Game Rant Asks: What’s Your 2013 Game of The Year?

Published 8 months ago by , Updated January 9th, 2014 at 2:50 pm, This is a list post.

Individual Game of the Year Lists

Individual Game of the Year List 2013 Oftentimes when compiling a top 10 or top 5, the popular choice overshadows many personal favorites. And while Game Rant's top 10 does reflect our writers' favorite games of the year, here is a chance to find out which games were our individual favorites. These are games that resonated with each writer on a personal level, and that we feel are must-plays. Without further ado, here are our individual choices for Game of the Year.

Hannah Shaw-Williams - The Stanley Parable

Individual Game of the Year - The Stanley Parable A lot of great games came out this year, but The Stanley Parable was the only one that had me raving to friends about how they should drop everything and play it immediately. Hilarious, charming, and constantly surprising, The Stanley Parable puts the nature of gaming under a microscope and gets stuck in your mind for a long time afterwards. Honorable Mention: BioShock Infinite and The Walking Dead: All That Remains.

Ben Kendrick - Beyond: Two Souls

Individual Game of the Year - Beyond Two Souls Certainly not the most traditional "game" experience on the market, Beyond: Two Souls (much like its predecessor Heavy Rain) was easily the most rewarding video game of 2013 for me. It's not for everyone, and is held back by a few awkward mechanics, but I never tired of learning more about Jodie and Aiden as well as shaping the unfolding narrative through subtle (not to mention substantial) decisions. Honorable Mention: The Last of Us, Tomb Raider

Patrick Dane - BioShock Infinite

Individual Game of the Year - BioShock Infinite To some, BioShock Infinite may not be the best game of the year, but in many ways it is literally 'Game of the Year'. 2013 was the year a generation ended and BioShock Infinite encapsulates the end of that generation perfectly. With narrative FPSs arguably the most popular genre of the last gen, BioShock Infinite felt like the inevitable bookend we were leading too. While arguments will be made about the game not having the most touching story or the most nuanced combat this year, BioShock Infinite possibly struck the best balance between the two and that is more than enough for serious consideration. While to many, the first BioShock marked the pathway for the last generation, BioShock Infinite very much felt like it finished that particular chapter in gaming. Honorable Mention: The Stanley Parable, Assassin's Creed 4

Samuel Riley - Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

Individual Game of the Year - Angry Video Game Nerd "I'm gonna take you back to the past, to play a licensed game that kicks ass." Yes, the Angry Video Game Nerd — that same beer swilling, curse creating, retro gaming sensation finally received his due in 2013. Developed as an ode to the side-scrolling greats of yesteryear, AVGN Adventures packed in enough fun, farce, and playful frustration to be worthy of its Internet namesake. Tough and unforgiving at times, though never entirely unfair, Adventures channeled the spirit of the series, and its celebration of awful games without ever becoming one of them. With well-adjudged platforming mechanics and a series of cleverly designed levels this licensed title made success feel special and failure look fun. Few games can lay claim to that. Honorable Mention: Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto V

Denny Connolly - Super Mario 3D World

Individual Game of the Year - Super Mario 3D World After letting my Wii U gather dust for the majority of its first year in my living room, I was just as surprised as anyone to find myself enjoying Super Mario 3D World more than anything Sony or Microsoft’s consoles had to offer in 2013. The same room co-op and mix of classic and contemporary Mario magic managed to single-handedly restore my faith in the mostly dormant Nintendo console. 3D World has enough replay value to keep me chasing down green stars and hidden stamps well past the New Year. Honorable Mention: Tomb Raider, The Last of Us

Riley Little - Pokemon X and Y

Individual Game of the Year - Pokemon X and Y Going into 2013, there wasn't a lack of blockbuster games to be excited for, but Nintendo instantly gained my attention the moment it announced that Pokemon X and Y would be coming to the 3DS later that year. While it's far from the best game that made its debut in 2013, there were few games that held my attention as long as the latest Pocket Monster title did. With the planned release of three additional event Pokemon, and the ability to transfer monsters over from past games coming into affect, there's still plenty to look forward to in Pokemon X and Y in 2014. Honorable Mention: Grand Theft Auto V, BioShock Infinite

Andrew Dyce - Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Individual Game of the Year - Assassins Creed 4
After a disappointing time with Assassin's Creed 3, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag righted nearly every one of its predecessor's wrongs. With dozens of hours of Sid Meier's Pirates! under my belt leading me to joke that Black Flag would be an evolution, it turned out I was right. Hunting down shanties and terrorizing the open sea is an experience I won't soon forget. Honorable Mention: Lost Planet 3, Gone Home

Anthony Taormina - BioShock Infinite

Individual Game of the Year - BioShock Infinite 2 From the very first moment, BioShock Infinite grabbed me — it took hold at the lighthouse and left me, mouth agape, at the final baptism. With their wonderful visual style and clever storytelling devices developer Irrational Games transported me to a world I was endless fascinated by, one where the combat was fluid and varied in all the right ways and the subtle touches forced me to search every nook and cranny. But most importantly, Irrational delivered on their promise of a game that would ignite fervent discussion. No game experience stuck with me longer than BioShock Infinite, and for that reason it was my top game of 2013. Honorable Mention: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Rob Keyes - The Last of Us

Individual Game of the Year - The Last of Us The Last of Us is my game of the year since it both made up for my disappointments with Uncharted 3 from Naughty Dog and did a better job of pulling me through an interesting and immersive post-apocalypse zombie-esque experience, more so than Telltale's The Walking Dead. It was more like The Walking Dead TV show thanks to incredible performances, but with a better story. Honorable Mention: MechWarrior Online, Tomb Raider

Individual Game of the Year

Individual Game of the Year List 2013 While these personal choices don't accurately reflect it, the ultimate decision for Game Rant's collective number 1 game came down to BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us. But what's great about this list is that we can highlight the game experiences that resonated most with us on a personal level, without having to worry about choosing the "top game." We think all of these games are great and worth playing, and we hope you check them out if you haven't already. What was your favorite game of 2013? What was your least favorite? Also make sure to check out Game Rant's other end of the year features including:
TAGS: Assassin's Creed 4, Beyond Two Souls, BioShock: Infinite, Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, Super Mario 3D World, The Last of Us, The Stanley Parable

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  1. My personal top 3 of 2013 are:
    Last of Us
    Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
    The Wolf Among Us (1st episode only, obviously)

  2. easy. the last of us.

