RPS Asks: Year To Date / Year To Go?

By Jim Rossignol on August 9th, 2013 at 8:30 am.


A question for you: which game have you enjoyed most so far this year?

A second question for you: What games are you most looking forward to in the remainder of 2013?

Speak!

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  1. razgon says:

    You asked game, so this is on you, but sadly my most enjoyed game this year is a console game, that is thankfully coming later to PC

    State of Decay!

    I’m REALLY looking forward to Total War: Rome 2 !

    • Leosiegfried says:

      This year i enjoyed Dont Starve,Gnomoria, Tales of Vesperia, FTL, XCOM CK2
      Looking forward to X-Rebirth Disgaea D2 Rome 2
      And planning to marathon Tales of Xillia today

      So much backlog i don’t think ill finish it in my lifetime

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        Mr Coot says:

        Don’t Starve was a highlight for me too. Absolutely beautifully done fun and funny game. Nothing really exciting me for the rest of the year. If Legend of the Knightwasher ever comes to fruition I will be sufficiently amused to buy it. (Yes, the jousting dishwasher)

        • GunnerMcCaffrey says:

          Don’t Starve is my GOTY so far by a huge margin. None of the reviews had prepared me for how genuinely charming and creepy it manages to be at once, nor for how deep the mechanics are.

          Following at a comfortable distance would be Fez and A Dark Room.

      • S Jay says:

        Don’t Starve for sure!

    • Syra says:

      For me also a console zombie game, The Last of Us.

      Unfortunately like the suicidally depressed, I can’t think of anything I’m really looking forward to in the next year or so…

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      Henke says:

      I _just_ finished State of Decay as well! Very good game despite it’s multitude of bugs, glitches, and struggling engine.

    • Jumwa says:

      Likewise it’s console/handheld games that have surprisingly kept me entertained this year. It’s been a surprisingly uninteresting year of PC releases from my perspective.

      Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing on the 3DS have consumed most of my gaming time, by far. Even more astonishingly (as I’ve never played a single title in the series before) Lego City Undercover was a huge surprise. It was like a much better made GTA4 with better gameplay, way more fun and a light, pervasive humour.

      Plus it rewarded me for my favourite activity in those kind of games: driving on the sidewalk, running down street lamps and mailboxes.

  2. gibb3h says:

    Just Cause 2, I’m running a bit behind….

  3. Borklund says:

    Enjoyed the most so far: Civ 5 Brave New World

    Looking forward to: Europa Universalis IV, Rome 2: Total War, Payday 2, Grand Theft Auto V (for the consoles, sorry)

  4. WarOnGamesIndustry says:

    1.Payday 2 beta followed closely by Rouge Legacy.

    2. If I hadn’t been in the End of Nations Alpha I would’ve said that but I was and they ruined it so I’m not really looking forward to it anymore unless they snag a lead developer with some Blizzard, Westwood or Relic experience. It’s painfully obvious that Scot Lane doesn’t know what he is doing. His previous games are stuff like WWE Smackdown and Dark Alliance. You really need to know your stuff to pull of an RTS game.

  5. cedra says:

    GTA V? Yes, GTA V.

    Or maybe..

    No, GTA V.

    • thecat17 says:

      Yes! I’m hugely excited about this, too.
      Especially once/if Simple Trainer comes out for it. That GTA IV mod is more fun than I’ve ever had with Minecraft, I swear.

      Although. I don’t think it’ll be coming out for the PC in 2013?

      • MykulJaxin says:

        I don’t recall an official statement from Rockstar on this, but why do they always wait to share with the PC crowd? They’re aware (I think) that we love their games, and there’s a robust mod community out there…You’d think they’d let us play right from the get-go.

  6. Dariune says:

    I haven’t liked the look of anything released this year yet (Or those that I did were disappointing)

    But I bought Dishonoured and thought it was fantastic and after reading the RPS Forums I finally bought and am playing Alpha Protocol and it is the best fun I have had with a game for a long time.

    I am looking forward to EU4, my only pre-order in the last 5 years I think.

    I am also looking cautiously looking forward to ROME2 Total war as well.

  7. TekDragon says:

    Most enjoyed has been Gnomoria.
    Most looked forward to is Stonehearth and Starbound.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Is Stonehearth actually going to land this year?

      • thecat17 says:

        Stonehearth’s Kickstarter, it says that their beta will be released to backers in December of this year, full version in September 2014.

        • Tacroy says:

          Release dates in general are laughable, but Kickstarter release dates are flat out not even worth believing.

