2013 Game of the Year
Jan08

2013 Game of the Year

No, sorry, it’s not the Just Cause 2 Multiplayer.  But it should be… As usual, there are no honorable mentions, there is no discussion. BEST OF SHOW Dota 2 Defense of the Ancients 2 wins all the marbles.  Why?  The online community, like previous winners, certainly pays dividends.  The idea that one can play a game for 40 hours and still be a complete rookie is also awe inspiring.  Free helps too. But really it comes down all the...

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2013 – Year of the Most Graphics
Jan05

2013 – Year of the Most Graphics

Not best graphics, most graphics.  So much graphics! BEST OF SHOW Battlefield 4 Who else could win this category?  Battlefield 4 has so much graphics that the server crashes every time the office building collapses in Siege of Shanghai, or similar ‘graphics everywhere!’ moments happen.  Battlefield 4 has so much graphics that, try as you might, no amount of scaling down textures or lowering particle counts will make a dent....

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2013 – Year of the Narrative Told Through Mechanics
Jan03

2013 – Year of the Narrative Told Through Mechanics

[no-toc] When a game’s mechanics directly form allegories that push a story forward or create powerful experiences in their own right, it’s a special thing.  Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us may have been triumphs in conventional storytelling this year, but it takes a special wit to spin a narrative with controls or leveling or some other contrivance specific to gaming. Warning: spoilers ahead.   BEST OF SHOW Brothers: A Tale...

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2013 – Year of the Multi-Generational Non-Release
Jan02

2013 – Year of the Multi-Generational Non-Release

[no-toc] These games are presumably really, really great. But it’s impossible to tell since their release was stymied once again.  That happens all the time, but these games are special on account of now traversing multiple consoles – the PS4 and Xbox One’s release have permanently sealed their fate.  This year renewed hope for all of these games in some form or another without providing even a ballpark release date. BEST OF SHOW TIE!...

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2013 – Year of the Subtle Flourish
Jan02

2013 – Year of the Subtle Flourish

Every year grand histrionics and overblown set pieces force their way onto the video game stage.  But there were a lot of little touches that combined to make it a year more about these small moments than big explosions (mostly thanks to Grand Theft Auto V).   Usually these are graphical embellishments, but there’s a couple cool gameplay twists as well out there.    BEST OF SHOW Ryse – Teeth Man this game is awful.  Not known for...

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