Josh’s 20 games you should have played in 2013 – Part 1
It has been a big year for gaming, new console launches, tons of top tier games and all sorts of interesting announcements. However, the end now approaches and it is time to take stock of our favourite games of this amazing year.
Rebooting a franchise is usually one of the telling signs it is fall apart, however when Tomb Raider came out it not only revitalized the series but also changed Lara into an iconic hero with an amazing backstory. The game looked amazing, played well and had an impressive amount content jammed onto the disk. Even if you have never enjoyed a Tomb Raider game, this reboot may change your mind. Get into it.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS, Wii U)
So it wouldn’t be a Josh list without some mention of a Monster Hunter title. The current PAL version is an impressive world and despite an annoying lack of online from the 3DS version the game is still better than it has ever been. The usual problems of long tutorials and steep learning curves are still an issue but every iteration takes the series to deeper and more amazing places. Well worth the time to explore, there is so much for those that are willing to look.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Explosive, colourful, exciting and so very 80’s, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a wonderful experiment in what you can do with the idea of an expansion. Retailing stand alone at under AUS$20 Blood Dragon will have you grinning constantly with it’s tongue-in-cheek dialog and jiving to its amazing synth soundtrack. A must have for anyone into retro things or FPS games.
Metro: Last Light (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Overlooked by many, Metro: Last Light was a challenging and atmospheric game. Fixing (most) of the bugs from Metro 2033, this game handled nicely and offered some heart pounding action scenes and scary environments. Though there will be no award for dialog, it is an excellent title never the less. Oh and it looked awesome on PC.
DmC: Devil May Cry (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Turning Dante into a brooding 20 something with daddy issues may not have won them any favours with fans, but DMC: Devil May Cry was a non-stop balls to the wall action adventure. Stunning silky smooth graphics and fast, reactive combat mechanics made this game enjoyable, the trippy demon world kept me excited, and the cheesy Buffy style dialog kept me pleasantly entertained right till the end.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (iOS)
If you missed this last year it is definitely a stellar purchase for anyone into their strategy. However, for me the truly impressive version of this game is the iOS version released for the Apple iPad. Distilling this whole world onto a tablet is reason enough to be impressed however the touch interface took the game up a whole new notch. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is proof to me that the iPad is already well on it’s way to becoming a console quality gaming system, and with titles like this it won’t be long before we see more crossovers from PC titles onto a touch screen.
Payday 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
When we talk about co-op, not many titles can boast gameplay like Payday 2. Even though the style is like most 4 player games, “horde mode” combat, Payday 2 turns every round of gameplay into a tense and unpredictable experience which changes based on the heist, the crew and the way you play the game. Endless fun in this one.
Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)
Who said turn based games are dead? Not me anyway, Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of the best games ever made within the genre. The cut scenes and dialog paint a decent story, plus the game is difficult but rewarding in the ways only strategy can be. Players will sink hours into this game but be warned, it’s feverishly addictive.
Killzone: Mercenary (PS Vita)
For me, Killzone: Mercenary is more than just a good FPS game, it is proof of what the PS Vita can do. Visually it is the best looking title to hit the console so far and both the singleplayer and multiplayer components are fun and full of replay-ability. If you have a Vita this title will at least make you feel like owning one is worth the money you payed.
Diablo III (PS3, Xbox 360)
Though the game is far from new news, the console port of PC’s RPG classic was hands down the best way to play. Diablo III was always about team play anyway so adding in aspects like local 4 player co-op and drop in drop out support made the game more social and adding a roll button into combat made the game much more enjoyable. A great couch game.
Ok Gang, that’s part one! Save your choices and opinions for the second half of the list (tomorrow) and remember, it is all personal opinion!