Game of the Year 2013

Randolph Ramsay's Top 10 Games For 2013

The year my 3DS worked.

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If you had told me at the start of this year that three of my favorites for 2013 would be 3DS games, I would have straight up called you a liar right to your lying face. And if you did do that, and I did call you a liar, then I would be coming back to you now, meek as a chastised puppy, asking for forgiveness. For 3DS games make up a third of my overall top 10 games list for 2013, and no one is more surprised than me.

Maybe it's because I didn't expect Pokemon X/Y to so effortlessly reignite my nascent pokemon obsession. Or maybe I thought the high expectations around The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds would surely be too much weight to carry for the follow-up to A Link to the Past. And I certainly didn't figure that in this, The Year of Luigi, my favorite Luigi game would end up being Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. It's lucky that I managed to stay away from Animal Crossing or Fire Emblem, or my list could conceivably have been 50 percent 3DS.

What wasn't surprising to me was how deep my love for Ni no Kuni (my personal number one for 2013) ended up being. Ever since I found out about its existence some years ago, I had been looking forward to its meld of Japanese RPG goodness with the charm and melancholy of Studio Ghibli. And when I finally played it this year, I wasn't disappointed. I was moved by Oliver's quest, swept up in the game's colorful world, charmed by the hundreds of creatures you could find within, and challenged by its surprisingly deep combat. Ni no Kuni is a wonderful, wistful game that enveloped me in the warmth and power of childhood innocence, and is one game I'll remember for years to come.

As a father of young children, I'm sometimes impatient, wanting the years to fly by so I can fully start to share my enjoyment and love of video games with my son and daughter. Ni no Kuni is a game that makes that wait even harder.

Randolph Ramsay's Top 10

Discussion

11 comments
EPaul
EPaul

Nice to see Ni No Kuni

ritjos71
ritjos71

big props on the nino kuni love literally one of my favorite games of all time. Nice story, beautiful visuals, and most importantly spectacular and fun gameplay.

mjc
mjc moderator

Make sure you keep a nice sealed copy of Ni No Kuni stored away for when your children are old enough!

Klagmar1
Klagmar1

Glad to see Rayman Legends get some love. If we keep giving Assassin's Creed attention and ignoring this gem, Ubisoft won't be making anything else like it.

Thyasianman
Thyasianman

I have some of the highest expectations on Ni No Kuni--I love Ghibli films and I really want to be swept away by another great RPG. I actually got the game and many others which are supposed to be some of the best of year, but I haven't been able to play them all yet because I was finishing up Persona 4 Golden for the second time. I cannot wait for the moment that I get to play Ni No Kuni though.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

I think this is the top 10 I agree the most with. Good taste.

bdiddytampa
bdiddytampa

@Thyasianman I still need to play Ni No Kuni and Tales of Xillia, looking forward to making the time for them :-)

hystavito
hystavito

@Thyasianman I started Ni No Kuni awhile back and then stopped, admittedly I got a little bored with it, but maybe it was really just other things took away my attention.  I gotta pick it up again and finish it.

Thyasianman
Thyasianman

@hystavito @Thyasianman Yeah, unfortunately that is how some people feel about the game. I'm hoping I feel the way about the game that people like Randolph and Kevin feel :D