As usual at the end of the year it is time to for me to reveal the 20 best games I played this year. To qualify a game does not have to have been released in 2013 but I must have played it for the first time this year. Part 1 is number 20 through to 11.
20. Formula 1 2013 (PS3)
I am a big Formula 1 racing fan and this years game is the best version yet at capturing the speed, excitement and unpredictability of the sport.
19. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS)
The prequel Layton trilogy comes to a close with the Azran Legacy and whilst this second trilogy has not matched the quality of the first, all 3 games have been great fun only let down by some strange story decisions. Azran Legacy sees Layton out well though.
18. Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
I may not have found RDR to live up to its hype but it was still a quality experience with memorable characters and fun if repetitive gameplay.
17. Grid 2 (PS3)
Grid 2 takes the honour of my favourite racing game of the year. The story mode is fresh and fun and the online play is even better.
16. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Pikmin 3 looks sumptuous but underneath the inviting exterior lies a challenging experience that is one of the best strategy games around. If it was more of a fan of the genre I am sure it would be higher.
15. Lego Marvel Superheroes (Wii U)
Lego Marvel combines the fun of the Lego games with the history, variety and quality of the Marvel brand to create a game that is funny, entertaining and surprisingly deep.
14. Dishonored (PS3)
After playing the awful Hitman Absolution at the start of the year, Dishonored showed me how a stealth game should be. Each mission is self contained with multiple ways of completion but fit into a wider story that is genuinely interesting and populated with well written characters.
13. Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS)
Uprising deserves a place on this list for its gameplay alone but it is the relationships and interactions of its characters, particularly Pit and Palutena that elevate it tot the next level.
12. Lego City Undercover (Wii U)
Undercover marks the first time that Travellers Tales' have created their own story and characters rather than using an exisitng franchise in their Lego series and it is a definite success. I am hoping for more of the same.
11. Bioshock 2 (PS3)
I played all 3 Bioshock games this year and whilst the other 2 make my top 10 Bioshock 2 is still a great game in its own right. Its story is not quite on the level of the other 2 games but is still had quality gameplay and plenty of intrigue.
Thanks for reading.