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Game of the Year

GOTY: RPG photo
GOTY: RPG

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 role-playing game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// 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 i...
Winner: Best Platformer photo
Winner: Best Platformer

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 platformer


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Kyle MacGregor
The frustrating thing about these game of the year posts is they all follow the same format. First I'll tell you about what a great year 2013 was for games. Then I'll briefly talk in vague terms about the category in question...
Best of 2013 photo
Best of 2013

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 fighting game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Chris Carter
There weren't a whole lot of fighting games this year, but the ones that did make the cut were mostly beloved by the community. We finally have a winner, but let's take a look at all of the hopefuls first. Here are the n...
Best multiplatform game photo
Best multiplatform game

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 multiplatform game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Unless you're filthy rich and have all the consoles, chances are you've missed out on a hot exclusive here or there. You probably would have loved to get your hands on that blockbuster du jour, if only you owned that other sy...
GOTY: Story photo
GOTY: Story

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 story


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Steven Hansen
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 ar...
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Trigger warning: Dogs
Hey gang, remember 2013? I sure (mostly) do! It was a wild and crazy year not just for video games, but for the video game industry as a whole. So here are my Top 10 Things And Stuff That Happened In 2013.

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 console exclusive

Dec 24 // Chris Carter
The Last of Us While the post-apocalyptic routine has been done to death these days, Naughty Dog managed to put their own spin on it with The Last of Us, and it paid off. Joel and Ellie both made our "top new characters of 2013" list, and for good reason -- they're more than just walking tropes -- they're living, breathing characters that we can identify with. The cast of The Last of Us was nothing short of an accomplishment, both in terms of writing and the performances from the actors themselves. Naughty Dog has come a long way in just the short span of one console, and I think all of us can't wait to see what they have in store next. Congratulations, Naughty Dog! That was our pick for best console  exclusive game of 2013. As for our community poll, you all voted Super Mario 3D World as your number one console exclusive game of 2013. That was followed by The Last of Us, and Pikmin 3.
Best of 2013 photo
Best of 2013
It was a great year for consoles. Not only did we get two new ones, but the Wii U steadily gained a killer library of software. That's not even including the strong year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which offered up to...

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 community choice

Dec 24 // mrandydixon
The Last of Us I've made no attempt to mask my absolute adoration for Naughty Dog's dismal tale of survival and redemption. It was my favorite game to grace the PlayStation 3, as well as my favorite gaming moment of the year. Jim Sterling was equally impressed, awarding it a 10 out of 10 in our official review. In my mind, it is as close to perfection as a videogame can get, and many, many of you agreed with that sentiment; in fact, The Last of Us received more votes than BioShock Infinite, Super Mario 3D World, and Grand Theft Auto V combined! So congratulations to Sony Computer Entertainment and Naughty Dog, winners of the 2013 Destructoid Game of the Year Community Choice Award! And thank you, from all of us who had the chance to enjoy your beautiful creation. Here were your runners-up, in order of votes received: BioShock Infinite Super Mario 3D World Grand Theft Auto V Fire Emblem: Awakening Dota 2 Ni No Kuni The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Tomb Raider Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Congratulations to all the nominees! And thanks to everyone who voted!
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Best of 2013
Oh my god this was an amazing year for gaming. There were so many extraordinary releases from studios big and small that I may never have a chance to play them all -- talk about a wonderful, lucky "problem" to have! But of co...

The winner of Destructoid's 2013 Game of the Year

Dec 24 // Steven Hansen
The Last of Us The Last of Us is a beautiful send off for the PlayStation 3. It carries with it Naughty Dog's considerably heft; the artistic, technical, and budgetary ability to build what we call "AAA games." It leaves behind the vibrant pulp adventure that is Uncharted in favor of something more challenging. Mechanically it is still third-person action, but the reduction in platforming elements alone informs on its design tone. It is weighty, and the player carries that weight. There is no handsomely clambering up walls like a sprightly mountain goat. You're constantly seeking ladders or other means of coping with human deficiency and limits. The stealthy neck snaps are not aggressive leaps and a quick twist pulled off in an instant. They are drawn out and inelegant. You slowly choke the life out of another human as they gurgle and sputter away the last breaths of their life.  Naughty Dog has done something rare in the medium and that is tell a mature tell in a mature way. For as raw and grotesque as it is, The Last of Us is an exercise in subtlety and subdued story-telling. The writing is good, but it knows when to shut the dialogue off and continue telling the story in others ways, with affective music or the meticulously crafted homes you work your way through that all tell their own tale. The Last of Us in some ways represents the height of big budget development. It isn't unfamiliar or arcane, treading in well worn post apocalyptic ruin and third-person action/horror gameplay. It also upsets this familiarity and quietly offers a much deeper, challenging experience for anyone who wants to explore it.
GOTY 2013 photo
Best of 2013
Boiling a year's worth of content down to ten top picks, as we did with our nominees, is taxing enough. Picking one as our Game of the Year? It's not easy. We covered a large swath of titles in our nominations, from the tripl...

