2013 has been an incredible year for video games and a milestone year for hardware with the release of two next-gen systems.
Shopping for the gamer in your life is never an easy task so we’ve put together a list of our top games we’ve played this year. You’ll notice the list is lacking next-gen titles, that’s because we haven’t played any yet.
Part one of our picks for 2013:
Animal Crossing New Leaf (available for Nintendo 3DS) Easily one of the most addictive games of the year, Animal Crossing New Leaf (ACNL) brings the exciting world of Animal Crossing to Nintendo’s 3DS. As mayor of your new town, it’s your duty to keep the town looking beautiful and addressing the needs of your quirky (and sometimes wacky) citizens. With a dynamic day/night system and special events occurring constantly, there is always something to do in your town. This game is perfect for sim lovers and offers non-stop fun for all ages. Purchase it here
Batman: Arkham Origins (available for PlayStation 3, Wii-U, Xbox 360, and PC) The Caped Crusader gets another chance to face off with the villains of Gotham in this third installment to the Arkham Series. This game focuses on a younger, less experienced Bruce Wayne, who finds himself with a bounty on his head and eight elite assassins on his trail throughout the city. If you’ve enjoyed playing the Arkham series in the past, love Batman, or if you just want to be Batman for a little while, this is a great game for you to pick up. Purchase it here
Bioshock Infinite (available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac) Venture to Columbia, the city in the clouds and an alleged utopia, in this first person shooter from Irrational Games. You’ll explore the city as Booker DeWitt, a former Pinkerton detective as he attempts to rescue Elizabeth from the city that may not be as advertised. A game with stunning scenery, fast paced action, and a deep and complex storyline, this is an experience you won’t want to miss out on. Listen to our impressions and Purchase it here
Card Hunter (available in most browsers) Created by Jonathan Chey (co-creator of Bioshock) and Richard Garfield (creator of Magic: The Gathering), Card Hunter is a free-to-play tactical card game that can be played in almost any web browser. It’s a mixture of Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and tabletop gaming, but in a browser. It offers an extensive multiplayer mode to duel other players online or a robust single player experience. A great recommendation for fans of Dungeons and Dragons or collectible card games. Best of all, it’s free!
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC) Sergeant Rex Power Colt is part man, part machine, and all American; he’s also the only thing capable of stopping a cyborg army from taking over the world. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon provides the core gameplay experience of Far Cry 3 in a neon coated package. With dialogue rich with more clichés than an 80s action movie and a soundtrack from Power Glove that will have you pumped for a montage, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is perfect for the FPS-lover on your wishlist or for fans of 80s action movies. Read our full review and Purchase it here.
BIOSHOCK INFINITE: BURIAL AT SEA (EPISODE 1) NOW AVAILABLE
In Irrational Games’ Burial at Sea players return to Rapture and Elizabeth has enlisted Booker’s help to find a lost girl, Sally. Questions remain though of who is this Sally and what is Elizabeth’s connection to her?
Find out answers to these questions and more in Burial at Sea—Episode 1, available for $14.99 by itself, or as part of the BioShock Infinite Season Pass, which is priced at $19.99. The Season Pass includes both Burial at Sea episodes, Clash in the Clouds add-on pack, as well as the Early Bird Special Pack.