What’s Your Game Of 2013 So Far?

By Jim Rossignol on May 6th, 2013 at 11:00 am.


We’ve got a few things going up today, but as it’s National Nap-In-Armchair Day in the UK, things will be pretty quiet. You can do us a favour though, and answer two questions for us:

1) What’s your favourite game of the year so far?

2) Are you playing a multiplayer game regularly, and if so is what is it? The same as your GOTYSF?

Speak!

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  1. Bhazor says:

    Would Fez count? Because I pick Fez.

    I really like Fez.

    • Kaira- says:

      I would do the same if only I’d bought the PC version instead of XBLA-version earlier this year.

      • Bhazor says:

        Well to be fair the PC version is pretty wonky with a ton of crashes and beyond that is only a functional port. Certainly would’ve liked a maxed resolution option where you could see the full island at once and the fact none of the meta puzzles use the PC to full effect is a real missed opportunity. It could of had codes hidden in .ini files, having to download a “hidden patch” to find a negative cube and paths that only visible at certain graphical settings.

        Still a fantastic game though even if the port is pretty meh right now. Still at least there are no excuses for him not to patch it now.

        Edit: Speaking of patches. A new one just came out that according to the patch notes fixes my major crash issue. Yays!
        https://getsatisfaction.com/polytron/topics/patch_notes_for_1_05

        • LimEJET says:

          I have only experienced one crash in Fez so far (I’m at 200%, just waiting for the damn clock now), but I agree it would have been nice with a few of the puzzles getting reworked for PC.

          Still, I also really like Fez.

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    • Noise says:

      Pretty bad year so far then

    • OfficerMeatbeef says:

      Wow yeah on the first post and I figured it would be buried somewhere in the back. Fez is PC 2013′s 2012 Game of the Year for me so far. A neat little platformer that gradually turns into a pure archaeological adventure. This is a video game that’s making me feel good about playing video games.

    • Axelius says:

      So far Bioshock Infinite for storytelling.

      In multiplayer I’ve recently been playing the hell out of the Wargame: Airland Battles Beta.

  2. Natti says:

    getingetoutgetrich

  3. DarkLiberator says:

    1. Probably Bioshock Infinite. I did enjoy Tomb Raider despite the filled QTEs and Monaco is fantastic too.

    2. probably Planetside 2, rather enjoying the content they’ve put into the game.

    • jezcentral says:

      Bioshock Infinite for me, too.

      I hate other people, so I don’t play multi-player games. So my answer will be SWTOR, then, ho ho.

      No, seriously, SWTOR.

      • Bones1210 says:

        SWTOR for both categories….what, I like Star Wars and MMO’s with a passion. Perhaps I’m just a masochist. But I freaking love that game. Really want to try out Blood Dragon, just haven’t gotten around to picking it up.

    • golem09 says:

      I second Bioshock Infinite. I can’ imagine any game coming even close to the experience.

  4. yhalothar says:

    I’d say Natural Selection 2, then possibly Natural Selection 2, followed closely by Natural Selection 2.

    • Wang Tang says:

      Like this fine chap here, I also want to use this opportunity to nominate Natural Selection 2 for MGOTYSF. Since I am really the only jury member, it also wins.

    • Sparkasaurusmex says:

      I would agree, except for the release year.

    • Faxanadu says:

      Real-time strategy and FPS perfectly combined, without hats or ribbons, with teamwork and fun! And free updates! It’s gonna be a long time before NS2 wears out for me.

    • KwisatzHaderach says:

      I stopped playing that months ago, because of the incredible community support, the abysmal depth and overall gorgousness. Instead I play Natural Selection 2 nowadays.

      And with a band of fine RPSers as well. Find us here

      http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?9316-Rock-Paper-Skulk-Natural-Selection-2

      if you’re interested and want to join our regular Thursday and Sunday NS2 nights (this Thursday most will heed the call to arms as the Purple Skulk Squad, but sunday will be as forthwith).

      And considering it being from 2012: there have been so many additions, updates and balance patches (with one HUGE one in the pipelines) that it might as well be called Natural Selection 2 2. And that came out this year!

