Welcome to the year in review week, 2013 edition. A new article will be posted here every day highlighting some of the best things in gaming from the year. To start, let's hand out awards to the ten best games in a particular category.
- The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds: Remixing some of the best music from the SNES era proved that A Link to the Past was one of the best soundtracks ever, until now.
- Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch: This is the finest example of cel-shading in any game before it, mesmerizing and beautiful, an anime come to life.
- Fire Emblem Awakening: With its adjustable difficulty and excellent mission content, this is a long lasting experience that was as addictive as it was epic.
- Bioshock Infinite: The world of Columbia was awe inspiring, but the gun play made this experience all the more brutal and engaging.
- Tomb Raider: The expansive island and solid Metroid styled gameplay made this an excellent reboot for an otherwise dying franchise.
- Beyond Two Souls: Despite what some may say about David Cage, his vision for this game was astounding, truly breaking the barrier between cinema and videos games with one of the most heart wrenching and bizarre tales of the year.
- Tearaway: In a somewhat stagnant game industry devoid of new ideas, Media Molecule brought life back into it with Tearaway that was not only a blast to play, but also an imaginative display of what the PS Vita is capable of.
- Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon: Far Cry 3 was one of the best games of 2012 and adding the 80s, laser dragons, and a killer retro soundtrack to that makes the game insanely better.
- Splinter Cell Blacklist: The multiplayer was a fun return of Spies vs Mercs, but the CO-OP was the real star here, having some of the best, most teeth clenching gameplay moments of the year.
Game of the Year
- The Last of Us: This is the culmination of the nine above: a great story, amazing graphics, an intense world, and an adventure that draws players back.