Chris’s Top 5 2013

Chris Icon2013 was an interesting year. Alot of great movies and games were released as well as new consoles, but ultimately what I’ll remember about the year is the new tech that I grabbed. I purchased a new Alienware laptop, a new Xbox One and have been enjoying watching Blu Rays in 3D. But probably the most shocking thing to me is how much I have enjoyed my new Nintendo 2DS.

There are alot of very good games on the handheld that I would have never known about if it weren’t for Chuck looking out for me. From Pokemon to Animal Crossing, Shin Megami to Monster Hunter and Fire Emblem to Donkey kong; the Nintendo 2DS came out of nowhere and changed from something I only had a mild interest in to something I take with me everywhere and can play at anytime.

But now onto the games that I found myself enjoying the most throughout the year.

“Chris’s Top 5 Games of 2013”
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5. Payday 2

Payday 2 is one of those shooters that you just love going back to every once in a while. Grind some levels out, unlock new abilities if you level and if you dont level look to see what you’ve unlocked and upgrade your weapon, your characters look or your characters playstyle and its all done very easily (given you have the money for it) You can even respec your skill tree’s and they’ll refund you all of the money it took to get there. Maybe you want to drop 2 skills and put that 200k into a new weapon mod, easily done and now you’re back in the game. I was really looking forward to the heists in GTA 5 because of what this game offers you, and while GTA somewhat disappointed, this one doesn’t. Payday 2 is a great addition to any FPS fans library.

4. Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate

Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate is a grindfest of a game, but it’s always rewarding to get new materials and upgrade to new and crazier looking armor and weapons. The weapons are all really great and I wish I could play the next Monster Hunter already for the new staff weapon and climbing mechanics, but that’ll have to wait. My preferred weapon is the Axe/Greatsword combination known as the Switch Axe, (the next MH brings in an even crazier combination.) This game is taking what its done in previous entries and adding to it to make it better. You rarely see game developers keep everything and add a few more things, usually they’ll lose something in the translation. Ultimate is a 3DS game so you’re not gonna get the extremely polished graphics of a console but you do get one hell of a great game that is as portable as you are.

3. Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassins Creed 4 is a very good and ultimately very fun game to play. Exploring the open sea’s and watching as boats openly fight each other and trying to stay out of it yourself is exciting and hell, even the weather tries to kill you! When you’re on an island looking out at the sunrise and hear an explosion only to turn around and see two huge battleships duking it out and blowing stuff off of each others ships you just sit there and go….THIS IS AWESOME! No other game gives you what this one does and here’s hoping they continue to bring new idea’s into a franchise that was growing old.

2. Fire Emblem: Awakening

Fire Emblem is a turn based game, something I normally don’t care for too much. However, this one grabs you with all of the options it gives to the player. Your character is the teams tactician and I like how they give you control knowing you’re in control anyways. You get characters that are better off out of range of everybody else and you get team based characters that will give buffs every turn or every few turns. You have options for characters to “fall in love” and have babies, and those babies in turn have traits and powers from the two parental figures. This game gives you so many options that even after I beat it I already cant wait to start again and marry someone else and see what my kids will look like or what powers they will have. The game is a bit easy, but I’m playing it with no perma death so I have a lot of characters to choose from. This comes with pro’s and cons, some people may say its playing it wrong, but I see it as just another challenge to overcome. Yes it would be cool getting two people married and then WHAM seeing one of them die and dealing with the repercussions, but saving everybody also makes you see what each is good at and gives you yet another thing to think about when planning a fight and putting two people into a relationship. Fire Emblem offers a ton of options no matter how you wish to play it and it all sits on top of great tactical gameplay.

1. The Last of Us

The Last of Us is my “Game of the Year” for 2013 because it combines everything you love about entertainment into one 60 dollar event. The game feels more like a movie than a game with the settings, characters and voice acting feeling on par with a summer blockbuster. The frantic shooting and chilly tension are fun as well and while I wish the ending were a bit broader, I understand why Naughty Dog did what they did. To state it simply, combine all of the terrific elements that you love from film, games and television and put them together and you have The Last of Us. This is a game I will forever remember.

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And those are my top games of 2013. Thanks for reading and here’s to another great year.

Chris is a contributing writer to Counter Attack and a co-host on the podcast CA! Radio. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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