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Editor’s Choice: Beau’s Top 10 Video Games of 2013

While we are on the first day of 2014, I wanted to take a look back at all the good games I played throughout the year of 2013. 2013 saw some very good releases, with several of those being very anticipated titles and/or sequels. So, while we it;s still fresh in our minds, let’s get right to it. This is my Top 10 games of 2013!

Castlevania: LoS – Mirror of Fate(3DS/XBLA)

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Kicking off this list is the sequel to the kick-ass re-telling of the Castlevania franchise, Lords of Shadow. This time you play as not one,  but three characters throughout the course of the game. Those characters are Trevor Belmont, Simon Belmont and Alucard, Dracula’s own son. Now keep in mind that the Lords of Shadow series do NOT follow the continuity of the other Castlevania titles, but still retain a few bits and pieces. While the action and platformer aspect is still there, the game is primarily a side-scroller. The game received several additions, but the feel and look from its predecessor is still very much there. Gamers who finished this title can look forward to the release of Lords of Shadow 2, set to release across multiple systems on February 25th, 2014!

 

God of War: Ascension(PS3)

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Many fans of the God of War franchise were skeptical and outright pissed that the newest title in the series was getting a multiplayer mode. I should know…I was one of them. But, the main game is what I am talking about. The story once again follows Kratos as he is still trying to come to terms with the fact that, unbeknownst to him at the time, Ares tricked him into killing his own family in a fit of rage. Being mercilessly tortured by the Furies for attempting to break his blood oath to Ares, the game follows all the events leading to Kratos’s unfortunate capture and imprisonment. Elements from previous games are still there, though new items, abilities and enemies make their appearance throughout. A definite must for any God of War fan, Ascension is where it’s at when it comes to a good balance of gameplay, violence and story…oh and boobs, too.

 

Diablo 3(PS3)

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At the time of it’s release, my PC just wasn’t powerful enough to handle Diablo 3. So, I waited for the console release and let me tell you, the wait was worth it! I had almost forgotten what it was like playing a Diablo game on a console! I mean, sure they only released the first one on PSX, but it was SO much fun! The game takes place roughly 20 years after the events in Diablo 2. Deckard Cain(Who is remarkably still alive, that old bastard)and his niece Leah are investigating the ancient texts in Tristram’s cathedral when a star crashes through the roof and creates a big ass hole in the ground. Without spoiling it for those who have yet to play it, that’s where the game picks up. While the game does retain a lot of elements from the previous title, new features have been added to give the game more of an MMORPG feel to it and that is fine by me. Diablo fans can look forward to the new expansion pack, Reaper of Souls, set to release on PC and Mac on March 25th, 2014 with a console port to follow soon afterwards!

 

Dead Space 3(Xbox360)

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I was truly satisfied with this entry in the Dead Space series. I mean I really, really liked the cooperative multiplayer in this game, which was a major step up from Dead Space 2’s shitty multiplayer. The game takes place sometime after the events of Dead Space 2, with Isaac Clark returning as the protagonist. Since the events of DS2, Isaac’s mental stability has gotten a bit worse, even going so far as to cause his relationship with Ellie to come to an end. Joining Isaac is Sgt. John Carver, a man who takes no shit from anyone, but has his own personal demons he must overcome. For people who haven’t played DS3 yet, if you choose to play co-op, expect an increase in difficulty but also an increase in entertainment value as there are certain side-missions in the game that can only be done via co-op. Not to mention the banter between Isaac and John is very reminiscent of a fairly decent, 80’s buddy-cop movie…just with more cuss words.

 

BioShock Infinite(Xbox360)

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The BioShock series is known for it’s “what if” scenarios, and BioShock Infinite is no exception to this rule. Taking place long before Rapture was an idea, the game centers around a private detective named Booker DeWitt as he is sent to the floating city, Columbia, to rescue a girl named Elizabeth. Throughout his journey, things began to fall in place more and more as his past comes to light, ultimately accumulating to a very shocking ending. That ending, however, gave myself and plenty of other fans a massive headache…same with the ending to the movie, Inception. I won’t go into detail, but just Google the ending and you’ll see what I am talking about. The game retains plenty of elements from the previous titles, with the exception of a few things. One of those is that in place of Plasmids, you have Vigors. You can also wear certain types of clothing that enhance certain abilities, and the weapon list has grown exponentially. I loved this game because of the gripping story, spot-on voice acting and amazing gameplay and atmosphere. Currently, the game has seen only one story-based DLC(Burial At Sea), with the second part coming out sometime in early 2014!

 

State of Decay(XBLA)

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Prior to this game, we only had a handful of titles that could be considered a “zombie survival” game, though only on a technicality. Games like Left 4 Dead, Dead Nation, and Dead Rising tend to focus more on the “killing and getting the fuck outta there” aspect rather than actual survival. It isn’t until shows like The Walking Dead come out that you actually start to see what it would be like to try and survive an actual zombie apocalypse. Now don’t get me wrong…Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead is an excellent example, though it plays more like Heavy Rain. Instead, State of Decay focuses more on group survival, rather than a lone protagonist. Your job is obviously to get the hell out of there, but in the process you can build fortifications for your group, scavenge items, weapons, ammo, etc. from vacant houses and stores, forge alliances with other survivors and build safehouses, all the while protecting you and your group from zombie attacks, preventing starvation and dealing with possible mutiny. The game offers a very intricate level-up system, with each playable character having a certain set of skills at his or her disposal. So, just because one player might not have military combat experience, doesn’t mean he can’t develop into a total bad-ass. I love this game because of the challenge factor and the closeness to what an actual zombie apocalypse might actually be like. Do I long for the dead to rise from their graves? Butt-fuck no. However, if you are looking for a good and authentic zombie-survival title to sit down and enjoy, then this is the one for you!

