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#10 - Top 10 Games of 2013 - The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

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Ok, so I'm finally getting around to writing up my top 10 games of 2013. This top 10 is composed of 2013-released games that I was able to play. I think I played about 25 2013 games, so I guess my top 10 is really just a "top 40%" but whatever. Over half the teams in the NBA make the playoffs, so stfu. I played most of the "big-name" games anyway, with the exception of Beyond Two Souls and The Last of Us, so it shouldn't be too bad a top 10. Oh and Grand Theft Auto won't make it. It's fun, sure, but I can never bring myself to beat any of these games. I just get so tired of them after about 15 hours. All I end up doing is driving on the sidewalks running over people.

Anyway, #10 ended up being a battle between GTAV and The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, with the latter winning because it was good enough to get me through the entire game (short though it may have been). And it had lots of attitude, which I like. I'll give GTAV an honorable mention shout out. Also, I'll give an honorable mention to Daedalic Entertainment's The Night of the Rabbit. One of the best point-and-click adventures I've ever played.

Despite being in a rather saturated genre, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing really manages to stand out. Outstanding visuals immediately puts it at the top of its class, right up there with Path of Exile. While rather simplistic compared to many other ARPGs, it's got enough content to feel fresh for at least two play-throughs. It's really fast-paced, with all the action any fan of the genre would expect. It's also rather challenging, forcing you to be very careful with how you approach later situations, and giving many opportunities to try different strategies and fighting styles. Some really good boss battles top it off. But it's your sidekick, Katarina, who really stands out. She adds a lot of dry humor throughout the game, the source of all the "attitude" I spoke of earlier. She adds a lot of spirit to a genre that often feels quite lonely. And she levels up and fights with you! If you're a fan of ARPGs, I'd definitely suggest giving this game a try.

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