Greetings everyone from UGNN and welcome to the first post of 2014. Since we witnessed one of the best years in gaming for a while plus the launch of 3 brand new consoles, I have decided to devise my review of 2013 into 2 top 10 lists. My top 10 best games of 2013 & My top 10 Worst games of 2013. I (Matthew McNamee) will be doing the honors with my Review of 2013 with the other members of the team hopefully including their reviews on the site at a later date. So without further ado I shall start with my top 10 Worst titles of 2013.
*Please note some of these may get different scores to their positions so if a game comes in 4th in the worst it still may get a higher review score than games higher than it on the list.*
Top 10 Worst Games of 2013:
Before I start I would just like to say that not every title on this list is excruciatingly bad but more as I just didn’t like them as much as I would’ve wanted to. With each title I shall explain. So here we go:
In at 10 is Dead Island Riptide; The sequel to Dead Island. The reason I included this at 10 is because for me there was barely any change from the first game and while most games do tend to be good when they retain the same gameplay from the previous installment. This just felt like the first game on a different island. The game did have a few features and references I did like but unfortunately it’s just one of my worst titles this year but one thing I will say; Techlands next title; Dying Light looks to make up for Riptide.
Making its way into #9 is Activision’s The Walking Dead game. Being described as the origins of the shows legendary badass; Daryl Dixon; This game had so much potential including the fact that they had Norman Reedus & Michael Rooker reprising their roles as Daryl & Merle. The game which was a first person shooter had a great idea & concept but just didn’t get done right. Every time when you come across a walker, you pretty much get swarmed upon until you die. If the game was a third person survival horror similar to The Last of Us, This could have very well been one of the best games of the year.
Creeping into #8 on my list is Animal Crossing New Leaf. To be fair this isn’t the games fault. This was the first Animal Crossing title I have ever played and I just didn’t find it the least bit interesting. That is the reason it has made it onto my list of the top 10 worst games so sorry Nintendo.
Blasting its way in at 7 is Trion Worlds’ Defiance. A Game which would connect gaming to television; Defiance is a huge MMO which sees you completing story missions either by yourself or with other online players in a huge connected online world. Unfortunately for me though, the game got rather repetitive very quickly and thus the game became boring at times. Still though, the TV Show was great and I recommend you guys to check it out. Season 1 is on DVD now and Season 2 is set to start on SyFY in the UK later this year.
Falling apart at #6 is the handheld prequel to Wii U hit, Lego City Undercover; Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins just failed to capture the same spirit as its Wii U sibling. For me it just seemed like Lego City Undercover should have just stayed on home consoles.
Coming out of the walls at #5 is highly controversial title, Aliens: Colonial Marines which for me is personally a difficult one to put here. The reason I say this is because I was one of the few who actually thought this was a decent game. The reason I put this on the list though is because of the exact controversial things about it with the advertising making it out to be this epic survival horror and a true sequel to Sci-Fi classic Aliens however after the first set of levels, The Aliens disappear and you end up shooting at loads of Yutani Corp. Grunts which essentially turns a Sci-Fi Horror FPS into a Generic Shooter. Its actually a shame as the game even made me jump a few times.
Unfortunately coming in at #4 on my list is the reboot of Killer Instinct for Microsoft’s Xbox One. I will make it clear, there is only 1 reason this game is on my list but unfortunately its a big deal to me. The game is fantastic in terms of gameplay and to a degree customization but the big problem is the way its based around free to play which basically means, downloading the game is free but if you want fighters like Sabrewolf you need to cough up the dough. This ruins the game for me. I can expect stuff like this from MMO’s or to a degree Shooters but When I get a fighting game I expect everything to be available to me (with the exception of unlockable fighters & DLC).
Making its way in to #3 is Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate which is Batman’s first proper game outside of lego to appear on a handheld in years. While it can’t handle as much as the PS3, I do know the Vita has good capabilities and thus this game could have had so much potential if it stayed like the Arkham games on the PS3 but it changed to a side-scroller/action-platformer. The game had some really nice artwork and when I reviewed it for warner bros. it had some problems which have since been resolved with a patch.
Beaming in to #2 is Star Trek. Once again like Aliens, I personally enjoyed this game however the reason I have it so high on my list is because of the numerous glitches in the title. Like Aliens & Survival Instinct, This game had so much potential as a bridge between Star Trek & Into Darkness plus the introduction of the gorn into the reboot series. The game did have some really good points to it though including the cast returning to provide voices for their roles from the film including Chris Pine as Kirk & Zachary Quinto as Spock.
Finally (Dungeon) crawling its way into #1 is Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know. The reason this for me is the worst game is purely because the game had a few freezing problems aswell as annoying repetitive gameplay & dialogue.
Top 10 Best Games of 2013:
Before I start with my best games list please note that 2 positions in the top 10 are shared meaning 2 games at 1 position but for the purposes of the artwork on the banners I could only put 1 banner per position. Anyway lets begin:
Smashing in at #10 is PS4 exclusive Knack. I loved every second of this game as for me it took me back to the glory days of Crash Bandicoot & Ratchet & Clank and showed like Rayman & Mario that Platformers are still one of the best genres in the gaming industry.
