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Best Games of 2013 So Far

Half Time | Staff Picks - Best Games of 2013 So Far

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Matt Gardner
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2013 Half Time, Best Games of 2013 So Far, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, The Last Of Us, Tomb Raider

Hot damn, this year's had some fine titles already. It's a testament to the strength of the output over the last six months, that no two choices here are the same. Do stay tuned for our rundown of the top ten games of the year so far in our democratically-sourced list later in the week, but in the meantime, here are our personal shouts for the best games of the year thus far...

Jonathan -- Fire Emblem: Awakening

Half Time | Staff Picks - Best Games of 2013 So Far

The first half of 2013 has seen any number of great games hit home consoles and the PC, but for my money, the best game of 2013 released on the Nintendo 3DS. Fire Emblem: Awakening may not have the clout of BioShock Infinite or The Last Of Us, yet it delivers perhaps the most exquisite gaming experience of many a long year.

The tactics and tough decisions are as solid as you'd expect from the venerable series, but Awakening upped the ante with a tragic yet uplifting storyline and a cast of truly unforgettable characters. Over the course of the massive campaign, you'll laugh along with your newfound friends, shed a tear when they die in combat, and punch the air with delight as they fall in love right there on the battlefield. Dynamically. Through gameplay. Eventually, their offspring joins your army, building an emotional attachment that makes permanent deaths all the more difficult to bear. Sure, the strategy was top-notch, but the glorious happy highs and stomach-churning emotional lows made Fire Emblem Awakening something truly special and unique.

I will be very surprised if it doesn't become my overall game of the year all told once December rolls around. Your move, 2013.

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Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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2013 Half Time, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Best Games of 2013 So Far, Bioshock Infinite, Democracy, The Last Of Us, Tomb Raider

Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

Three cheers for democracy! We'll be revealing our ow, individual, personal shouts for the best games of the year thus far enext week, along with a few other roundtable pieces reflecting on 2013: Part One, but today we thought we'd put our heads together to come up with a fair and reasoned list to determine a top ten of sorts using an intricate voting system that ensured every nomination was counted and ranked fairly.

So here it is, the Dealspwn Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far. Everyone's top shout was different, and the top of the table was excruciatingly close. Anyway, enough babbling, check it out for yourselves, and let us know if we missed anything!

Honourable Mentions -- Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, Antichamber, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Guacamelee, Luigi's Mansion: New Moon, Sanctum 2, Persona 4: the Golden

10. State of Decay

Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

What we said: We've over-used the phrase "rough diamond" in years past, but now we have a new definition of the term. State Of Decay delivers one of the most authentic, compelling and enjoyable zombie experiences of recent years, and all for an eminently affordable budget price. Indeed, you'll completely forget that we're all supposed to be bored of zombies by now. Outstanding.

9. Battleblock Theatre

Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

What we say: The Behemoth are back with a typically technically brilliant title. They've nailed the SHMUP and beat 'em up genres wwith Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers, and BattleBlock Theater is a fantastic run at old-school platform. Brimming with personality, and tremendous fun whether in solo or co-op modes, Battleblock is fantastically bonkers and ludicrously enjoyable. 

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