Top 10 Games of 2013

Posted January 7, 2014 by Robert Steltenpohl in Nerdy Bits

2013 was a year of fantastic games. It will be remembered most for the apologies and the console launches. I, however, want to celebrate the games that came out this year. I have comprised a list of the top 10 games of the year. I spent several hours making this list and arguing with myself. The ranking of the games were the hardest part to complete. This list may not have certain games that you might love, but that is only because I either didn’t like them or didn’t play them. I hope you enjoy the list and let me know what you think.


10) Injustice: Gods Among Us


I am not big on fighting games. I have only really enjoyed MVC3. This fighter, however, granted me my greatest nerd fantasy; taking Nightwing and beating the crap out of Superman. This game had a great story, looked amazing, and user friendly controls for any kind of gamer.

9) NBA 2K14



This is the most beautiful game on next gen consoles. The controls are great and the presentation is second to none. It’s a yearly sports game, yes. However, it’s an amazing adaption of what the NBA is all about.

8) Guacamelee


Do you like platforming? Do you like combos? Then this is for you. It has funny dialogue, tough puzzles, and an addicting gameplay. This game is the one of the only 3 reasons my Vita didn’t get sold to a middle schooler.

7) DMC: Devil May Cry


Funnest gameplay of the year. This game utilizes every aspect of the controller. There is no weapon wheel, there’s no sack to go to for your weapons, or pause menu. Every weapon you collect, is usable in game by a separate button combination. The story is good and gives you a nice twist, but gameplay is why this game prospers.

6) Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag


AC4 is the epitome of a grand sandbox game. There is over 80 hours of gameplay and it has a really good story, surprisingly. The flaws are there, but they are the same as the AC predecessors. It’s a great game that made me enjoy pirates and I hate pirates.

5) Dragon’s Crown

Dragon's crown

This game is reason 2 why I kept my Vita. The hand-drawn art is amazing and stunning, the RPG elements are challenging, and the gameplay is entertaining. This game gives a difficulty level increase with each class and that really kept me playing for hours. The inclusion of cross play (Vita and PS3) really launched this into my top 5 games. Co-op games that are done well have a soft spot in my heart.

4) Gone Home


This is probably one of the most underrated games of the year. The story is told with recordings, notes, and nostalgic filled atmospheres that suck the player in. The game play is not as compelling but it’s not needed. This game has a powerful moment that many games this year have in common.

3) Tomb Raider


Everyone’s favorite video game heroine is back. It’s time to love Lara Croft again. The game is stunning, action packed, and has a, sometimes lengthy, solid story to reboot the series.

2) Last of Us


This is going to be many people’s top game of the year and rightfully so. This game tells a story that’s been told before, but never this way. The characters take you on an incredible journey that may be difficult to duplicate. This game has little flaws and leaves you speechless, in tears, and awe struck numerous times. Joel and Ellie will be a desired couple that we want to see again.

1) Bioshock: Infinite


This is my game of the year. The story is powerful and complex. It is a perfect mixture of regret, redemption, and realization. The art style is gorgeous and helps create this world of Columbia. The voice acting is amazing and believable. Infinite has a gameplay that I truly enjoyed. Lastly, the final hour of that game is nothing but jaw dropping moments that any fan of the series will love. “Would you kindly?”

If you agree or disagree, let me know what you think!


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About the Author

Robert Steltenpohl

I'm a teacher from Georgia. I love sports, video games, comics, and movies. I think the Bioshock series tells the best story ever in video games.