movies with more cut scenes and QTE than gameplay, only this time it's a zombie trend cash in.

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

Of course Everyone that doesn't play the same games that YOU play is a joke.

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

Its one person's list. ONE person. Your favourite not on the list ? Well i guess someone has a different taste in games than you. Hard to belive huh ?

Jared Beasley
Jared Beasley

Nice list. I can understand why last of us wasnt on there. Good story horrible game play and thats what matters

Brad Terry
Brad Terry

Rose tinted glasses too stronk. At least GTA 5 had actual gameplay.

Isa San
Isa San

U kidding me?? No killzone, last of us or gears judgment??

Stefan Demeter
Stefan Demeter

mmm... Zelda has the best rating as a 3ds game? Ok, gonna buy it then :D

Trey Arline
Trey Arline

And yet they keep putting GTA in, a game that universally viewed as a shallow disappointment from the series that had a poor story and sloppy online component. And what QTE's are you talking about? There were barely any at all, if any, and the cutscenes at the most lasted at least 3-4 minutes. Quit talking out of your ass please.

Jeremy Andrews
Jeremy Andrews

No the last of us? Discracfull. Quite possibly one of the best games of the 7th genetation and no doubt the best ps3 game of 2013 and its not in ur top 10?

Nathan Clemons
Nathan Clemons

I seen fifa 14 and instantly the list is a joke.

Brad Terry
Brad Terry

They never said they didn't like it, maybe they've just stopped qualifying overbudgeted Sony movies with more cut scenes and QTE than gameplay, only this time it's a zombie trend cash in.

Trey Arline
Trey Arline

You guys REALLY don't like The Last of Us do you?

Maxim Neumann
Maxim Neumann

Where is The Last of Us? Oh wait..this Game is Legend. ^^

Francis L. Jairam
Francis L. Jairam

The Last of US would be pissed that their game didn't make the list. Oh well let them bleed

Ben Davison
Ben Davison

GTA 5 had so many faults i never understand how they can praise it more then a solid 5/10 the online took ages to get into then when you level up so much and your person gets deleted, Bugs on the story where i saw Trevor stomping on the floor and not Johnny from the biker gang honestly terrible

Dionette' Gregory
Dionette' Gregory

It's not like the guy gave the game a bad score. You outta be happy he gave whatever you like something above a 6.

Majed Aljarman
Majed Aljarman

This will forever be known as the worst review by gamespot.

Neo West
Neo West

will let see 1-Fifa14 Animal crossing and state of decay

Neo West
Neo West

they didn't pay you enough

TheGuardian03
TheGuardian03

It's weird not seeing Justin listing TLOU, i guess he was disappointed with the game?

EPaul
EPaul

Nice to see Resogun in there

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I keep meaning to try State of Decay. I think I'm a little burned out on zombie games. Maybe I'll try it later next year.

gregrout
gregrout

WTH.... no Pokemon Y?! ;)

crazeon
crazeon

BF4 on XBone is giving me problems also, I can't even get into a conquest match.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert moderator

I'm liking AC4 so far, but didn't feel like I had played enough of it yet to include it on my list. Dota 2 definitely grabbed me for a short while, but I ended up going back to League of Legends which, sadly, I rarely find the time to play.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert moderator

I didn't care for it personally. Just had WAY more fun with State of Decay.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert moderator

@x-2tha-z Let me know how you get on if you get around to playing it. The XBLA version that I played definitely had some technical problems, but none that significantly hampered my enjoyment. Ranks alongside the DayZ mod (haven't tried standalone yet) and the original Dead Rising as one of my all-time favorite zombie games.

GRADERBLADE13
GRADERBLADE13

@crazeon just set it aside for a while. Don't give up on it it's a great game! Just take a break from it and come back when you can enjoy it the way it was meant to be :) (Not saying it's ok for EA and DICE to release a broken game)

gregrout
gregrout

@GreenReuben  It was a joke. That's why there's emoticon at the end [a winking smile  ;) ]