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 Shooters of 2013
As is the case with each year, the Shooter genre has been the focus of the previous generation of consoles, and it does not seem to be losing any ground with the coming of the new guard of consoles in the market.
Following are the five games that grabbed the attention of players in the over-saturated arena of First-Person Shooters.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
While many might joke around at the level of attention given to the dog in the marketing for Ghosts, no one can deny the importance of the game after it garnered more than one billion dollars in units sold in just the first 24 hours of its release.
Ghosts offers a marked departure from the Modern Warfare and Black Ops series as it not only changes the singleplayer campaign but also brings with it larger emphasis on ranged combat and ability to play in larger maps which also feature destructible areas.
This along with its 5 new multiplayer modes is what makes Ghosts such an entertaining addition into the Call of Duty franchise.
At the other end of the blockbuster first-person shooter spectrum was DICE’s Battlefield, which directly challenged the throne of COD brand with its fourth iteration this year again, tempting the fans of FPS genre with its gorgeous visuals.
Even though the game suffered bugs in its release window, Battlefield 4 kept its players entertained with its patented 64 player, sandbox FPS gameplay in its many destructible, dynamically changing massive multiplayer maps and dynamic between soldiers and commander in new modes like Obliteration and Defuse.
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.
Killzone Shadow Fall
The first true shooter of the next-gen consoles, Killzone Shadow Fall had big shoes to fill, not only in terms of beating the past hype of Killzone 2’s graphical jump for PS3 but also to showcase what a move to the next-gen can bring with it.
Suffice to say the new Killzone game does not disappoint in terms of presentation and is certainly a sight to behold.
However, looks aren’t the only thing that differentiates Shadow Fall from the past Killzones, the game also features a new direction in the franchise with a move away from dreary atmosphere of the past games as well as a less weighted movement as well as much more open multiplayer maps and a simplified class system.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Gunslinger not only changes gears from past Call of Juarez games but also moves away from the gameplay staples of modern FPS games to deliver an experience that is both unique and highly entertaining.
Unlike contemporary shooters’ serious and deliberate pacing, Gunslinger brings light hearted arcade like feeling of frantic, straight shooting gameplay with point based XP upgrade system.
Even on the presentation front, COJ: Gunslinger changes things up with nice cell shaded graphics and a tongue-in-cheek and storybook like non-linear storytelling mechanism.