    • Squishpoke says:

      It’s too easy to get way into NS2 until the wee hours of the morning. It’s pretty sad actually.

      Help me.

  5. Squire says:

    Monaco or Borderlands 2 [Not from 2013 but I'm playing it now so :P]

    • tetracycloide says:

      The exact titles I am playing. Still have not been able to convince any of my friends to play monaco multiplayer.

      • whollyrandom says:

        It is sad that your friends are so terribly wrong,

      • mineshaft says:

        Play Monaco with random strangers! Then you will make friends. You may have to memorize their names if you want to Steam friend them after a good session though.

        Monaco is a gamer’s game, first time I played something till I thought the clock was wrong for a long time.

        Then I went to bed and dreamed about it all night.

  6. BillygotTalent says:

    Haven’t had a big blockbuster game in 2013, so I have to say Guild Wars 2 and Path of Exile.

  7. jasondesante says:

    1. Brain Age Devilish Training (I swear to ****ing god)
    2. The Castle Doctrine
    3. BioShock Infinite

  8. Kobest says:

    1. Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, because Mark IV style, MUTHAFAKAA!

    2. Just some Counter-Strike: Source every now and then…but wait, I had to edit that, because I put quite a lot of hours into The Showdown Effect lately.

    “Why are you doing this? I’m just a kindergarten teacher!”

  9. Volcanopyre says:

    Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Far Cry 3 was my GotY for 2012, and more of it, better, is just great. Bioshock infinite is a close second, and definitely the best Story so far of the year.. I look forward to the rest of the year though. So many great games coming out.

  10. GameStunts says:

    1. So far this year, probably Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, but that will very likely be surpassed by Watch Dogs or GTA 5, but GTA 5 already has a black mark against it for the continued ignoring of PC by Rockstar.

    2. Been playing a lot of The Hidden mod for Source, I played it years ago when it first came out, and the SeaNanners videos made me go back to it. I’m also still enjoying Borderlands 2 co-op whenever one of my friends is playing.

    • CodeineFiend says:

      You guys need to chill about GTA 5 not coming out on PC on release. Rockstar North has NEVER released GTA on PC for launch and ALWAYS release a port for PC later. I am sick and tired of hearing the bitching about it because this is nothing new and they have been doing this for 10 years. It sucks, sure, but it is not even the least bit surprising.

  11. airtekh says:

    Hmm, GOTY so far for me is Bioshock Infinite, with Monaco being a very close second.

    For multiplayer, I’m playing lots of Natural Selection 2 with the RPS group, and a sprinkling of Planetside 2 whenever I fancy it.

  12. cjone2 says:

    Unexcitingly Bioshock Infinite, I also really enjoyed Antichamber on the indie side.

  13. Vorphalack says:

    I’ve been playing a lot of Neverwinter with the RPS guild since the open beta. That’s abut it for multi-player other than the occasional round of DotA, and a couple of visits to PS2 to make sure it’s still abysmally optimised. Also, since you posted this i’ve come to the realisation that I haven’t bought a single new game this year. BioShock Infinite I want, but i’m waiting for a ”game of the year” pack, and i’ll probably get StarDrive at some point, but that’s about it.

    • kael13 says:

      Hello, fellow guildie!

      Dividing my time between Neverwinter and my recent decision to return to EVE Online. And then promptly being war-decced and blown up in empire in the first corp I join. Yup, got lots to relearn.

      I really enjoyed Bioshock Infinite, even if it did drag a little in the middle. Oh and Heart of the Swarm’s campaign was super fun as well.

      From these posts it looks like I really need to pick up Tomb Raider and Blood Dragon at some point.

  14. mpk says:

    Due to reasons, I’ve yet to play a game released in 2013. Currently replaying the Mass Effect trilogy while ignoring the 100Gb of games from 2011 and 2012 that I’ve never got round to playing more than an hour of.

    • empyrion says:

      I kinda have these same reasons. My backlog is so big right now that there is virtually no reason for me to buy any game released in 2013 yet.

      • MacTheGeek says:

        Very much this. The only game I’ve put any time into that might eventually qualify as “released in 2013″ is Path of Exile, and there’s no guarantee it will emerge from beta anytime soon.

