Saturday, January 4, 2014

My Favorite Video Games of 2013

I know I haven't talked about video gaming on here before, but better late then never. Of all the games that were released this year I wanted to make a list showing off my favorites.

Disclaimer: I would like to add that I didn't get to play every game that was released this year. So if you don't see something on this list, it might be because I didn't play it.

In no particular order, here are my favorite games of the past year...

Battlefield 4

This game was plagued with bugs and crashed none stop when it was first released, but after some patches the game seems to be working good. The campaign might be a little on the short side compared to others, but Battlefield is all about the multiplayer, and Battlefield 4 didn't disappoint me. You can do basically anything you want in multiplayer when it comes to the military. Tanks, helicopters, jets, boats, even ATV's can be used as you please. There is nothing more fun than flying a helicopter while a friend sits in the gunner sit taking out the opposing team. Shooting down enemy jets or helicopters are also fun, because you know that an actual player is inside it, rather then it just being an unmanned kill streak reward.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

I really thought this game was going to be stupid. An Assassin's Creed game with pirates? I had been losing interest in the Assassin's Creed series as it was, and when I heard about this; I was skeptical on even playing it. However, I gave it a chance anyway. Turns out it was a pretty damn good game. The open world is huge, and gives you lots of places to explorer and things to keep you busy. Although the thought the ending of the main campaign was abrupt and stupid, I had a great time playing it.

Bioshock Infinite

Here is another game I was a little skeptical about playing. Don't get me wrong, I love the Bioshock series, but this game was taking things in a new direction. Plus it was taking us out of the creepy city at the bottom of the ocean, Rapture, and moving us to Columbia, a floating city in the sky. Infinite was created by the studio that gave us the original Bioshock, therefore I had some hope it wouldn't disappoint. The game turned out beautiful in every way imaginable. The environments, the characters, and the combat are all fleshed out and filled with detail. Essentially the game is one long escort mission as you try to rescue Elizabeth and escape from Columbia. If you aren't aware, escort missions in video games are usually the worst missions in the game, so making the whole game revolve around it was a big leap. Infinite does it right though. Elizabeth turns out to be one of the best companions I have ever had in a video game. Finding money and ammo at times and even helping me open locked doors. The ending of Bioshock Infinite will indeed blow your mind, and once it's finished you'll want to start it over again.

The Last of Us

The Last of Us is probably my pick for Game of the Year. The game starts off as your typical third-person zombie shooter, but quickly turns into so much more. The game is so well-written in every way imaginable. The main story has enough twist and turns to always keep you on your toes and guessing what’s going to happen next. The game makes you feel for the characters. You feel like you’re actually trying to survive this post-apocalyptic-zombie-cannibal-infested world. I have to admit that this game is the first game to ever make me feel actual sadness for the characters. I actually got a little teary at some parts. If you have played this and you didn’t, you’re either a liar or not a human being. If you own a PS3 and haven’t played this, what is wrong with you? Bring on The Last of Us 2 or just release The Last of Us again on the PS4. P.S. Ellie is the shit.

Tomb Raider (2013)

I’ll admit, the only Tomb Raider I’ve played was the original on the PS1 and I barely even played that. I didn’t like it and never played any of the others. I’m not saying they are bad games, just saying they never appealed to me. However, when I saw this new remake/reboot coming out I wanted to give it a shot. When I finally got my hands on it I was blown away. Is this starting to sound like a trend? Anyways, this game is amazing. I highly recommend it! I really can’t wait to play through it again with the new Definitive version releasing on the Xbox One and PS4.

God of War: Ascension

I had never played any of the God of War games, because they just never looked interesting to me. Earlier in the year I bought a used PS3 and decided to give them a try. I started at the beginning and quickly became hooked, eventually playing through them all. I became a fan. God of War is a damn good series of games, and Ascension is no exception. I highly recommend this and any God of War game to anyone with a PS3. The boss battle at the end of Ascension is freaking ridiculous, but totally badass awesome at the same time. Some of the most fun I had playing this year. Where is God of War 4?

There you have it. My favorite video games of 2013. Hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to comment.