Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Top 10: Best Games of 2013

Honourable Mention: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

A swashbuckling return to form for the series following the disappointing previous entry.

Honourable Mention: Forza Motorsport 5

One of the best looking and most engaging driving games in quite a while. Currently the best game on Xbox One.

Honourable Mention: Knack

A tough but endearing platformer that gets unfair criticism on account of its old school nature.

10. Battlefield 4

A visceral shooting experience with a scale of battle that blows others out of the water.

9. DmC: Devil May Cry

A new twist on my favourite series in gaming. 'DmC: Devil May Cry' has its fair share of letdowns for a fan like me but it gets one important thing right: the combat.

8. Splinter Cell: Blacklist

A thoroughly enjoyable globetrotting stealth adventure. 'Splinter Cell: Blacklist' may be getting further and further from the hardcore sneaking of the original but it delivers an almost unparalleled mix of fun and tactical combat.

7. Tomb Raider

A much needed reinvention for the series that defined its genre. 'Tomb Raider' has a by the numbers story but great gameplay and a satisfying upgrade system.

6. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

A nostalgic return to the era of 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past', this game features the great gameplay you would expect from the series. The best Zelda game in years.

5. Gone Home

A turning point for games in general, 'Gone Home' tells a story so personal and uses the tropes of video games so well that it seems unbelievable it had never been done before. If ever a game was worth your time, this is it.

4. Grand Theft Auto V

Yet another content packed and excellently crafted release from Rockstar. 'Grand Theft Auto V' has so much to do its a little intimidating and its story is as lacklustre as it gets but let's be honest, story is not why you buy a Grand Theft Auto game.

3. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

The JRPG I've been waiting so long for, 'Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch' perfectly matches pokemon inspired gameplay with a touching and beautifully animated story from the great Studio Ghibli.

2. Bioshock Infinite

A thrilling adventure set in a fascinating world. This game manages to do what I thought was impossible, best the original 'Bioshock'. Thanks to its stunning story and hectic combat 'Bioshock Infinite' is one of my favourite games of all-time.

1. The Last of Us

The best game Naughty Dog have yet created 'The Last of Us' is impeccable on all fronts. Staggering performances from Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson bring the characters of Joel and Ellie to life in this tense and gripping post-apocalyptic story. 'The Last of Us' is not just my favourite game of 2013 but also my favourite of the entire generation. It is an absolute masterpiece.

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