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Well, I know that this year isn't over quite yet, but I think that there have been enough games for me to say which ten are my best. These ten games were able to do something right with me, because I really love them all. This is just my opinion, so please don't take this for a fact. Enjoy!
#10(State Of Decay)
platforms: Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
State of Decay is one of those surprise hits, and I think that this is the first game like DayZ that the console crowd will get to receive for a good while. But, that definitely doesn't mean that this is a bad game. Quite the contrary, actually. This is an exceptional game, and this is what the DayZ standalone actually should look like, because of how similar they are structured(there will obviously be differences, but much of the groundwork is the same). The reason that this game is at number 10, however, is because the technical issues definitely show in this game, from graphical tears to zombies(very frequently) going through walls. This is a fun game to play, and it has earned the spot that it has on this list.
#9(DMC: Devil May Cry)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Being a big fan of the originals, I wondered whether they would try to go with the original in style for the reboot(which they obviously didn't). But, I can say that I like this direction as well. This was a fun game, and it has replayibility on it. Beating this game on all the difficulties is something to brag about(as beating any Devil May Cry game on every difficulty should be). The narrative, which is admittedly not a strong point of the originals, was actually very interesting, and I actually want to see where they take it from here. The combat is just as good as the originals, if not better. And while Dante is more annoying in this game than in all the past DMCs combined, I still really like this game.
#8(Dead Space 3)
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Dead Space 3 had a lot to overcome. Dead Space set the groundwork, but Dead Space 2 was, in my opinion, a masterpiece of a horror game. But, Dead Space 3 lived up to the hype, or at least it did to me. The controls are as good as they were in the other two Dead Space games, and that's not a bad thing. This game can still freak me out a little, but not as much as Dead Space 1 and 2. The story, which wasn't that great in the first two Dead Space games, is at least decent(although it could be better). This is a great game, and it shouldn't be missed.
The original Tomb Raiders, while pretty good games, couldn't really grab my attention, or, if it could grab my attention, the game couldn't keep it. But, this game is different. The gameplay, which is now a little more like a competent third person shooter, is much better than with any other Tomb Raider game available. The story, which was at it's worst with Underworld, is alright here. It could be better for the characters, but overall, it's good for an origin's story. This is the best Tomb Raider game ever, and I think that I'm not the only one who thinks that.
#6(Resident Evil: Revelations)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS
Unlike many of Capcom's offerings in this famous franchise, this game was a true survival horror game, and it plays like it. I already wrote a review on this game, so I won't copy what I've said, but I will still say what this game does so right as to make it this high on the list. The gameplay, while still as good as 5, also plays into the survival horror even better. The story is exceptional in this game, and it is really what seems to be a jumping on point for what's going to be another Resident Evil story arc. The game does have some missteps(most notably the cover system and annoying characters), but Resident Evil: Revelations still earns a spot this high on my list because of how well it takes what was good with the originals, and then adds them to what was Resident Evil 5.
#5(Splinter Cell: Blacklist)
Splinter Cell: Conviction was a great game. I haven't had that amount of fun with a stealth game before. But, I can say that Blacklist breaks that. The gameplay, which was great in Conviction, is just as great here, if not even better than Conviction. The game has a great narrative that I actually wanted to keep playing through to learn more from(which is how it is with almost every Tom Clancy game). The multiplayer also is very fun to play, and it really plays on how well you know the control scheme of this game. This game deserves high regards to anybody. Period. This game is so fun, that I had to put it at this spot, only because there are a few games that are more deserving of the top four spots than this game. But this is still very good, and Sam Fisher deserves to be on this list.
#4(Metro: Last Light)
I was a huge fan of Metro 2033, and I was anticipating this game. But, when THQ closed, I thought that this great game wouldn't see the light of day. Thankfully, I was wrong. This game improves on what made the first so great, on top of having it's own flavor of gameplay. The controls, which were a problem in 2033, are fixed here, and the shooting actually feels competent. The story is great, and now I want to know how they will continue with the third game in the series. The graphics are something that I didn't want to bring up too much here, but for this game, it's a must. This game has to be the best looking game of 2013(at least on PC), and it looks pretty good on consoles as well. This game is a true testament to how hard 4A Games worked to make this game a masterpiece, and their hard work payed off. This is just a great game.
#3(Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon)
I loved Far Cry 3, and this takes a great game and makes it a great hilarious game. The humor in this game is great, and it's willing to take a shot at people(a great line I remember is one directed at people who say violence in video games effects people). The gameplay is just as good here as in Far Cry 3, so no need to worry that somebody messed up the controls of this game. The game also has a great soundtrack. This game's music was just fun to listen to, and usually a game can't point that out for me, but with this game, it's a stand out feature. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is just a fun game, and while it might be a DLC technically, this game can easily stand on it's own.
Bioshock Infinite, like only a few games, actually lived up to the high amount of hype put around this game. The gameplay is excellent, and I really liked the vigors(although I liked some more than others). The story had me hooked, and while it's definitely confusing to understand(I barely do now), it's a really well told story, and it's just another reason why Irrational games is trusted with these great stories to be actually good. This game also looks really good on PC, and it looks pretty good on consoles, so it does also hold up on console. If there's a person that hates Bioshock Infinite, I've yet to find them. They might like another game more than this, but I don't think that there is a single person out there that can hate on this masterpiece.
If Bioshock Infinite, claimed by many to be this years best game, what's my number one game? It's going to be called by many as a work of art, for how unique it is, and how great a thing this game actually is. Anybody who's played it will tell you the same, because anybody who's played it will be pleased to own this game.
#1(The Last Of Us)
The Last Of Us is a masterpiece. with the great graphics to the great audio effects. The story is extremely engaging, and it doesn't aim for the happy ending that every other game goes for, which earns respect points from me. The gameplay is also very competent, and I just can't get over how much fun I've had with this game. It feels like something that's a little more believable, and that alone is how this game is so unique. With every other game where you kill the A.I., I've never felt bad about it. But in this game, I cringed. Cringed. At what was happening on screen, because it's that brutal. This game is what it means to be a great video game, and more of more games, I'm sure, will attempt to be like The Last Of Us, but none will do it quite like this game was able to.
I hope you've enjoyed reading this. Tell me in the comments below what your favorite game of this year is so far, which game you don't think should be on this list, or just how you liked/disliked the blog. Tomorrow I will write about how I think video game movies should be made to show more respect to the video game property the movie is based off of. Have a nice day!