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Dtoid GOTY 2013: Chris Carter's picks

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I try to make a lot of time to play videogames. This year, I've played around 270 new games. That's new in 2013, as in, newly released this year, and doesn't include replays or retro titles. So as you can imagine, I had a lot to sift through until I could come up with a true "top 10," and this is the result.

As a general rule I don't order my lists, but number one is in fact my "Game of the Year." Feel free to check out all of Destructoid's picks at large as well!



10. Pokemon X and Y

What a lovely surprise this game was! I've already talked at length about how X & Y have rekindled my love for the franchise like never before, but Game Freak really deserves a lot of credit with the increased social and online features.

I can't really pinpoint my favorite aspect of the game, but the mere fact that tons of my former Pokemon friends from ages ago have come out of the woodwork to play X & Y speaks volumes about it. That's what Pokemon has always been about -- playing with friends -- and I can do that here more than ever before.



9. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

An HD remake of one of my favorite Zelda games ever made? It would take a lot to screw this up, and thankfully, Nintendo handled the restoration with grace. It's pretty much the exact same game as before, but with a few welcome tweaks to my last favorite part of the story (the Triforce Shard Hunt), and best of all -- GamePad map support.

Truly, I can't go back to any other version of the game after seeing how convenient an off-screen map is. I replay Wind Waker ever year generally, and now, the Wii U edition is my definitive version.



8. Tomb Raider

This is probably the most surprising title of the year for me. For many of these games, I had an idea of how they would go, but I fully expected to dislike Tomb Raider based on the generic trailers and information we had before release. I went in thinking it would be a poor Uncharted game, and it ended up being my second favorite Uncharted (behind 2).

The world is incredibly fun to play in, the visuals and gunplay are great, and I loved the brutality and ever present sense of danger. If this is the new Lara, I can't wait to see where she ends up.



7. Dead Rising 3 [review]

I'm a pretty big Dead Rising fan, but the first two base games lacked a bit of universal appeal due to a strict save system and other limitations. Dead Rising 3 eschews that in favor of a more streamlined experience, and best of all, you can just switch to Nightmare Mode if you want that hardcore feel. It's a win-win.

For once, I actually felt like I had to survive in a zombie game, given the power of the Xbox One and the sheer number of zombies it could render on-screen. It was glorious, and I'm eagerly waiting more titles from other developers that take advantage of massive amounts of in-game models.



6. Dragon's Crown [review]

I was excited for this the moment the words "Vanillaware" and "dungeon crawler" were uttered in the same sentence. I'm a massive fan of the studio, and I feel like they never really get the credit that they deserve. But with Dragon's Crown I feel like they really have crossed that plateau, and Atlus has done a great job at supporting the game post-launch.

It's still going strong with content, and considering the fact that it features deep combat and an expansive multiplayer component, this is an easy recommendation for any action fan.



5. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

As a massive Metal Gear and Platinum supporter, I knew I was going to pick this up on day one. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed, due to the deep combat system and amazing replay value of Revengeance. The first week of release I beat the game seven times, and loved every second of it. There's so much to unlock, so much to discover, and the cheese factor is glorious.

At this point, I'm almost as interested in this sub-series involving Raiden as I am in the core franchise -- specifically, I would really love to see a Revengeance 2 on the Xbox One and PS4.



4. Guacamelee!

When you say the word Metroidvania, you pretty much "have me at hello." Guacamelee was an amazing showing for Drinkbox Studios, who perfectly captured the essence of the sub-genre, and mixed in their own signature charm to boot.

It helps that the game is filled with tons of funny references, secrets, and sports a fully featured co-op mode. Cross-Buy for the PS3 and Vita is the icing on the cake, and I heartily recommend it to any platforming fan out there -- given the price, it's one of the easiest impulse buys of 2013.



3. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

"Wow," is probably the best way I can describe Ni No Kuni. It's pretty much everything I could want out of a JRPG, and brought me back to an era where it's basically all I played. The elements of Pokemon basically took it over the top for me, and I completed every single sidequest and post game activity in the game.

I do own the DS version, and although it's wonderful, I think the White Witch storyline that's exclusive to the PS3 game adds a ton to my enjoyment.



2. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

This game kind of came out of nowhere and I loved it. It was perfectly priced, perfectly paced, and the world was scaled just right. There's hardly a dull moment in Blood Dragon's story, but the true enjoyment I got out of the game was wandering around the meticulously crafted wasteland and blasting the ever living crap out of everything -- oh yeah, and that's to a perfectly scored 80s/90s action movie soundtrack.

With a very simple level-up system, accessible hunting sidequests, and a base capture mechanic, it's so easy to just roam around in Blood Dragon and have fun. I'd love to see more games just like this.



1. Super Mario 3D World [review]

As you could probably tell from my review, I adored Super Mario 3D World. Initially, I pegged it as my second favorite 3D Mario after Galaxy 2, but after playing multiplayer with my friend, I've come to love it more and more. At first glance it looked like a mere continuation of 3D Land in HD, but it's so much more than that.

