It’s that time of year again. The time where everybody talks about the best of the year. 2013 was definitely one of the best years for gaming. With a lot of great titles, both indie and AAA games. Not to mention it was the last year for the seventh generation consoles. It’s also the year Simogo blessed us with not one, but two video games. So, here is my list for the best games of 2013. In no particular order. I’m sure you’ll find some very obvious choices in my list. Here we go:
Guacamelee! (PS3 – PSN only): An amazing platformer (Metroidvania) and definitely one of my favorite PSN titles. You play as a Mexican wrestler who is trying to save a girl that he loves and save the world. You can swap between dimensions among other great features.
Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, Xbox 360): I think that this one is obvious. One of the most anticipated games ever. The classic open-world sandbox GTA is back and kicking with the best game in the series yet. With new features like the ability to play with three different characters and switch between them anytime, and new types of levels like heists. GTA V will surely keep you entertained with its 30+ hours story.
The Last of Us (PS3): The game of the year (a tie with BioShock Infinite). Naughty Games did and impressive job once again with this game. Proving that it really is one of the best game studios in the world. This game exceeded my expectations and is definitely worth every penny. A new take on post-apocalyptic stories. With a perfect story and great acting.
BioShock Infinite (PS3, Xbox 360, Mac, PC): The game of the year (a tie with The Last of Us). Although I’m not a fan of first-person shooters, this game was surprisingly good. You play as Booker DeWitt, who is on a mission to rescue a girl, Elizabeth, to get rid of all his debts. Its one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. With stunning graphics and a full-of-twists story.
Beyond – Two Souls (PS3): An amazing interactive game by the makers of Heavy Rain. It is probably one of the most underrated titles of 2013. You play as Jodie, a girl who was connected since birth to an entity named Aiden. Although the story is somewhat lacking at some points and the controls are a bit confusing at first, the game is a work of art nonetheless. With great moving performances by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.
Animal Crossing – New Leaf (3DS): One of the most addictive, time-consuming games ever! It will keep you entertained as you attend to your daily mayoral duties. Catch bugs, go fishing, collect some gemstones, build public projects, and travel to an island to play some minigames or just relax. AC is great game that will provide weeks of fun gameplay and endless opportunities. Not to mention the option to play multiplayer with your friends. Once you get hooked on the game, you’ll play it for at least an hour every day.
Pokémon X/Y (3DS): The much anticipated latest installment in the Pokémon series. X/Y is the best Pokémon game yet. It looks amazing with the 3D graphics (a first for the series). The games takes place in the Kalos Region with Lumiose City (Paris) at the center. X/Y introduces over 100 new Pokémon and a new set of starter Pokémon. My favorite new feature is the updated EXP Share which gives each Pokémon you own %50 percent of the experience you get during battles. The game is a fresh breath of air to the series.
Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption (iOS): Who would have ever though that a fishing game could be so addictive? Ridiculous Fishing is definitely my choice as the best mobile game of 2013. You play as Billy the fisherman. The game is extremely addicting and once you start playing it you won’t put it down until you’ve caught every fish in the game. Also, the game has its own social network, Byrdr!
Device 6 (iOS): Simogo, one of my favorite indie developers, released two beautiful masterpieces this year. Device 6 is an interactive thriller novel. So it isn’t just one my favorite games of 2013, it’s also one of my favorite books of 2013. The game is a visual feast. It’s full of smart puzzles. The story is truly great, you need to focus on both the audio and the visuals to solve some of the puzzles. Device 6 is a work of art and I can’t wait to see what will Simogo do in 2014.
Year Walk (iOS): Another great puzzle/adventure game by Simogo (Bumpy Road, Beat Sneak Bandit). This mythical adventure is inspired by Swedish folklore. The game is extremely polished and the soundtrack is beautiful. A separate, well-crafted companion app (Year Walk Companion) was also released with the game with background information about the locations and the creatures. The game may be short, but it truly is one of the best iOS games I’ve ever played. The game will be released on Steam in 2014.
