I honestly think 2013 was a pretty good year for games, I just didn’t get to play them all the games I wanted to play, either because I didn’t own the game, lack of time, or I didn’t have a PC that could handle it.
I did get to play a bunch of good games, not just ones released this year but games that I’ve had in my queue. Here they are in order of when I played them.
1. Persona 4 (PS2)
Release date: December 9, 2008
Played from February 3, 2013 to April 30, 2013 (on and off)
I’m a big fan of the Persona series and I was told how great Persona 4 is so I tried it out this year. I was pretty impressed and I personally like this game for its story and gameplay more than Persona 3. I also watched the anime while playing this to see the small differences. All in all, a very enjoyable RPG.
2. Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360)
Release date: May 18, 2010
Played from September 21, 2012 to September 25, 2012 and May 1, 2013 to May 4, 2013
One of the most satisfying games I got to play and was my favorite game by Rockstar until the release of GTA V. Enjoyed the graphics, setting, the characters and the gameplay. After getting 100% I immediately played….
3. Undead Nightmare (Xbox 360)
Released: October 26, 2010
Played from May 4, 2013 to May 6, 2013
Interesting setup but not as engaging as the main game, still played through the end but didn’t exactly 100% it. Obviously not canon but still was worth playing through. Hopefully a PC version will be released.
4. Assassin’s Creeed: Brotherhood (Xbox 360)
Release date: November 26, 2010
Played from May 6, 2013 to May 20, 2013
I really like the Assassin’s Creed series but this is arguably my favorite in the series so far that I’ve actually played. I liked this more than the first game because the story was more interesting with an interesting main character and the gameplay is more refined. I started AC: Revelations soon after but I still haven’t finished it yet because I felt too overwhelmed with things to do so I eventually put it on hold. I’m still interested in the series though and want to eventually play through most of the AC series.
4. Battlefield: Bad Company (Xbox 360)
Release date: June 23, 2008
Played from August 5, 2013 to August 6, 2013
I remember buying this in a sale while I was in the States. I wanted to play an FPS this year so I decided to try this game out. Quite short, but was worth a playthrough. Gameplay was fun because you got to destroy a lot of things with weapons, something COD didn’t really have. I was probably my settings, but it took me a while to get used to the aiming sensitivity and controls. One of the reasons why I chose to play this game was because it didn’t look like it was gonna get released on PC, apparently it’s sequels did though, so I might try those out when I get the chance.
5. Gears of War
Released date: November 7, 2006 Played on August 9, 2013 (Casual difficulty)
I never actually got to finish this game from start to finish, so I decided to give it a quick playthrough on an easy difficulty. I could see why this got awards before at the time. Gameplay is really good and holds up today, with the cover system it uses. I also liked that John DiMaggio was Marcus Fenix.
6. Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360)
Release date: November 7, 2008
Played from August 20, 2013 to August 24, 2013
I didn’t notice any big differences from the previous game, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The game is still really good. I gotta play the next games in the series when I can.
7. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3) (JP)
Release date: February 21, 2013
Played from August 25, 2013 to August 31, 2013
I got this bundled with the PS3 I bought this year and didn’t exactly play it right away. When I ran out of things to play, I tried it out and got hooked pretty quick til I beat it.
What I remember from this game is that kills, whether done stealthily or not were pretty satisfying. Story wasn’t that memorable but I was able to understand most of it even thought it was in Japanese. It’s gonna be released on PC soon so I’ll likely replay it there.
8. The Lost and Damned (Xbox 360)
Release Date: February 17, 2009
Played from August 31, 2013 to September 3, 2013 (Story finished, 65% completion)
9. The Ballad of Gay Tony (Xbox 360)
Release date: October 29, 2009
Played from September 4, 2013 to September 16, 2013
Played both of these DLC just to get myself ready for GTA V. Both good games. TLaD is shorter than TBoGT but made me like the motorcycle in getting around town. TBoGT helped me get used to parachuting.
10. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
Release date: September 17, 2013
Played from September 17, 2013 to September 28, 2013(Single Player)
I was really hyped about getting this game. Got it as a digital download for PS3 and downloaded it as soon as I could. Was hooked til I got 100% in Single Player. I still play GTA Online from time to time but really enjoyed Story mode a lot more personally. Trevor is one of my favorite video game characters of all time. I’ve personally never seen a character this crazy but somehow likeable. Cruising around Los Santos reminded me a lot about living in California. There’s so much things to do and see just by driving around Los Santos. I can’t wait for the eventual PC version just to see the enhanced visuals.
11. The Last of Us (PS3)
Released: June 20, 2013 (JP)
Played from October 20, 2013 to October 26, 2013
I bought this game used and never really played multiplayer. I really enjoyed the Single Player mode story a lot though. I can see myself playing this again just because the game is that good. Gameplay, voice acting, characters were really good. I played through the game stealthily but I guess you don’t really need to if you were playing on a lower difficulty. I’m glad I decided to get this game.
These are all the games I finished in 2013. Time to catch up on my game queue and finish some more awesome games in 2014.