2013 Game Of The Year Nominations
Somehow (certainly without me noticing) it’s suddenly almost October, which means the year is coming to an end. That can mean only one thing – it’s game of the year nomination time!
Here’s my pick of the year’s ten best games. I’ve also decided to include titles that haven’t been released yet, but which are lining up to be high-class competitors…
Lara Croft’s triumphant return to form took many critics by surprise, rebooting the once big-boobed adventurer with a gritty, exciting adventure akin to Uncharted (but better).
With a lengthy campaign, beautiful graphics and an origin story to rival Hollywood, Tomb Raider could be a shoo-in for the title.
That said, a half-arsed, tacked on multiplayer added little to the title, and certain sections were a little too quicktime-event happy for my liking.
‘Press X to win’ doesn’t belong in a Tomb Raider title.
Man, was Infinite a good game.
It had it all – a great storyline (if confusing towards the end) excellent characters, a strong female lead, solid gameplay and wide replay value.
The wide-open skies of Infinite’s Columbia were a welcome change to Bioshock’s underwater dystopian ‘paradise’ – but even more unnerving in its own way, and this title is a strong contender for the title.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
By far the best title in the long-running series, Splinter Cell Blacklist heaped a load of content onto two disks, through in an intense and thrilling multiplayer mode, and garnished it with an interesting and engaging singleplayer campaign.
Sure, Michael Ironside didn’t lend his dulcet tones to longtime main man Sam Fisher, but there’s a lot to love here.
Three characters, a huge sandbox to play in, drivable everything, minigames all over, and brilliantly conceived multiplayer.
Anyone who’s seen the various trailers for Battlefield 4 – and knows just how much fun the Battlefield games are – can’t help but be excited for the series’ long-awaited return.
Massive, open-world battles complete with fleets of drivable vehicles, dynamic maps to fight over and endless action on tap, this one is one to watch.
I’m likely to get a lot of stick for including Disney: Infinity on a list of GOTY nominations (especially considering the one insanely popular, yet derivative, repetitive and dull AAA title I’m leaving out…), but hear me out.
Infinity may seem like an effort to cash in on the ‘Skylanders’ series’ popularity, and sell even more plastic junk to kids, but that’s a misconception. In fact, Infinity is fun distilled to its purist form.
It allows gamers (even old, bitter ones like me) to recapture the fun of playing with toys, in a world of beautiful graphics and fun gameplay for gamers of all ages.
It’s a long-shot, sure, but Infinity deserves its spot.
It will also sell lots of plastic toys…
Batman: Arkham Origins
Since Rocksteady Studios made Batman games cool again, gamers have eagerly been awaiting the next title in the series. However, with the events of Arkham City being what they are, one would wonder where the franchise will go next.
Why, backwards of course. It’s prequel time!
Origins looks set to be another sterling feather in Batman’s cap, but whether another Batman game can live up to its forebears remains to be seen – especially since Rocksteady isn’t in the lead for the one.
Easily the most exciting title to come out of E3 for years, Watch Dogs’ bold new IP promised a sandbox of hacking fun, complete with a tense storyline and some nifty interactivity.
It also helps that it looks amazing, and seems to play with an ergonomic feel unlike many other sandbox titles out there. I’m excited for this one, and this is my personal pick for GOTY.
The Last of Us
Now this… is how you make a game.
Enthralling storyline, strong characterisation, wonderful graphics and a gritty, real-world feel which proved incredibly addictive mark The Last of Us out as the PS3′s swan song.
A solid multiplayer offering expanded the title’s breadth, and though the enemies were basically zombies (again), the action nevertheless felt raw and new.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
I honestly thought I’d had enough of Assassin’s Creed after the American Revolution-themed Assassin’s Creed 3 – then Ubisoft said one word: Pirates.
Some of the best bits of ’3′ involved the naval combat sections, and Black Flag promises the strong gameplay and narrative the series is known for, with swashbuckling and piratical pillaging aplenty.
As long as the story holds up after the events of ’3′, and the multiplayer is once again a tour-de-force, this one could be up with the big boys.
DMC: Devil May Cry
Gran Turismo 6
State of Decay
Civiliation 5: Brave new world
Kerbal Space Programme
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