GOTY: Original concept photo
GOTY: Original concept

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 original concept


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// 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...
GOTY: Soundtrack photo
GOTY: Soundtrack

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Darren Nakamura
A great soundtrack can help make a great game legendary, and can even make a mediocre title memorable. In recent years, more emphasis has been put into crafting a noteworthy and fitting soundtrack for a game, and more compose...
GOTY: Strategy photo
GOTY: Strategy

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 strategy game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Steven Hansen
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 ...
GOTY: Visuals photo
GOTY: Visuals

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 visuals


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Steven Hansen
There were so many desktop wallpaper worthy games this year. Heck, one of the entrants comes from a collaboration with Studio Ghibli. I've considered buying an old iPad and converting it into a digital photo frame because exi...

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive

Dec 24 // Patrick Hancock
Papers, Please A game that is nearly impossible to accurately describe to someone who has never seen it, Papers, Please is about as unique as they come. Who could have predicted that the PC game of the year would have been about allowing or not allowing immigrants into a fictional country? I'll tell you who: anybody who has actually played it. It's hard not to get caught up in the world while playing Papers, Please. The satisfying sound effect when you reject someone's plea to enter the country is just so ... mmm mmm good.  Congratulations to Papers, Please and Lucas Pope! That was our pick for best PC game of 2013. As for our community poll, you all voted Shadow Warrior as your number one PC game of 2013. That was followed by The Stanley Parable HD, and Papers, Please.
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Best of 2013
I just love the variety offered in this category every single year. No nominee really plays like another. Even Gone Home and The Stanley Parable HD have a similar control scheme, but their experiences are about...

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game

Dec 24 // Steven Hansen
Tearaway I made my love affair with Tearaway clear when I reviewed it. It's such an unbelievable, special little game for so many different reasons. From a technical level, its papercraft aesthetic is realized perfectly. Seeing paper ripples as I skipped across a paper puddle made me giggle more than a realistically rendered sea of polygons could. The level of detail is staggering. It feels, fittingly, handmade, like a warm beam of sunshine on an afternoon catnap. The big picture narrative, about story-telling, winds its way from endearing awareness to surreal exploration, culminating in a remarkably poignant, affective end.  Tearaway is affirming. It makes me like games a little bit more. It makes me like myself a little bit more. It'd make me like you a little bit more, too, if you'd go buy it. It deserves as much. That was our pick for best portable game of 2013. As for our community poll, you all voted Fire Emblem: Awakening as your number one portable game of 2013. That was followed by Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Tearaway.
GOTY: Portable photo
Best of 2013
I think I played -- and loved dearly -- more handheld games in 2013 than I have since the days of Game Boy. Or at least since last year, which gave me two of my favorite games ever, Gravity Rush and Persona 4: Golden. Still, ...

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The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 add-on DLC


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Downloadable content is here to stay. Rather than bemoan those that constantly nickle and dime us for a new shirt or camo for a gun, let's celebrate those developers that create new story and content on top of the core experi...
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The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 shooter


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Shooters are a big part of the gaming industry with the truckloads of money they bring for game companies. While certain parts of the shooting genre have been getting stale in recent times, it's pretty great to see some uniqu...
GOTY: Co-op Multiplayer photo
GOTY: Co-op Multiplayer

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 co-op multiplayer


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Darren Nakamura
Sometimes, there is nothing better than getting together with friends, online or in person, and working together toward a single goal. Together, everybody either succeeds happily or fails hilariously. With the right game, it ...
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The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 action game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
2013 was a big year for action with so many longtime running franchises that brought us sequels and reboots to games we've been enjoying for over a decade now. Plus, there were a couple of new games that made the cut that wer...
Best racing game photo
Best racing game

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 racing game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Chris Carter
It was a fairly slim year for racing games, but even if it hadn't been, the outcome would've likely been the same: Grand Turismo 6 vs. Forza Motorsport 5. Two of the genre's biggest franchises spanning two generations of home...
Best competitive photo
Best competitive

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 competitive game


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Chris Carter
Gaming brings us together in a number of ways, and the number one way is so we can beat each other up into a digital pulp. Humans are competitive by nature, and gaming can make us become the best fighter, trainer, soldier, as...
Best of 2013 photo
GO VOTE!
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 exclu...

