It's that time of year...the end of the year! Now's the time you look back on all the games you played since 2013 and realize that you probably only played a few games that actually came out in 2013 and have to somehow decide which was the best of the best. The first thing I wanted to say before I went into my awards is probably how disappointing 2013 was in terms of gaming; a pretty weak year with more overrated titles than one's eyes can read past. From the mainstream directly influencing everything it was hard to find few real gems out there in a year of many releases.
[note: sorry no PS4 or Xbox One nothing out for them really and/or didn't really play them otherwise it would be Resogun and Killer Instinct]
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Consoles/Handhelds PS3: Winner: Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch
] Ni No Kuni was clearly the best PS3 game that one could get, from its gorgeous soundtrack, beautiful Studio Ghibli animation, to fantastic story and gameplay; the game was a delight for anyone decided to play this instant classic. The best thing about Ni No Kuni was how diverse it was and how free you felt, even with its homage to "old-school JRPG's". Constantly, I found myself drawn by the story wanting to know what awaited Oliver and his friends in this new found magical world, only to be shown more plot twists and tricks to keep this fantasy going. In addition, "grinding" wasn't a hassle at all considering the game's action-RPG nature, with your constantly switching out familiars or doing sidequests non-stop. Things that stood out most to me were: the great characters, especially Lord High Lord of the Fairies Mr. Drippy and the very smooth gameplay, with a simple leveling up system that was more advanced than the eye could see, and how in-depth the sidequests were. For the player to actually have to read the Wizard's Companion that is given in the game, really shows the detail put forth.
Nintendo Wii U: Winner: Super Mario 3D World
[review coming soon] Super Mario 3D World is exactly what you want for a Mario game, especially one you had no idea what to expect. Nintendo shows us all that they still got, even when they force the idea of co-op multiplayer onto us, and this game shows why. SM3DW not only is gorgeous to look at, but the soundtrack could possibly be one of the best ones Nintendo has brought to us since Super Mario Galaxy. From the diverse gameplay (YES there is a difference when you play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, or Toad), fantastic level design, hidden difficulty (some of those sticker spots like wow 100% doesn't come easy), to amazing co-op, and just overall fun this game is the absolute must-have of any person wanting or getting a Wii U. You know a game is great when you can just pick it up, anytime, anywhere, with anybody and just have a blast.
Runner-up: Wonderful 101
Nintendo 3DS: Winner: Mario & Luigi Dream Team
[review coming soon] Mario & Luigi Dream Team is the fourth entry of the Mario & Luigi series and one of the best RPG's a person can have for a handheld. From the clever story writing and overall hilarity, to its open-world with tons of minigames, the game offers more than just an RPG with a point A to B objective. The Mario & Luigi series didn't have the strongest titles on the DS and I believe they lost the charm of what made SuperStar Saga one of the best games ever, but Nintendo proved us wrong with this awesome adventure of the Mario Bros. One thing that makes this game great is really how much post-game stuff there is to do, besides the normal 30 hour adventure, in fact there even is a new game + or Hard Mode to challenge those who may have thought it was too easy.
Runner-up: Pokemon X/Y
Multiplat/Anti-Game Multi-platform Winner: Rayman Legends
[review coming soon] Remember when people were threatening not to buy this game because Ubisoft decided to make this game multi-plat and not a Wii U exclusive? Well, those people missed out on one of the best games of the year. Rayman is back with the sequel of the fantastic 2011 Rayman Origins and this time he's just as good. The platforming is beautiful and makes old-school and new-gamers rejoice, the new style of graphics is joy to play/watch, and its charming and funny ways still tug at the players heart. Rayman Legends is showing the world that 2D-platformers still rock and only get better.
Runner-up: Assassian's Creed IV: Black Flag
ANTI-Game of the Year Winner: The Last of Us (PS3)
[review] Did you ever want a game that was so overrated that every internet comment has to mention it this game like it changed the landscape of gaming a la Super Mario 64? Well then, Naughty Dog does just that with their survival-horror game called The Last of Us. TLOU is a game that is meant to be realistic and show grueling horrible nature of humans in a decayed world, but in turn we get a snooze-fest with horrible gameplay and a very bad story.
The idea of this game is to bring realism into gaming, and yet Naughty Dog sets their own rules just to constantly break them leaving the player scratching his head why even bother trying to understand or even play the game. In addition, many features of this game were not at all new, unless you count Joel's swaying from his "gun skills", the idea of swimming and horse-back riding were already used in their previous franchise Uncharted. One last gripe has to be the soundtrack, barren and when heard boring just as the game, so in turn it fits the motif of TLOU. The great multiplayer can't save this game from being the worst of the year.
Runner-Up: Sonic Lost World (Wii U)- Why SEGA? [review here]
SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD! *Mario yells WHA-HOOO then the piano from the opening starts*
This game was the game to have no play in 2013. From it's fantastic gameplay, be it solo or with friends or even strangers, to it's constant challenges Nintendo shows they still have it, even if everyone decided to bash them when this game was first announced. It's been a while since a Mario game was so fun, appealing, challenging, and just simply fantastic in every sense. Maybe the plan of filling our plates with New Super Mario Bros. games so much, would make this game so much better just returning to his "3D roots" (in a new sense). If you ever wanted a game that provided more and more each time you played, or gave you the option to play in many different ways, then look no further.
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