2013 has been a very mixed year for me and I really don’t want to talk about the specifics but to put it simply, things were looking the best they had in years and then they fucking dive-bombed into the shit. As for games though it’s actually been a pretty solid year all together. Remember these are games that I played this year and not necessarily games that were released this year.
Halo 4 and Banjo Kazooie – I freakin loved these two games for a variety of reasons, but they didn’t make the cut for this list.
Let us begin the top 10.
10). Rogue Legacy (PC)
One of the most addictive and challenging games of this year. I pretty much have to thank the new game grumps for introducing me to this game and for sucking hard at it in order to inspire me to play it competently. It’s much harder than looks though and it’s easy to get lost for hours at a time collecting various treasures. I think this is the 3rd most used game in my steam library as well. I just love it.
9). 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (DS)
I had a tough time choosing between this one and it’s sequel but in the end I decided that 999 is easier to get into and better in terms or writing and graphics. It wasn’t an easy choice though but 999 is worth playing and so is the sequel so please check them out if you have the time. You might notice I’ve taken a shine to games like this ever since Ace Attorney.
8). The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (3DS VC)
Best Zelda game I played all year. Links Awakening is classic 2D adventure, that’s aged well in my opinion. It’s got a very quirky charm to it as well and it surprised me with just how sad its story really is. A must play for any Zelda enthusiast that’s for certain.
7). The Walking Dead (Xbox360)
The Walking Dead is a very moving game and is probably one of the best modern point and click games there is. It’s not for those who like happy stories though, so be prepared to have your eyes water at some point. A very memorable gaming experience. It’s also started a second season which I’m looking forward to playing eventually.
6). Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
Pikmin 3 was worth the wait for the most part and the only reason it’s not higher on the list is the disappointing final level that was simply frustrating instead of fun. However it’s still a beautiful and charming game that corrects most of the mistakes of Pikmin 2. It also has a better multiplayer and mission mode. I fucking love Pikmin.
5). Dangan Ronpa (PSP)
A game that can’t be obtained by legit means in English however fear not law abiding citizens this beauty of a game is coming to the PSVita next year. Of course those who are too poor for the Vita you should find this game for your PSP and have at it. Dangan Ronpa is like the quirky love child of Ace Attorney and 999, it has it’s own charm and even has more gameplay elements than it’s inspirations.
4). Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (XBLA)
This game filled my desire for Metroid styled gameplay and it did it well. (Hell it’s better than Fusion that’s for sure). It’s an impressive game, with great level design, a catchy soundtrack and a lot more to it than meets the eye. platinuming this game was a great achievement for me this year, and I hope to explore more castlevania in future.
3). Sonic CD (XBLA)
Sonic CD is probably my favourite sonic game. It was a joy to play and added an element of exploration to the classic style games that works very well. The soundtrack is quirky and this is probably the best use of speed in any sonic game to date. TIME TRAVEL!
2). Pokemon Y (3DS)
This game has revived my pokemon addiction which I lost in 2010 after soul silver deleted itself on me. I’ll have much more praise for it future but for now it’s exceeded my expectations besides for the disappointing post-game content. I have 440 pokemon caught so far and that number will increase in the next week.
1). Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (3DS)
Ace Attorney is back and this one is much welcome improvement over Apollo Justice. It does many things right for me and it’s earned this spot due to the DLC case which was quirky and very welcome. If you want to know more go read my review it on my other blog page.
And there you have it the Top 10 for this year. 56 games I played this year and only 10 could get picked so please go easy on my choices guys.