Best Games of 2013 (So Far) 5-1
Grand Theft Auto V
The unrivaled king of the open world franchises is back with Grand Theft Auto V. It is so audacious a feat, so utterly huge, and so fun, that it had to be near the top of this list. Bouncing back and forth between characters lets you experience much more of the world. Plus, it always helps that you can jack a vehicle and ramp it off a mountain if the mood takes you. Grand Theft Auto V is the ultimate way to wander, explore, and waste some time acting like a criminal.
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.
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.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog has once again wowed gamers with another stellar PlayStation 3 exclusive title. The Last of Us' post-apocalyptic tale combines everything compelling about stories like True Grit, The Road, and zombie thrillers, and puts together a package that exemplifies just how strong gaming can be as a narrative medium. It's also incredibly fun to play, too. We don't know what's next for Joel and Ellie, but we hope this isn't the last of this franchise.