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2013: My Favorite Year of Gaming So Far

This year I'd have to say by far has been my favorite year playing games, and it's only getting started. So far starting this year, I've gotten to play new fantastic games from this year and last year and some old games I've never got to play before. These are just the main games I really want to talk about, but there's other games I've played also this year. 

Starting the year was Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS. I had a great time with the game, and an even better time with the console version. It was a good mixture of Resident Evil 4 and 5. The next one is Dishonored. It was a good new IP, I didn't enjoy it as much as others might have, but it was something different and I had fun with it. I hope and I'm sure that we'll see a sequel someday.

Next up is Far Cry 3. Wow this game was amazing and fun to play. I had never played a Far Cry game until now. You had a big open world with guns, vehicles, animals to hunt, and your missions, basically Skyrim in the modern world to an extent which is a plus for me. The only flaw in this game was after you took over all the bases and beat the game, there was nothing more to really do except to start a new playthrough.

This next game is one of my new favorite games now, and that's Tomb Raider. I remember playing Tomb Raider 2 when I was probably 7-9 years old. Of course I didn't know what I was doing so I never got anywhere and I never played any other Tomb Raider games until I saw this new one in the news. It definitely got me interested to try it out, and I'm glad I did. The game is a fantastic single player game, and was surprised how long the game was and thought the story was interesting. I can't wait for a sequel to this game.

Now there's obviously a contender for most people for game of the year, and that's Bioshock Infinite. I had played the first two Bioshock games before, but I was younger and I didn't really play them for the story instead for just being another interesting shooter game. But now I'm more mature and I love story driven games. Bioshock Infinite's story is crazy how it works, but it's amazing. Just like Tomb Raider I was surprised how long the game was because most single player games are very short, and I love games that have a much longer time. Elizabeth is definitely not just one of my favorite female characters, but also any character in gaming. I'm glad that Irrational Games took their time and delayed this game to make it what it is today. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

Now to two games that came out for the PS2 that I pretty much knew nothing about, and that's Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. I decided to go ahead and try out the HD collection on PS3 and I'm glad I did. Ico is a new favorite game of mine. I loved the story, the fantastic setting, and the beautiful music in the game. I still from time to time listen to the save theme and the main theme "You Were There". Then there's Shadow of the Colossus. I've posted two comments on two different blogs by others about Shadow of the Colossus. I like this game, but there are definitely frustrations with the game. I had a lot of trouble with the controls at first, but later on got a grasp on it except for the last colossus, I had trouble jumping backwards from his shoulder to his other hand. Then there is the stamina situation I ran into a few times like on the 15th colossus when he would be constantly shaking and I couldn't catch a break to regain stamina. Maybe it's my fault for not being as good as others, but that's how it was for me. Other than those main 2 issues, I loved the story and the setting. I couldn't believe how huge the world was for a PS2 game. It blew me away.

Next is Metro: Last Light. I had heard of, but never played Metro: 2033, so when I saw the reviews of this game and watched GameInformer's test chamber on the game, I knew I had to try it out. I liked for once playing as someone from a different country and setting. The story was interesting especially with these creatures called the dark ones. The gameplay was fun, taking off light bulbs like Reiner, and wiping my gas mask off John Cena style, laughing, thinking back to Dan during that segment. It was nice using different types of weapons and killing new creatures I've never seen before. I don't know if there'll be a sequel to this game or not, but if there is I look forward to it.

And the last game I want to talk about. My personal favorite game of the year so far just right above Bioshock Infinite and that's The Last of Us. Wow.... this game man it was amazing. The beginning sequence shook me up and about teared me up, something I haven't come close to doing from a story in a game since the ending of Final Fantasy X. Yet another single player game I couldn't believe how long it took me to beat, 20 hours, wish more single player games had longer campaigns like this. This game has one of the most interesting stories in a video game, and two fantastic characters. I give props to the voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson for having an outstanding performance as these characters, and to the people from Naught Dog who made the game.

And like I said before, this year is just getting started. We still have potentially more amazing games coming out later this year like Watch Dogs, Grand Theft Auto 5, Beyond: Two Souls, Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, and others. One game I forgot to mention was Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It was a great, hilarious game that I encourage people to check out if you haven't yet. Apologies for my writing skills. I'm not a writer at all, I just felt like I really needed to type this blog up. If you made it this far thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed it.

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