Game of the Year 2013
(This is a copy-paste from my Tumblr post so that I can submit it to Community GOTY.)
As everyone’s releasing Game of the Year, I wanted to write mine before reading a bunch of other people’s. I’m quite happy with it. But first, four games I didn't play (or play enough of) that seemed neat and probably would've made this list, except, well, I can't say at this point.
a. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Some people took one of the greatest video games of all time, made a sort-of-sequel and spiritual successor to it, and nailed it. I played it at a pre-release event and did play a few minutes of it, but I haven’t played enough to really know — but from what I’ve heard from everyone, I can’t wait. This is probably going to eat most, if not all, of my trip to see my family this week.
b. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
For a series that seemed to be busy finding new depths to plumb while crawled up its own ass, it sounds like Ubisoft somehow completely struck gold this time. From the ridiculous awesomeness of what they do to the Abstergo concept to “we took AC but now it’s just pirates and sea shanties” (COLLECTIBLE SEA SHANTIES!) to, from what I’ve heard, a trans? or genderqueer? or something? member of your crew but handled well and awesome (!!)…yeah. I’m actually catching up on AC now just so I can play this damn game.
b2. Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
I PLAYED THIS ONE and IT CAME OUT IN 2012 but NONE OF YOU PLAYED IT NONE OF YOU AUGH WHAT THE FUCK so I HAVE TO CAPSLOCK HERE A BIT. You play as an escaped/freed slave, a woman of colour in colonial New Orleans, and your task via the Assassins is to do things like liberate slaves, sneak into rich people balls and stab them in the face, etc. It even has a costume mechanic that is thinly veiled social commentary. AND NONE OF YOU PLAYED IT.
It’s being rereleased in HD on PS3 on the 14th of January 2014. GO FORTH AND PLAY OMG. THIS WILL BE ON YOUR FINAL EXAM.
c. The Last of Us
Slight variation on a theme here, as I’m about 2 hours in and haaaaate it. But I’m told it sucks hard for the first three hours, and then once you get out of Boston turns into a completely amazing experience. So I’ll stick with it and see.
AND NOW THE ACTUAL GAMES YAY!