Didn't play a whole lot from this year, and most of what I played were shooters, surprisingly. My best game of 2013 was Dark Souls, which I put one-hundred hours into, with only a few of those being composed of pure frustration. I loved the game world (bleak and strange), the art style (somehow reminiscent of Quake), the combat (simple yet difficult to master); yet it's one of those games that I probably won't come back to, seeing how my first play through was so thorough, and because it's a stressful game, really. Sure, you eventually come to catharsis after you beat the Four Kings or Seath the Scaleless, but every single failure builds up to that catharsis, hence the stress.The experience of playing Dark Souls is like becoming a geyser of emotion that only erupts periodically, unlike Old Faithful.
Civilization 5 was a close second. It was the first strategy game I've
played in a while, and it's certainly very addictive. The wife even
liked it too, so bonus points for that. I'm not a veteran of the series,
so some of the complaints others might of had didn't register. Loved
that it allowed single computer multiplayer.
X-Com is number 3. The combat is great, the tech tree is okay, the
random environments are a bit boring after a while, but overall an
excellent game. Kind of wish that there was more to the interceptor
mini-game, and that base building was more evolved. The expansion is on
Honorable mentions-Shadow Warrior, Metro: Last Light; Dishonored DLC; Hotline Miami.
Biggest Disappointment. Yeah, Bioshock Infinite. It's somehow too much
like the previous games while simultaneously being too little like them.
It wastes its wondrous floating world on a contradictory story about
time travel (although all stories about time travel have similar
problems). I liked the shooting, Elizabeth, and the main twist. I
understand why they didn't just make it Bioshock in the sky. But we
should've been able to explore Columbia, and like many others, I found
the violence to be a little out of place. Still a good game and one
worth playing, but still a disappointed. It was almost doomed to be.
Honorable disappointment mention. Crysis 3. Did you remember that it was
released this year? All I remember about it are respawning enemies,
lots of cutscenes (though thankfully fewer than the previous title) and
giant guns that take up most of the screen. Why the hell did they switch
the protagonist again? What the hell happened to Nomad and Alcatraz?
Why can't I just run around on an island throwing turtles at Koreans?