Category Archives: 2013

A look back on the year that was 2013 in video games.

Best of 2013: BioShock Infinite

It’s been incredibly difficult for me to narrow down the best game of this year. I’d imagined earlier this year that I would be talking about Watch Dogs today but since that game was delayed there’s only one game left this year that I can talk about. It’s a game that itself, was delayed multiple times and came out a full year after its originally planned release date. BioShock Infinite is more than just a great game, it’s a work of art both mechanically and visually. It oozes style and visual flair while depicting interesting characters in an even more fascinating setting. BioShock Infinite was the best game I played all year.

Welcome to the colourful slice of Americana known as Columbia.

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Best of 2013: The Last of Us

After much deliberation, I have determined that The Last of Us has the best introduction to any video game I’ve ever played. It depicts a small town in the southern United States being overrun by infected in beginnings of a zombie apocalypse. In a mere 15 minutes I experienced fear, panic and heartbreak in a sequence that perfectly sets the tone for what’s to come. I won’t spoil any more details, so let me add that this game is worth playing for the introduction alone.

The Last of Us, starring Not Nolan North and Not Ellen Paige

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Best of 2013: Grand Theft Auto V

With Christmas only days away and the inevitable end of the year closely following it, I’ve reached that special time where I get to list off what I consider to be the best games of this year. Keeping with my tradition, I will be counting down my top three video games of 2013 throughout this week. There are only two rules. One, the game must have been released sometime in 2013, and two, I must have played the game myself. This list is subjective but keep in mind that any one of these games could be considered a legitimate contender for game of the year for any of you. These are all games you should play, if you haven’t already.

It was refreshing to see a game other than Call of Duty break records this year.

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2013 Year in Review

With this year coming to a close, it only feels natural to reflect on the past 365 days. It that time of year where everyone lists their top games and reflects on the year that was. In the last 12 months, records have been broken, franchises rebooted and the next-generation of gaming consoles “officially” arrived. Next week I’ll be presenting the best games of this past year but until then it feels appropriate to analyze the year 2013 in gaming.

I imagine the offices at Rockstar Games are overflowing with money right about now.

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Top Three of E3 2013

I know it’s been two weeks but a lot happened at this past E3 and there was no shortage of excellent games on display. As usual there were a lot of sequels at E3 but a lot of the more buzzworthy games were new IPs which gives me hope for the next generation. More so than the last few years I feel that coming out of E3, gamers have a lot of good things to look forward so I’d like to take a moment to honor some of the more exceptional games that appeared at E3. Before I continue I should mention that a few great games aren’t on this list like Metal Gear Solid V and Final Fantasy XV. While I’m excited for these games there’s still a few lingering question marks so I’m still not sure what to make of them; I am excited to see more so they those two in particular deserve mention. Read the rest of this entry

Most Anticipated Game of 2013: Tomb Raider

Well the new year has rolled around, so to start things off I’m going to discuss the game that I am looking forward to the most in 2013. I’ll admit that this is a crowded category for me. There are many games to look forward to: Bioshock: Infinite, Beyond: Two Souls and the Last of Us. All of them look amazing, but  the one game I am looking forward to the most is the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. It barely beats out The Last of Us (which I think is a potential Game-of-the-Year). I’m not anticipating Tomb Raider solely based on its potential quality, the deciding factor is that the success of Tomb Raider is more important for the video games industry than the success of other games. It will show how the industry has or hasn’t changed, depending on its quality. While I would always prefer a new game to sequel or a reboot, Tomb Raider will provide an opportunity to look back on the last two decades and show how much the industry has grown and hopefully, how it will continue to grow.

Lara Croft is perhaps the most iconic and recognizable female character in video game history. She was a female protagonist in an era when lead characters were exclusively men. Mostly due to her famous pair of assets, Lara was the first video game character to reach the status of a sex symbol. It’s easy to scoff at this but it represents an shift in how people see video game characters. By becoming a sex symbol, Lara Croft raised herself above a mere assortment of pixels and into something that closer to an real person. It was obvious pandering, but the fact that it worked was important for video games. Lara’s popularity kept growing. In 2001, a film adaptation was made starring Angelina Jolie and while it wasn’t horrible it does share the dubious honor along with Resident Evil, of starting a trend video-game-movies. Despite this, Lara Croft is a significant figure in the history of the industry.

Lara in Tomb Raider: Legend, seven years before she discovered pants.

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