    • Sc0r says:

      Still checking Gnomoria out, but it looks pretty good so far.
      My fav this year was.. I have no idea. Didn’t have much fun with any of the current games. Bioshock, TombRaider, Firefall.. everything was somewhat … meh.
      What I played the most is War Thunder. Still like it pretty much, so here’s my candidate.

      Only thing I’m waiting for to release this year is the next Dwarf Fortress update. If it comes. Oh and Planet Explorers.

  8. Random says:

    Sadly nothing that came out this year really kept my attention.

    Still waiting for Starbound, if they keep their 2013 promise then I will be very happy. Also I will lose my job and friends because of playing too much Starbound.

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    Faldrath says:

    1. Race 07, weirdly enough. But if you want a 2013 game, then Path of Exile.

    2. Europa Universalis IV, without a doubt, now that Wasteland 2 was delayed.

  10. bigjig says:

    Kind of late to the party, but the most fun I’ve had with a game this year by far is Okami HD. If I had to choose something from 2013 I’d say The Last of Us.

    Not sure about the rest of the year but for the time being I”ll be trying out Guacamelee, Spelunky and Papers Please in hope that they are as good as everyone says they are.

  11. Utsunomiya says:

    So far, I’m really torn between Hotline Miami and Papers, please. I guess I’ll go with Papers. At least they don’t shake your screen in that one.
    Can’t wait for Knock-Knock, hands down. And maybe M&MX, if they’ll be able to release it this year. I really doubt it, though, for some reason.
    Man, this year really was dissappointing.

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    theodacourt says:

    They might just be the biggest games around these days, but Bioshock Infinite has been my favourite so far and I’m most looking forward to Watch_Dogs

  13. BobbyDylan says:

    Enjoyed the most? Crusader Kinds 2. Bioshock Infinite, Metro LL.
    Looking Forward to? Europa Univarslis 4, Rome 2, X-Rebirth, Battlefield 4.

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    Anthile says:

    Binfinite, certainly. What I am looking for ward to? Err, Binfinite DLC? Besides from that Europa Universalis 4, Saints Row 4 and South Park.

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    Craig Pearson says:

    It has a pretty poor front-end, and a lot of people struggled with bugs (I didn’t), but Trials: Evolution has been my favourite game this year.

    Still mostly looking forward to Elite, but if that’s not out this year then X-Rebirth.

  16. FurryLippedSquid says:

    I’ve mainly been enjoying older games that have been on my “to play” list so haven’t really played many of 2013′s crop yet. I would have to say Tomb Raider, that being the case.

    Looking forward to South Park: The Stick of Truth & Watch Dogs.

  17. Choca says:

    1 – Rogue Legacy and Civ V : Brave New World.

    2 – Probably Europa Universalis IV

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    basilisk says:

    Easy question. BioShock Infinite, Saints Row IV.

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      jezcentral says:

      Same for me, although Binfinite is easier to admire than love. I hate the way those “Collect all sound recordings” interfere with gameplay. I spend 5 mins killing enemies, and then 15 mins searching the area for sundry back-story items. Space Marine was the same. I think only Brink had done this properly, tying it into gameplay completed, rather than hiding them in (sometimes deliberately) obscure places.

      And, yes, I’m looking forward to SR4, if only to see what the new mod support will bring. And knowing SR fans, it will NOT be pretty. :)

  19. MrThingy says:

    Most Enjoyed: Crusader Kings II, Bioshock Infinite
    Looking forward to: EU IV, Elite Dangerous, X-Rebirth
    Not looking forward to: GODUS (backed this one, because I am a nostalgic foooooooool)

  20. Budenzauber says:

    BioShock Infinite was really great, Tomb Raider was nice too. Other than that mostly MOBA games like LoL and lately more Dota2.

    But I am totally looking forward to GTA V (PS3, sorry)

  21. newguy2012 says:

    Skyrim, Borderlands 2 and Torchlight 2. (these may be too old.)

    Looking forward to Wasteland 2.

    • F3ck says:

      Dude, Skyrim was 2011…BL2 was September of last year…you’re not even trying, are you?

      • DrGonzo says:

        Just says the games you most enjoyed this year, not games that came out this year.

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          soulblur says:

          Yeah, Skyrim was still probably in my list of games I enjoyed the most. CK2, certainly. Actually played an epic game of EU3 early in the year which I loved.

          Probably though? Probably my favourite game of the year was King of Dragon Pass. I only discovered it around March, I think. Incredible game. And Bastion? Also incredible. I did play both on iPad though, so I’m not sure if that’s eligible here. I also really enjoyed Far Cry 3, but that got played on the old X360.

