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We kick off the new year with a look back at our favorite games of 2013 using Favslist.com. Plus, Sony and Microsoft jump into January with some sweet-ass freebies, Itagaki’s Devil’s Third, a new project from the maker of Okami and a whole lot more! Our resolution is 640x360 on this not-quite-high-def edition of gaming’s most brutal video podcast!

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TOPIC: EBA’S GAMES OF THE YEAR! We put a bow on 2013 by breaking out our lists of favorite games from the year that was while also giving a shout out to our most-highly anticipated titles!

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MEMBER: Miguel Ramos

Hi guys. Good show. As far as the Rainbow 6: Patriots being remade, I'm quite pleased with it. Not that it's a good thing they aren't getting it right, but it's good to see a company taking it's time to make a good game. For me there is a bit of confusion when talking about FPS. Call of Duty and Battlefield are modern day military shooters. They have their differences, but if you take just a screenshot they pretty much look the same. They are also mainly online multiplayer games. Games like the Rainbow 6 series, Far Cry 3, Bioshock, Half-Life series, Borderlands, all have distinct characteristics, in tone, visually, gameplay wise, story and so on, and they are mainly single player or co-op experiences. You have to decide first of all what kind of game you are pushing for. Because the multiplayer focused game has nothing to do with the single player or co-op experience. If you make a game in the CoD format, you must be multiplayer and you must sell a lot to keep the community going. Because if you go for that type of experience in a single player environment, you end up with a crappy game. So I think we should stop just saying FPS, but understand what kind of focus the FPS has to be able to compare it to the right games.

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Comment by Alex Sierra on January 2, 2014 at 12:15pm

Sweet! Welcome back guys. Hope you all had an awesome holiday!

Comment by Aussie Legend on January 2, 2014 at 9:29pm

Completely agree with Tony about Dragon's Crown on the Vita, as a huge beat 'em up fan, especially the old school variety (not to say there haven't been ones lately of course even Charlie Murder from this year was a pretty good effort), and its honestly one of the best I've played. I also played the mystara hd remake this year and in my opinion Dragon's Crown bests it. Its right up there with Guardian Heroes (my usual go to favourite beat 'em up) and among the best in the genre that I've played.

As for GOTY talk, my top 5 go along the lines of: Tearaway, Metro Last Light, Fire Emblem on the 3DS, Paper's Please and Brothers (which DK's totally right about btw, the "part he can't mention" is one of the best moments of gameplay-story intergration in the medium thus far. When I got to that section and caught onto what they were doing... yeah its powerful). All fantastic games and would recommend them to everyone.

Comment by Armin Karame on January 2, 2014 at 10:11pm

Welcome back guys, awesome show as always and hope you all had a great holiday season. 

I was on the fence personally when it comes to Beyond Two Souls, but after watching the show I think I'll definitely pick it up now. Although I may have to wait a bit, since I blew everything on the Steam holiday sale ><!

Comment by Patrick Malahy on January 2, 2014 at 11:34pm

A Happy New Year to all the Axeheads out there! To a great year of new gen games, and hopefully not so many ridiculous stumbles and fumbles by the publishers/devs.

Really liked the GOTY countdown. it's great getting a little insight on so many worthwhile games. Dragon's Crown is at the top of my list... my gaming situation is uhh complicated at this point. PS4 can wait til this summer, and will be hopefully scoring some great deals for current(?) gen titles in the meantime.

You guys keep crying havoc, and I'll keep listening.

Comment by Averagus on January 4, 2014 at 3:17am

Happy New Year guys! Loved your lists!

Great to see the Dragon's Crown love! I actually got it based on the HappyConsoleGamers recommendation too. I didn't play the D&D games much when I was younger but it reminded me a lot of the Golden Axe series with the desirable modern refinements. I also appreciated the way it shipped polished, completed and ready to enjoy without any DLC or other nonsense. A truly great game that I'm considering getting again for PS3 (with the artbook). I am truly happy all those windbags who hated on it have probably helped it sell far better than it would have otherwise.

I must have mentioned my top 5 many times but again:

1. Metro: Last Light

2. Rayman Legends

3. Pikmin 3

4. Tomb Raider

5. Super Mario 3D World

I would also have Dragon's Crown, Luigi's Mansion 2 and quite possibly Tearaway nudging in close behind. I played Brothers and finished it off last night after listening to this podcast and thought it was a lovely little game. I also finally grabbed Blacklist which I found disappointing but certainly not bad. BioShock Infinite I thought was average and The Last of Us was engaging to the end. None of them really come close to being my favourite games this year though. Still, I thought this year was leaps and bounds better than last year even in spite of games like Journey and the Walking Dead.

As for my anticipated games for 2014? Well I would have The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as the absolute number one. I think I'll have to invest in a video card or a PS4/Xbox One to get it and I'm leaning towards the card. I suspect that it still might get pushed back into early next year though. I am also cautiously optimistic for Dragon Age: Inquisition and I'm still hoping to be surprised by other games.

The most immediate interest for this year is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Tony's battlecry for Nintendo is deserved as they currently have the only new console that has games worth spending the money on and with plenty coming up this year. If Tropical Freeze is even a slight improvement on Returns, then we can expect a really excellent platformer to begin the year.

Great show guys! Hope you had a great Christmas (Yule for Brent) and New Years!

Comment by Fabian Winkler on January 6, 2014 at 2:35am

I just joined favslist.com. And the first impression is not a good one. The activation email contains the password plain text. That is not a good thing. Please change that. Otherwise I will create some favslists. Send me a friend request and a pm mentioning EBA.

Comment by Miguel Ramos on January 10, 2014 at 5:44am

Last member battle cry of 2013! Yes!

Comment by Berserkaren on January 12, 2014 at 3:13am

Thanks for an awesome year! RIP EBA 2013 and Welcome to the new age EBA 2014!

Comment by Marco de Toledo on January 13, 2014 at 1:14am

My most anticipated game of 2014:

1. Uncharted

2. The Witness

3.The Division

4. Call of Duty

5. Watch Dogs

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