It is that time of the year when most of what the year had to offer has passed us by, and we get ready to reflect back to all that we have experienced and start to judge the merits of its offerings.
We here at Segment Next have compiled our own best of 2013 for every category of games that came out during the year.
The following article will present five best games in its particular category, and the winner will be determined by the result of the reader poll in the coming month.
Best Xbox 360 Games of 2013
With the whole year of 2013 dedicated to winding down of the 360 era and into the next-gen, Xbox 360 was left with very few titles that were unique to the system itself.
Even with lack of exclusive franchises the platform did not lack in quality games as the system featured a whole breath of excellent third party games that headlined the system in its waning months.
Grand Theft Auto V
Just like its elder brethren, GTA V offers a large sprawling world with the unprecedented level of choice in cars, music, mission and areas to visit, which presented an amazing variety and enable gamers to spend hours and hours of fun exploring.
However, the primary area where the game really innovates is in its unique ability to offer players control of three different characters and tell a story involving all three in the backdrop of an open world sandbox game, a feat that is truly incredible and refreshing to experience.
Direct sequel to 2011’s Rayman Origins, Legends features the familiar motley crew from the Rayman series, the same lums collecting action and four player platforming fun but with addition of a plethora of new content.
With its creative level design, wonderful platforming mechanics, delightful visual style and over 120 levels to conquer, Legends offered a refreshingly light hearted yet deep gameplay with enough content to satisfy young and experienced gamers for hours on end.
Coming from the developers of the first BioShock, Infinite had a lot to live up to and boy did it deliver in spades. The attention to detail in the visual and audio presentation for the game is spectacular, and as it turns out, the game is as fun to play as it is to look at.
The game managed to garner a near-universal critical acclaim for its unique storytelling, incorporation of world and atmosphere of Columbia, characterization of Elizabeth and her gameplay interactions as well as additions and changes to the gameplay mechanics.
An example on how reboots should be done, the game brought the fledgling Tomb Raider franchise back into prominence by leaving behind the over-sexualization, cheesy story elements and aged gameplay system.
The reboot presented a genuinely believable character of Lara Croft as the protagonist placed in a gritty environment with a real weight behind her actions, conditions she is in and the ordeal she has to go through while delivering in-depth gameplay mechanics that are fun for modern gamers to play through.
Gears of War Judgment
Fourth iteration of Epic Game’s critically acclaimed Gears of War franchise; Judgment offers players to experience its patented cover based third-person shooter mechanics while playing through events that pre-date the Gears of War trilogy.
Unlike the previous games, the campaign features mission that have self-contained portions of the story, and the multiplayer section features two new modes; over and free-for-all. These gameplay changes coupled with wonderful visual and audial presentation make Judgment a fun action-packed ride for all the fans of the GeOW series.