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 Action games of 2013
The genre of mass appeal, Action-adventure games have always had a huge chunk of gaming market to themselves, and 2013 was no different.
This year brought with it a new level of polish and unparalleled creativity in gameplay and storytelling that the genre has ever witnessed.
The Last of Us
Easily surpassing the pedigree of its sister brand, the Uncharted series, The Last of Us was the game that redefined the survival-horror action genre through particular attention to detail.
The game presented its story with amazing graphics, perfect animation, top notch voice acting, moving sound design and an unprecedented depth in characterization.
Not only was the game a top notch in presentation department, but it also featured a riveting stealth and scavenging system and an interesting mix of online multiplayer options that kept players hooked from start to finish.
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.
Assassins’ Creed IV: Black Flag
Though numbered 4, Black Flag is sixth major entry in the Assassins’ Creed franchise, and is a pirate themed prequel to 2012’s Assassins’ Creed III that features a greater focus on marine exploration than its predecessor where the main transport in the game is not your trusted stead but the pirate ship named Jackdaw.
Even though Black Flag’s focus on sea travel, the players can explore islands, cities, jungles, ruins and villages, partake is hunting across land and sea as well as recruit and build your own crew.
While the game maintains the series’ patented free running open world action gameplay, it presents this in a breathtakingly wonderful tropical environment, enhanced naval combat and a deep progression system that breathes a new life into Ubisoft’s annual franchise.
A perfect example of how reboots should be done, the new Tomb Raider 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.
Dead Rising 3
With the series’ first foray into the next gen, Dead Rising 3 was dead set on expanding every single facet of what the previous games in the series have been able to accomplish, and it managed to deliver on this promise.
Dead Rising 3 featured a much larger open world that is larger than ones in Dead Rising 1 and 2 combined, enhanced customization options and crafting system, which allows players to create combo weapons anywhere and anytime as well as the ability to make combo vehicles.
The game also upped the undead craziness by allowing three times the number of zombies on the screen at once than ever before making the game unique in its ability to engage the player with the enormous amounts of undead and tools to deal with them.