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Top Ten Video Games I Played In 2013

Hipster_22013 has been one hell of a great year for gamers.  New consoles (which I probably won’t buy for quite some time, long live the PC master race!), the continued rise of independent games, and a ton of AAA publishers releasing quality titles that broke ground in what can and should be done in big budget games.  Seriously, right now is such a great time to be a gamer.  Of all the great games I played this year, the following ten stood above the rest not only in quality, but also in creativity, refinement of their respective genres, or just were flat-out fun.  A couple of entries on this list were games released during 2012, but since I wasn’t able to get into them until 2013 I’m qualifying them for my list.  So, enjoy reading and let me know what were some of your favorite games that you played this year.

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Game Review: Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360)

borderlands2xboxI never played the first Borderlands, but based on the rave reviews from peers and from online sources, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and try Borderlands 2.  My initial impression was quite positive.  I like the comic strip graphics, the voice acting, and the plethora of weapons available throughout the game.  The gameplay is smooth and crisp.  I caught on to the story pretty quickly.  In short, I am a vault hunter and some guy named Handsome Jack controls all of the Pandora’s Eridium.  Power, hunger, and greed you get the picture.  It’s my job to get the vault key and take care of business.  It seems quite simple, but following the game for its actual plotline is such a small part of the game.  Ultimately, I found myself spending about 70% of my time on the optional side missions.  That’s funny because they are optional, but if I didn’t take the time to do the optional missions, I would never be able to build up my character’s attributes and weapon upgrades necessary to beat bigger and badder bosses and bad dudes.   The frustration sets in…

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