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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

11:00 AM on 12.19.2013

Nominees for Dtoid's best of 2013 competitive multiplayer

Like with our action and adventure categories, we went with breaking down multiplayer into two distinct categories this year. Competitive and cooperative multiplayer both offer such a vast difference from each other that lump...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 AM on 12.19.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 racing game

Racing? Now we're talking. That's my genre.  Racing was in the slow lane this year right up until the very end, and then it exploded off the start line with releases from both of the biggest sim racing franchises as well...

Dale North







Nominees for Destructoid's 2013 Game of the Year photo
Nominees for Destructoid's 2013 Game of the Year
by Dale North

The year of our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen was a ridiculous and amazing year for videogames. One of the best, I'd say.

The idea of narrowing down this year to ten games seems crazy, doesn't it? But, after much deliberation, we've done just that. Chances are that one or two of your favorites for 2013 are not among our top ten nominees for 2013 Game of the Year. I know how you feel. The entire Destructoid staff knows how you feel. There were just that many good games.

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3:00 PM on 12.18.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 adventure game

Adventure games are undergoing a renaissance, propelled by the success of last year's The Walking Dead, proving that there's a lot of life left in the old school. 2013 continued this resurgence, introducing new approache...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:00 PM on 12.18.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 strategy game

Sometimes, the best strategy is to not play at all. This is not one of those times. Unless you value your spare time, because this year's wondrous array of strategy games will inevitably gobble it up in oodles like a bull in ...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 12.18.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 fighting game

2013 was a great year for fighting games. EVO 2013 was one of the best ever, and interacting with the community was one of my favorite highlights of my gaming career. While there weren't a whole lot of brand new games, the few and the proud made an impact on the industry at large, and a ton of pre-existing fighting games are still going strong. Here are the nominees for best fighting game of 2013

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 12.18.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 action game

This year we've split up our action and adventure categories as there's just so much that can fill each now respectively. Gaming offers so many ways to escape the realities of life, and action-style games are the best way for people to let off some steam without inflicting actual pain in real life. Here are our nominees for best action game of 2013.

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 role-playing game photo
Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 role-playing game
by Steven Hansen

No Persona 4: Golden this year? Well, it wasn't all bad. The year certainly wasn't slouching when it came to doling out 50+ hour time sinks. It started out strong with Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch all the way back in January and spiraled out of control since.

We have a healthy mix of console and handheld fare, eastern and western formulas. The vaunted Waifu Simulator. A collaboration with Studio Ghibli. There's even a fully free-to-play game that's arguably better than Diablo III. More like Diablo Free!

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Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 platformers
by Kyle MacGregor

Pardon me, as I sit here in my leather armchair, pontificating on the year that was 2013. 'It was a good year,' I'll say in a snobbish tone whilst swirling a glass of Bordeaux. I'll remark on this year's vintage and how it tastes of cherries, but with subtle tones of oak and accents of something else probably.

Yes, it was a good year. There were many lovely games released since we last gathered 'round the fire to reflect on things such as the goodness of the previous twelve months. Anyway, without further ado, here are Destructoid's nominees for best platformer of 2013.

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