The EZA Community Top 20 Best of 2013!

  • First, about the 2013 GOTY: While I won't prattle on about I adore it (as doing so would COMPLETELY pointless when 11 others share in my sentiment for it being the best game that year), I WILL say I revisited it recently, and the hours just melted away. No matter how times I play it, it never gets old. Also, I'm going to break my custom in tagging others in celebration like I did for the 2018 list, because that's a lot of people, and this post is gonna be another long one. X-)

    As for GTA, while I've said way too often I don't like Rockstar's games, I do congratulate it on being in the expected top 2, regardless of runner up or GOTY.

    Now, I would like to divulge my list and I'll talk about each one that didn't make the cut, starting from the bottom, working myself up:

    1. The Last of Us
    2. Tomb Raider
    3. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
    4. Metro: Last Light
    5. (HM) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    6. (HM) Bioshock: Infinite
    7. (HM) Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
    8. (HM) Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
    9. (Didn't make the cut) God of War: Ascension
    10. (Didn't make the cut) Gears of War: Judgment
    11. (Didn't make the cut) Fuse

    Fuse was probably the beginning of my disdain for EA. I fell in love with Overstrike, and at the time, I didn't following games business/news as much as I have over the past few years. When it got rebranded to Fuse, I still wanted to believe because of Insomniac. But this was a valuable lesson. This game is BAD.

    A Gears game not making my shortlist would be a shock seeing as how Gears is my favorite Xbox franchise. But the fact this wasn't developed by Epic proper, and instead by People Can Fly, is still a dumbfounding one. While I absolutely enjoy the story concept, the gameplay switch to CoD style AND breaking each and every chapter up was/is/always will be IMMENSELY frustrating. The OTHER disappointment for me in 2013.

    As much as I'm also into God of War, Ascension, while no means bad like the two above, was a forgettable experience. Understandably the one looked down on the least, you could tell the story was grasping for something else after visiting every other possible plot point over the previous five games. I've never played multiplayer in ANY game on ANY Sony system, so I cannot comment about Ascension's multiplayer (and the fact I'm not behind the idea of God of War needing to have multiplayer. See the 2018 GOTY).

    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag just beat out Ascension for my Honorable Mention because the moment to moment gameplay of being a pirate was a great time, especially when I was sailing listening to the shantys (catching them was a pain in the ass though). Also, I THINK this was the first open world game I got where I was in awe of the size of the world without loading (as I'm not too big on open world games and this DID come in a console launch year). However, I got this game for the lone reason of being a pirate, so having to suffer through the modern day nonsense (plus some actual storylines of the pirate arc) really wasn't fun. If Ascension was more of a memorable story/campaign, it might've gotten an HM nod. Too bad having a single player pirate game was too much fun. This is another game I've only played once, and I need to get back to it soon. It's been six years.

    Another game I recently just finished is Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and while that game is actually very good, and would contend for potentially being my second favorite Sly game, there is one fatal flaw that kept it from vying with Metro Last Light to place on the shortlist proper: The game is built with mandatory Sixaxis function. And while on the surface that might not sound bad, on my most recent playthrough of going through ALL the Sly games, there is a mission in the first real job where you have to go fishing with a magnet. It was then I discovered my Sixaxis in my controller was broken and more aggravatingly, Sanzaru did NOT put in a way to remap controls, or even shut Sixaxis off.


    It took many months for me to decide to get a second controller and now have a piece of tape around one of the grips to identify which one will be used solely for this game. EVERY OTHER PS3 game I own I do not use the Sixaxis at all. But outside of that tangent, I like what it does with the story except with one of the villains (which is some BS), and how it ends (much like the previous game). There are even a couple of locations that are actually some of my favorites (Shout out to Medieval England and Feudal Japan)

    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a very neat looking game, and I love the control scheme how each half of the controller controls a brother. The game also might've made my top four except for one reason. It is a MASSIVE spoiler, but for those who've played it: I share in a phobia with Mr. Moore. And that fear made this game made me have a fit to get through. Once I got past it, I was able to complete it just fine, but because of that moment, I'll never play this game again. Which is a shame, because I really enjoyed my time with Brothers outside of that one spot.

    And the final game I'll touch on: Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. I'm such a staunch supporter of the franchise, so this was a breath of familiar air that I craved after the prior two games, the very, VERY meh All 4 One and the AWFUL Full Frontal Assault, made me feel terrified for the franchise. But this is a legit R&C game through and through. While shorter than most of the other games, it still has the tried and true formula of what makes these games work.

