Being that it's the beginning of the year and all, there aren't many games coming out. That makes the community review post a little difficult! No games to review! So while we're waiting, and since the window is still open, let's talk about 2013 in general. Was it a good year for games? What sort of games defined 2013? How will it be remembered?
Whereas 2012 was a year in which 'smaller', indie games became a proper part of the game of the year conversation, 2013 was the year where handheld games seemed to completely surpass all expectations. I don't know about you, but most of my favourite gaming experiences were found on handhelds last year and, if anything, big blockbuster games on consoles continued to disappoint.
But I'd also argue that a couple of AAA blockbuster titles genuinely raised the bar and said interesting things. Tomb Raider and The Last of Us (particularly The Last of Us) raised the bar for writing in video games. Both — I think — were bogged down by the traditions of their genre and — I'd argue — some silly ideas about the things consumers find interesting and the things they find dull.
As good as both games were I feel as though they didn't have enough faith in their audience to be the games they truly should have been. Basically I'm trying to say that the amount of killing done in both games actively hampered and negatively affected the impact both games could have been. Shame.
But both games were positive steps forward. I enjoyed playing both.
The tail end of 2013, for me, was all about Nintendo. In terms of software I think Nintendo may have had their best year ever. Pikmin 3, Luigi's Mansion 2, A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario 3D World, Pokemon X/Y. That is a serious set of incredible video games all released over the course of one year. The 3DS was already steam rolling in the lead up to 2013, but now the juggernaut is chugging at a phenomenal speed. I'm hoping 2014 is the year that the Wii U starts to gain a similar momentum. It's a console with an increasingly solid set of games. I think it deserves a bit of success.
How did you see 2013?