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Games I Played In 2013

Posted by pasports31, 27 January 2014 · 715 views

Goty backlog finished
2013 was a good year for gaming...I decided to post a blog showing all the games I beat last year. I'll rank the games I beat for the first time (whether they were released in 2013 or not) in tiers, then show some of the games I didn't get to finish, as well as games I replayed. I'll include which system I played on and how long it took me to beat it/how much time I spent on it. Note: I included games with extensive playtimes such as roguelikes, or unbeatable games, such as Pinball Fx2, in my beaten games section.

Completed


GOTY

1. Bioshock Infinite (Xbox 360, 16 hours)- I go between this and The Binding of Isaac for my personal GOTY of 2013, but I eventually went with Bioshock. The story will stick with me for some time - personally, I think, the most intriguing story of the Bioshock trilogy. The intricacies of the plot (no spoilers here) kept me thinking for days. The game is gorgeous, and the gameplay, although many will dismiss it, I enjoyed.

Excellent/Runners Up


2. Binding of Isaac (PC, 50 hours) - Not much plot, not very pretty, but addicting as hell and just pure fun. The huge assortment of items and unlockables gave something to continuously play for, and provided a fun learning curve. I've come to love roguelikes, and Binding of Isaac has made a huge contribution to that development. The only reason I tore myself away from playing so much was some backlog guilt.

3. Demon's Souls (PS3, 52 hours) - Fantastic. Not quite as good as Dark Souls, IMHO, but contained the bits I loved about Dark Souls. A big difference, to me, is here the mobs are much more deadly, and the bosses are comparatively a piece of cake. A big letdown for me was that it was much more ambiguous, and thus the lore not as interesting to dig into as Dark Souls' was.

4. Fallout New Vegas (Xbox 360, 68 hours) - Better than Fallout 3. Take the fun, addicting exploration you find in Bethesda games, but throw in more interesting characters, a myriad of choices that impact the outcome, and overall better writing, and you get an insanely good game. It was really hard placing this fourth, and not higher.

5. Pinball Fx2 (PC, 34 hours) - Everybody knows about this one. Just pure, addicting fun.

6. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360, 51 hours) - Near perfect....the ending didn't ruin it for me, but it was a letdown. Then again, ending that series would've been a difficult task. I choose to believe in the indoctrination theory, making it much more palatable. Overall a fantastic game.

7. Xcom Enemy Unknown (PC, 32 hours) - Great strategy game. It really sucked me in, much more than I expected. I beat the game playing nonstop in about three days. With the permadeath, you really get sucked into your soldiers. I named mine after many of my best friends, leading to great personal attachment to them, and deaths that left an impact. Really looking forward to digging into Enemy WIthin whenever I get it.

8. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, 45 hours) - Very, very, good, endearing platformer. Mixes up the Mario formula a bit with the way you can run around worlds.

9. Batman Arkham City (Xbox 360, 41 hours) - I'm not the biggest superhero fan, so that takes away from some of the appeal. However, this is still a great game, as everybody knows already. I personally liked Arkham Asylum better, but this game gets a solid A.

10. Spelunky (Xbox 360, 24 hours) - Excellent. This list was so hard to put together because so many of these games were so great. I personally think Binding of Isaac is head and shoulders above the other roguelikes on my list, which is why this and FTL are lower. However, if you love platforming, and like roguelikes...Spelunky is for you. Good music, endearing artwork, and flat out addictive gameplay.

11. FTL: Faster Than Light (PC, 17 hours) - Any game that makes me feel like I'm the captain of a Federation flagship gets a solid A in my book.

12. Baldur's Gate (PC, 83 hours) - FINALLY played this. Spectacular all around. Really looking forward to BG2, whenever I get around to it.

13. Peggle (Xbox 360, 25 hours) - Really fun, relaxing game.

Good, not great


14. Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, 53 hours) - I wanted to love this game. I poured countless hours into Borderlands 1, and was anticipating BL2 so badly. I'm not sure what went wrong. I think it's just that if you do every sidequest (which I tend to do) you get massively overleveled and the game is too easy. I want to go back to this and play multiplayer.

15. Half Life 1 (PC, 15 hours) - Yeah yeah I know...it was an insanely amazing game for its time, and one of the most influential PC games ever, and still holds up today. However, FPS isn't really my favorite genre...and even though HL1 holds up, it doesn't really topple most modern games, IMHO. Still, a good time.

