Hey Axeheads. Well, it seems like we have reached the half way point for 2013 and in these past 6 months, we've all probably played a lot of fantastic games. Since it is the half way point of the year, I thought an obligatory "top 5 games of 2013 so far" list had to be made. So, without further ado, here are my top 5 games of 2013 so far.
Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)
I love my 3DS, and Fire Emblem Awakening is definitely the best game for the system. It's a turn-based strategy RPG and my first ever experience playing a turn-based strategy RPG game. I never thought that the genre would appeal to me, but it turns out it could be a lot of fun. You could partner up with certain party members on the field and the relationship between them would improve the more they fought together and the stronger they would both become. Eventually, you could even get married, have kids, and then those kids could become part of your army. The 3D is beautiful, the gameplay is engaging, the game is gorgeous, and it's just a must play. Can't recommend it enough for any 3DS owner.
BioShock Infinite (PC/360/PS3)
What hasn't already been said about this game? It seemed like the entire games industry all focused on this one game when it was released on March 26th of this year. I know there are a lot of conflicting opinions, especially now since the insane hype has died down a bit, but I really loved this game. The shooting mechanics were a bit bland, but I'll never forget the story. One of the best stories ever told in a video game for sure. If you've managed to avoid all the spoilers, I first want to congratulate you because I don't know how the hell you did it. Secondly, I would recommend that you play this game and experience it for yourself.
Got to love me some indie games! Gunpoint is simply a lot of fun. It may have been on the short side, but trying to A+ all the missions can be pretty challenging. It's especially hilarious when you mess up and get shot in the face while trying to escape the building by jumping out a glass window. If you love stealth games that "rewire" some planning to execute the perfect stealth hacking, it's for you. Not to mention that the writing is genuinely funny most of the time. Definitely pick this one up.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
*sigh* Oh Ni no Kuni, you charming son of a bitch you. One of the best JRPGs of this year exclusively on the PS3 by Level-5. The artstyle is simply gorgeous. It's really colourful, and just oozes of childhood wonder and imagination. It feels like your walking through a painting. Every destination you visit in the game is simply stunning. The story is also fairly simple, but enjoyable nonetheless. The main mechanic involves capturing and training "familiars," which seem really similar to Pokemon, which is AWESOME! If you've ever wanted a truly 3D Pokemon game, this is it! And come on, Drippy is flippin' adorable, mun!
Here's another brilliant indie title, brought to you by Drinkbox Studios. This Mexican lucha libre inspired metroidvania wrestling beat-em-up game is superb. Once again, the artstyle is simply gorgeous and the gameplay is so smooth and satisfying. At first, the combat may appear very simple, but there is a lot of depth hidden away with crazy combos and juggles and recognizable wrestling moves like the suplex, for instance. The music is also fantastic, and the game is littered with video game and pop culture references that will put a smile on your face. If you have a PS3 or a Vita (it's a cross buy title), then I highly recommend you pick up this game.
Well, that does it for me. So, fellow Axeheads, what are your top 5 games of 2013 thus far? Let me know so I can get to playing them as soon as possible.