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List so far:
10. Castle of Illusion HD
9. The Wolf Among Us Episode I
7. Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon
6. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
With all that out of the way, which game is my GOTY? Let's find out:
5. Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)
After many delays that went on for about 2 years, Bioshock Infinite was probably my most anticipated game all year. Following in the footsteps of the original Bioshock is no easy task, but Bioshock Infinite manages to be almost as good. Columbia was a fresh and interesting concept after spending two games in Rapture, and the storyline is surprisingly well told with an interesting ending. While clearly not my favorite of the year, Bioshock Infinite still deserves a spot in the top 5.
4. Pokemon X/Y (3DS)
Ever since Pokemon's popularity exploded in the 90's, I'm sure I'm not the only child who has dreamed of playing a true Pokemon adventure in a 3D environment. Well, 2 months ago, our dream was finally realized with the release of Pokemon X/Y. While it stays true to the Pokemon formula we've played before, the new polygonal models and new additions this game experiments with are more than enough to come back for another helping. Amazing how after 15 years, Pokemon still manages to be fun.
3. Tomb Raider (360, PS3, PC)
Now this was an unexpected surprise. I don't think anyone knew what to think of a reboot of Tomb Raider, especially after seeing gameplay footage. As it turns out, not only is Tomb Raider one of the best reboots in gaming history, it's also one of (if not the) best in the whole franchise. Their goal was to make Lara Croft more human and I think they did a fantastic job of that. The story itself isn't spectacular, but what it lacks in story it makes up for in character development and of course, gameplay. I can't wait for Tomb Raider 2.
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
I just got this game for Christmas a week ago. I was afraid that this would just end up being practically a straight up port of A Link to the Past and offer nothing new, but leave it to Nintendo to outdo themselves and create one of the best Zelda games in the series. The game isn't too challenging but its dungeons feel unique, the new wall painting gimmick surprisingly adds to the enjoyment, and it's just all around fun, maybe even the best game the 3DS has to offer so far. If you don't have ALBW yet, you are truly missing out. I can see why Gamespot would give this GOTY, but there is one game that beats it for me.
*drumroll*......and my choice for Game of the Year for 2013 IS..........
1. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
Yeah, it's an obvious choice, but even as someone who has only played, like, two other games in the series, Grand Theft Auto 5 really knocks it out of the park. Nothing is more satisfying then creating terror throughout the large and vast city of Los Santos with some much improved gameplay over its predeccessors. Not to mention the large amount of content this game has; well over 60-70 vehicles, a 30 hour campaign that's actually fun from beginning to end, a city with several different environments (from city, to suburban, desert, forest, highway, mountain, etc.), golf, tennis, racing, multiplayer (with all previously mentioned features) and so much more. Rockstar is one of the few companies I know that makes sure that you are getting your full money's worth and it really shows here. GTAV was a fantastic way to end the 7th generation with a bang, and that is why it is my choice for GOTY.
And that is that. Comment below and let me know what you think, or tell me what you think the GOTY is,
Happy New Year, everybody. See you all in 2014. :)