#10 – Tomb Raider
The welcome reboot to a beloved series, Tomb Raider, was released on the 5th of March in 2013. Crystal Dynamics establishes Lara Croft’s origins for a second time. Tomb Raider is set on an island where Lara must save her friends and escape whilst being hunted down by a cult. The beautiful graphics, amazing story, and extremely fun and engrossing game play make this one of the best games of 2013 that is very much worth your time.
#9 – Sonic Lost World
Sonic Lost World was the reboot to the series that I was waiting for. Combining great platforming with a surprisingly interesting story, this game gets almost everything right, except for the stupid colors. Oh man, these color powers drove me quite insane. The control could be so frustrating at times that I was nearly throwing my device across the room. but once you got past the level where it introduced a new power, it became very enjoyable, and beautiful at that.
#8 – Shin Megami Tensei IV
You probably don’t know, but I am a huge Atlus fan. I buy almost any new game they release. So naturally I bought Shin Megami Tensei 4 the second it was available, and I was not disappointed. First of all, it is one of the best looking systems on the system, by far. It also gives the great gameplay and story that the series is famous for. One of the greatest RPGs on the system and one of the best games in the series.
#7 – Ryse: Son of Rome
The one exclusive launch title for a next gen console that I was actually exited for. Ryse: Son of Rome is the most beautiful graphically advanced game I have ever seen on my television. But graphics don’t make a game, luckily with a great simple to learn hard to master combat system and a fairly good story, this game will have you wanting to play from start to finish, multiple times.
#6 – The Stanley Parable
Originally released as a mod back in 2011, a high-definition remake was released in 2013 as a stand-alone title. The Stanley Parable is an interactive fiction game where you choose different paths that will effect the outcome of the game. Though very short, the time you get out of The Stanley Parable will be very enjoyable.
#5 – Dust 514
I was hyped for this game from the very beginning, I was playing from the very first beta test and I still am. Dust 514 is a FTP MMO FPS, yeah quite a a mouthful. I know that you may think that because it’s FTP that it is pay-to-win, but not at all. Sure you can pay to get stuff, but it is by no means required. Set in the same universe as Eve Online, players from that game can interact with this game in an awesome unique game with many mechanics and gameplay features that I have never seen done before.
#4 – Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins
Though I never got to play the original Lego City Undercover because I don’t have a Wii U, it’s prequel was one of the most fun gaming experiences I had this year. For my full thoughts on the game check out my review by clicking here.
#3 – Fire Emblem Awakening
This game was my introduction to the series, and also to the 3DS; and man was it a great introduction. Fire Emblem Awakening is the newest game in the strategy RPG series, released near the beginning of the year to give us a sweet early 2013. Taking the classic tactical RPG formula and adding it’s own special mechanics to it, along with an greatly captivating story, and customization options, makes this a game you do not want to miss.
#2 – Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed
Sure, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was released on most systems in 2012, but not on the 3DS. Taking not only many of the classic Sonic characters, but you also get to play as many of Sega’s iconic characters that we all know and love. Racing in this game goes through 3 parts: karts, boats, and planes. As you progress through the stage there will be different points where your vehicle will transform into one of these 3 different types, and along with that most stages will have multiple paths you can take to get through it. Sometimes the stage will change on each lap, so that you never get bored during a race. For a more in-depth look, check out our review by clicking here.
#1 – Project X Zone
Imagine taking iconic Sega, Capcom, and Namco Bandai characters; and putting them into a hybrid tactical RPG fighting crossover game. You would get Project X Zone. This revolution in video games blessed us with it’s presence this year, showing us a new take on the genre and taking many risks almost every step of the way, and they all were for the better. If you have not played Project X Zone yet go and buy it right away, you will not regret it.
2013 was a great year for gaming, and 2014 is promising to be great as well. Let’s hope this trend of amazing games continues.