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2:00 PM on 12.24.2013

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 visuals

There were so many desktop wallpaper worthy games this year. Heck, one of the entrants comes from a collaboration with Studio Ghibli. I've considered buying an old iPad and converting it into a digital photo frame because exi...

Steven Hansen



The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive photo
The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive
by Patrick Hancock

I just love the variety offered in this category every single year. No nominee really plays like another. Even Gone Home and The Stanley Parable HD have a similar control scheme, but their experiences are about as different as they come. Whether you enjoyed swapping with The Swapper, rejecting immigrants with Papers, Please, or trying to make sense of it all with Antichamber or Kentucky Route Zero, it has no doubt been another wonderful year for PC exclusives. 

Here are the nominees for the 2013 PC exclusive of the year.

And the winner is...

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The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game
by Steven Hansen

I think I played -- and loved dearly -- more handheld games in 2013 than I have since the days of Game Boy. Or at least since last year, which gave me two of my favorite games ever, Gravity Rush and Persona 4: Golden.

Still, it was certainly one of the harder categories for me to vote in. I picked up Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon during BioShock Infinite's midnight launch and half-joked it was my Game of the Year. Then more and more great handheld titles poured forth.

Here are the nominees for 2013 Portable Game of the Year:

And the winner is ...

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11:00 AM on 12.24.2013

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 add-on DLC

Downloadable content is here to stay. Rather than bemoan those that constantly nickle and dime us for a new shirt or camo for a gun, let's celebrate those developers that create new story and content on top of the core experi...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 AM on 12.24.2013

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 shooter

Shooters are a big part of the gaming industry with the truckloads of money they bring for game companies. While certain parts of the shooting genre have been getting stale in recent times, it's pretty great to see some uniqu...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 AM on 12.24.2013

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 co-op multiplayer

Sometimes, there is nothing better than getting together with friends, online or in person, and working together toward a single goal. Together, everybody either succeeds happily or fails hilariously. With the right game, it ...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 AM on 12.24.2013

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 action game

2013 was a big year for action with so many longtime running franchises that brought us sequels and reboots to games we've been enjoying for over a decade now. Plus, there were a couple of new games that made the cut that wer...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 AM on 12.24.2013

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 racing game

It was a fairly slim year for racing games, but even if it hadn't been, the outcome would've likely been the same: Grand Turismo 6 vs. Forza Motorsport 5. Two of the genre's biggest franchises spanning two generations of home...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 12.24.2013

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 competitive game

Gaming brings us together in a number of ways, and the number one way is so we can beat each other up into a digital pulp. Humans are competitive by nature, and gaming can make us become the best fighter, trainer, soldier, as...

Chris Carter







All of Destructoid best of 2013 nominees  photo
All of Destructoid best of 2013 nominees
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Hey look! It's all our best of 2013 gaming categories. Yes, we have a ton of awards to hand out, and you'll see the results of our voting along with your voting on December 24. What will win game of the year; which game exclusived the hardest; who had the most platforms? Soon you shall know, but until then see what's been put up for nominations.

More importantly, you can vote in each category. We want to know what your favorites were, so go vote!

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Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 original concept photo
Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 original concept
by Steven Hansen

Boy howdy, there sure were some mighty fine and dangerous new ideas during this, the year of Luigi. While our patron saint may not qualify due to his age, these fresh faces are sure to leave you impressed. Or refreshed. Or confused. Or laughing. Or angry. Or frightened. Or confused again. So many emotions.

This is the last of our 21 nominee posts. Thank Luigi.

Get ready for Monday, December 23, when the flood gates burst and all of our hot, slimy winners come slipping out. "Happy birthday," they'll screech gutturally through not-yet-formed vocal tracks as we slap them on the ass with a Destructoid seal of quality sticker, as you look on in disgust and awe. Mostly disgust.

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2:00 PM on 12.20.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 add-on DLC

Substantial DLC can be a really great thing. Beyond the veil of microtransactions and penny-pinching, some studios can really craft some great meaty content worth of your buck. From full-on expansions to thrilling campaigns, some developers have made it really easy to keep playing. Here are the nominees for best add-on DLC in 2013.

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 12.20.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack

Though it is often de-emphasized in favor of graphics and gameplay, a great soundtrack can help elevate a game to legendary status, and is often the most fondly remembered element of a game when reminisced on years down the l...

Darren Nakamura



Destructoid's game of the year 2013 community choice poll photo
Destructoid's game of the year 2013 community choice poll
by Mr Andy Dixon

All week long we'll be bringing you the Dtoid staff's nominees for various game of the year genres and categories, and tacked on to each will be a community choice poll where you can weigh in with your choices for which games you think should win. But because Game of the Year is such a weighty category, we decided we'd best give it its very own post!

Below are many of the most noteworthy games released this year. Go pick your favorite! Just fill in your choice, click the vote button, and then hit the comments to argue amongst yourselves. We'll be pulling quotes from the community when we recap the votes next week, so if you liked a game, sound off!

Tune in December 24 for the results. Have fun!

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4:00 PM on 12.19.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best 2013 character

2013 had no shortage of interesting characters. From Welsh fairies, to two wisecracking brilliant twins, to companions that were so much more than they seemed, a number of games were significantly enhanced by their cast. Whether they were brand new takes on old tropes or just a new shine on a classic tale, without further ado, here are our nominees for best new character of 2013.

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 12.19.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 co-op multiplayer

Even though gaming runs the gamut from solitary experiences to highly competitive titles, many have a soft spot for getting together with friends on a couch and working together toward some shared goal. Some games lend themse...

Darren Nakamura