Every year there are a hella ton of games released. I know, breaking news, right? Well here at Take 10 Games we enjoy games and lists almost as much as we enjoy playing Videogames, so here is my top 5 games of 2013. I should say that my numbers five through 2 are in no particular order.
5. Dragon’s Crown (Vita)
Unless you are among the Playstation elite that own the handheld, you may have missed Dragon’s Crown. This game brings back many of the hack and slash, 2D beat-em-up elements that I think have been sorely missed this generation. This game has shown that simpler old school mechanics are still very much relevant to modern gamers. Not every game has to be one of your AAA games. You can pick this game up for both Vita and Ps3. I hope you do.
4. Bioshock Infinite (PS3)
If you know me (I assume most of you don’t) you will know that I absolutely raved for months on this game. Bioshock Infinite took what was already a great game series and inoculated it with a story that rivals modern story telling in all other mediums. At it’s heart, this game is still a fun, albeit incredibly challenging at points, shooter. Honestly, the shooting is a bit flawed and maybe not as polished but with a story like this, who cares? Definitely can’t be missed.
3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3)
Go ahead and get the rage out of your heart. GTA 5 is a great game. The graphics are spectacular. The satire is superb and hilarious. The shooting, running, driving, and pretty much everything else works perfectly. However, for a game to be perfect, to me, they story has to go above and beyond what I was expecting. The story in this game was a bit on the boring side for me. I found the characters, while they were entertaining and the mechanic of switching between them was probably the best innovation to the series, to be quite unengaging. I’ll write a review and go into this deeper. This game is amazing and almost everyone bought it, thank you.
2. Gone Home (PC)
This is one I’ve played quite recently. If you’ve read some of my other stuff you may know that I am a fan of indie games. Gone Home is an amazing game. An abosolutely phenomenal game. Story telling in Videogames is evolving and being innovated upon in a way that I think will be remembered for a long time. I don’t really want to tell you anything that may potentially ruin even a second of the game for you, please just go and get this one for yourself.
1. The Last of Us (PS3)
Honestly I don’t feel obligated to even write anything here, but I will anyway. The Last of Us is not only the best game I played this year but it is one of the best games I’ve ever played. I’m a sucker for a great story, but this game snapped the neck of everything I expected and turned out to be one of the most harrowing things I have ever experienced. But it wasn’t just the visceral story telling and the extreme emotion this game invoked, it’s also incredibly beautiful. If this is the game that finally pushed the Playstation 3 to its limit, I can not even begin to imagine what its equivalent will be on the PS4. Regardless, if you have not played the Last of Us you are truly cheating yourself.