By: Justin Redmon
TOP 10 GAMES OF 2013
10) Mario and Luigi: Dream Team — Seeing as how I missed out on pretty much all the previous Mario and Luigi titles, I didn’t expect this one to grab me like it did. With some great uses of the 3DS’ features and tons of content, I’ll be sure to pay more attention to the Mario and Luigi series from now on.
9) The Stanley Parable — I loved the original mod, and the full-fledged release of The Stanley Parable takes everything good about the original and adds tons of new endings and secrets to discover while still reminding you that no matter how you choose to disobey, it has been accounted for.
8) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance — Sure, the camera is a little wonky and the story is laughable at best, but what other game lets you slice and dice enemies into hundreds of pieces, all while looking like the badass cyborg ninja you are? The parry isn’t that hard, either, people, get with the program.
7) Rayman Legends — Rayman Origins was my favorite platformer of 2012, and Rayman Legends is no slouch, either. Tons of levels and challenge that never seems to stop being fun, alone or with friends, make it an experience that’s not to be missed. Here’s hoping we see an eventual 3DS release as well.
6) XCOM: Enemy Within — Enemy Within adds new content to experience alongside an already impressive game, but that won’t change the fact that your soldiers will miss every 95 percent hit chance shot possible, and every Colonel rank soldier you have will be gunned down in the line of duty. No time for tears, there’s aliens to kill.
5) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons — Brothers did something not a lot of games can do to me. It made me genuinely interested in exploring a fairytale-like world full of stories while experiencing the journey of two brothers desperately trying to save their dying father. It’s a bit on the short side, but that didn’t stop Brothers from delivering some serious feels near its conclusion.
4) Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen — I never understood why people gush over the magic and swordplay in Skyrim when the real king is right here. This is some of, if not THE best RPG combat of last gen, and the Dark Arisen expansion is icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned. A next-gen sequel announcement is a necessity Capcom, get on it.
3) Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate — After “borrowing” my friend’s 3DS for days on end, this is the title that secured a 3DS purchase out of me. Some may say it’s too grindy, others too hard, all’s I know is that I just need to do one more hunt to finish this armor set before I go to sleep, and that was five hunts ago.
2) Legend of Zelda : A Link Between Worlds — After Skyward Sword, I was less than sure of the next LoZ installment, and man was I wrong. A Link Between Worlds was everything I wanted in a Zelda game, one that I still can’t seem to put down.
1) The Last of Us — I could say it was the characters or the story or the amazing multiplayer, but in truth, it was winter that won Last of Us the GOTY for me. I don’t know how Naughty Dog manages to do it time and time again; I just hope they don’t stop anytime soon.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF 2013
My biggest disappointment of 2013 has to be Capcom not localizing Monster Hunter 4 for the US, yet. After pouring hour upon hour into MH3U, I was practically salivating at the thought of a MH4 release, a release I’m still waiting for. However, Capcom seems determined to tease it’s fan base with the possibilities of a western release, and while MH4 will probably come to the US eventually, I hope I still care when it does.
MOST ANTICIPATED GAMES OF 2014
3) Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeros/The Phantom Pain — Am I angry at MGS5 being diced up into two parts released months apart? Yes. Will I buy both and enjoy every second of it? You bet I will.
2) Dark Souls 2 — I’ve played a lotttttttt of Dark Souls, and everything I’ve seen about the sequel looks like it’s 10 times meaner and a hundred times harder. I can’t wait to die again, and again, and again…
1) Bravely Default — Bravely Default is looking to be the best Final Fantasy released in years, something I can’t help but take interest in. Here’s hoping when it comes stateside it live up to the hype.
PlayStation Game of the Year: The Last of Us
Xbox Game of the Year: Brothers: A Tale of Two Suns
Nintendo Game of the Year: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Downloadable Game of the Year: Brothers: A Tale of Two Suns
Portable Game of the Year: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Best DLC: Enemy Within (XCOM: Enemy Unknown)
Best Story: The Last of Us
Best Co-op: Rayman Legends