Okay I know we’re all some pretty big gamers here. I know my list of personal favorite games of this gen caused a massive shitstorm so in regards to that, know that this is completely subjective and rooted within my opinion. What I say doesn’t reflect all games last year, it’s just the game I enjoyed playing and one that sticks with me and compels me to play more after I’ve completed it. Without further ado, here’s my favorite games of 2013!
5 — Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
I’ve been a massive fan of the franchise since the beginning, AC2 being one of my favorite games of all time! But if you played Assassin’s Creed III in 2012, chances are you were letdown big time by such a great premise. Thankfully like Assassin’s Creed II, this takes all the ideas from the previous game and refines them into something amazing! The graphics are stellar (especially on next gen), the gameplay is fluid and fun and actually show refinements, and the open world aspect is outstanding! Sailing the open seas of the Caribbean definitely helps with that too. Red Dead Redemption is the definitive Western game, and Black Flag seems to be the definitive pirate game.
4: Splinter Cell: Blacklist
What is probably the most overlooked AAA title of last year was definitely what the Splinter Cell franchise needed. Though we all miss Michael Ironside’s voice and the graphics are noticeably not up to par, the gameplay truly shines above it all, and that’s what matters most. The voice acting, dialogue and story are great and the game is twice as long as Conviction was (making it in the 12-14 hour range). With well rounded gameplay that truly lets you play how you wish, be it a fast deadly shadow or the non-lethal ghost that Splinter Cells are known to be, this game has it for you. Great co-op and Spies Vs. Mercs just happen to be icing on the cake.
3: Bioshock Infinite
One of the most eye opening, sublime, horrifying, beautiful games I’ve played with a story that only a videogame can fully convey, this game shows some of the ugly truths of American Exceptionalism and old US policies in an overexaggerated version of itself floating in the sky. While the graphics (techinically and artistically) are beautiful and the story and characters are well defined, complex, and incredibly detailed, the gameplay is the Achilles heel of the game halfway through it. The Vigors don’t feel as impactful as Plasmids and you can only carry two guns at a time, leading into some fights that are tougher than the have right to be, and the combat and most of the gameplay seems like a chore and nowhere near as fun as it should’ve been. However, the game is long and has an ending that will leave you thinking well after it’s finished.
2: Grand Theft Auto V
It just goes to show, you don’t need to release games annually to make a blockbuster homerun when you sit and take your time for 5 years and accomplish your goal anyway. Those fives years were well worth it in what is the most refined Grand Theft Auto game there is (I personally was never a fan of the series for many issues, so I may be biased, so please forgive me). The story isn’t as engaging or complex as RDR was, but it told it straightfoward enough with enough great characters in them to keep it worthwhile finishing. Rarely do games have this much ambition and pull them off with near aces as this. The game is only getting better over time and at less of a cost.
1: The Last of Us
Attention if you made this far and my list hasn’t pissed you off yet: if you hear anyone say this game was more of a movie and not a game, promptly punch them straight in their dirty mouths. The game’s story, writing, characters and how they develop is on par with a film, but that doesn’t mean there is no interaction within the game, like Heavy Rain or Beyond: Two Souls. This game is so focused on its gameplay that I was actually begging to reach cutscenes in order to see or hear the characters have much more time to shine and speak! What the story lacks in originality makes up for in justhow the game tells its story. These people aren’t complex, they are human and they react to situations they’re put in like a normal human being would. Resident Evil 4’srefined gameplay and tension, mixed with Telltale Games The Walking Deadimmersive storytelling, with Naughty Dog’s incredible detail to graphics, you probably have one of the best games there are, and certainly the best game of 2013.
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