2013 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.
The latest 2 big buzz-words in gaming are Free to Play and MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). F2P (Free to Play) is pretty self-explanatory, the game costs zilch to download and play and the devs make their money through microtransactions in-game. It could be new spells or stuff that makes your character more powerful if the devs really want to wring some cash out of your wallet, but the most common and most ethical microtransaction are ones that give you something cosmetic for the game, like skins for you character or neat looking, but balanced weapons. I could go on forever about the different ethics and things that irk me or please me about F2P games, but that’s for another time. Anywho, they’re big right now and looks like they’re here to stay. And along with MMO’s the big type of game using the F2P model is the new genre of MOBA.
A traditional MOBA game is kind of like a tower defense game with many players defending their towers and base from the weak fodder that endlessly spawns and marches mindlessly to attack and the user controlled characters, whom are much more beefed up then their thrall. This genre has been imagined in quite a few styles already ranging from FPS to cartoony side-scrolling, but the most popular is a kind of RTS layout. The most popular MOBA game right now is a game called League of Legends (aka LoL), which garners millions of players on any given day. I tried it out, thought it was neat, but for some reason it didn’t stick with me, so besides about an hour of gametime, I still consider myself quite the newb at MOBAs.