Submitted by Freedomland 452d ago | opinion piece

What is the best game of 2013 not named BioShock Infinite or The Last of Us?

What has been the best game of 2013 not named BioShock Infinite or The Last of Us? (BioShock: Infinite, PC, PS3, The Last Of Us, Xbox 360)

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dboyc310  +   452d ago
Ni no Kuni is a really hidden Gem that deserves more recognition. This year has been a pretty good year for gamers.
Ezz2013  +   452d ago
since i can't say TLOU and i hate BI

then it's Ni No Kuni for me too
also i would add Animal Crossing/Tomb Raider/Far cry 3
BiggCMan  +   452d ago
Far Cry 3 was last year actually. Unfortunately it's one of those games that comes out at the tail end of the year, and is never considered for awards and such for that year, or the following year since it didn't come out then.
Serg  +   452d ago
Awards usually have a deadline, games that come out after this deadline will be considered for next year. Far Cry 3 will be on the list for this year.
brodychet  +   452d ago
I've played them all, and now it isn't an extremely large margin between the games (referring to their quality overall)

The Last of Us is the best of them. In my opinion.

I'm worried GTA5 won't be good enough to stand up to what I experienced in TLOU, and that's all I was looking forward to.
Eyeco  +   451d ago
What didn't you like about Bioshock Infinite ? I've yet to play it because I've been taking it really slow with game purchases recently, money being tight and all, the game looks and sounds amazing.
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Campy da Camper  +   451d ago
Have to agree on bishock. Great atmosphere and level design but the combat just fell flat. Just enter room, enemies attack. Use machine gun and spam powers, rinse and repeat.

What it needed were those big mechanical guys as the standard enemies and more of the crow guys.
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poppatron  +   451d ago
I wouldn't say I disliked Bioshock personally, I was just really really dissapointed with it. Was just a fairly standard fps with a better than average story. It's just unfortunate that the story only becomes good in the last hour or so, up until that point I just remember not really understanding what was going on. The gameplay itself was fairly mundane and forgettable. Not really worthy of the bioshock name, wich to me stands for a kind of sandbox style gameplay, I enjoyed leading big daddies down corridors rigged up with meticulously place traps.

The characters quite honestly don't stand anywhere near to those found in the last of us, where the characters are real and incredible by video game standards. I've never been moved by a game like I was through out tlou. Actually no, in honesty I didn't instantly like it, I didn't really like tess, but as soon as it was Joel and Ellie. Wow!

There's absolutely no comparison between Ellie and Elizabeth for me. Ellie was a believable engaging character. Elizabeth was a video game charcature, she served the story well enough. Ellie felt real, living and breathing. Like I said, I was completely moved!
Abash  +   452d ago
Sly Cooper: Theives in Time needs way more recognition too. It's a great game and easily one of the best 3D platformers this gen
truthteller  +   452d ago
I agree though for me it isn't GOTY. We'll see what Sanzaru brings next.
majiebeast  +   451d ago
Sanzaru is already hiring people with PS3/Vita experience i want to see them take on Jak&Daxter remember Sly collection was a tease for Sly 4.

They could also very well take over the Ratchet and Clank franchise from Insomniac who treated their biggest creation as a red haired step child with A4O and that other game nobody remembers.
avengers1978  +   452d ago
Tomb raider
jammy_70  +   452d ago
Tomb raider great reboot fantastic game
kneon  +   451d ago
The single player was good but the multi-player was awful.
TechnicianTed  +   451d ago
Who cares about MP when it comes to Tomb Raider? The SP was all that mattered and it was great.
BlindGuardian  +   451d ago
2 BI
3 Ni No Kuni
4 Metro Lst Light
5 Tomb Raider
fenome  +   451d ago
Oh yeah, Metro! I need to play this game, sounds good, I keep forgetting to get this one!
PSjesus  +   451d ago
Ni no Kuni is my GOTY even though i luv TLOU and BI(original bioshock far more better).....NNK is unique game that we ll nott see any similar game like it in the near future
-Ikon-  +   451d ago
Ni no Kuni is not that great.. I wouldnt even rank it a top 5 level-5 game.. Studio G is what brought the hype to that game..

TR was ok but will never replay it again has zero replay value..

