I previously thought 2012 was a weird year for games, but 2013 was even more so. There somehow managed to be a whole lot of really good games this year without many clear standouts, which made coming up with (and especially ordering) this list a much more difficult and trying process than usual. But rank them I must, and I eventually narrowed 2013’s large and diverse crop down to these 10 excellent games. There were well more than 10 games I really liked this year, but these are the ones I ultimately enjoyed and will remember the most. They’re also all better than Brothers. Sorry Brad.
GOTY 2013 Redux
The original list stands as I wrote it at the end of 2013. But my thoughts evolve over time, whether I play more of these games during the following years, or it just takes time for my thoughts to fully settle. I think it's worth noting that evolution. Given that, if I were to redo this list today, it would look like this:
Noted in parenthesis are each games' change in position from the original list.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (+0)
- Pokemon X/Y (+8)
- Papers, Please (+1)
- The Swapper (-2)
- The Last of Us (+0)
- Fire Emblem Awakening (-3)
- Gone Home (-1)
- Antichamber (+1)
- Pikmin 3 (-2)
- Tomb Raider (New)
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is the lone casualty.