16. Torchlight 2 (PC, 27 hours) - Very good, solid B. Very well executed, just not my personal favorite genre.

17. Papo & Yo (PC, 5 hours) - I have mixed feelings about this. Gameplay wise, the beginning is excellent...but then it quickly grows tiresome. Overall the game is solid, nothing special...this game would be ranked much lower if not for the story. The game is about the developers' father's alcoholism. It's a story many may feel is pretentious, but it hits home for me, as I'm a recovering alcoholic/drug addict.

18. Cave Story + (PC, 7 hours) - Just a good game. Nothing more, nothing less.

Average


19. Walking Dead (Xbox 360, 15 hours) - I don't care what you guys say. This game is decent, but overrated as hell.

20. Fez (Xbox 360, 10 hours) - Ehhhh, such mixed feelings. I loved the art direction, and the puzzles initially were fun. Then it just got weird and confusing.

21. Metroid Prime 2 : Echoes (Wii, 18 hours) - I wanted to love this, but I can't. Parts of the game are just frustrating, the music in Metroid has always irritated me. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't play again.

22. Metroid Prime 1 (Wii, 17 hours) - See above. Not as good as Echoes, IMHO.

23. The Witcher 1 (PC, 65 hours) - I'm expecting to get slaughtered for putting this so low. Loved it at first, had to force myself to finish it. The combat was annoying, I just wasn't interested all that much in the plot...I dunno. I'm hoping the Witcher 2 is a big improvement whenever I get around to playing it.

Subpar


24. F.E.A.R. (PC, 16 hours) - I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I just felt like it dragged, and the combat got old, and I had no idea what the Fuck was actually going on in the plot.

25. Ben There Dan That + Time Gentlemen, Please (PC, 7 hours) - This is a two part series of adventure games. It's...decent...a lot of people like them, I felt myself plodding through them. The slow ass walking animations for the characters pissed me off.

26. Kirby's Return to Dreamland (Wii, 9 hours) - Kirby was never really my thing, and this game is pretty mediocre for a Kirby game. Sold it on ebay right after I beat it.

Horrible


27. The Maw (Xbox 360, 4 hours) - A very childish game with a single game mechanic. Just...bleh.

28. Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley (Xbox 360, 8 hours) - Oh my god this game is a piece of shit.

Incomplete/Other - No particular order


1. Starseed Pilgrim (PC, 1 hour) - Interesting game. Relaxing, I did enjoy my time with it. Want to play again sometime.

2. Legend of Dungeon (PC, 2 hours) - Fun roguelike. Need to play more. It's good, but clearly a step below the Binding of Isaacs and FTLs of the world.

3. Deus Ex 1 (PC, 15 hours) - Loved it at first, but then kind of hit a wall. Need to get back to it.

4. Fallout 1 (PC, 13 hours) - Was having a decent time, was playing the game on my laptop, which Fuck 'ed up, so I had to restart my game.

5. Legend of Grimrock (PC, 7 hours) - Really liked this game, but got stuck. Kind of gave up, need to get back to it.

6. Antichamber (PC, 3 hours) - God is this game a mind Fuck . Really like it though.

7. Bit.Trip Runner (PC, 2 hours) - Really difficult, fun platformer. Again, lost my save via my laptop pooping out.

8. McPixel (PC, 2 hours) - I don't know why I played this game as long as I did. Really stupid, but funny game.

9. Wolf Among Us (PC, 3 hours) - Insanely awesome. Fuck you TellTale for taking so long to release episode 2.

10. Shatter (PC, 2 hours) - Unique, fun block breaking game. Would like to finish it.

Games I replayed - No particular order


1. Skyrim (Xbox 360, 120 hours) - God do I love this game. Can't wait to replay on PC w/mods.

2. Oblivion (Xbox 360, 182 hours) - Again...I love this game, and am looking forward to modding it. Oblivion will always hold a special place in my heart. I never played much video game til college, and this is the first one I played, on my roommate's Xbox. Stepping out of the sewers and seeing the sunlight in Cyrodil for the first time is one of my favorite moments in any video game. This is the third time I've played through Oblivion.

3. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, 75 hours) - The modern Fallout games are great...FO3/FONV are very similar to Oblivion in game mechanics, which, although clunky and unrefined, are somehow addicting all the same. Again...can't wait to play on PC w/mods.

4. Mass Effect 1 (Xbox 360, 45 hours) - This may be my favorite of the Mass Effect games. Just excellent.

5. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, 45 hours) - I love this game, but I feel it's overrated (relatively speaking, it's still fantastic). The contribution it makes to the overall plot is relatively mehhh in my mind.