SteamWorld Dig – A Fistful of Dirt (3DS – eShop only): A surprisingly great platform mining game. The game is insanely addictive and fun, although a bit hard at some points. In the game, you play as a robot who explores the mines and fights enemies with his pickaxe. You can upgrade your tools and powers as you progress in the game. The deeper you dig, the harder it gets.
Ni no Kuni – Wrath of the White Witch (PS3): I’m not a fan of RPGs, but the reason I got this game is mainly because of its developer, Studio Ghibli. When I heard that my favorite anime studio co-developed the game, I immediately went out and bough it. The game is beautiful with a great story and a lot of cutscenes made by SG. In the game, you play as Oliver, a boy who travels to the other world in hopes of saving his mother, and the world as well. The game is a classic Japanese-style RPG that will keep you entertained.
Tomb Raider (PS3, Xbox 360, PC): The Long awaited reboot to the hit series was finally released this year. The game serves as an origin story for Lara Croft. It’s great to see Lara Croft from a whole new point of view. The game follows the same game style of previous Tomb Raider, while introducing a lot of new techniques and weapons. Let’s hope that the next game is as good as this one.
Rain (PS3 – PSN only): Another great PSN title. The game is about a boy who sees a silhouette of a girl running in the street followed by a mysterious creature, so he decides to follow her and save her, while following her, he becomes invisible as well. Rain is a great adventure game even though it is difficult at some points mainly because of the invisible enemies.
Spelunky (PS3 – PSN only): Yes, another underground exploring game, but this one is different. Digging is not the main focus of the game. In Spelunky, you play as the spelunker, equipped with bombs, a whip, and some ropes, he is exploring the undergrounds trying to collect treasures, while avoiding enemies, dodging traps, and of course, saving foxy ladies. The game several modes, single player, multiplayer, local co-op, and the daily challenge mode.
The Legend of Zelda – A Link Between Worlds (3DS): I honestly never thought that I would find any great game after October, but the new Zelda game proved me wrong. The game is an example of how sequels should be. It still has the same great features and gameplay style that the series excelled at. Except that this time, it managed to keep all the great features while creating a beautiful visual feast that will keep you entertained for days, yes, days. Although a lot of the elements and the environment in the game look a lot like ‘A Link to the Past’, the game features a lot of new different features, missions and dungeons. ‘A Link Between’ Worlds is another reason why you should get a 3DS.
Papers, Please (Mac, PC): One of my latest favorites. I’ve been procrastinating playing this game for a while, but now I finally did. Papers, Please is an amazing game by the talented Lucas Pope. The game is set in the fictional communist country of Arstotzka. You play as an inspector at a border checkpoint. Which means you’ll have to decide whom to let in and whom to keep out by approving (or denying) the visitors’ passports. You need to work hard so you can provide medicine and food for your family while also paying rent. Most of your decisions in the game are based on emotions.
Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons (PS3, Xbox 360, PC): Starbreeze’s latest invention has got to be one of my favorites of this year. The game is, simply put, a game that requires both of your hands. I have never played a game where I have to control two characters at the same time before (you control each character with an analog stick). The game’s dynamics and great puzzles will certainly keep you entertained throughout the whole game.
Fire Emblem – Awakening (3DS): As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m not a fan of RPGs, but Fire Emblem kept me playing for hours. The game features a plethora of characters (about 50). One of the best things about the game is its beautiful cutscenes. FE is a great game that requires a lot of strategic thinking. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next in this great franchise.
Gone Home (Mac, PC): A first-person interactive game where you play as a woman who came back to her house and found that all of her family is gone. This game can’t be described, you’ll have to play it by yourself.
The Stanley Parable (Mac, PC): Another first-person interactive game. You play as Stanley. A guy who works at an office with his daily boring routines, who suddenly, finds that everyone in the building is gone.
Note: I don’t a own a PS Vita or a Wii U (yet!). But from all the trailers and gameplay videos I’ve seen, I do recommend playing these two games: Tearaway (PS Vita) and Super Mario 3D World (Wii U). I’m considering getting the Wii U and the Vita just to play them.
PS3:- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Batman: Arkham Origins, Minecraft
iOS:- Hundreds, Star Command, BADLAND, CRABITRON, Kami
3DS:- Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
PC:- Civilization V: Brave New World, SimCity, DOTA 2