Tony’s Top 10 Games of 2013

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10. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal  Gear Rising: Revengeance is just all out fun. The combat is really well done and it feels great cutting up enemies into pieces. The story is just insane, but that’s what you expect from a Metal Gear game. Sure, it’s not the Metal Gear that everyone wanted, but it’s still a blast to play and being Raiden is just awesome.

09. Guacamelee!

Guacamelee!, such a great metroidvania, man I enjoyed everything about this game. The humor, the story, the combat, all of it was so well done. There were secrets to find, powers to gain and chicken transforming to be done. If you’ve been craving a good metroidvania game, Guacamelee! has you covered. 

08. Contrast

Contrast was a big surprise for me. I always thought it looked cool, but I was unsure of how it would turn out. I ended up really liking this game. The art style was beautiful, the music was great, the shadow mechanics were really cool and the story was surprisingly well done. I did run into a lot of glitches during my playthrough, and it kind of hurt my experience at times, but I still had a great time playing Contrast.

07. Nunnageddon

Pure arcade shooter fun. Nunnageddon is one of the best games available on PlayStation Mobile. Picking up chips to raise your multiplier, destroying the bad “Fountain Due” machines and playing as a gun shooting nun. What’s not to love? The latest update added three new stages, fresh new music and online leaderboards. Trying to beat other players high scores is addictive and will keep you coming back for more.

06. Killzone: Shadow Fall

I have not finished the campaign yet, but I have not enjoyed what I’ve played. I do think Echo is a cool character, though. The multiplayer is the reason why I love this game. I don’t play multiplayer games a lot these days, unless I’m playing with people I know, but Shadow Fall’s multiplayer had me hooked. I like how the weapon and equipment unlocks work, the maps are good and I actually enjoy sniping. Throwing out a support drone and watching it mow down the other team is the best.

05. Grand Theft Auto V

Los Santos is a wonderful place to explore, isn’t it? Rockstar really is the best at creating open worlds. Grand Theft Auto V’s story is great and playing as three different characters adds a lot to the game. Franklin and Lamar are by far my favorite characters. I just always find myself laughing when those two are together. I find myself getting lost in the world for hours exploring or just messing around. Grand Theft Auto online is alright, but I got bored of it rather quickly.

04. Velocity Ultra

Velocity Ultra screams old school, but smells of freshness. I don’t  play a lot of shoot ’em ups, and it’s not my favorite game genre, but I love this game.  Piloting the Quarp Jet you have the ability to teleport all over the place and who doesn’t enjoy teleporting? Rescuing stranded ships, being able to fling bombs in all directions, and trying to complete the levels in a fast time make Velocity Ultra a very fun and intense experience.

03. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

I can’t get enough of the cheesy 80’s sci-fi story in this game. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon could be called a re-skined Far Cry 3 and I wouldn’t argue with that. I feel that the look, setting and some of the weapons make Blood Dragon it’s own thing. There is so much neon in this game and my eyes love it. Like Far Cry 3, the Bow is still probably my favorite weapon to use. I would love to see more developers make downloadable spin-offs of their main games and see what kind of stuff they can create.

02. Divekick

What started off as a joke in the fighting game community, Divekick eventually turned into a complete game. Dive and kick, those are the controls. Divekick seems very simple on the surface, but it can be a very deep and competitive fighting game. While the controls are only dive and kick, some characters like Uncle Sensei, MarkMan and Stream have a lot of tricks to learn. I found myself getting very competitive playing Divekick with others online and having a wonderful time. The online community is pretty much dead at this point, and that’s a shame, but the time I spent with Divekick was amazing.

01. Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

This is easily my favorite game released this year. It’s extremely challenging and rewarding. 2D platformer meets a rhythm game, that’s Runner2. Jumping over and sliding under obstacles and enemies, kicking open pathways and so much more to the beat of the music. It’s so satisfying to perfect a level and then shooting Commander Video, or one of the other playable characters into the huge target board for extra points. Runner2 has different zones that you play in and each has it’s own unique style, so you don’t have to worry about getting tired of seeing the same stuff. The challenging gameplay and pure fun of Runner2 had me hooked from the second I started playing.

 

There you have it, my top 10 games of 2013. I didn’t get around to some of the bigger releases this year, but I’m still happy with what I played. Bring on 2014 and all of it’s games.

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