Coming in at #9 is the first of the shared positions with both games coming from Take 2. The first is BioShock Infinite which for me was probably one of the most stunning shooters of the year and a fantastic return to the world of BioShock. The game had an excellent cast including Troy Baker & Courtnee Draper as Booker DeWitt & Elizabeth respectively as they go head to head against corrupt leaders, the unforgiving Songbird & The Terrifying (In terms of Boss Battle) Handyman. The Second game sharing 9th place is critically acclaimed and controversial title, Grand Theft Auto V which while this would normally be at the top of everybody else’s lists shares 9th place because it wasn’t the greatest game of the year for me. I loved the whole idea of the three different protagonists aswell as multiple activities & missions, Bank Heists & Even cameo appearances from Jesse Pinkman (Hidden Cameo) & Alien. This game also has one of the best soundtracks out there for a video game including songs like Radio Ga Ga from Queen & Sleepwalking by The Chain Gang of 1974. BioShock Infinite is from the 2K Games side of Take 2 while Grand Theft Auto V is from the Rockstar Games side of Take 2.
Skulking into #8 on my list is Batman Arkham Origins; The Prequel to Rocksteady’s Fantastic Arkham Asylum. The reason this game is high on my list is because I’m a real sucker for Batman games and Arkham Origins lived up to my expectations just. The Deathstroke boss fight wasn’t as epic as the trailers made it out to be but nonetheless I really enjoyed the way each boss had to be defeated by using a certain skill such as countering and combos aswell as gadgetry. The game also has a few references to Superman, Green Arrow & The Suicide Squad & A fully explorable Gotham City.
Sailing in to 7th place on my list is the fourth installment in the Assassin’s Creed series; Black Flag. This game is stunning from the Naval Combat to the fully open world exploration of the sailing across the Caribbean sea in your pirate ship. Each island in the game is a huge world in itself and playing as Edward Kenway; Pirate Assassin & father of Haytham Kenway (AC III Antagonist) & Grandfather of Connor Kenway (AC III Protagonist) makes the game all that better as the story shows he was a man who only wanted to get rich to start a life with his love only to start getting caught up in the world of piracy leading to cockiness.
Coming in at #6 on my list is Super Mario 3D World which is one of the best platformers I have played in years. While this game isn’t the greatest Mario game in existence, it shows that Nintendo still know how to keep the fun and charm which makes Mario games such a joy to play. This game also brought in 4 player co-op allowing you to play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad & Rosalina (Hidden Character) as you try to stop Bowser’s evil plan which consists of stealing and trapping fairies. This game is easily one of the reasons to own a Wii U before Smash Bros. & Mario Kart 8 & is truly what the Wii U needed after a pretty poor Launch Year.
Assembling at #5 is Lego Marvel Super Heroes. This is by far one of the most enjoyable games of the year for both children and adults. Children will love the sight of the Heroes where as Adults will appreciate the humor such as Deadpools tips which includes why Children shouldn’t eat yellow snow. The open world New York Hub is incredible for a lego game and it has all the heroes from the avengers, x-men, fantastic 4 & Guardians of the Galaxy to Squirrel Girl, Howard the Duck, The Punisher & Blade. This is truly Lego at its best.
At #4 is Xbox One Launch title & Sequel; Dead Rising 3. This is by far the best game of the next gen so far in my honest opinion with a huge open world to traverse, countless zombies to slaughter and to top it all off, the return of the outrageous combo weapons. This game also adds to what the previous titles have done so far by including vehicle combos and at one point in the story, A Human/Flamethrower combo and the graphics can’t be faulted. To add to the sweetness of everything there is countless references to pop culture such as Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Dead Rising 2, Street Fighter & the Megaman outfit returns in the form of Megaman X. If you have an Xbox One, this is a must buy title.
The second and final of the shared positions is here at #3 in the form of the 2 big Telltale titles this year; The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 1 & The Wolf Among Us Season 1 Episode 1. The Walking Dead S2 E1 picks up where the first season left off and sees innocent young girl Clementine on her own as she tries to survive in a Zombie infected world. The Wolf Among Us S1 E1 tells the tale of Bigby Wolf who is a detective who protects fabletown, a part of New York city where fairytale characters hide among the humans using a special potion called Glamor. Both games were just amazing and had no faults giving them their rightful place on the list. The Walking Dead is based off the critically acclaimed comic book series by Robert Kirkman & The Wolf Among Us is based on the Fables comic book series from Vertigo comics (which is a property of DC Comics).
At #2, A Survivor is born in the form of the Tomb Raider reboot which sees us playing as a younger & more fragile Lara Croft as she ties to survive on an ancient island thought only to be myth after a shipwreck. The storyline of this game is phenomenal and sees most of the story revolve around Lara trying to save her best friend. The game was rather controversial before it came out due to an attempted rape scene and this entry is a lot gorier than previous entries in the series as the 18/M rating proves. The game also features a very notable reference to cult British horror movie, The Descent in which Lara rises up out of a huge chasm of Blood only to have to fight off deformed Cannibals hidden in the caverns and tunnels ahead of the pool of blood. This is definitely a title you don’t want to miss.
Finally at #1 is The Last of Us, A survival horror title from Naughty Dog; the studio responsible for Uncharted, Crash Bandicoot & Jak. The game sees you take on the role of Joel, A grizzled survivor of a fungal outbreak which sees people mutate into a plant like mutant called clickers where if they bite you, then you turn (Like Zombies). Joel is tasked with protecting a teenage girl called Ellie as he takes her across America to reach a group called the fireflies. This game is phenomenal and has truly set the bar for video games along with The Walking Dead. The game truly brings back Survival Horror with their being moments when you can’t fight and you either have to run or sneak. The game also involves very good tactics such as creating an explosive by putting gunpowder inside a brick or creating a medical kit out of bandages & alcohol. This game is a truly stunning creation and a must buy for anyone.
So everyone, That is my year in review and considering the big titles heading our way this year. Who knows what titles will make it onto my list in my 2014 review. So from me, I say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014. What do you guys think of my list? Would you put in different titles? Would you put them games in different positions to me? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews. Until next time, this is Matthew signing off.