Best of 2013
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 approaches and refining what already has worked to produce games which are among the best the genre has yet produced. From the pure point-and-click Telltale has been providing, to the ultra-focused detail checking of Papers, Please or the meta-narrative on game design found in The Stanley Parable HD, it's been a very interesting and diverse year.
Here now are Destructoid's nominees for best adventure game of 2013.
Read the full The Swapper review.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Read the full Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons review.
The weight of responsibility and the consequences of action or inaction permeate this tense, psychological thriller. Papers, Please asks the player to choose between the good of themselves, the good of the state and the good of the people, while making them question the value of each in a paranoid, dystopian world.
Read the full Rain review.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Read the full Animal Crossing: New Leaf review.
The Stanley Parable HD
The Wolf Among Us (Episode 1)
Read the full The Wolf Among Us: Faith review.
Read the full Gone Home review.
The Cave is a morbid, humorous romp filled with life lessons which should be apparent already to all but the total sociopath. While there are some niggling issues with overall polish, it's a fun time for fans of adventure games that should set you to giggling and, hopefully, feeling just a little bit guilty about that glee.
Read the full The Cave review.
Kentucky Route Zero
Kentucky Route Zero evokes the feeling of old ghost stories told around a campfire. There's the familiarity of friends and family around a warm, man-made fire, but with it comes the unnerving tale of the strange and unusual. It is beautifully bizarre and perfectly poignant, and most of all, deserves your attention.
Read the full Kentucky Route Zero review.
Congrats to all the nominees! We'll be announcing the official winner on Monday, December 24.
Here's all the other nominee categories we've revealed so far:
In the mean time we want you to tell us which game was the best new adventure game of 2013.