GOTY 2013

And here comes the Game of the Year list, in all its glory.

Games marked with an asterisk have additional commentary, assuming you're reading the blog like you're supposed to.

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14 Comments
Posted by ILikePopCans

I still don't think Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen can count on a top ten list of this year personally but, if you love them so much then there is nothing I can do.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

I still don't think Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen can count on a top ten list of this year personally but, if you love them so much then there is nothing I can do.

Hey man, it's an expansion. If XCOM can be on this list, so can Dark Arisen.

Edited by ILikePopCans

@ilikepopcans said:

I still don't think Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen can count on a top ten list of this year personally but, if you love them so much then there is nothing I can do.

Hey man, it's an expansion. If XCOM can be on this list, so can Dark Arisen.

But you can't just purchase the expansion on it's own so is it really a expansion or just a re-release with some new content? But whatever, who really cares. Except me.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Good list! I'm hoping to get through DMC and Assassin's Creed IV before the end of the year. We'll see. I sure as hell can't blame you for picking Fire Emblem as number one - that's a rock solid game.

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Posted by Mento

Hey, I'm still wondering if I should include Pandora's Tower on mine since it came out in 2013 in the US but 2012 in Europe, where I live. All this GOTY technicality twaddle is terribly tricky territory; you just have to go with your heart.

All right, I'll just tell @video_game_king to stick it on his list. That way at least someone will acknowledge it.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

@mento:

Unfortunately, without spoiling either my GOTY blog or my Pandora's Tower blog (which goes up next week), the game doesn't really have a place in my GOTY traditions. You shall understand in time.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Good list! I'm hoping to get through DMC and Assassin's Creed IV before the end of the year. We'll see. I sure as hell can't blame you for picking Fire Emblem as number one - that's a rock solid game.

The real battle is for the number two spot, which will no doubt be a fierce one as I decide "Exactly how much did I like Bioshock? I feel like the constant picking-apart that game has received at the hands of tumblr pseudo-intellectuals might have poisoned part of it for me.

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@mento Go for it. Who is going to stop you? The man?

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

@arbitrarywater: I didn't care much for Infinite save for its last few minutes, but I can't fault anybody for liking it. I wanted more exploration and less of a shooting gallery, but I think it's a fine shooter for what that's worth.

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Posted by MormonWarrior

No Rayman Legends? :(

Pretty great list of games there though. It pains me that I won't get to Phoenix Wright, DmC or Assassin's Creed IV until next year. I'm gonna be playing some serious Pokemans, Fire Emblem and Dragon's Dogma during Christmas Break though.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

No Rayman Legends? :(

Pretty great list of games there though. It pains me that I won't get to Phoenix Wright, DmC or Assassin's Creed IV until next year. I'm gonna be playing some serious Pokemans, Fire Emblem and Dragon's Dogma during Christmas Break though.

What the hell is a rayman. Is that like... a fish game? Nope. No fish games here.

For the record, I've played a grand total of 1 hour of Rayman Origins and didn't feel incredibly compelled to play much more, probably because I have no joy in my heart or something. I still have it installed on my computerbox, for what that is worth.

Posted by MormonWarrior

@mormonwarrior said:

No Rayman Legends? :(

Pretty great list of games there though. It pains me that I won't get to Phoenix Wright, DmC or Assassin's Creed IV until next year. I'm gonna be playing some serious Pokemans, Fire Emblem and Dragon's Dogma during Christmas Break though.

What the hell is a rayman. Is that like... a fish game? Nope. No fish games here.

For the record, I've played a grand total of 1 hour of Rayman Origins and didn't feel incredibly compelled to play much more, probably because I have no joy in my heart or something. I still have it installed on my computerbox, for what that is worth.

I liked Rayman Origins a lot due to its visuals and music, but the gameplay was seriously lacking at times and the pacing/difficulty were all over the place. Legends really delivers on all fronts though. I'd strongly recommend playing it. Unless you really are just coldhearted.

Edited by Egge

I haven't played Dragon's Dogma much yet (despite owning but the PSN version and Xbox disc release), but I adore its Japanese take on Medieval Europe and really want to spend more time in that enchanting world. Demons Souls and King's Field and a whole lot of other JRPGs obviously work within the exact same artistic parameters, but there's just something about DD's spin on it which makes me really happy. Oh, and the pointless contextual party banter is somehow very funny...

Also, I should really play Fire Emblem at some point (another game which I own both in digital and retail form but haven't forced myself to get started with yet).

Edited by fisk0

I just hope they'll do annual re-releases of Dragon's Dogma from now on so it can be on every GOTY in the future. Something like the annual expansion packs for most MMO's.