Power-ups like the multiplying cherry and the cat suit change things up considerably, and allow for a certain amount of technical depth that I rarely feel from a Mario game. Add in some solid level design and you have a winner -- a Game of the Year winner.
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About Chris Carterone of us since 3:56 PM on 01.05.2009



Chris (Magnalon) has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!

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Twitter - @DtoidChris

I'm married, and I've been playing games since I was 4. I still remember buying my own NES system at Sears and going home and playing Mario/Duck Hunt. Fast forward to the present, my wife and I now own a PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U.

If I had to choose a system I had the "best times" with, it would be a two way tie between the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation 2. My favorite game series is Mega Man Classic, but I own every Metal Gear, Devil May Cry, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Wario, Tony Hawk, main series Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil game ever released in the US (and a lot more), so it's a close call!

There are too many good games out to count now, but I'm always itching to play my backlog of old PS2 action titles. I'll play anything and everything action-adventure, so if you have a game in mind, drop me a line! I have strong opinions regarding the financial decisions of many publishers, but at the end of the day, I'm willing to give anything a chance; especially if it comes recommended by a community member.

Oh; and in 2012 I started contributing to Destructoid.

Currently backed upcoming crowdfunding projects:

Hover

Yooka-Laylee

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Shenmue III

I also backed the Tiny Cartridge Patreon in 2014 but no longer back any Patreon campaigns currently

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Here is my story, from my humble beginnings as a c-blogger.

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Carter's Quests (previously Magnalon's Quest):

2011 - Zelda
2012 - Resident Evil
2012 - Tony Hawk
2012 - Kingdom Hearts
2012 - Wario
2013 - Mega Man Classic
2013 - Devil May Cry
2013 - Mega Man X
2013 - God of War
2013 - Metroid
2014 - Diablo
2015 - Batman: Arkham

Future - Pokemon
Future - Splinter Cell
Future - Mega Man Spinoffs
Future - Elder Scrolls
Future - Mario
Future - Platinum Games
Future - Kirby
Future - Clover
Future - Castlevania
Future - Metal Gear
Future - Tenchu
Future - Ninja Gaiden
Future - Onimusha
Future - Ape Escape
Future - Disgaea
Future - Twisted Metal
Future - Deception

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Promoted (before I was staff):

Playing with Others: Phantasy Star Offline

Magnalon's quest to beat every Zelda in 2011

Tips for Securing Your Xbox Live Account

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My top 20 games (in no particular order):

Resident Evil 5
Fallout: New Vegas
Dragon Age: Origins
Dark Souls
Demon's Souls
Skies of Arcadia
Lunar 1 and 2
World of Warcraft: All Expansions
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tenchu 2
Devil May Cry 3
Phantasy Star Online
Ape Escape 1
Rockman & Forte (Mega Man & Bass)
God Hand
Jet Set Radio Future
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Final Fantasy Tactics

Bonus:

Bayonetta 2
Shovel Knight
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
Bloodborne
Yo-Kai Watch
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Ori and the Blind Forest
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Dark Souls II
Deception IV: Blood Ties
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Strider (2014)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy
The Wolf Among Us
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario 3D World
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Dead Rising 3
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Guacamelee
Pokemon X & Y
Super Mario 3D World
Grand Theft Auto V
Dragon's Crown
Gravity Rush
Dragon's Dogma
Persona 4 Golden
Pokemon Silver
Tomb Raider (2013)
Brave Fencer Musashi
Shenmue II
Dark Cloud
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Ikaruga
Asura's Wrath
Mutant Mudds
Far Cry 3
Bayonetta
Binding of Isaac
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Fez
Zone of the Enders 2
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Batman: Arkham City
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Diablo
Diablo II
Diablo III
Amplitude
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Tomb Raider II
Metal Gear Solid 4
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Bastion
Zombies At My Neighbors
Super Bomberman 2
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Spelunky
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Onimusha 3
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)
Power Stone 2
No More Heroes 2
Ultima Online
Aladdin SNES
Super Punch-Out!!
Demon's Crest
Disgaea
Secret of Mana
Sparkster
Borderlands 2
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario 64
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario 3D Land
Mega Man 8
Okami
The Lost Vikings
Actraiser
Bujingai: The Forsaken City
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Odin Sphere
Donkey Kong Country
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Call of Duty: World at War
Chrono Trigger
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Half Minute Hero
Kirby Super Star
Super Meat Boy
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
L.A. Noire
VVVVVV
Outland (XBLA/PSN)
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Mighty Flip Champs
Child of Eden
Kirby's Dream Course
Shadows of the Damned
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
Rayman: Origins

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The following are a few of my favorite fictional characters, compliments of SuitcoatAvenger

-My favorite video game character of all time: Magic Emperor Ghaleon.

-Legato Bluesummers from Trigun: classic villain.

-Although obscure, Zero Beat is among my favorites.

-My original avatar.
 



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