2013 was a strong year for gaming, illustrated by the launch of a new console generation – the strongest console launch in the history of the medium, and Grand Theft Auto V becoming the quickest entertainment title to make $1b in any medium. The world has seen video games become one of the most popular forms of entertainment and that growth this year was supported by excellent AAA titles including GTA V, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed 4, Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite that have all been in the conversation for many Game of the Year awards.
While the AAA landscape was very strong, 2013 was an equally strong year for the indie sector. Services like GOG, Green Man Gaming and Steam supported the market and continued to ensure the growth of the indie scene. With more indie hits, there are more indie players and hence, more attention paid to the creativity, themes and discussions that certain games presented throughout 2013.
Here is a list of some of the best indie games of the year – games that all deserve as much recognition as their AAA brethren despite their humble beginnings.