Alright, let me get a piece of this Top 10 action. I feel I should quickly preface this list by saying that I have yet to fully indulge in the likes of Hotline Miami
, Far Cry 3
, The Walking Dead
(only 3 episodes in so far) and X-COM
. It's safe to assume that if I had, this list would probably look a lot different. However, out of all the fantastic games I actually did play this year, here are my top 10, in alphabetical order.
- I don't play a lot of games twice but the open level design and intriguing moral choices in Dishonored
were just too well done for me to ignore. The streets of Dunwall were dense, vibrant and rich with history. Here's hoping this isn't the last we see of it.
- The way Fez
toyed with my perception (physically and mentally) was nothing short of brilliant. I didn't just "play" this game over the course of a single weekend; I was absorbed by it. It's a real shame Phil Fish's big mouth turned a lot of people away from this incredibly magical experience.
- It took a while for me to come around but I'm finally a believer! In spite of having no cutscenes, HD graphics, complex animations or spoken dialog, FTL
manages to deliver drama and intensity like no other game this year. The hours just seem to melt away.
- I've never particularly enjoyed the single-player campaigns in Halo
games but that all changed with 4. Cutscenes were effective, the environments were gorgeous, and the gameplay felt immensely satisfying. That goes for the multiplayer too. Just an all around great package.
- Put your hyperbole goggles on, kids: this game is perfect
. The animations are great, the gameplay is tight, the game is a decent length, the story is well crafted and it absolutely nails the feeling of being a ninja. This is the new high bar for stealth games. (You can remove the goggles now.)
- For me, the Mass Effect
trilogy is all about my squad. Sure, I want to save the galaxy (not that I really have a choice) but my main concern when coming into 3
was to conclude the story of Garrus, Tali, Wrex, Liara, Legion and all the other characters I love. I was not disappointed.
- I'm not really a fan of bullet-hell games mostly because I'm just plain awful at them. Somehow, Sine Mora
managed to lure me in with it's biplanes, gorgeous visuals and incredible boss battles. Then I stuck around for the engrossing story, which features a bison in a wheelchair. Yep.
- I knew I was going to love this game. I only recently become a fan of roguelikes (mostly thanks to The Binding of Isaac
) and everything about Spelunky
had me excited. Randomly generated environments, permadeath and deceptively cute visuals. It's so addictive, I'm still playing it!
- Fans of fighting games all have their favorite series and Tekken
is absolutely mine. What makes TTT2
so special is its 59 playable characters (like cybernetic ninjas, luchadors and bears), 2v2 tag battles, insane combo system and some of the most beautiful stages I've ever seen.
- Trials Evolution
took everything I loved about Trials HD
(ultra-sensitive controls, humor, punishing level design) and polished it beyond my wildest dreams. As great as the packed-in stages are, users can also share their custom built tracks meaning I'll never run out of levels. :D