Well guys, the year is coming to a close and now would be a great time to reflect on the greatness that was 2013! This year I noticed a few trends that were present in some very high profile games. I decided that I wanted to take the time to address the three that stood out the most to me. So, without further ado I present to you the Epic Trends of 2013!



Bows and Arrows have been all the rage this year! I'm not sure what sparked the movement, but to whomever started it, know that I'm grateful! Games such as The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3 and Crisis 3 have all implemented bow usage this year! I must admit I have yet to play the latter two (being a busy wife and mother and all) but shooting with bows in The Last of Us and Tomb Raider was a blast. I can honestly say that I haven't had this much fun shooting things in the face with arrows since the forest robbery missions in Robin Hood Defender of The Crown!


Upside Down Shooting:

Upside down shooting is definitely my second favorite trend this year. Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us, and Tomb Raider all perfectly pulled off cinema quality upside down shooting segments! Finding yourself in such a compromising position makes for a dire and challenging situation, one that I simply couldn't get enough off. If this is what upside down shooting has to offer I hope to see more of it in the future.


Female Leads:

Last but certainly not least is female leads! To just say that female leads are sorely lacking in video games given our staggering presence within the industry and video gaming's core audience doesn't fully encompass the issue. But this year I feel that progress was truly made. In 2013 the world heard us ladies roar! We were everywhere in videogames! Okay, maybe not everywhere but women were certainly present and even had strong leads in multiple games. Remember Me, Beyond Two Souls, Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us, and Tomb Raider all boasted female characters. Compared to 2012 where the most notable female lead I can think of is Juliet from Lollipop Chainsaw (fun game by the way), this is huge! Hopefully the success of three out of the five games mentioned will inspire more game developers to take risks and make games centered on a female lead. While I'm not looking for women to take over the industry, I would like for our presence to be tastefully acknowledged and I see that beginning to happen.


So that's a wrap! Those are my favorite gaming trends of 2013! Sorry for anything that I may and probably did leave off of the list. I must admit my free time is not what it once was so my gaming time is very restricted, causing me to miss a few hits here and there. So if there is something I missed feel free to leave feedback in the comments. Also if there's something you agree with I'd like to hear feedback on that too.  Any who, thanks for reading. Happy holidays and happy gaming!