Best Games of 2013 (So Far) 5-1
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.
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.
Antichamber is a first-person puzzler, wherein the player traverses non-Euclidean levels with only his wits and a specially designed gun to aid him. In development for quite a few years, Anitchamber originally started out as a mod for Unreal Tournament 3, and has since evolved beyond its original form to its current state. Developed entirely by just one man (Alexander Bruce), Antichamber challenges conventions and has won numerous indie game awards over the past year.
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem: Awakening is the latest in a long line of successful tactical role-playing games from Nintendo. This time the franchise has branched out to the 3DS, and with it comes new gameplay mechanics including the introduction of an overworld, job classes, and the ability to marry and have children. The primary focus is still on the strategic turn-based combat, but thanks to the new features this entry is among the deepest in the series, and is the Best Game of 2013 (so far).
Irrational Games took its sweet time with BioShock Infinite, and fans were not disappointed one bit by the sequel to one of this generation's most memorable games. While it's not going to be revered for its advances in first-person shooter mechanics, the story and presentation of BioShock Infinite will be talked about for quite some time. There is still a lot to think about when it comes to what it all meant, but that the conversation is still ongoing is a testament to BioShock Infinite's quality.