2013 has been a great year for gaming. This year, we've seen some incredible games that are certain to stay in our memories (and our consoles) for quite some time. But there were a few that stood above the rest.
Here are the top 5 video games of 2013!
5. Injustice: Gods Among Us
Although DC might be struggling in the movies department, games like these will ultimately keep them a step above Marvel. Injustice: Gods Among Us provides a surprisingly engaging storyline, with pointed dialogue and engaging characters that stay inherently true to the source material. This alone would be enough, but the gameplay itself also promises some impressive mechanics, making it a solid addition to the fighting genre.
4. Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag
After the painfully medium game that was Assassin’s Creed 3, this installment reinvigorated the dying series. Building on the weaknesses of the previous installment, Black Flag shows open-world gaming at its best, promising a unique experience for every player. Additionally, allowing the game to take on more of a pirate look than an Assassin’s Creed game allowed players to see it in a more objective light. While it is not without flaws, it is a welcome step in the right direction for the franchise, ringing in as one of the best installments of the series (sorry Black Flag, but there’s just no beating ACII).
3. Bioshock Infinite
After the underwhelming second game, BioShock fans were really hoping to see some of the magic and quality that made the original BioShock so engaging. Developers did not disappoint, bringing the series with new heights. With well-refined gameplay, fantastic voice work, and a story that defines the role of videogames in storytelling, Infinite deserves every bit of praise it has received. Although it is not without its due flaws, its remarkable strengths more than make up for them.
2. Grand Theft Auto 5
After two underwhelming installments in the series (can we just pretend San Andreas didn’t happen?), Rockstar has found their way back on top again. Weaving together surprisingly cohesive plotlines, entertaining characters, and excellent gameplay, GTA V constitutes a new high for the series, in more ways than one. Balancing the development of one main character is difficult, but three seems downright impossible. Yet GTA V manages to progress each of the plotlines with seeming ease, providing distinct development to each character.
1. The Last of Us
Let’s face it: there are so many zombie games out there, that managing to stand out is an enormous feat in and of itself. The Last of Us managed to do much more than that though, providing not only engaging and smooth game mechanics, but also a surprisingly deep story with a fresh feeling to it. It is not often that zombie-based games explore the human side to the world, and even when they do, it is often skirted over in exchange for more time killing zombies (a noble sacrifice, but it still leaves a bit to be desired). The Last of Us made this a focal point, centering all gameplay around the story-telling aspect without sacrificing the shooter aspect that we all know and love.