Tony’s Top 5 Games of 2013 So Far

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We’ve hit the halfway point of 2013, so why not list my current top 5 games of 2013.

5.  Yu-Nama: The Puzzle

Yu-Nama: The Puzzle is a match game available on PlayStation Mobile. In Yu-Nama: The Puzzle, you are tasked to protect the evil lord, and keep Hero’s from reaching him at the end of the dungeon. To stop the Hero’s you’ll have to send monsters to attack them. Sending monsters to attack the Hero is done by matching three or more of the same monster type on the board. The Hero’s can freeze blocks after you make ten moves, and this will make it more difficult to summon the monsters. You will eventually face a Hero boss after making it through a set wave of Hero’s. Defeating the boss Hero will unlock new, more difficult levels for you to progress through.

4. Terraria

Terraria has been available on PC for awhile now, but recently made it’s way to PSN and XBLA. I had an absolute blast with this game, and especially in co-op. The crafting of materials to make new weapons, armors, etc., is an addictive experience. Fighting the games many bosses can be fun, but I could do without them. I’ve played Terraria for many hours, and plan to put more hours into it when the Vita version releases.

3. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

I did not expect much from Gunslinger, but it blew me away.  The arcade-like structure of running through a level, killing waves of enemies, picking up story bits through the levels, is just a joy to do. The gunplay feels really polished, and it never gets dull killing guys. The unlockable upgrades add a deeper experience, and more replay value. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger features a New Game+ mode, and your previous upgrade unlocks will carry over. I hope to see more Call of Juarez games like this in the future.

2. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon takes what was great about Far Cry 3, and adds an over the top, 80’s scifi story with a coat of neon paint to to the world. Honestly, this is all I really have to say about Blood Dragon. If you love Far Cry 3, cheesy 80’s scifi stories and neon, just go and get Blood Dragon now. Oh, you can flip the bird at anytime, too, so there’s that.

1. Hotline Miami

I’ve always wanted to play Hotline Miami since it was first released on PC, but now I have, since it was just recently released on PS3 and Vita. Hotline Miami is a 2D, top down, fast paced action game. You play as a guy who receives phone calls to to exterminate pests, go on dates, etc., and you’ll go the addresses that they give you. When you arrive at your destination, instead of of doing the things you were told on the calls, you will find yourself going through these buildings, killing everyone in sight. At the start of each level you will have a variety of masks to choose from, and wear for that level. The masks will have perks associated with them, like being able to start the level with a knife, or see secrets in the level. You can earn new masks by completing a levels high score, or even finding masks within some of the levels.

The killings in Hotline Miami are very brutal for a 2d game. Blood spraying, decapitations, bodies cut in half, it’s super graphic, but fits the games tone perfectly. You can use items such as machetes, machine guns, katanas, sledgehammers, and much more to take out your targets. Throwing these items is a great way to stagger or kill an enemy, or a good tool for crowd control. Hotline Miami is not an easy game, and you will have to use strategy on certain levels, or look forward to dying a lot.

Hotline Miami features an incredible soundtrack, and features artists such as M.O.O.N., Scattle, Jasper Byrne and Sun Araw. You will want to have your sound system on high, or wear a nice pair of headphones when playing Hotline Miami to get the full experience.

There you have it, my top 5 games of 2013 so far. I’m looking forward to the rest of 2013, and seeing what games stay on my top 5 and which ones get replaced by new games.  What are your top 5 games of the year so far? Let me know in the comments.

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