Daniel’s Top Ten of 2013
10. Dust: An Elysian Tail
Dust: An Elysian Tail made it on to this list because it looks amazing, plays great and has professional voice acting and original music that challenges some triple A titles. The reason this is so impressive is that it was made by one guy. I felt that hard work and dedication like that deserves some kind of award. The game is 2D and is in the “metroidvania” style, which means you traverse a large map that is broken into rooms with various ways exits. If you are a fan of the genre or just want to try something that has pure passion then you can pick this one up on Steam for £11.99.
(PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox)
9. Rayman Legends
Rayman Legends is a fast, frantic and friendship ruining co-operative platformer by Ubisoft. Working much of the same framework as Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends brings a few new aspects to the table such as five player local co-op with one player using the Wii U gamepad to lower bridges, cut ropes and tickle enemies. With unique cartoony visuals and genuinely funny levels (At the end of each section you are given a musical level to run through).
If you need a game to entertain you and your friends for hours on end, pick this one up.
(PC,PS3,PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)
Shadow Warrior, a modern reimagining of a Nineties classic of the same name, this game satisfy you in ways that will scare you. The sword combat in this game is so visceral and satisfying you will find every non-sword kill feeling like a wasted opportunity. In Shadow Warrior you play as Lo Wang as you fight against demons, yakuza and the army as you seek to find the three pieces of the legendary Nobitsura Kage, a katana with the ability to kill gods.
Shadow Warrior is a great throwback to the days when FPS games were imaginative, funny and enjoyable. The only downside is that the other weapons feel weak and useless compared to the katana.
(PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Cloudberry Kingdom is a simplistic platformer with many different ways to move and even more levels. A lot more levels, infinite levels actually. Cloudberry Kingdom’s main selling point is the fact it randomly generates all of its levels so that you will never play the same game twice. That was enough to get me interested but what sold it to me was four play local co-op, bungee corded together while awesome original music plays in the background. This is a great platformer that you can play at any time without fear of replaying the same levels again and again.
(PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
6. Shadowrun Returns
Shadowrun Returns was kickstarted back in 2012 quite successfully and thankfully didn’t turn out to be a scam. The premise for the game was to take the feeling and atmosphere of the original Shadowrun Returns pen and paper roleplaying game and create a roleplaying/tactics hybrid. I feel they succeeded well and with the vast modding community behind it I think this may have enough content to last a few years.
The setting is one of the most unique I’ve seen in a while, whilst also being very familiar.
The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. You are a shadowrunner – a mercenary living on the fringes of society, in the shadows of massive corporate arcologies, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, you get it done… by any means necessary.
If you are a fan of gritty action, weird science or fantasy, check this out.
(PC, Mac, Linux, iOS)
5.X-Com: Enemy Within
X-Com: Enemy Within is a stand-alone expansion to X-Com: Enemy Unknown. Mostly it adds two new features, the MEC class (A large mech-suit piloted by a dedicated soldier who has their limbs removed) and augmentations (Various physical upgrades that can be applied to a soldier. Stronger limbs, faster reactions, better aim). It also adds in a ton of new maps and various new enemy types. If you are a fan of the X-Com series or tactics games in general. Pick this and its predecessor up.
(PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360)
Don’t Starve is a unique survival game brought to us by Klei Entertainment and as usual the visuals in this title keep up to their amazing standard. The game is harsh, unforgiving, genuinely unsettling and eerie. In other words, perfect for a survival game. With humorous characters and creative creatures (My personal favourite being the chess piece monsters). With the active modding community more content is being added daily. For only £11.99 this is one you have to get.
(PC, Mac, Linux)
3.Saints Row IV
Saints Row IV is the fourth instalment of the renowned Saints Row franchise. After realising that being a carbon copy of Grand Theft Auto wasn’t going to work, Saints Row aimed for crazier horizons and Saints Row IV shows exactly how far past those horizons they’ve came. With an alien invasion causing the total destruction of earth, the saints must get revenge by entering the simulation created by the alien overlord and wrecking it. Dildo bats, dubstep guns, bondage clubs and more make this a game that you don’t want to miss. The Enter The Dominatrix DLC takes my award for best DLC in a game ever, so you might want to pick that up as well.
(PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
2.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a return to the imaginative and awesome world of… somewhere where there are monsters. While it is a bit lacking on story it makes up for it completely with unique creature designs, funny characters and stunning locales that make even searching for mushrooms enjoyable. Since I bought this game I’ve been hooked and if fighting huge terrifying monsters is your idea of fun, then you will be to.
(Wii U, 3DS)
1.The Last Of Us
The Last Of Us was a third person shooter, though I am loathe to call it that, released by Naughty Dog in June of this year. The main premise of the game is that you are trying to survive in the remnants of a destroyed civilisation after a mysterious disease has wiped out much of mankind. Sounds generic until you find out that the disease is in fact a fungus that grows inside people and makes them try to infect others with the spores. To make it even better, it is based off of a real fungus that infects ants.
With a great storyline that kept me playing non-stop until it was over, visceral combat that makes even the smallest encounter seem like a struggle between life and death and a well designed stealth system. The Last Of Us easily takes my spot as game of the year.