    To conclude this massively way too long post, a major thank you to @Axel for always doing these. I know I say it every single opportunity I get, but I just love 'em so much. Until the next one everybody, and thank you for reading, even if was just a sentence!

  • I think GTAV and TLOU are both okay games but I'll never understand why they're treated as these monoliths of the end of the seventh gen. Granted, my #1 game for 2013 was Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F because a cool rhythm game with a lotta neat songs and insane amounts of customization is exactly what I needed when it came out. I beat every song on Extreme and put at least 100 hours into both the PS3 and later the Vita versions. I guess I've just got different priorities.

    Also shoutouts to Anarchy Reigns (one of my HMs) since I already know nobody else here played that gem of a game.

  • I don't get Tomb Raider or Bioshock Infinite or GTA V. I think they all play pretty poorly and have lame stories.

    The Last of Us I half-get. Its plot is absorbing, but the rest of it feels really conventional. Weirdly enough its latent, mostly unimpressive gameplay mechanics make for a better online gameplay experience than a single player one.

    As far as my picks would have gone, the only things from 2013 I played and felt strongly about were Papers Please and Gunpoint. Not enough to be a part of the thing. Maybe in another year!

  • @shoulderguy Yes, I noticed we have the same top 2 games, good taste!

    I'll try to post the rest of the nominated games a bit later.

  • I'm really disappointed that 2 of my 8 games are in the top 20. #Neveragain

  • When I made the list it was like this: "Ok, The Last of Us is#1. Uh... What else came out in 2013?" Here's what I've got:

    1. The Last of Us
    2. Saints Row IV
    3. Tomb Raider
    4. Grand Theft Auto V
    5. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    6. The Wolf Among Us
    7. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
    8. Remember Me

    Yes, I put Saints Row IV above GTA 5. I've enjoyed playing both games a lot, but lots of moments from Saints Row IV stuck with me and I remember almost nothing from GTA 5.

  • I enjoy 1/4 of TLoU. The beginning and the winter through the end. Rest I didn't care and felt it was a slog. In short, as a game I really didn't like it at all and won't go back to it unless I watch it. Main thing I remember from gameplay is crafting sucked which I usually like to do in games. Some performances were excellent. That's why I prefer watching it instead.

  • I also didn't like The Last of Us as much as I hoped.

    It's been a few years but all I can remember was frustration. I never got the hang of the stealth/combat in this game for some reason. Story or world design-wise, it was great, but the minute to minute gameplay never clicked with me. I think I may have started playing it on Hard and eventually toned it down, not sure anymore.

    But when it came to comparing it to all the other 2013 games I've played, it just didn't make the top 8 in terms of pure enjoyment. Still looking forward to the sequel though!

  • I think The Last of Us might be my favourite game. It just works. I've finished it eight times (4 and 4), survived the long multiplayer journeys, made it through Grounded mode and all, have the two platinum trophies on both of the consoles. The game's incredible.

    When it comes to GTA V, that trailer for the PS4 version is one of my favourite E3 moments. I double-dipped so hard. Listening to Lady Gaga's Applause while driving 100 miles per hour the western highway feels so GOOD. :)

  • Tomb Raider in so many 2s and 3s 😍

    I loved TLOU when it came out. I’m not as hot on it now but the story was enthralling. I also loved GTAV and still do. It’s so replayable. It’s very easy to just exist in that world and have fun.

    My list was as follows.

    1. Tomb Raider
    2. The Last of Us
    3. Grand Theft Auto 5
    4. Rayman Legends
      HM: DmC: Devil May Cry
      HM: Dota 2
      HM: Deadpool
      HM: Bioshock Infinite

    I get Deadpool not getting in. It’s a largely forgettable third person action game that I just happened to enjoy a lot.
    I also get Dota 2 not getting in. People don’t tend to think of esports for these kind of lists.
    But RAYMAN LEGENDS. Objectively, one of the best platformers of all time. Packed with content, secrets. Has great controls and it feels so good to love through those levels!

    I didn’t put Bravely Default in. I really enjoyed the game. I maxed out the entire party in both level and every job. In theory, the second half of that game is really cool, but the execution was poor. It went on way to long and honestly soured the game for me.