I think that's basically everything I played. Probably missed a few, but oh well. Hopefully 2014 is just as great.




a list of solid games= a great year of fun.

 

I have to disagree with you about NV being better than Fallout 3 though

The first time I tried NV I actually hated it, gave up right after I got to New Vegas. The second time I loved it. FO3 is classic tho, can see why you like it better.

I personally loved The Maw, but to each their own...

 

<climbs on Maw to go eat pasports>

I would say that Borderlands 2 absolutely shouldn't be a game in which you feel you must complete each and every side quest on each playthrough. The thing is this... it's designed to be played multiple times and having lots of sidequests gives you the option to mix things up a little each time. The DLC falls squarely into that category as well. 

 

For example, on my first playthrough I mainly stick to the main story and save a few optional missions that give good rewards for later. I may end up that playthrough by dipping into a DLC or two, knocking out some of the easier early missions for big XP. 

 

On the second playthrough, my goal is to get to 50 and UVHM, so I do anything with large XP rewards and a favorite or two. 

 

In UVHM I try to do just about everything on my way to 72, after which I tackle Digistruct Peak to gain some OP levels.

 

It's really kind of a choose-your-own adventure; an MMO-lite if you will. It's biggest fault is that it requires multiple playings of the main story and doesn't allow you to venture into UVHM (the most fun) until you've slogged through it twice. 

Yeah, i figured as much, hal. I really want to give bl2 another shot. Bl1 I played to death, would love to get obsessed over bl2

As someone who loved both The Walking Dead and the first episode of Wolf Among Us, I'm curious as to why your opinions of the two games is so wildly different.  You call TWD "overrated as hell", and WAU "Insanely awesome".  The style and tone of the two games is quite different, but the gameplay is very similar.  I'm not trying to argue or say you're wrong or anything like that, I'm just wondering- do you have a preference for the WAU source material, or do you simply feel the game/story is more compelling?

I think the premise of WAU is just way more interesting. The story and setting just really grabbed me. To me, The Walking Dead was just another zombie story that I've heard a million times.

Cave Story is amazing, Walking Dead and Fez are both definitely not good.  Walking Dead feels more like an interactive movie (i.e. boring) and Fez is way too obscure for its own good.

 

Comic Jumper is sweet though.  And hilarious!

As someone who loved both The Walking Dead and the first episode of Wolf Among Us, I'm curious as to why your opinions of the two games is so wildly different.  You call TWD "overrated as hell", and WAU "Insanely awesome".  The style and tone of the two games is quite different, but the gameplay is very similar.  I'm not trying to argue or say you're wrong or anything like that, I'm just wondering- do you have a preference for the WAU source material, or do you simply feel the game/story is more compelling?

I was thinking this as well.  I absolutely hated TWD, I found it crazy boring and hesitate to even call it a video game.  I just assumed I would feel the same way about TWAU so I haven't tried it out.

Cave Story is amazing, Walking Dead and Fez are both definitely not good.  Walking Dead feels more like an interactive movie (i.e. boring) and Fez is way too obscure for its own good.

 

Comic Jumper is sweet though.  And hilarious!

Then we have very different tastes. I found Comic Jumper's humor to be mostly annoying, as well as having fairly subpar gameplay that reallllly dragged.

Really shocked to not see Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on this list. GOTY for me, slightly edging out Bioshock Infinte

i didnt play far cry 3 or far cry blood dragon. I just bought FC3 when the deluxe edition glitched on amazon for 7.50 a month ago. Hoping to pick up FC3 Blood Dragon for 75% off at some point

 

those might be on next year's list

This was a great read. I'm glad you share the same (although yours may be a bit more) love for Oblivion. I'm really fond of it and can't get over the fun I had with it when it first came out. Just staring at the case makes me remember all the memories lol

This was a great read. I'm glad you share the same (although yours may be a bit more) love for Oblivion. I'm really fond of it and can't get over the fun I had with it when it first came out. Just staring at the case makes me remember all the memories lol

Thanks kdiddy. Lol, yeah, I hadn't played Oblivion for several years, and thought I was done with it. Then I just randomly picked up the GOTY edition on a whim, popped it in, and I was hooked all over again.

Hey, you missed ____ and _____. How dare you!

 

Just joking, that is a pretty vast list. There was a lot of good stuff in 2013, but nice to see other good games still being discovered and talked about.

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