  3. Games. Rayman Legends was the best game with actual GAMING. Mario 3d World, The Legend Of Zelda a link between worlds, Pokemon Y, and Deadpool. The rest, not really games… watching something is called a movie.

    • hhahahaha… comparing games to movies XD how silly

  4. I’m surprised Final Fantasy 14 ARR isn’t in the list since it won MMO of the Year for both PC and PS3. A bit surprising.

  5. Hard to narrow down to one game. I enjoyed these 5 games the most in 2013.

    GTA V
    The Last of Us
    Assassin’s Creed IV
    Devil May Cry
    Metal Gear Rising

    • I’d give it to last of us, with GTA 5 comin up real close. Great stories.

  6. Well, I won’t repeat Levine love-in on a previous post, but I concur with two of the above. Simply, for me, nothing else came close to ‘BioShock: Infinite’.

    ‘The Last of Us’ was heartbreaking and beautiful. Just that damn AI ruining the immersion at points the game had previously spent 10 minutes wonderfully drawing me in.

    I wish I liked ‘Beyond: Two Souls’ more, but Cage just does not know how to write original dialogue and character. A few quick examples:

    - Teenage rebel Jodie. Naturally, this calls for Emo make-up/clothes.
    - A game about spirits. Better throw some Native Americans in there then.
    - The arc of Nathan Dawkins. From the point on of the “twist”, everything just gets embarrassing.

    Cage is a great ideas man. There were times when the Jodie/Aidan dynamic worked a treat (switching of the first condenser. Being separated). But in almost every scene there is a least one “What?” moment. You know, maybe it is the medium itself. Moments arrive from nowhere that perhaps would’ve made more sense after a different decision. But, I just think he hasn’t learned a single thing since ‘Fahrenheit’ as a writer.

  7. I’d go Bioshock Infinite this year…

    as someone who hated playing The Last of Us I hope it doesn’t win. Great story, that’s why I watched it on youtube edited together, but I just couldn’t get into playing it. Which is nothing new for me for a Naughty Dog game because I was the same way with the Uncharted games.

    Unpopular opinion I know.

  8. Lots of great memorable story and character driven games in 2013. My personal favorite is probably Beyond Two Souls.

  9. I gotta go with the last of us. Hands down not even a debate to me. Naughty dog has always sold me with uncharted and the last of us not only kept thee high of the uncharted franchise but added soo much more. It’s so different and beautiful and heart breaking. This is the onlygamewhere I literally finished it and immediately replayed. The last of us.

    But other games I enjoyed in this order. Is.
    Tomb raider.
    Ark ham origins.
    Bio shock ( for the story only. Gameplay sucked )
    Gta5. Too long of a campaign and it kinda dragged out for me. The heists were the best part of that game.

    • Oh s***. Beyond two souls is tied with bio shock. How could I forget that.

  10. 1. Bioshock Infinite
    2. Pokemon X and Y
    3. GTA V
    4. Assassins Creed IV
    5. Injustice: Gods among us
    #5 was tricky to put down because I’m sure link between worlds will take that spot once I beat it and while i enjoyed what I played of it I did not own nor beat Ni No Kuni so I couldn’t add that one.

  11. AC IV
    Pokemon X / Y
    GTA V
    CoD Ghosts…I guess.

  12. Starbound is one of the best games ever. A few others that are good are Pokemon X/Y and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

  13. My top 5 would definitely be:

    1. The Last of Us
    2. Bioshock Infinite
    3. Rayman Legends
    4. Diablo 3 (ps3)
    5. DMC

    Pretty hard to narrow down really. Honorable mention to GTA V, Super Mario 3D World and Batman: Arkham Origins.

  14. Without a doubt
    1. SaintsRowIV
    Still playing it & hasn’t stopped.

  15. MY game of the year is definitely The Last of Us, without question. No other game of 2013 has pulled me in quite like that one. If I had to pick any honorable mentions, it would be Grand Theft Auto V & Tomb Raider.

  16. 1. Last of Us
    2. BF4 (I haven’t had a lot issues on PC)
    3. Assassins Creed 4
    4. Metro Last Light
    5. Tomb Raider
    6. Bioshock Infininte

    I am waiting on for GTA 5 to come to PC so I can’t put it in my top games.

  17. Last of us hands down. Best game ever made loved everything about it. Gta 5 in second just cause its so awesome

  18. Because i’m only PC Player
    - Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
    - Battlefield 4
    - Bioshock Infinite
    - Outlast
    - Tomb Raider
    - Fez
    - Arkham Origins

  19. My games of the year are.

    Lost Planet 3

    The last of us.

    And Halo 4.

    That’s all.

  20. Best game of the year for me was without a doubt the last of us. The closest game I’ve played that delivered a similar experience for its time was RE4 but the last of us really nailed the character department and succeeded in plot where RE4 was lacking. The last of us is one of the best games I’ve ever played. If gamers are looking for story and characters then I highly recommend it.

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