          Looking forward to EU4, mostly. Not really thinking further ahead than Tuesday, basically. If I was, I would be thinking about many of my kickstarted games, Watch Dogs, AC:BF, that sort of thing. But not holding my breath with any of them. To look forward too much is to court disappointment.

          • mouton says:

            King of Dragon Pass is brilliant and mostly overlooked.

            You are actually lucky to have played it on ipad, as it was the only version that was in any way improved in recent years and had some new content added.

        • F3ck says:

          I thought it was implied with “so far this year” and “which games are you most looking forward to” that they meant this year…

          I’ll change my answer, then, to E.Y.E. and Two Worlds 2 (but for the ending, yeesh).

  22. thecat17 says:

    1st question:
    HOTLINE MIAMI (yes, I’m late and there’s a huge backlog of 2013 games I’ve yet to play, including Shadowrun Returns)

    2nd question:
    HOTLINE MIAMI 2 (that is coming out later this year, right?)
    Grand Theft Auto V (and I’m still not sure if Mr. Grayson really thinks he’s not excited about it)
    Half-Life 3 (I swear, this will be the year aww who am I kidding…)
    Sir, You Are Being Hunted (that is coming out later this year, right?)

    I’m sure there are more, but I’m rather plastered at the moment.

  23. F3ck says:

    Infinite was the only new game I’ve really liked this year so far – mostly 2013 has been an opportunity for me to work on my backlog (e.g., I’m finally getting around to the AC series).

    SYaBH and Watchdogs are the only two I am genuinely excited about (and not really the latter).

  24. stkaye says:

    Actually, the only game I can think of that both came out this year and that I kind of enjoyed is Tomb Raider. Otherwise I’m playing catch-up or wandering down nostalgia lane.

    Looking forward to:

    Rome 2!

    Batman: Arkham Origins!

    and…

    Beyond: Two Souls! On PS3!

  25. KillerRabbit says:

    Civ 5 Brave New World, Minecraft (Feed the beast: Mindcrack pack)

  26. MondSemmel says:

    Games I most enjoyed, and played this year so far: Jelly no Puzzle, Hana no Puzzle, Four Scepters, Ending (all free, spectacular puzzle games), La-Mulana, Super Hexagon, Rayman Origins, English Country Tune, DROD: KDD and DROD: GatEB. Long live all puzzle games!
    I guess I enjoyed Super Hexagon the most, but I think Ending and Four Scepters might be the only games among that list with 2013 release dates.
    Most looking forward to among games to be released in the remainder of 2013: The Spelunky re-release, probably. But my games backlog is so long that I most likely won’t actually play it this year.

    • floogles says:

      English Country Tune! Yes, unbelievable – I’ve been trying to pester the writer for a dlc or sequel, if you’re interested in the same thing please annoy him as well.

      So, I couldn’t find the “ending” game you referred to? How could I find that?

      The others I’ve bookmarked thanks :-)

      • MondSemmel says:

        Ending by Aaron Steed: http://robotacid.com/flash/ending/
        It’s a turn-based puzzle game based on turn parity. I loved the pure puzzle mode, though I didn’t enjoy the endless/adventure mode.
        EDIT: Also available for ~1€ on some mobile phones. See the links on the page of the Flash version.

    • alex_v says:

      Some excellent shouts. Jelly no Puzzle is a standout for me.

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    Tom De Roeck says:

    Hmmmm. Games this year that were awesome: XCOM EU, Civ5 Brave New World. All of the indie games I liked were from last year, so they dont count.

    Games to look forward to: Sir!, Maia (though Im not sure itll be released in 2013), starforge (again, not sure), the new xcom expansion, maybe a new fallout? who knows.

  28. LennyLeonardo says:

    Absolutely loving Papers, Please so far. Awesome game.
    Most looking forward to Space Hulk I think. If I had a decent machine I’d probably be excited about Rome 2, but Space Hulk will fill the void. Pun intended.

    Oh, also been playing loads of Kerbal Space Program lately. The first time I managed to get 3 Kerbals back from Mun was one of the most satisfying gaming moments ever, right up there with killing Smough and Ornstein. When that parachute deployed… all the mission control staff in my head were throwing their papers in the air.

  29. zappeo says:

    1) Monaco, Legend of Grimrock, Planetside 2
    2) Payday 2 (it’s heist year!), South Park: The Stick Of Truth, DayZ Standalone, Legend of Grimrock 2 (?)

