Best Games of 2013 (So Far) 15 – 6
Angry Birds Star Wars 2
The supremacy of Angry Birds remains through the years and the release of Angry Birds Star Wars 2 is proof. Not only does it expand on the universes of both franchises, but it makes no compromises on fun. You have a multitude of new levels and birds for you to enjoy. In fact, Rovio has done something spectacular. They've made the Star Wars prequels enjoyable.
Mario doesn't have a monopoly on platforming. Rayman is another legend of the genre and he is in full form with his latest game. It is platforming nirvana that allows three other friends to drop in and out to help or hinder your quest. The controls are fantastic and tight, but the real highlight of this game are the incredible visuals that border more on cartoonish paintings than digital artwork. Missing this game would be a huge disservice to a platformer fan.
StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm delivered more of the fan-favorite awesomeness PC gamers have come to expect from Blizzard's franchise over the years. The second of three planned games, Heart of the Swarm brought improvements on the gameplay in Wings of Liberty, and kept fans engaged with a new perspective in the ongoing battle for space supremacy. Blizzard is known for taking its time with releases, which can tick off gamers, but when the final product is as strong as StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, it's hard to argue with their mentality.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
If there's one thing avid Nintendo fans adore, it's a new Animal Crossing. New Leaf brings the sim game to the Nintendo 3DS, with a host of new features, but the same core gameplay die-hard fans have come to expect and enjoy from the series. Being able to play such an addictive game on the go is a major plus, and with the ability to visit friends' towns, there's seemingly no end to this title's enjoyment.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
When Level 5 teamed with Studio Ghibli to create Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, people expected greatness, but nobody was quite prepared for the RPG to be such an engrossing game. Combining the fantastic animation Ghibli is known for with a robust and challenging gameplay system, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch established itself as an early frontrunner for RPG of the year.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Few games this year have been as fun and ridiculous as Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Fueled by nostalgia for the '80s, Blood Dragon brings the macho attitude we recall from so many bad (read: awesome), sci-fi action movies of the era into a first-person shooter, and reminds us all that not every game has to be serious business. There are dragons with laser eyes, for crying out loud. Add in a wonderful synth soundtrack, and you've got one of the most enjoyable downloadable games we've played this year.
Whether you're on the go or playing at home, Guacamelee's side-scrolling luchador action shouldn't be missed. A wonderfully eclectic and stylish game, Guacamelee is a title that must be played to be truly appreciated. The action is fast and furious, and it has style and flair to spare. If more games like this are what Sony has planned, the future is certainly bright for the PlayStation brand.
Behemoth has made a name for itself as a premiere multiplayer developer on Xbox Live, and Battleblock Theater continued the company's tradition of excellence. Fast-paced platforming action, coupled with crazy co-op play, give Battleblock Theater a unique personality, but still resides wholly in Behemoth's wheelhouse of incredible fun. As XBLA games go, Battleblock Theater will stand alongside the platform's greatest, let alone being one of the best games of 2013.
Space, the final frontier. That's the setting for the platform-puzzler The Swapper, a unique title that challenges you to solve the mysteries of a space station with nothing but your own ingenuity and a handful of clones. Atmospheric, challenging, and maddening all at once, The Swapper is a perfect example of how to do this genre right.
Lara's return to the fold was well worth the wait, as Tomb Raider showed the leading lady still had a lot to offer an entirely new generation of fans. Crystal Dynamics learned a lot from Tomb Raider-inspired titles like Uncharted, and delivered what could be considered the most complete Tomb Raider adventure in the entire franchise. The action was intense, the reimagined origin was on point, and even if the tombs weren't as prevalent or important as they were in the past, Tomb Raider stands at out as one of 2013's best video games.