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John Carpenter's Top Six Games of 2013

The Horror Master himself lets us know what games he enjoyed most this past year.

John Carpenter has made a number of the Giant Bomb staff's favorite movies--Big Trouble In Little China, The Thing, and They Live, just to name a few. Earlier this year, we discovered that Carpenter had taken to tweeting about video games semi-frequently, and Patrick got it in his head that he'd like to try and interview the man about his interest in the medium. The resulting interview also got us thinking that maybe, just maybe, Carpenter might like to submit his own list for this year's special guest Top 10s. Not necessarily expecting him to oblige, we reached out, and were quickly rewarded with a short, but intriguing list of the director's favorites. Below is the unedited list he was kind enough to send us.

John Carpenter's Best Video Games of 2013

1. ASSASSIN'S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG - Classic ASSASSIN'S CREED gameplay, awesome world, fabulous game.

2. FAR CRY 3 - Magnificent open world adventure

3. THE LAST OF US - Great characters make this a classic

4. DEAD SPACE 3 - Scary snow world and twitching monsters - Please dismember

5. REMEMBER ME - Unique female leading character in futuristic action game

6. BORDERLANDS 2 - I know, I know, it's from 2012, but the last add-on is this year and this is a brilliant, funny, action-blasted game! My favorite!

John Carpenter

Thanks, John.

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Edited by Krockett

Wow, nice get!

Posted by kerse

Its great to see Remember Me on some lists, I really liked that game.

Edited by gbrading

Wow, John Carpenter. That's pretty good.

Posted by Giant_Bomb

Short but sweet

Posted by KirkDouglas

Put on the glasses.

Posted by Atwa


I also respect Remember Me choice, I think that has the strongest art direction of any game this year, it looks stunning.

Posted by Slaker117

I'd imagine John Carpenter playing and liking Dead Space must be pretty gratifying to the guys at Visceral.

Edited by JayDubya

Remember me: flawed but still a great game. Glad it gets recognised.

Edited by csl316

Hell yes, John Carpenter.

I was intrigued by all the Remember Me talk lately, but if it's good enough for Mr. Carpenter it's gotta be good enough for me.

Posted by GeneralBison


Posted by sub_o

It's great to get a list of top 2013 games from John Carpenter, not only he's a director, but he's 65 ! It's great to see opinions from guy who's 30+ years older than I am.

Posted by Ganonmaster

@kerse: I feel the same, it had some really neat ideas. Glad I'm not the only one who enjoyed it.

Edited by Vuud

Only 6? Anyway, Remember Me is an overlooked gem this year. I had a chance to sit down and play some, definitely flawed mechanics but it's just crazy and weird enough with it's ridiculous Neo-Paris nonsense that I'll finish it over my vacation.

And words cannot describe how much I love the Thing. John is one cool cat.

Posted by AlmostSwedish


Posted by Askherserenity

Wow! So weird! He even has Remember Me on there! Good job getting him on here guys.

Edited by Sil3n7

Psst. Far Cry 3 is 2012. But hey who's counting!

Posted by OllyOxenFree

This man has great taste in video games. Now I just wish that he can knock out a fantastic film after so many, many years. :(

Posted by Yummylee

Ha, I fucking knew he'd have Borderlands 2 on here. Guy really seems to love that game!

Posted by dr_mantas

First list with Remember Me.

This is officially my FAVORITE guest list.

Also: the best list.

(except for MY LISTwhich is the secret correct actual GOTY list.)

Posted by Sup
@kerse said:

Its great to see Remember Me on some lists, I really liked that game.

Yeah I did like it too, and it got forgotten way to fast this year.

Posted by GalacticPunt

Fuck yeah! Please dismember, indeed.

Posted by MichiganJack

Hey how about a John Carpenter special-guest appearance on the Bombcast in 2014?

Posted by crithon

I smile when I read John Carpenter commenting on female lead. That's awesome

Edited by I_Stay_Puft

Think I'm more shocked "Remember Me" is on his list then actually having John Carpenter do a top ten. Remember Me I feel is the most underrated game of 2013, figuratively nobody talked about it when it came out.

Posted by trelution

No zombie games!

Edited by dr_mantas

Why is this off the front page? Somebody get on it!

Posted by NTM

@trelution: Well, not necessarily your typical zombies, but Dead Space 3 and The Last of Us are tweaks on that.

Posted by OriginalYellow

A lot of us joked, but hey, here it is.

Posted by hollitz

Are you shitting me?! Wow. Nice get. Now I want to watch The Thing again.

Posted by I_Stay_Puft

Found this on youtube, sounds like those emails are him. Very fascinating man.

Posted by DonChipotle

Oh my god he has Remember Me on his list. I love Remember Me. I love John Carpenter..


Posted by Snail

I love this website. John Carpenter featuring on two articles on Giant Bomb makes no sense, but complete sense.

Posted by StarvingGamer

Remember Me!


Posted by Ramone

It's totally crazy to see people coming out of the woodwork saying they really liked Remember Me. Personally, I thought that game was boring as hell and the one good thing it had going for it, the memory remix thingy, was severely underutilised.

Posted by Yummylee

No zombie games!

Well, Dead Space 3 is still technically a zombie game

Posted by InsidiousTuna

@dr_mantas: the front page cycles new things to the front after you've seen them so you're not staring at the same shit all the time after you've clicked through everything.

Edited by soundlug
Posted by jillsandwich

Why don't we just...wait here for a while...see what happens?

Posted by Dizzyhippos

O_O, I am glad I live in a world where random ass video game websites can ask john carpenter for a random ass list and he will just fire one off for them

Edited by Castiel

Wow I did not see that coming. That is pretty fuckin' cool. The Thing is also one of my all-time favorite movies and in my opinion it's close to, if not better, than Alien.

Posted by EuanDewar

Ask me whether or not Far Cry 3 came out in 2012 and I will tell you to fuck off and suck a cock

Posted by johncallahan

Giant Bomb should snatch up John Carpenter.

Posted by edgeCrusher

I suppose when John Carpenter tells you a thing or two about characters, you'd fucking better listen. Great, now I need to play this The Last Of Us game.

Posted by jakob187

Well, hot damn. Giant Bomb getting the big names in on this shit! Sweetness!

Posted by JayEH

Really good get by Giant Bomb. I've never seen a Carpenter film but he seems like a pretty cool guy and its nice to see some Hollywood people that really enjoy games.

Posted by rabbithearted

John Carpenter for newest bombcast member 2014.

Edited by Dynamix

@i_stay_puft said:

Found this on youtube, sounds like those emails are him. Very fascinating man.

F-ing awesome!

I was kinda bummed that "Remember Me" got almost no attention (props to Alex for bringing up the cool soundtrack, but I thought the visuals and story were also worth mentioning), so seeing it on this short list really made my day.

Keep rocking, John!

Edited by dekinblues

Anyone else think its interesting that he has dead space 3 on here? Wonder if he ever had a moment of "Wow they're totally trying to be me right now" at any point lol.

Edit: After watching that video above, it's clear he has an appreciation for it. Not clear here if he's aware or not but still cool that he really digs it. Makes sense. =)

Posted by Aarny91

greatest thing ever