Dave’s Top Stuff 2013: Games

It’s that time of year again where I realise that we’re nearly halfway through January and I still haven’t done my yearly roundup.

So with little ado, here are my top 10 games of the year that was last year:

Dave Watching Stuff Top Games 2013

What a freaking incredible year of video games this was. The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite and GTAV were not only my top 3 games of the year, but they’re amongst my top games of this generation, or even (gasp) of all the generations.

Of these 10, four in particular (Infinite, Last of Us, Wolf and Walking Dead) are living proof that games can go toe-to-toe with other storytelling mediums. We’re finally at a stage where story and gameplay have merged into a singular experience, rather than the “game-game-game-cutscene” formula of yore.

Yes, I say yore.

Infinite and The Last of Us were the perfect package of writing, characterisation, world-building and gameplay. Telltale’s brand of storytelling is a bit more straightforward and lighter on gameplay, but they continued their streak of delivering quality immersive experiences that connect with the brain and the heart.

Speaking of world-building, I have to mention the groundbreaking achievement that is Los Santos – the culmination of years and years of fine-tuning, Rockstar brought us a world that was undeniably alive and frightening in scope. It’s all too easy to get lost in it and that’s even before you get to the multiplayer.

2013 was the year that next-gen (current gen?) arrived, but it will really be remembered as a whopping send-off to current-gen (last-gen?) and the year that games were finally able to sit at the big boys’ writing table.

FUN FACTS

  • 7 out of 10 of these games are sequels
  • 1 of them is a reboot
  • 1 is based on a graphic novel series
  • Only 1 is a completely original property
  • It’s the best 1
  • 8 are multiplatform games
  • 1 is a PS3 exclusive, 1 is an Xbox One exclusive
  • 1 is a mobile game
  • 2 of them are serialised games
  • Troy Baker was the lead voice in 2 of these games
  • 4 games had well-written lead female characters
  • 50% of the games featured zombies (or zombie-esque creatures)
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2 responses to “Dave’s Top Stuff 2013: Games

  1. Good list. I have played exactly one of these games.
    I wonder is the zombie prominence a result of a general trend in entertainment, or just your own (zom)bias.

  2. I think it’s a general trend, zombies are in danger of overexposure at the moment. Is the one The Last of Us? If not, you should get on that, sir.

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