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Spoiler Alert's Top Ten Games of 2013

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“Happy Holidays” to you, because soon it’s going to be a new year and what better time then now reflect on the best that the year had to offer?
Next week, I’ll be looking at my favorite films of 2013. This week, I’ll be looking at the best games. With most companies holding on to their big guns for new consoles, indie developers took full advantage and produced some really fun and inventive titles without the multi-million dollar budgets. We also saw some great AAA titles that gave a great send-off to the old to and rang in the new.
Now, lets take a look at Spoiler Alert’s Ten Best Games of 2013!
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10. Resogun
Platform: PS4
Developer: Housemarque
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
With the delay of a couple of big games, “Resogun” made that first day purchase of a new PS4 console worth it. Playing as a small ship, reminiscent of games like “Gradius,” players fly around destroying hordes of enemies that swarm around at all sides, dodging and turning as you rack up multipliers and save your comrades. Having not played a great “bullet hell”game in a while, “Resogun” scratched that itch, but its score attack mode added just a bit more reason to go back and replay passed levels. Plus, with a great soundtrack from Ari Pulkkinen, it makes replaying levels worth it.
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9. The Last of Us
Platform: PS3
Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
I have a love/dislike relationship with this game. On the one hand, the story is very well done. Set in a post apocalypse timeline, players interact with the world as Joel, a lone survivor that helps a revolutionary group. They are transporting a young girl named Ellie across the country, as she might provide a cure that can save what’s left of humanity. “The Last of Us” sets itself apart from other games like “The Walking Dead” in its choice of main character. Joel is not a good guy, and it’s interesting playing someone who does some deplorable things that, as a player, you find irredeemable. The relationship between Joel and Ellie is complex and is the highlight of the game. It’s a shame that the gameplay isn’t as well crafted as the story. Several times, Ellie would run around passing enemies on her own, leading to cheap deaths and the AI-controlled Ellie being put into needless danger, causing the player to waste precious ammo and health. If the gameplay was just a bit more sound, “The Last of Us” would be higher-ranked, but the storyline is what gives it a spot on this list.
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8. Battleblock Theater
Platform: Xbox Live Arcade
Developer: The Behemoth
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
I’ve always liked the charm and humor that comes from The Behemoth. Told with animated stick puppets, the “Battleblock Theater” narrator tells the adventure of you and hundreds of your friends aboard the S.S. Friendship as they travel with their leader and “best friend to one and all,” Hatty Hattington. After going through a massive storm, all of your friends become imprisoned on an island run by cats and the now-mind-controlled Hatty! Players go through each level collecting gems in the fastest time to buy your friends’ freedom along with alternate weapons and masks. In the vein of games like “‘Splosion Man,” players hop on platforms, dodging enemies and finding secrets that each level has to offer. The controls are not as tight as something like “Super Meat Boy,” which leads to some frustrating and cheap deaths, but “Battleblock Theater” is still a really fun experiences with a laugh-out-loud story that comes together like butt cheeks.
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7. Gone Home
Platform: PC, Mac OS, Linux
Developer: The Fullbright Company
Publisher: The Fullbright Company
Since this was covered in my last review, I’ve said all I can really say about it but it’s still a game that I think about, weeks later. I loved the music. I also loved unraveling the mystery behind a woman coming back from a long trip and wondering where everybody in her family home has gone. While it starts in an ominous tone, players ride an emotional wave that ends on a satisfying and endearing end.
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6. The Stanley Parable
Platform: PC, Mac OS
Developer: Galactic Cafe
Publisher: Galactic Cafe
Stanley works a desk job, day-in and day-out. One day, he realizes that every single person in his workplace is gone. Where did everybody go? Luckily a mysterious narrator talks about Stanley, his inner thoughts and where he needs to go. Will you defy the narrator and go on your own? Working as a choose-your-own-adventure, “The Stanley Parable” is an enjoyable romp where discovering all the secrets is part of the fun. I really injoyed watching and talking to others about “The Stanley Parable” and finding out about their endings and how they discovered them. Note: That song, when you find it, is really fun.
