I decided to go with a "favorites" list rather than a "top" as it less objective and no one pays me to have opinions that are not my own. I also have not played a lot of games from 2013 and am hardly qualified to objectively declare games better than others. The following is a list of games that I happened to be taken to, for whatever reasons. Furthermore, the list is not in any particular order, save for the last which is my GOTY. I guess this list is good. I'll probably want to change it later. Oh well, I don't care. Play all these games when you have a chance, OK?
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Nintendo EAD Group No. 3, Monolith Soft
22 November 2013
Not only one of the best Zelda experiences I have had in years, but also one of the best gaming experiences. This game was an incredible addiction that often had me losing track of time.
5 March 2013
This game was so damn good that I will be buying it again on my Playstation 4. Rare is a game that is executed so well--let alone a reboot.
Shin Megami Tensei IV
16 July 2013
Disappointing yes, but only because my expectations were so high. Nonetheless its philosophical nature, unlike many other games, handles the morality of the gamer quite well.
Slender: The Arrival
Blue Isle Studios
26 March 2013
F* this game, seriously.
19 December 2013
A unique and story-driven one button stealth game unlike anything I have played. It is releasing on PC in 2014 and is intended to have subsequent episodes... all of which will probably appear on my 2014 list--is that legal in the list-making world?
12 October 2013
Dude, it is Pokemon... but like... better... kind of... but dude, Pokemon!
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
27 August 2013
I have been playing this at my friend's house for the past week, he has caught on that I only care to be there just to play on his account. This is the first MMO that I am willing to pay a subscription fee for. Forgetting about its superiority relative to its predecessor A Realm Reborn is able to stand by its own merits--of which I think people often forget.
17 October 2013
An interactive mystery game that has me rotating, touching, and looking at my iPhone in confusion and amazement... yeah anything that permits me to willingly look like a dunce in public gets my vote.
Fire Emblem Awakening
Intelligent Systems, Nintendo SPD
4 Feburary 2013
Umm, I have beaten this game three times...
Irrational Games, 2K Austrailia
26 March 2013
My GOTY. I could write pages upon pages of why I love Infiite so much, but for time's sake all anyone here needs to know is that it changed my opinion on the possibilities of gaming--or in the least made them more realized. It also reinvigorated (pun?) my love for the medium. This is one (or many) great thought experiment(s) and while I believe the game would have been better without all the bang-bang-booming, I did enjoy those sequences despite how trite they might have felt at times. I have beaten it twice and both discuss and think about it every day.