        My backlog is well over 250 games. 2013 releases will probably only grab my attention when they hit $5 in the 2014 Steam Holiday sale.

  15. UncleLou says:

    Path of Exile

    I don’t really play multiplayer games anymore, unless it’s a feature in my single-player game. If that counts, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. Which is incredibly splendid, and feels like a proper 3D version of the RGP worlds of old, or how I imagined at the time how games like Ultima or Bard’s Tale would play in the future. – something Skyrim etc. never managed.

    • Fenixius says:

      A true and honest pity that Dragon’s Dogma is not on PC; I very much do wish to play it, but it seems incredibly unlikely to happen.

      • UncleLou says:

        It is, not the least because image quality and framerate on the PS3 leave much to be desired. :-/

        • Ringwraith says:

          Which is even scarier when you consider that is the better version, the 360 version runs worse by all accounts.

          Though I am a big fan of Dragon’s Dogma, but I have not yet gotten around to getting Dark Arisen, I am sure I will at some point, even if just to hope in vain my level ~60 pawn gets hired by someone.

    • Faldrath says:

      Path of Exile here as well. It’s been a long while since a game managed to hook me like PoE has.

  16. dethtoll says:

    Really enjoying Metal Gear Rising. Also got Blood Dragon lined up for after.

    I sometimes get dragged into Monaco but it’s not really holding my attention.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      Metal Gear Rising is indeed tremendous. Not quite up there with Vanquish or Bayonetta, but lovely nonetheless. You know you’re onto a winner when your protagonist’s response to losing an arm is: “argh, not again!”

  17. Oozo says:

    Funny that you ask. Just yesterday, I thought that… well, it was not a bad year so far, but a quiet one, of sorts.

    The most enjoyable two games so far where, surprisingly, as I do not think of myself as an adventure fan, “Kentucky Route Zero”, and “Year Walk” (the latter of which doesn’t count, of course, because glossy tablet and stuff).

    I really can’t say I was all that excited about what the AAA-sector had to offer thus far.

    (Meaning not that it was bad, but simply that I couldn’t get myself to play it… which might also be due the bad habit of rarely playing those games before they are on sale, come to think of it).

    However, I’m really looking forward to playing “Deadly Premonition” again, since the first time I finished it, it was with the Japanese import-version (without knowing a word of Japanese).

    But we’ll wait and see what the rest of the year will have to offer.

    • HiFunTimTebow says:

      Ditto KRZ. Also really want(ed) to play Deadly Premonition, but not for forty dollary-doo’s, digital or no. Looks like it’s to Amazon with me…

  18. luukdeman111 says:

    Bioshock infinite… which is also the only 2013 game so far I have played….. I’m of the slowpoke sort you see? I did really enjoy it though so i suspect it’ll be my favorite game of 2013 for a while…

    EDIT: OOHH.. I forgot Papo & yo…. I totally love that as well…. Not sure if I like it more then Bioshock: Infinite actually… They are both games that have a great story with gameplay that perhaps shouldn’t be there…

  19. bfandreas says:

    The most fun I had this year is:
    1) Elder Signs: Omen on my tablet
    2)SMITE beta

    I’m not entirely sure those two even work for GOTY 2013 due to temporal complexities. One hasn’t been quite finished since last year and the other I just recently stumbled upon. But in my timeline and my universe both are definite GOTY contenders.

    Plus I get to wear the beard.

  20. jellydonut says:

    EVE Online.

    Yeah, it’s ten years old as of today. And?

  21. Fenixius says:

    Bioshock Infinite is probably GOTY material at this stage, with special mention going to DmC. Multiplayer games at the moment consist of Monaco and Blade Symphony, with a spot of Borderlands 2 now and then.

  22. Mr Monotone says:

    1) Hmm. Kind of hard to say since I only got a decent PC in late Feb. Most of what I’m playing is catch up for the last four years. So that said my game of 2013 is clearly the witcher 2.

    2) I actually picked up sc2 hots for the multilayer. I was determined to finally learn how to play Rts’s online and it’s been going surprisingly well. I was expecting a constant stomping but after my placement matches the system got a pretty good read on my skill level and I’ve been able to improve without constant 5min losses. It’s all rather encouraging.