MGR is the 3rd best game I played this year.. one of the best action games this gen with tons of replay value
TheOneEyedHound  +   451d ago
As a fan of MGS, MGR was shit compare to the series and nowhere near Ni No Kuni IMO
Stallion  +   451d ago
"Pretty good." Really man?
2013 is the best year in gaming for at least half a decade. Normally every year we get a bunch of good games and two or three incredible ones that really defined the year. This year we have a retarded amount year defining games.
Ni No Kuni
BioShock Infinite
Animal Crossing
Cube World
Watch Dogs
This is going to be the most split year in GOTY winners EVER.
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majiebeast  +   451d ago
I dpont think Watchdogs is gonna live up to the hype everytime they show it my hype goes down it just looks like AC in a modern setting.
TechnicianTed  +   451d ago
Watchdogs doesn't look anything like AC. The only similarities are that it's 3rd person and it's made by Ubisoft, but the similarities end there.

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oakshin  +   451d ago
yes i havnt played a ton of games this year but NI NO KUNI was a gem u get my agree
fenome  +   451d ago
I pre-ordered Ni No Kuni and I agree, it is a hidden gem. Still haven't tried Tomb Raider or Bioshock: Infinite yet... About to get both, I wanna try Tomb Raider first though. I'm more intrigued by this title than I am Bioshock for some reason..
Y_5150  +   452d ago
I only got 3 other games this year other than The Last of Us. Naruto Storm 3,God of War Ascension, and Luigi's Mansion dark moon. Hard choice since Last of Us easily topped all three of the runner ups.
ArchangelMike  +   452d ago
Yeah it would have to be Ni No Kuni for me (but in reality that's in third place after TLoU and BInfinite).
stonecold3  +   452d ago
ni no kuni and beyond 2 souls looks like another goty contender for me?
No_Limit  +   452d ago
Of course it got to be GTAV if we are talking about the whole year, But as far as games that are out now, I would give that honor to State of Decay.
HammadTheBeast  +   451d ago

Obviously you haven't played the Last of Us. But to each his own I guess.

State of Decay seemed kind of bland to me, like it was cashing in on what made DayZ and open world zombie games fun. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't amazing in my opinion.
No_Limit  +   451d ago
Actually I am playing both State of Decay and TLOU as we speak. Lucky me, I own all systems. I love Zombie games so much that I will also get Dead Rising 3 in November. HammadTheBeast and NeoTribe, U both mad? LMFAO.
NeoTribe  +   451d ago
Lol you must not own a ps3. Its ok, i forgive you.
Dark11  +   452d ago
Tomb raider .. and the upcoming GTA V and beyond 2 souls.
CRAIG667  +   452d ago
Infinite was nothing in comparison to the original Bioshock.
Kamikaze135  +   452d ago
You're right. Infinite was that much better.
OcelotRigz  +   452d ago
Completely agree.
Good game by itself but very poor game in relation to the series, in particular the classic that is Bioshock 1.

As for great games so far this year... Tomb Raider was a very solid game, kinda took aspects from all the good 3rd person games of this gen.
Far Cry 3, if you could include it, would be mine. Fantastic and gorgeous game, terrible story and worst protagonist ever. Still, on gameplay it was brilliant fun.
Still yet to play Ni No Kuni and Metro Last Light though.
CRAIG667  +   452d ago
Far cry 3 was amazing, and I was an addict of the original PC version which I actually thought would never be beaten in terms of that series.

Although it was released last year I would have to say Borderlands 2 is my favourite game of the last 12 months, I HATED at first,gave it a month or 2 break then came back started again with a different class(commando) and have been like a crack head for it ever since!
buynit  +   452d ago
I agree bioshock is still the better game.. Not saying that infinite is bad and I still haven't beat it but I just loved bio...
OcelotRigz  +   451d ago
Actually got back into Borderlands 2 recently, i was so long away from it i forgot which was my best weapons and lost the ability to judge items at a glance, now im going back and forth comparing stuff.

I played Borderlands when it released and hated it. Got it free on PS+ said i'd give it another go and like you i started a new character and then loved it. Finished that and bought BL2 in a steam sale and now its my most played game on steam.