  30. warthog2k says:

    Hmm, really couldn’t get into Bioshock Infinite….

    Most enjoyed this year (bearing in mind I only hoover stuff up from Steam Sales…)
    Mark of the Ninja, Thomas Was Alone, Super Hexagon, Crusader Kings 2, Grid 2

    Rest of the year (release / sale dependent)
    Rogue Legacy, Trials Evolution Gold, Monaco, Thief

  31. marbled says:

    So far, Bioshock Infinite was great but I think Saints Row 3 was the best surprise – I’m a bit behind but whilst Bioshock Infinite had an interesting plot and fascinating location, married with surprisingly good minute to minute combat, Saints Row 3 had so many moments of totally over the top insane action and comedy that I loved every second. Hotline Miami was also really impressive, but it’s the first game I’ve played where I felt like I needed to shower afterwards…

    Coming up, I’m intrigued by GTA V but suspect Saints Row 4 may end up consuming more time. Might try Rome as well, though the last Total War game I played was the original Rome! I’m half way through a replay of ME3 and am looking forward to seeing the Citadel DLC.

  32. bstard says:

    Most enjoyed: CK2, Dont Starve, Starcraft2: GemTD, Dota2
    Looking forward: EU4, Rise of Venice, Spontaneous combustion of all consoles (I had a dream!)

  33. Jason Moyer says:

    I think the only 2013 game I’ve played to completion so far was BioShock Infinite, which was fab. I’ve also been playing the crap out of Nascar 2013. Most anticipated game? Sir, You Are Being Hunted.

  34. Mechorpheus says:

    Do I get shunned from the RPS community if I say that I’m very tempted to put Dead Space 3? I love Dead Space…… shame no one else seems to (including EA).

    Although in honesty, it’s probably Bioshock Infinite, particularly the last 30 minutes or so. I haven’t quite finish clearing my brain off the wall after that game blew my mind.

    Most looking forward to? Amnesia: Machine for Pigs. If it even comes out this year. That or Hotline Miami 2.

    • Adam Smith says:

      We’ll have to talk very quietly, but I enjoyed Dead Space 3 as well. Some of my favourite moments in a Big Game this year.

      Thought it went to pot in the last few hours though.

      But, yes, we can speak softly about the things it did so very well and hope that nobody hears.

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        Lars Westergren says:

        I HEARD THEM WHISPERING ‘BOUT LIKING PARTS OF DEAD SPACE 3! GET THEEEEM!

    • Malleus says:

      I sure hope DS3 is not turning into a Dragon Age 2, where mentioning it instantly attracts haters and turns into a circlejerk about how much it sucks…

  35. TheBigBookOfTerror says:

    It’s not even properly released or finished, but Cubeworld. Rest of the stuff I’ve been playing are older games like Skyrim, Sleeping Dogs and Torchlight 2. Oh, I did really like Metro Last Light.

    After the trailer yesterday, really looking forward to X: Rebirth. I like the idea of focussing on just one ship and doing it well. I’ve been hoping that a free-roaming car sim will do the same one day. South Park Stick of Truth sounds like it will be a laugh. Gone Home is probably going to be a favourite, love what I’ve seen in previews so far.

    • alex_v says:

      I second CubeWorld – not quite the masterpiece I first thought, but a wonderful world to explore and enjoy. Particularly good in co-op.

  36. Drake Sigar says:

    Most enjoyed Paper’s Please thus far, and looking forward to Rome Total War II, Wasteland 2, Saint’s Row 4, and have you seen that Elder Scrolls Anthology coming out? 5 Elder Scrolls games complete with mappage. I’m tempted.

    Of course if the Skyrim disc requires Steam then it renders the entire collection pointless.

    • Creeping Death says:

      You’re out of luck then, it does require Steam. Oblivion and Morrowind also have the option to register on Steam… though it’s not really an option when the disc version of Oblivion doesn’t have all the DLC and the Steam version does.

  37. Skull says:

    Really been a crap year for AAA games as everything looked really uninspired. However, I will go for a game that surprisingly hasn’t been mentioned yet…”Starcraft 2″. Fantastic campaign which isn’t afraid of letting the player be too op and have fun. The multiplayer is still relevant, extremely well balenced and really beats everything else we have out there (even that of CoH2).

    Honourable mentions go to “Monaco”, for being the best party game I have ever played and “Trials: Gold Edition” for being just as bombastic and extreme as it could possibly be.

    As for the rest of this year…”Rome 2″ and “ARMA 3″, don’t care about anything else.