  23. Isair says:

    Neither is finished yet, but the two games I’ve gotten the most excited about so far would be Underrail and Papers, Please.

  24. DeviroVerity says:

    So far my favorite game is Papers, Please. Many reasons.

    The multiplayer game I’m playing regulary is CS:GO…they just buffed the Deagle, so I can feel like a beast again.

    By the end of the year I will have 3 games to choose from when it comes to being best – Amnesia, Watch Dogs and DayZ. It will be hard to choose.

  25. Kemuel says:

    Bioshock Infinite for me. Its been discussed half to death already, but I’ve not spent nearly as long replaying, theorising over, discussing or otherwise enjoying anything else. Listening to the early Voxaphone logs the second time around with the ending fresh in mind produced some of my favourite touches by far.

    Planetside 2 and Team Fortress 2 remain my multiplayer mainstays. I’m loving what SOE are doing with PS2, and the RPS Giraffes regular outings guarantee some good company pretty much any given night of the week.

  26. Erkin says:

    1) Shootmania
    2) Shootmania and Smite

  27. DerNebel says:

    I’ll actually have to say Don’t Starve. I know, I know, it used to feel kind of bare-bones but the developers have done an amazing job pumping out content for the game. I really have to admire their programming skills or work ethic, since either content is amazingly easy to add in their engine, or they are working 24/7.

    I am playing quite a few MOBAs, like Team Fortress 2, Age of Empires 2 HD (My childhood! In HD!) and League of Legends. My stupid computer is too dumb to run Dota2 without lagging out, so I’m actually not playing what is probably my favourite game of all time.

    • jayanta1296 says:

      I love Don’t Starve. I didn’t play the beta, but the release version has so many interesting things in it. It feels like there’s more of a point to it than Minecraft or Terraria.

  28. thegooseking says:

    Except for the GoScurry alpha, I haven’t played a single game released this year. A combination of working too hard, having no money, and promising myself I would only buy one new game for every three I finish in order to clear some of my backlog.

    So I guess GoScurry wins by default.

  29. Setroc says:

    Monaco x4

  30. greg_ritter says:

    Metal Gear Rising for consoles and Blood Dragon for PC.
    Also, I really liked Heroes of Might and Magic 6, but Conflux and DRM shit really stopped me enjoying it.

  31. Malleus says:

    1. Dead Space 3 … other than that I only played Bioshock Infinite, so not much to choose from, but DS3 was great.
    2. No.

  32. Text_Fish says:

    Age of Empires II HD.

  33. mjrmua says:

    1. Starseed
    2. Dota2

  34. diebroken says:

    DOOM – still one of the best designed and balanced games. I usually play it for about an hour a day, and have great fun online (Thu./Fri. nights). The No Rest For The Living chapter for DOOM II was the best part of the BFG edition. (DOOM’s 20th anniversary this Dec. 10th!)

    In terms of games released this year? Hmm, err… Aliens: Colonial Marines… umm… maybe something later this year… hopefully, Wasteland 2.

  35. Low Life says:

    The best game so far has been Bioshock Infinite, but my favourite game would have to be Blood Dragon. It was a ridiculous amount of fun, and it deserves the spot of favourite just based on the fact that – against all odds – it exists.

    I’ve been playing some Dota 2 (not too much lately) and I’m playing Neverwinter, though that might last only a week or two. The people in the RPS guild are lovely, so that might keep me playing.

  36. Thurgret says:

    Wargame: AirLand Battle. The people making it suck at advertising (and naming) their products, which is a shame, because it’s great.

  37. Rubyace says:

    Bioshock Infinite has been so far my GOTY but I hope it will change. Multiplayer game I mostly play is League of Legends.

  38. MattM says:

    The problem with this is I don’t often play games near launch. Despite playing tons of games so far this year, I don’t think any launched in 2013. My GOTYSF 2013 is probably Vessel and the runners up are Terraria and Borderlands 2.
    Vessel was a game that fired on all cylinders. Good visuals, music, story, and gameplay. Manipulating fluids and autonomous lifeforms to solve puzzles was a blast. The puzzles also felt like they were unique to Vessel’s gameplay. In some games you encounter puzzles that could be cut and pasted into other games and still work with minimal adaptation (cough The Ball cough). It isn’t my favorite puzzle game of all time (Braid, Portal, and World of Goo all rank a bit better) but its the best I have played recently.

