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Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

Matt Gardner
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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. 

8. Metro: Last Light

Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

What we said: Metro: Last Light is both a game that surpasses and yet falls short of its predecessor. More technically competent in a number of areas, the chilling, tense atmosphere of Glukhovsky's world has been fantastically realised yet again, and there's so much to love in a world so impressively detailed and evocatively bleak.

7. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

What we said: As a Metal Gear game, it fits into the outlandish story perfectly, but as a brawler, it stands head and shoulders above its peers. Although not completely perfect, its moment-to-moment action that refuses let you go for a second ensures that Revengeance is yet another reason why we love Platinum Games. A stunning slice of over-the-top action insanity.

6. Fire Emblem: Awakening

Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

What we said: Fire Emblem: Awakening is an absolute masterpiece, whether you're a series veteran or rank newcomer. As one of the finest Strategy RPGs available on any handheld format, not to mention the best game on the 3DS thus far, you owe it to yourself to plumb its tactical and emotional depths. Do not, for any reason, miss this triumphant saga of love and death.

5. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

What we said: One of the best JRPGs of the last decade, Ni No Kuni is in many ways a love letter to a genre slowly fading away into obscurity. Brimming with imaginative aesthetics, and packing a hefty emotional punch or two in spite of its rather clichéd story, Level-5 and Studio Ghibli have worked wonders to whisk us away to another world. An utter triumph in roleplaying escapism in a game that manages to stand on the shoulders of the genre's best to deliver a modern classic.

4. Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

What we said: Animal Crossing: New Leaf is an utter delight, but then you knew that already. For all of the little tweaks and new treats, the core experience remains the same. But stepping into the role of mayor connects you better than ever before to this joyous world of camaraderie and generous spirit. New Leaf is a game that lets you fashion an identity in whatever manner you choose, and then share it with the world. It's the best game in the series so far.

3. Bioshock Infinite

Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

What we said: Bioshock Infinite's final moment is one that will leave the player anywhere between gobsmacked and muted, but regardless of how the game ends, its journey is a thoroughly engrossing rollercoaster ride in a crumbling, thought-provoking paradise with one of the finest AI companions ever created. Irrational strike gold yet again.

2. The Last of Us

Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

What we said: Well paced, superbly written, and boasting some of the best visual and audio work of this generation, Naughty Dog have once again produced a fine game. This is linear blockbuster  gaming at its best, and it dazzles the senses. even if the form disappoints the mind a little given the genre.

1. Tomb Raider

Half Time | Top Ten Games of 2013 So Far

What we said: Boasting a dynamic platforming playground that reveals itself slowly but surely, the entire Tomb Raider experience is built around the (re)birthing of an icon in terms of action-adventuring. Deliciously tight mechanics, combined with a fine balance between scripted setpieces and player-driven action deliver an immaculately paced piece that grabs hold and never let's go. It might not prove transcendental, but it points towards a future of great promise for the franchise. Simply outstanding.

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Late  Jul. 12, 2013 at 14:24

I've been pretty unimpressed with the first half of 2013, to be honest. (Bear in mind, though, that I've only actually played three of the ten games you've listed.)

I was massively disappointed with Tomb Raider, which was completely ruined by having way too many QTEs. (One is way too many. This had considerably more than that....)

And I didn't think Bioshock Infinite was all that - it was good, but not as good as the first game, and Columbia had none of the atmosphere of Rapture.

So rather than looking back at the first half of the year I'm eagerly looking forward to the second half of the year!
Of course there's the annual stalwarts of Call of Duty and FIFA (the former I usually buy but might not this year, the latter I rarely buy).
I'm very much looking forward to GTA:V, Lego: Marvel Superheroes, Arkham Origins, and Watchdogs. Would happily buy the first three of those without reading a review, as they're all sequels to games I love, and I have no doubts they'll be very good. Watchdogs looks fantastic, but is one of those games that might not match it's potential.

I'm also keen to see how XCOM:Bureau, AC4, and The Wonderful 101 review.

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