  • Guys, 2013 was my last year of consistent gaming, and I think I crushed it. So proud of this list.

    1. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    2. Super Mario 3D World
    3. The Last of Us
    4. Fire Emblem: Awakening
      HM: Pokemon X/Y, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Bravely Default

  • @hazz3r Completely missed Legends on that list! Such a fantastic game!

  • Ya'll weirdos liking The Last of Us so much. I don't know what it is, but linear action/stealth games just make me itch when I play them. Well, my top 8...

    1. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    2. The Stanley Parable
    3. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
    4. Rogue Legacy

    HMs: Guacamelee!, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, SteamWorld Dig, Gone Home

    I'm one of two weirdos that liked Ni No Kuni that much, so take that!

  • Well that was expected. My top 8:

    #1: The Last of Us
    #2: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    #3:Grand Theft Auto V
    #4: BioShock Infinite
    Honorable mentions: Tales of Xillia, Tomb Raider, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

  • In a parallel timeline where I actually enjoy being scared by horror stuff, TLoU would probably be my favorite game ever. The praises for the story and characters are already said, and I can't emphasize how impactful the combat feels. The sound and recoil of the weapons, and how enemies react to gunshots and such, it's so immersive. Punching feels great too, I really like how the camera moves when you're punching someone right into the wall then doing the executions. Enemy AI is also top notch, I never felt like they were dumbed down or anything like that, everything they do feels natural and it makes for a bunch of interesting encounters. I can't handle the spooky parts though, that goddamn hotel section with the generator leaves a permanent scar on my rapidly beating heart. It's also a hard game to replay, because of all the feels. What a game. I did replay it on the PS4 two years ago, and I like it even more than when it was released.

    There's literally so many good things in GTA, the amount of detail is staggering considering how big that game is. Exploring the map is probably my favorite part here, because of how varied, beautiful, and alive it is. The heists missions were all so good, easily the best missions in the game. It just feels great to slowly tackle an objective step by step, and when the actual heist happens it just all pays off with some of the most exciting action in the game. It will be exciting to see how Rockstar up their game next time, same with Naughty Dog.

    Now, here's my list:

    1. The Last of Us
    2. Grand Theft Auto V
    3. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
    4. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
      Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
      Metro: Last Light
      Bioshock Infinite
      Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3

    Like I said before, it's a shame that Brothers and CoJ didn't get in.

    Just thinking about Brothers will make me want to cry, I don't think I've ever felt anything as emotional as the last minutes of that game. The closest is Uncharted 4, but that had 3 games worth of build up, this did it on it's own in a matter of hours.

    CoJ is such a surprisingly good game, I wish they rereleased it.

    Thieves in Time introduced me to Sly, which is a series I can't wait to dive into. Hoping for a remaster collection.

    I got Naruto in just because of how epic it is, they really nail the intensity of the biggest fight scenes.

  • @brannox I missed Into the Nexus because I didn't even know about it back then, either I'm a dumbo or they didn't market it at all. I hope they rerelease that game some day.

  • @bam541 Well, as I made reference to above, they didn't do themselves any favors with their previous two games, and Into the Nexus practically came out of nowhere, so no, you are not a dumbo.

    And I doubt if there will be a rerelease, because that was (mostly) a PS3 gen trend.

  • My list was

    1. DmC Devil May Cry
    2. FFXIV A Realm Reborn
    3. Remember Me
    4. Tearaway

    Tomb Raider
    God of War Ascension
    Killzone Mercenary
    Path of Exile

    As for the top 2 big boiz...
    I had a lot of fun with both, and recognize that they are fantastic games, but they just didn't resonate with me well enough to make the list.

    1. GTA V

    2. Link Between Worlds.

    3. SMT IV.

    4. Ni No Kuni.

    5. Super Mario 3d World.

    6. Peggle 2.

    7. Rayman Legends

    I only briefly played Last of Us at a buddy's house so can't say much on that. In general, I feel like I play far fewer games than most people on here so maybe take all of my future votes with that little grain of salt.

    With GTA, I generally consider the latest entry the measure of how much we can do with console gaming at a given time. GTA V in particular is the definitive console sandbox game in my opinion. On top of all the ridiculous things you can do in the regular world and the story, there is also GTA Online and Director Mode that add even more options.

  • Aside from the top picks, the variety of items in everyone's list just shows that 2013 was a pretty bad ass year for games.