Borerlands 2 is nothing but unadulterated fun.
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CRAIG667  +   451d ago
Great minds...
TekoIie  +   452d ago
Mine will probably end up being Pokemon X/Y! I'll be playing it for years from now :)
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mayberry  +   452d ago
Ni No Kuni was great! A definite contender! TLOU was mindblowingly good too!
UNGR  +   452d ago
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. So much 80's goodness I thought I was the all of the best 80's action heroes combined. It was cliche, it was funny, the gameplay was solid, the narrative was hilarious, and the tutorial was hilarious too. It was just one of those games I can hardly find anything I don't like about it. The worst part about the game was that it was confined to a short arcade game and Far Cry 3 was the full retail. Should have flipped that around, Blood Dragon was better in every way. But if we're only counting retail titles I'd be conflicted. We've had a ton of crap games but we've had some of the greatest games to date this generation too. Odd how that works.
gamertk421  +   452d ago
Tomb raider. I finally got a chance to play UC3, and just finished it. TR was even better, although I did really like UC3. Today I start Last of Us.
superterabyte  +   451d ago
TR was better than UC3. =/
RAFFwaff  +   452d ago
Fire Emblem Awakening.
JackVagina  +   452d ago
tomb raider or ni no kuni
truthteller  +   452d ago
Bioshock Infinite wowed for the first couple of hours but later it felt like a shooter which is not what I was looking for. Too early for GotY: GTA, Watch Dogs, AC, Beyond: TS, Battlefield 4 etc.
franko  +   452d ago
BI can't even come close to TLOU. BI is overhyped shooter. Nothing else.
mgszelda1  +   452d ago
I felt that way about Bioshock 1. I still enjoyed it but it felt short and just didnt quite excel to the expectations it had been talked up to imo
Eyeco  +   451d ago
I played Bioshock years ago, thought it was beyond overrated played it a second time I thought it was a chore, essentially a scavenger hunt of a game.

It was only until this year when I replayed allot of FPS released prior 2007, for example Doom 3 when I went into my 3rd play through I could really appreciate Bioshock for what it was, the game imo is what Doom 3 should have been.

Compared to most shooters prior 2007 Bioshock really is an amazing game in design, atmosphere and gameplay flexibility it was way ahead of shooters at the time and still holds up 6 years later. If only more shooters to day coud be as ambitious as Bioshock.
matrixman92  +   451d ago
TLOU is an overhyped shooter with the most basic stealth possible...look, I can do it too!
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NeoTribe  +   451d ago
What? Go to bed your drunk.
mgszelda1  +   452d ago
My list as it goes
2. DMC
3. Ascension
Have not played metro, bioshock, or TR

And I find it hard for anything even a next gen game(for this year anyway) to compare to TLOU
Omran  +   452d ago
Tomb Raider and little bit God of War
Bathyj  +   452d ago
nothing will be as emotionally engaging this year as last of us. I enjoyed Bioshock but I probably enjoyed Tombraider more. GTA should be awesome, but who knows, games like beyond, Killzone or watchdogs could swoop in at the last minute and take it. hard to imagine anything beating last of us though.
LordMe  +   452d ago
Playing the Last of Us today, friend is loaning it to me since I can't afford it right now. But so far for this year...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is my favorite game.

Worst game I played was DmC.
jakmckratos  +   452d ago
Not that it beats either of these games but Tomb Raider was still pretty good..
Rhezin  +   451d ago
...then it's riggagio
kaozgamer  +   451d ago
Probably tomb raider.
My list:
2. bioshock
3. far cry 3
Blacklash93  +   451d ago
Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Rising, and Fire Emblem were all great. Heck, all these games are. It's a been a pretty good 2013 so far.
badboy776  +   451d ago
Ni no Kuni

MLB 13 The Show
bohemian 23  +   451d ago
Aliens Colonial Marines! Hands down greatest game of this generation.
matrixman92  +   451d ago
tomb raider
BlaqMagiq24  +   451d ago
My list of 2013 so far

1. The Last of Us
2. Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
3. God of War Ascension

So obviously my fav not named TLOU would be Metal Gear Rising
TheOneEyedHound  +   451d ago
Ni No Kuni FTW.
Dmd  +   451d ago
It was Tomb Raider for me. That one really cought me by surprise!
cunnilumpkin  +   451d ago
So far this year;

1.company of heroes 2
2.metro last light
3.tomb raider
4.last of us
5.ni no kuni
6.wargame airland battle
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