 

Pokémon X/Y(3DS)

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Honestly, will this series ever end? Ha! Doubt it. While I am and always will be a fan of the first through third generation of the Pokemon games, this one was actually not as bad as I originally thought. Now, I shouldn’t have to go into detail as to what Pokemon is all about. So instead, I will just point out a few new things about these particular games. For one, they added 69 new Pokemon and 28 “Mega Evolutions”. You heard that right kids…Mega Evolutions. Basically, 28 Pokemon in the game have the capability to evolve beyond their abilities and become a much more powerful version of themselves. Want an example? Mewtwo…’nuff said. The game also adds a new type of Pokemon called “Fairy” and it’s completely OP…especially when it comes to Dragon-types. By making use of the NIntendo 3DS’s online capabilities, many different features were added the Global Trading System, which allows you to trade Pokemon with other players around the world! Yes, the franchise is still going strong. I mean, Pokemon X and Y sold 4 million copies over the first weekend the game was release, definitely ensuring that the folks at Nintendo and Game Freak can continue to wipe their asses with $20 bills for years to come.

 

DmC: Devil May Cry(PS3)

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When I first saw the trailers for this game, I honestly thought it was an origin story. I was like, “Fucking finally you get to play as Sparda and really know what all went down between him and Mundus!”. Man, was I dead wrong. But, I didn’t let that stop me from trying the game out, even though I still had my skepticism about it. Watching the opening scene with Dante getting a blowjob from a stripper in the backseat of a limo, I was like “Alright game…round one to you.”and my doubts were completely gone. All kidding aside, I loved this reboot. Playing as Dante, you obviously have access to awesome techniques and weapons. As usual, the action is extremely over-the-top and ridiculously cool. I mean, it is a Devil May Cry title, after all. While you technically can’t “Dev-Out” or use Devil Trigger like the other Dante incarnation could, you instead have access to not only Demon powers, but Angel powers as well. See in this game, Dante isn’t half-human, half Devil. Instead he is a Nephilim, which is the product of a union between an angel and a devil, but infinitely stronger than both. That mixture is what shapes Dante into the bad-ass he becomes throughout the course of the game. So, for all you original DMC fans out there, I implore you…give this game a try. You might just like it.

 

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate(Wii U)

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There’s really not much to say about a game where you hunt big-ass monsters for fun, except that it’s fucking awesome! Like I pointed out in my review, Monster Hunter doesn’t really have a story line. So you can pretty much pick up any game in the series and play it to your enjoyment. Of course since this title is the most recent one in the US, some of the features and content will be different than in the previous titles. But the idea of hunting giant monsters and using their body parts to create sweet armor and weapons is what really drives this game and keeps the replay factor nice and fresh. One thing I want to point out…well, admit is that this is currently the game I have clocked in the most hours on. At 356 hours it beat my previous game, Final Fantasy VIII, which had me clocked in at 235 hours! So yeah, this is definitely one of those games you have to devote a chunk of time to!

 

Batman: Arkham Origins(Xbox360)

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Everyone who knows me personally knows how much of a Marvel nerd I am. Same thing applies to the Dark Knight himself. In fact, Batman is the ONLY reason I acknowledge DC Comic’s existence. But I digress. Arkham Origins takes place during the first year Bruce Wayne becomes the Batman. Honestly, it should have been called Batman: Year One the Game. Anyway, a hit is put out on Batman on Christmas Eve and various criminals are after him for the fat reward, most of which eventually become members of Batman’s Rouge’s Gallery. The story concept is almost identical to the Batman story arc, “The Long Halloween”, however the time frame would be considered Batman: Year Two and it would contain Two-Face’s origin story. Sorry…got off topic. *ahem* Combat and gameplay elements from the previous titles remain the same, though some gadgets not present in the first two games can only be seen here. One thing thing that disappointed me was that Kevin Conroy, the most notable voice actor for Batman, is not present in this game and neither is Mark Hamill for the Joker. Instead, veteran voice actors Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker lend their vocal talents for Batman and Joker. Now don’t get me wrong, I think they did a fantastic job and I guess I am just clinging on to the past a bit more than I should. Anyway, the story is very well done and is a definite play for anyone interested in good Batman games. While the game does feature a multiplayer mode, it should be noted that the game focuses more on the single-player aspect and doesn’t shove it up your ass like Call of Duty does.

 

Well that’s it. I hope you enjoyed reading this. I think my experience with some of the games of 2013 was a good one, and I am definitely looking forward to what 2014 holds for all of us. Take care and Happy New Year’s!

Until next episode…

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