Best of 2013

These were my 10 favorite games of 2013. All in all, it was a fantastic year; whittling everything down to just 10 was super tough.

Shout outs to The Wonderful 101, Super Mario 3D World, Pokemon X/Y, Animal Crossing, Pikmin 3, Assassin's Creed IV, and LEGO Marvel for being awesome, but there were just too many other games vying for attention this year. Also props to The Last of Us for telling a fantastic story, but man that gameplay was frustrating and wonky. It felt like it could've been executed better as a film than as a game. All but one of the best parts weren't interactive at all.

Gone Home was a big step forward for in-game storytelling, and one of the scariest games I played all year (thanks in no small part to my overactive imagination). The way it used video game tropes to set your expectations in a very specific trajectory was nothing short of brilliant, and made the heartwarming ending all the more welcome. However, I found that the experience didn't stick with me as much as other, more mechanical games this year, and so it has unfortunately been excluded from my list.

Speaking of scary, you guys/girls should try Outlast. It's one hell of a freaky ride, even if it does go on for just a liiittle too long.

A Link Between Worlds on the 3DS also seems amazing, but sadly I just haven't played enough of it to make a call. Saving that one for the Christmas flight home. If I manage to play enough by the end of the month maybe I can come back and update the list then.

Anyways, enough rambling. To the Top 10-mobile!!!

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