Check This Hand: A Game Of The Year Story

Here's ten games I played this year that came out this year (In the west, at least) and subsequently thought were good enough to be amongst the top ten games of the year. This list is based purely on 'games I enjoyed the most' not necessarily 'games with the highest production values that most people seemed to really like.'

Runners up being:

11. Metro: Last Light

12. The Last of Us

13. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

14. Rogue Legacy

15. Tales of Xillia

16. Blood Dragon

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8 Comments
Posted by DeadpanCakes

Oh wow. I don't think I expected to see a Rune Factory game in somebody's 2013 GOTY list. Shame about what happened with Neverland Co, Ltd. though.

Also, by some strange (unfortunate) coincidence, I still haven't yet played Gunpoint, Shadow Warrior, or Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, so I should probably get on that.

Anyway, nice list. Lot less cookie-cutter than others I've been seeing.

Posted by Aaox

@deadpancakes: Right? As soon as I find something I love I realise it's dead. Story of my life.

...wait

Shadow Warrior is a very dumb experience and I loved it for the dumbness but it's certainly lacking in story and all the characters are broad stereotypes but that's sort of the point so if you love dumb fun then you should totally jump onto that radical train whenever the sales train rolls around again.


Gunslinger totally surprised me because I'd written off Call of Juarez with the Cartel which on top of being just bad had actually legitimately awful moral messages. Gunslinger's also the first Call of Juarez game I've ever played anywhere near completion, so that one surprised me for being as good as it was. It has the same sort of trappings as Shadow Warrior, but is just a bit more grounded and well-paced but unfortunately not quite as dumb. But the not quite Borderlands cel-shading and just how fun that game is makes it worth trying out. I played it through three times and unlocked all of the skills, which I don't normally do.

I could write paragraph after paragraph about why you should play Gunpoint, but I don't want to up sell it too much because it could fall flat for some. But it is a fantastic game! And definitely worth your time.

Anyway, thank you for the compliments! I appreciate both them, and your looking at this list in the first place.

Posted by Tireyo

I like 2 and 3 on your list. I like 3 better than 2 though.

Posted by DeadpanCakes

@aaox: Yeah, being an Asian man and all, the... questionable characterization in Shadow Warrior made me raise an eyebrow. But as soon as I saw the swordplay I was sold, haha.

Edited by Aaox

@deadpancakes: It really does lean hard into that Eastern vibe and often times too hard, but if you consider it a parody of those 80s movies that couldn't decide if they were channeling Chinese or Japanese mysticism and end up just painting everything in broad strokes, then it comes off as less jarring. It took me a while to feel comfortable playing it, but the game was so fun to play that everything else became sort of irrelevant, like you said.

Posted by Aaox

@tireyo: Perfectly understandable; I just happen to love Rayman Legends because it specifically panders to my interests. A Link Between Worlds is still fantastic, but I felt that a few elements were lacking; I generally blew through the dungeons incredibly quickly, and more than once I defeated what I thought was the midboss only to realise that I had completed the dungeon (The Ice Dungeon specifically felt like it was over before it started for me). Were the dungeons a bit more complex and the bosses a bit more climactic, it could have easily been my favourite game of the year, let alone my third.

Posted by Tireyo

@aaox said:

@tireyo: Perfectly understandable; I just happen to love Rayman Legends because it specifically panders to my interests. A Link Between Worlds is still fantastic, but I felt that a few elements were lacking; I generally blew through the dungeons incredibly quickly, and more than once I defeated what I thought was the midboss only to realise that I had completed the dungeon (The Ice Dungeon specifically felt like it was over before it started for me). Were the dungeons a bit more complex and the bosses a bit more climactic, it could have easily been my favourite game of the year, let alone my third.

That's the one thing I didn't like about A Link Between Worlds either. For what it's worth, they were decent dungeons while they lasted. I liked the music in the Desert Palace a lot.

I like Rayman Legends, just that I didn't think that it was as good as Origins. The one and only thing that really aggravated me was controlling Murphy. I can see why they want to utilize the WiiU's game pad, and they tried their best with it, but it didn't do much of anything for me. I did however play the game on my game pad because my mom was watches TV, so it did come in handy for that.

By the way, I'm going to PM you my Nintendo Network ID, so be sure to friend me!

Posted by Aaox

@tireyo: Ah. I played the 360 version of Rayman Legends, you see, and didn't have to control Murphy, so that just turned those levels into lacklustre platforming sections with added button prompts. But I prefer the game to Origins mostly, and it has... what, half of Origins in it anyway? Which is awesome.