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 original concept

Dec 20 // Steven Hansen
Tearaway Everything just works so well in unison. The soundtrack is delightful and odd, at times reminiscent of Paprika’s parade fanfare with its lively horns. The world, put together in paper scraps, is unbelievable in its artistry and function. Tearaway’s paper water and ripples as you walk through it are more impressive than any realistic water graphics I’ve ever seen. The level of unique detail in the world is staggering. Every moment spent immersed in it is heartwarming. Fittingly, it feels positively handcrafted. Read the full Tearaway review The Swapper I came away from The Swapper with nothing but amazement. From the first time you see the literally hand-crafted visuals until the final moment in the game, which is sure to give you pause for thought, you will be in complete awe. Brilliant puzzles with even more brilliant solutions compliment the philosophical plotline, leaving an unforgettable experience unlike any other.  Read the full review of The Swapper. Surgeon Simulator The world's best surgery sim. Read the full Surgeon Simulator review Monaco: What's Yours is Mine Monaco: What's Yours is Mine truly is a game for anyone and everyone. It is simple enough to pick up and immediately understand how things work, while at the same time offers the complexity to have multiple players spend a few minutes sitting still, devising a self-titled "Best Plan Ever" complete with tracing the plan on the screen with fingers, saying “Ready? GO!”, only to see it backfire in seconds. Regardless of whether you plan on flying solo or with some buddies, do yourself a favor and go play Monaco. I know I'll be doing the same for a long time into the future. Read the full Monaco review Rogue Legacy Not only does all of this create a wonderful sense of personalization, but the fact that these purchases are permanent is what really sets Rogue Legacy apart from other games with roguelike elements. Normally, any sense of progression comes from simply learning the game's mechanics and mastering them. While that aspect is still here in spades, there's also a very obvious and visible sense of progression through all of these upgrades. This allows even the worst of runs to accomplish something, making them feel as if it was all worth it. Read the full Rogue Legacy review. Ridiculous Fishing Yes, perfect is the word for Ridiculous Fishing. Everything comes together to deliver a cohesive whole that works to alternate between making you smile, making you wonder, and most of all, making you want more. Thankfully, the game is quick to offer more. Just when you think you've seen the end, there's a new area, new item, a new kick in the storyline, or new fish to savor.  Ingeniously designed, continuously compelling, painstakingly crafted, dripping with personality, packed with content -- I like everything about Ridiculous Fishing. Read the full Ridiculous Fishing review The Stanley Parable HD So, how do you review what has become known as The Stanley Parable HD, the full-scale reimagining of one of the most intriguing mods available online? How do you discuss it, analyze it, and recommend it?  That's quite simple.  You don't.  Read the full review of The Stanley Parable HD. DiveKick You will not lose in Divekick! because your opponent is better than you at dialing in big damage combos or successfully completing complex hand motions. You will not lose in Divekick! because you haven't learned a library list of character specific moves, or how to exploit the details of a highly variable combat system. If you lose in Divekick!, it's only because you didn't make the right decisions at the right time. It levels the playing field between people who love, hate, or are just plain intimidated by the genre like few other games have. If you've ever enjoyed flying kicks in any form, Divekick! is the game for you. Read the full DiveKick review. Gone Home 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.  Read the full review of Gone Home. 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. Kentucky Route Zero 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: Nominees for Destructoid's 2013 Game of the Year Destructoid's game of the year 2013 community choice poll Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 console exclusive Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 multiplatform Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 visuals Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 story Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 platformers Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 shooters Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 role-playing game Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 action game Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 fighting game  Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 strategy game  Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 adventure game Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 racing game Nominees for Dtoid's best of 2013 competitive multiplayer Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 co-op multiplayer Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 character Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 add-on DLC Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 original concept In the mean time we want you to tell us which game this year was the best original concept. 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Best new concept photo
Best of 2013
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 co...

Best 2013 DLC photo
Best 2013 DLC

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 add-on DLC


Best of 2013
Dec 20
// Chris Carter
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.
Best music photo
Best music

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack


Best of 2013
Dec 20
// Darren Nakamura
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...

Destructoid's game of the year 2013 community choice poll

Dec 19 // mrandydixon
[embed]267522:51841:0[/embed] Nominees for Destructoid's 2013 Game of the Year Destructoid's game of the year 2013 community choice poll Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 portable game Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 PC exclusive Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 console exclusive Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 multiplatform Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 visuals Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 story Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 platformers Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 shooters Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 role-playing game Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 action game Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 fighting game  Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 strategy game  Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 adventure game Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 racing game Nominees for Dtoid's best of 2013 competitive multiplayer Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 co-op multiplayer Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 character Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 add-on DLC Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 original concept
GOTY 2013 poll photo
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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...

Best 2013 character photo
Best 2013 character

Nominees for Destructoid's best 2013 character


Best of 2013
Dec 19
// Chris Carter
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.
Best cooperative game photo
Best cooperative game

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 co-op multiplayer


Best of 2013
Dec 19
// Darren Nakamura
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...
Best competitive game photo
Best competitive game

Nominees for Dtoid's best of 2013 competitive multiplayer


Best of 2013
Dec 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...
2013 Racing GOTY noms photo
2013 Racing GOTY noms

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 racing game


Best of 2013
Dec 19
// Dale North
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...






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