  39. Rinu says:

    1. Isn’t it a bit early to ask? Tomb Raider.
    Very enjoyable and left me wanting a sequel however this year is almost in the middle and there hasn’t been any real competition. I have been eyeing Bioshock Infinite up at the most.
    2. No, I don’t.
    I used to play ME3MP and it was an interesting experience but still dull thanks to grinding nature of multi-player games lacking any real focus.

  40. Bpy6 says:

    1) My personal GOTY is La-Mulana Remake so far. It’s been released in 2012 though, I just discovered it later through Steam. Great game.
    2) Playing Natural Selection 2, and Path of Exile. They DO plan to ‘release’ PoE this year, right?

  41. 0positivo says:

    I would definitively say Dragon Dogma. Vastly underrated game, definitively more fun than skyrim

    Then Planetside 2 for sure. There’ s a reason I clocked 400 hours into that game. And it’s improving with every update

  42. Glottis1 says:

    Is that picture from Pickwick papers?

  43. pertusaria says:

    Kentucky Route Zero is my favourite so far. I like Papers, Please, but after playing about 3-4 game days, I think I’m going to leave further playing until a full release in order not to spoil it. I also liked Don’t Starve when I tried it, but haven’t been near the full-release version yet. I love Driftmoon, which I just remembered was released this year, but for me it was a game of 2012 thanks to the long-lived alpha and beta versions.

    Not playing any multiplayer, but I picked up Borderlands 2 in the Gamersgate sale, so once I get my head around the basics I may look for people to play with.

  44. edwardoka says:

    Kerbal Space Program is amazing.
    I can’t remember if I got Hotline Miami this year or last, but that’s up there too.
    Castle Doctrine is good but a bit imbalanced at the moment.

  45. Mr. Mister says:

    I haven’t really had a “truly great” gaming experience on the PC this year yet, so I’m gonna go with Xenoblade for the Wii (it came out on the NTSC region this year, so it kinda counts).

    I’m waiting for Distance.

    • thegooseking says:

      Actually it came out in North America last year, and the pedant in me wants to point out that Japan is also an NTSC region.

      But I’m arguing trivia here ;)

  46. MOKKA says:

    Papers Please is by far the most impressive game I played so far this year. Proteus is also awesome

    Also Darks Souls, but that got released last year. Still an incredibly amazing game.

    In regards to pure multiplayer games? None.

    • Drake Sigar says:

      Agreed. Nothing much has interested me this year thus far, but I know there’s a lot of great stuff coming, just have to be patient. Papers Please was a breath of fresh air.

  47. The Sombrero Kid says:

    Game of the year so far would be monaco

    Regular Multiplayer game was Dota 2 before my daughter was born and rendered it impossible to get through a full game without going afk.

  48. faelnor says:

    I have enjoyed none of the big PC releases of the year, so I’ll probably say Sonic & All Stars Racing: Transformed, which is a treat in both solo and multi.

    Tomb Raider was very disappointing but still an enjoyable third-person QTE shooter with jumping. Bioshock Infinite was pretty but uninteresting both in narration and mechanics. Dead Space 3 followed the trend started by DS2 by being less scary and more shooty, bleh. Crysis 3 was as forgettable as Crysis 2. Sim City is a disaster, so is Resident Evil 6. Don’t Starve isn’t as gripping as I expected it to be. I don’t enjoy Starcraft anymore.

    Currently looking forward to getting Zeno Clash 2 and Monaco in the hopes of something fresh to play. Also, Metro: Last Light.

  49. Fenix says:

    I’ve been working on my backlog, so I haven’t played a single big 2013 game yet.

    Out of the things I’ve played this year, my favourite by far has been You Will Select A Decision by Brendan Patrick Hennessy.

  50. CMaster says:

    I don’t play that many games shortly after release. Monaco, far cry 3 and planet side 2 are so far defining this year though.

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