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.
There are certain moments in this game that are sure to take your breath away. There is a strong emphasis on the sense of scale at just the right times to create memorable impressions and feelings of insignificance in the great void of space. Players may find themselves occasionally thinking more about the great emptiness of their surroundings instead of the next puzzle.
Regardless of how melancholy things may get, there's always a love-induced spirit overshadowing everything, for better and for worse. Whether it's a pair of cave trolls reunited, a man absolutely wrecked by the death of his family, or even a couple of birds that have been uncaged and found one another again, Brothers never lets the player forget that love is the primary motif for this tale.
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.
Calming and scary, amusing and sorrowful, Rain is a game that jogs calmly through a gamut of emotions, rather than sprints headlong into mood whiplash, and it's incredibly difficult to ever dislike it, even during its twitchier moments. Rain is, above all, a most balmy experience.
New Leaf still retains a level of satisfaction as reward for the time and money spent. Being able to customize the town, even in a capacity more limited than I'd have liked, carries with it a sense of amusing power, and it's rather exciting to work toward the building of larger, more unique structures such as the Dream Suite, where you can experience other players' dream towns online.
What if the tales we were told growing up such as Snow White, Red Riding Hood, The Wizard of Oz, and so much more were actually all real? That these princesses and monsters exist, and their world neighbors ours? Now consider for a second an evil entity simply known as the Adversary. An evil so powerful that it has systematically taken over the world of all the fables, and those that were able to escape his tyranny have taken refuge in our world, the ordinary and mundane reality of human beings.
It's just a wonderfully crafted, well-paced story about a family. And that's really it. There's not much else out there like it. It may not sound like much on paper, but Gone Home had such an impact on me that I'll be thinking about this game for years to come.
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.
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.
Parismio Well, I did it. I pre-ordered Fire Emblem Fates. Guess who I'm siding with?:LynxAmali First Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run, now GameTrailers. Some people just want to watch the world burn. If you excuse me, I'm going to go cry and weep in a corner.GoofierBrute GameTrailers just announced on Facebook they're shutting down. It's a damn shame, since I rather liked them, despite not agreeing with a lot of what they've said. Best of luck to everyone who worked there.JohnSmith123 That's a really short campaign Destiny has isn't it? Wow lolNiwannabe Goddamn I'm excited for Street Fighter V. This is gonna be my first Street Fighter ever, and Ryu being in Smash is definitely helping me transition to more traditional fighting games. I'll probably end up playing Chun-Li anyway, though.CoilWhine I'm just now 2/3 of the way done with Tearaway Unfolded's campaign, 45% to 100%. This game is really long!Amna Umen You people love your Persona, having never played any of them would I appreciate 4? It should be known I found Valkyria Chronicles too anime-y to enjoy though.OrochiLeona One week to go. Oh ho ho ho.
RadicalYoseph What I've gathered from the quick posts the last two days is that demons from SMT look like genitals.SayWord Took awhile but it is finally here, oh how I missed playing with you Nep Nep. Though I still cannot decide if I should put that PS4 skin on...Nathan D Rei is humbled by the fairly high number of faps you have given her Waifu Wars piece.
Parismio The actual best SMT girl is here:
JohnSmith123 So 1-10 of Destiny isn't so bad. Been having a bit of fun with it, though people don't talk much on PSN.
I will never talk smack about Destiny only because it has this dance in it.Barry Kelly If you agree to let Harley Quinn tattoo you with her brand new tattoo gun, you deserve to live with the consequences of that incredibly poor life choice.TheKodu Not being from the US I have no horse in the US election race. But still I do like video gamesWryGuy OP and a playable character in Devil Survivor.Pixie The Fairy Nemissa is best SMT demon girl.Scrustle Made to mid-A rank! Pretty hyped about it. Got knocked out of A- twice without winning a single match, but tonight I climbed al the way through with no trouble! The N-Zap is so good for Splat Zones.James Internet Ego I want one.Tom