The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2013!
#15. Rogue Legacy - 10 points
#2: 1 (parasitepaladin)
#4: 2 (Sazime, SabotageTheTruth)
HM: 2 (Brandon_Reister, tokeeffe9)
Release date: June 27 [US/EU]
Developer: Cellar Door Games
Publisher: Cellar Door Games
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, OS X
#15. Super Mario 3D World - 10 points
#2: 1 (naltmank)
#4: 2 (Hanabi, NeoCweeny)
HM: 2 (Shoulderguy, E_Zed_Eh_Intern)
Release date: November 22 [US], November 29 [EU]
Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Platform(s): Wii U
SabotageTheTruth last edited by
Rogue Legacy is one of those games that sounds bland on paper but is such a delight. It truly creates that "just one more run" mentality and is one of the games that got me interested in rogue-likes - a genre I love dearly now. I cannot wait for the second one to see how they improve on an already stellar experience.
Guest last edited by
Super Mario 3D World is the best Mario game and easily the second best thing that's still Wii U exclusive to this day.
Brannox last edited by
A couple of games I don't have any experience with, so comments for each are incredibly short:
For Rouge Legacy, the genre doesn't appeal to me, but I DO like the pixelated style. As for Super Mario 3D World, I have a good friend who says this is his favorite Mario game (and he's not all that into Mario), so hearing him say as such when there's so many other Mario games that get the spotlight is refreshing. That said, this is another case of something high quality on the Wii U that will most likely be held back by both its home hardware, and the company not porting it.
Sazime last edited by
I'm not a huge rouge-like player, but RL hooked me hard. Satisfying loop, and plenty of chances to upgrade and improve. Feels good.
E_Zed_Eh_Intern last edited by
Never played Rogue Legacy.
Super Mario 3D World is probably one of my least favourite Mario games but still an awesome game. The only Mario game I've ever got the wife to play. Played through the whole thing together. Or almost did. Stupid Champions Road.
naltmank last edited by
Super Mario 3D World is distressingly underrated and underplayed. There's some incredible level design in this game.
parasitepaladin last edited by
Rogue Legacy was just straight up fun. Everything about it just brought me joy. So please put it down, Marie Kondo.
bam541 last edited by bam541
This reminds me that Rogue Legacy has been on my to-play list for a long time, and as a roguelike fan this should not be the case.
Ringedwithtile last edited by
Hey, I've played Rogue Legacy! It's alright; I wish it had more going on with its design and mechanics. I don't think it hits the highs of other roguelikes, and the game gets a good deal easier as you continue to play with its host of permanent upgrades, but I enjoyed my time with it.
Bigdude1 last edited by
kinda forgot about 3d world, it probably would have been in my top 4 but the other games i picked were also really good. Loved this game, great synergy between 3d and 2d styles of gameplay with non reused levels and a great challenge curve!
#14. Batman: Arkham Origins - 10 points
#1: 1 (Exist 2 Inspire)
#4: 1 (Capnbobamous)
HM: 3 (Brandon_Reister, Axel, tokeeffe9)
Release date: October 25 [US/EU]
Developer: WB Games Montréal
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Microsoft Windows
ffff0 last edited by
Played it, liked it, but not enough to get into my top 8.
Sazime last edited by
Weird to me that on Metacritic, users and reviewers have this right at 75, while Steam and "Google Users" put it in the 90s.
Fun game, swimming in 7s or 8s for me.
iboshow last edited by
Great story but the ridiculous amount of bugs this game had ruined my enjoyment of the game. It should have been a ps4/xbone game. It didn't run well. One of the bugs in the game was fast travel crashed the game.
Sentinel Beach last edited by
A solid addition to the Arkham series, liked it a lot. That Deathstroke fight was ruthless as hell.
bam541 last edited by
I kinda want to try this out now, it's the only Arkham game I haven't played. Didn't pick it up back then because people I know keep hating on it.
Brannox last edited by
As much as I enjoy the Arkham games from Rocksteady, I never heard enough to convince me to give this a shot. The Deathstroke fight is the ONLY thing positive I hear about the game, and consistently talk of bugs, "Not as good," and different choices by the development team all have turned me away from it. That said
I get a kick out of Troy Baker being Joker
I can vouch for Arkham Origins.
I think one of the reasons it got a lukewarm response back then is the fact it didn't really bring anything new after City, compared to the jump from Asylum to City. It also came soon after and might have felt like a "cashgrab", as much as I hate that word.
But if you ignore that, as well as the bugs which have been mostly eradicated by now, you can't go wrong with this one if you liked the others, especially when you can find it dirt cheap these days.
The gameplay is as tight as ever and the story is actually quite original and puts some new villains in the spotlight, several of the boss fights are fun and original (not just Deathstroke). I'd rather replay this one than Arkham Knight, easily.
If you've been itching for more Batman, go for it!
As for Super Mario 3D World, when I first started listing all the 2013 games I thought to myself it would easily make my top 4, but after comparing it to all the others I ended up not voting for it at all.
It's a great game, I had fun with it, but it left no long-lasting impression on me, I thought it was way too easy (I blasted through most of it with a friend in one sitting), and there were no major stand-outs.
I went back to get all the collectibles and 100% it, but only those hidden extra levels felt interesting to me (although Champions Road took things a bit too far).
So as others said, probably one of my least favorite Mario games while still a great game in itself, but didn't deserve a mention compared to my other 2013 darlings.