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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







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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



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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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2:00 PM on 12.17.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 shooters

When all of us are dead and gone, shooting games will most likely live on. As one of the most popular genres in the industry, developers can't stop making them, and the public can't stop buying them. With the advent of new co...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 12.17.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 story

From the moody and mysterious to the sublimely depressing to the hilarious and endearing, there were a lot of games this year that tickled our minds as much they drove our fingers through dextrous gauntlets. Represented are everything from surprisingly moving AAA releases to poignant pixel art pieces to sprawling JRPGs to, well, whatever exactly The Stanley Parable is.

Steven Hansen



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Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 visuals
by Steven Hansen

I like my games pretty. Hey, if I'm going to have to stare at it for upwards of 50 hours (hello, Ni no Kuni), I'd like it to massage my eye holes with spectacular tendrils.

This year proved, as most do, that good-looking games are more art than horsepower. One voxel-filled PS4 game did creep onto the list, though, joining the likes of small indie titles, wonderfully artistic handheld games, and good old last generation fare. Long live the Cell processor.

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4:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game

I know what you're thinking: "Any game is a portable game if you try hard enough." Fair point. But, I don't know about you, but my 2013 was off the wall busy and I appreciated a good, proper handheld title that didn't require...

Steven Hansen





3:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive

I'd say that this was an exceptionally great year for PC games, but I feel as if it would be more accurate to state that 2013 simply kept the exceptional trend going. As it gets easier and easier to release a game on the PC p...

Patrick Hancock

2:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 console exclusive

2013 was a great year for videogames. We saw a heap of releases for just about every platform imaginable, and a few of those happened to be exclusive to one console. This list is full of trailblazers -- games that made their ...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Nominees for Dtoid's best of 2013 multiplatform game

2013 saw the launch of two new consoles. Well, three if you want to get technical and count the Ouya, which... Moving on. The new machinery rekindled old rivalries, divided households, and pit brothers against one another in ...

Kyle MacGregor



Here are your favorite gaming moments of 2013! photo
Here are your favorite gaming moments of 2013!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Last week, we asked you to share your favorite gaming memories of the year with the community, and the response was FANTASTIC! Seriously, the love you people expressed for some of your favorite games of 2013 was downright moving, and I enjoyed reading each and every comment.

Here's a brief recap of some of your responses. WARNING: Spoilers abound for many new games, so read with caution!

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