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5.  Ridiculous Fishing
Platform: IOS, Android, Windows, Linux, Blackberry 10
Developer: Vlambeer
Publisher: Vlambeer
I never though fishing could be so fun. Playing as a Fisherman, the game is broken into three parts; tilting the screen and dodging all the fish, catching all of them on the way back up, and shooting them once they hit the water and fly in the air. Once you earn enough money, players can buy better gear that’ll allow you to go deeper into the murky depths to find bigger and better game. “Ridiculous Fishing” has such a weird and abstract style, from soothing 8-bit soundtrack to the vibrant colors of the fish design to steady upgrades that it made me come back for more.
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4.  Super Hexagon
Platform: IOS, Android, PC, Linux
Developer: Terry Cavanagh
Publisher: Terry Cavanagh
Simple but addicting, “Super Hexagon” is a pretty difficult game that I’ve played for hours and still haven’t mastered. Controlling a little triangle, players move through closing corridors without hitting walls to complete the level in the best time. The longer you go, the more complex and faster the walls come. This game is so hard that the first mode is called “hard mode,” and on my best day I can only finish the levels in a little over a minute. It has perfect twitch-based controls, and I never thought I was cheated out of a round. I also love that the soundtrack cycles out so you’re not listening to the same part of a song ad nauseaum. This is definitely a great game in a small package.
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3. Pokemon X and Y
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
This may be the best Pokemon game yet. While still having the formula of tried-and-true Pokemon games of the past, Game Freaks gave the franchise a much needed face-lift. Set in a new region, players traverse the Kalos Region, discovering new pokemon and defeating gym leaders and The Elite Four. The Story of X/Y is pretty lame: the villain group (Team Flair) are pretty forgettable because there never as threatening as Team Plasma or Rocket and just come off like the goofiest goofs. What sets X/Y over the rest is how user-friendly everything has become. Trading and match-ups (which used to be like pulling teeth) are now SO simple and easy that I got everything I wanted with ease. The grind of leveling and traveling is gone with gifted items that speed up the whole process. Even with the fast pace of certain aspects of the game, there is still so much to do that even clocking in at 80 hours, I still haven’t run out of game objectives. The music and graphics are great. The animations of the fight scenes feeling like a suped-up version of Pokemon Coliseum. I usually get a little into a pokemon game and then quit halfway though, but this may be a game where I try and catch them all.
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2. Saints Row 4
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
Developer: Volition Inc.
Publisher: Deep Silver
I was very disappointed in “Grand Theft Auto 5.” Thankfully, Volition swooped in like an angel and delivered me a glorious gift in “Saints Row 4.” After the leader of The Saints (the main group of gangsters that Saints Row series follows) becomes President, aliens attack, blow up the world, and imprison the gang. After you bust out, you’re transported to a digitized version of Steelport, The Saints’ home city, and must free the rest of your gang and try to save what’s left of humanity. I love the customization of my main character. The comedy is really well done, and the soundtrack is pretty fun and diverse. The powers gained though the story make you feel like a real badass. This is one of the best superhero games I’ve ever played. The story and the characters in The Saints, even though they’re big and bombastic, are pretty endearing and (surprisingly) have a lot of heart to them. This was by far the most fun I’ve had with a sandbox game this year and from beginning to end, had a huge smile from ear to ear.
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1. Bioshock Infinite
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
Developer: Irrational Games and 2K Australia
Publisher: 2K Games
When I have a game at the #2 spot on my favorite games of the last console generation list, it should not be a surprise when it’s my favorite game of 2013.  Users play as Detective Booker DeWitt, who is hired to find a girl in the floating utopia of Columbia. Once he brings back the girl, his debt will be wiped clean. Diving into subjects of racism, nationalism, religion and patriotism, Infinite uses these themes and incorporates them into a complex tale centered on the mysterious Elizabeth and a damaged detective. Exploring the breathtaking scenery of Columbia and uncovering Elizabeth’s identity will take your breath away. The gameplay is pretty sound and combined with the power of vigors, adds complexity and different ways players can go through a level. Since it’s release, I’ve revisited the game a couple more times and each time, I love it more. This will be something I’ll remember for years to come.
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