  38. DrGonzo says:

    I think Dishonoured, and Guild Wars 2. Haven’t put enough time into Brave New World to know yet, but i think that might top them both.

    Most anticipated must be GTA V.

    Biggest disappointment was Bioshock infinite, I know it wasn’t a question, but I didn’t say it at the time and its been bothering me. Why did they ruin the gameplay (sorry!) so? And how did anyone think the plot was anything other than shite?

  39. finalfanatik says:

    Favourite of the year for me has got to have been Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (full title is mandatory.) It’s the game I pick up pretty much every day still.

    As for the future…Sir, You Are Being Hunted definitely makes the list, but I’m especially looking forward to a number of DLCs – Dishonoured and maybe a new Borderlands 2 season.

  40. GhostBoy says:

    1. Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and Dead Space 3, in that order. Also Dust: An Elysian Tail, mostly because, while I don’t play it much, it has been a very pleasant surprise and a break from my usual genres.

    2. Well, it *was* FF: Lightning Returns, but they pushed that back to 2014. So now it’s Saints Row IV, which thankfully is just around the corner. Been a while since I had a sandbox game on the list. Arkham City became too samey, even if the story was good. Possibly also WIldstar, if that manages to stay on target for a 2013 release.

  41. diebroken says:

    1. PAYDAY 2 – beta
    2. PAYDAY 2

    Went back to finish off the Wolf DLC on PAYDAY: The Heist after playing for umpteen hours on the beta and it just doesn’t ‘feel’ as good as PAYDAY 2…

  42. Taidan says:

    So far, I’m going to nominate Defiance as my favourite game of the year.

    It’s weird, as on a feature-by-feature basis, I’ve found the game quite disappointing. At it’s core though, it’s a pretty solid arcade shooter, and I’m still playing it casually four months later, so it must be doing something right.

    For the rest of the year, I’m mostly looking forward to Star Citizen’s Combat Alpha, but EverQuest Next Landmarks looks like it could be a blast.

  43. ramirezfm says:

    If I’d have to choose one, then The Last of Us (yeah, console, I know).
    Looking forward to Watch Dogs.

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    Cinek says:

    As for the best:
    Planetary Annihilation,
    EU4,
    StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm,
    BF4 if it’s as good as BF3.
    DOTA2
    Star Citizen beta???

    Other than that – plenty of disappointments this year.
    Crysis 3 and Dead Space 3 were bad. Just bad (ok, C3 was better than C2, but it’s still bad)
    Bioshock was rather mild game for roughly entire campaign, good ending, everything else not so much.
    Krater disappointingly boring gameplay.
    Tomb Raider wasn’t a Tomb Raider.
    ARMA 3 seems to be a beta even AFTER the release – with still missing major game components.
    Mechwarrior online devs spoiled the game with total inability to balance it or create clan-friendly multiplayer environment.
    Dishonoured was just too boring if you used “magic” – I quitted it after 2/3 of campaign (something I almost never do) – there wasn’t anything there to keep me going or be a challenge.
    Guild Wars 2 in the end turned out to be yet another MMO.
    SimCity was a joke of the year. Worst of the worst. It should be renamed to SimCity: Scandal after EAs behaviour.

  45. tomek says:

    Mechwarrior Online and BF3. Looking forward to Star Citizen dogfighting alpha and BF4.

  46. Scumbag says:

    From stuff I have played that were actually released this year:
    Rising Storm
    Warframe (It be beta, but still kinda cool)

    Stuff I look forward to:
    Hotline Miami 2, but aside from that the only thing I await with baited breath for is Dark Souls II

  47. mdazfrench says:

    Bioshock Infinite – loved the story right up to the end.

    Saints Row 4 – Because even the President needs to blow some stuff up

  48. Khrae says:

    This year I have mostly been playing Civ 5, about 300hours or so if Steam is to be trusted. The release of BNW has only made this worse.

    I’m quite looking forward to Rome 2 Total War.

  49. gulag says:

    To date: Shadowrun Returns, and that’s a tough pick given the quality of stuff so far.

    Looking forward: Like the previous one, Witcher 3 is going to be a day one purchase for me.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    Most enjoyed this year: Crowded field (Dishonored for instance. Dota 2 to my great surprise), but I think Brutal Legends (you didn’t say it had to be released this year!)

    Most looking forward to: Another crowded field, but Wasteland 2 I think, if they manage to release it before next year rolls in. South Park is another one I’m cautiously optimistic about. Not a big fan of the show, but a huge Obsidian fan and previews have been very positive so far.