Game of the Year 2013

Zorine Te's Top 10 Games For 2013

It's not just about Dota 2 and shooters.

Surprisingly, my personal picks for the games of 2013 span across a variety of genres, something which I did not anticipate. The year's offerings contained games which stood out in a plethora of categories which featured survival horror, dramatic stories, stealthy combat, anime-style brawls, and most importantly (to me), the opportunity to work cohesively with others as a team.

Throughout the year, I found myself immersed in a variety of environments. From the shadowy asylum in Outlast to the glittering city of Columbia in BioShock: Infinite, each game's universe provided new playgrounds to explore.

Progressing toward the higher end of my list, the opposite theme emerges. I'm a social gamer who prefers to traverse virtual worlds with a tight-knit team, so games which placed a strong emphasis on multiplayer were the most appealing.

The opportunity to work together with both friends and strangers presented its own challenges. Such competitive games also warranted frequent tweaks and updates from developers to keep them interesting, something I appreciated in games such as Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Battlefield 4, and Dota 2. My competitive drive fed off multiplayer games, and therefore I sought out the most balanced, enriching, and rewarding experiences. Hard work would pay off in cleanly executed heists and sweeping team victories.

It is the memory of these hard-earned victories which will remain with me to the next year and beyond.

Zorine Te's Top 10

Discussion

28 comments
tourdefist
tourdefist

Finally, some love for Metro: Last Light. Good on ya Zorine!

Xirexor
Xirexor

Dota2 players here ?

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Wow , wasn't expecting Beyond 2 Souls.

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

I don't know why it's not showing in my list above, but Persona 4 Arena was reviewed by Maxwell, who scored it an 8 on PS3 and 7 on Xbox 360.

mjc
mjc moderator moderator

Nice list, Zorine :)

FlavethesonPE1
FlavethesonPE1

Metro LL was great but hasn't been getting enough love imo

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

My top 10 games of this year are:

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between World

Super Mario 3D World

Ni No Kuni

Fire Emblem: Awakening 

Grand Theft Auto 5

Path of Exile

The Last of Us

Tomb Raider

StarCraf 2: Heart of the Swarm

Pokemon X & Y

hadlee73
hadlee73

Impeccable taste, as always Zorine.

yeah_28
yeah_28

Nice that you included Metro Last Light :)

Goobshoeriot
Goobshoeriot

Yes! That's my girl! Zorine has the best list in my opinion. Not just cause I think she's totally awesome but also because the list is good... but I'm def swooning. Huge props for throwing in P4A in there and giving some love to arc system works, Only could have been better if you put BlazBlue in there

superbuuman
superbuuman

Good list except BF4 :P ..hehehe..*kidding*

pcty
pcty

Wasn't Persona 4 a 2012 game?

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Great list Zorine thank you for sharing it with us. 

M_Dilago
M_Dilago

no the last of us?! 

that game was amazingly awesome! 

Djwolfram
Djwolfram

someone has remembered Outlast :D

wookiegr
wookiegr

BF4, didn't expect to see that on anyone's lists.

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

@mjc Thanks mjc!

Lhomity
Lhomity

@pcty Technically didn't launch in Australia until May 2013, so I'm guessing that's why Zorine included it. 


Technically, Ni No Kuni launched in 2011 in Japan, but it's made it to several lists.

Goobshoeriot
Goobshoeriot

@pcty Persona 4: Arena, the fighting game, came out on Aug 7th 2012 but it was released on February 12, 2013 on PSN.. so technically it still is in 2013 but Zorine does wat she wants.. total badass

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

@n1i2z3a4n5 It was enjoyable, but the other games on my list mean more to me.

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

@Lhomity Correct! Australians only received P4A this year.