2013 was one of the best years in gaming, majority are new installments from hit franchises but there are also some new ones that will leave a great impression to gamers for years. Although there are more games that we wanted to add on the list, but we have to stick to just ten. Let us take a look on ten of the best games for 2013 in no particular order.
It is one of those examples where a great storytelling can make a game really good. A impressive interactive game with a first person perspective that doesn’t require you to shoot and jump, but more on exploring and interacting objects detail-by-detail to unravel some clues about the character’s family.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Square Enix decided to relaunch Final Fantasy XIV due to the horrible game systems, countless amount of flaws and poor reception from the fans. Three years later now with a much improved game, players are now much happier with the changes with better story based and public quests and classic yet refined combat gameplay, making it one of the best MMOs this year.
With a new set of Pokemons to capture and collect, the latest installment to the highly successful franchise doesn’t just offer new Pokemons, but also features new features like the Mega Evolution, Horde Battle and Pokemon-amie that makes it addictive and will keep fans hooked to the game for a long time.
Fire Emblem: Awakening
One of the tactical role-playing games that is worth to be part of your gaming collection even if you are not into tactical or grid-based games. It has an engaging storyline with tons of side quests as well as nifty features like the ability to marry one of the characters that can give benefits such as stat boosts and creative Street Pass options where you can recruit characters from other Fire Emblem owners. This is a must-have game for any 3DS owners.
Simple, addicting and fun, these are the words that can describe Papers, Please. A game where you work as an immigration worker checking incoming immigrants of their documents if they will be allowed to enter your country. It may sound boring but once your try the game, it will just suck you with its engaging fun factor as well as its emotional experience and you’ll just keep on chanting ‘Glory to Arstotzkan!’ for days.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Regarded as one of the best Zelda games, A Link Between Worlds features notable aspects from the classic A Link to the Past that made it great and added improved visuals and entertaining puzzle solving mechanics and not to mention returning to the original open world feel, this game deserves to be in any gamers’ collection.
Grand Theft Auto V
One of the best sandbox game franchise returns with their fifth installment. Now letting you control three protagonists and switching to any of them at any time plus having a large city to explore and more ways to have fun (in any way you liked), GTA V doesn’t just give you single player content, it finally featured an online mode where can join up with any of your friends for more mayhem.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog is still on a roll even after releasing the Uncharted series, now with a new franchise, The Last of Us still gave us the best impression in a game. With a good setting (post-apocalyptic zombie-like infested world) with branching narratives and compelling characters (especially with Joel and Ellie), it just proves that a great games doesn’t need to be a shooting fest, and with that, it marked itself as one of the best for this generation.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Some has dubbed this as ‘the greatest pirate game’, the latest Assassin’s Creed game now focused on 18th Century Caribbean with a new protagonist. The awesome naval battle from ACIII returns with improved mechanics and the ability to steal or salvage any ships you destroyed. Don’t forget that the game features an amazing open world gameplay where you can explore different islands for treasures. Black Flag could possibly be a birth of an all new franchise if Ubisoft decided to separate this from the AC franchise.
The gameplay may not be the most original, but one of the amazing parts in Bioshock Infinite is the incredible design of Columbia; not just the detailed structures, but also how people interact there, especially with Elizabeth as your companion, it’s like a real breathing fictional world. Add with a great story and you’ll get hell of a gaming experience.