2012 showed gaming’s ever expanding grasp, from small, tightly weaved experiences, rising to the heart of popular media with cinematic explosiveness. 2013 can only get better.
5. Mass Effect 3 |360,PS3,Wii U
Ripe with controversy, Mass Effect 3 is the conclusion of one of the greatest trilogies in gaming history. Summing up a decades worth of memories is no easy task, and developer, Bioware, did their best. Witnessing an entire galaxy at the brink of destruction, Commander Shepard’s last stand is a mighty one, reaching a narrative and cinematic peak that will be hard to top.
4. Halo 4 |360
Master chief returns to save the day again in Halo 4. Returning to form, Halo 4 brings a narrative that’s better than ever, erasing the wrinkles of the weakening gameplay, refining it to a limber beast, and it’s ever expanding multiplayer proves livelier than ever. Halo 4 demonstrates the series only gets better with age.
3. Max Payne 3 |360,PS3,Steam
A depressing noir tale set in Brazil, Max Payne 3 is an excellent, stylistic shooter that brings back as much as it pushes forward. With its entrapping bullet dodging gameplay, Max Payne 3 is truly fantastic, dancing realistic physics with reality bending maneuvers. It’s twisted and engaging tale is a cinematic wonder, using techniques for the silver screen, but harnessing moments only meant for gaming experiences.
2. Journey |PSN
A symbolist’s view of death, Journey is a masterpiece and the greatest evidence for games as art. Its simple and deceptively caring gameplay and unique online focus creates an invisible companionship that becomes its loving core. Meaningful, open-ended and visually and emotionally detailed, Journey’s greatness is what it inspires you to imagine.
1. The Walking Dead |360,PS3,Steam
The emotional roller coaster that questions your humanity, The Walking Dead is an intriguing, brutal, adventure title with a rich, logically thorough, and gut wrenching story that brings you right into the narrative. Following Lee and his adopted daughter, Clementine, the journey to safety is a touching one, nearly bringing you to tears every step of the way, regardless of your emotional disposition. With its ample narrative, The Walking Dead is what every story strives to be: an emotional, cohesive, logically well written, tale that makes you care for you fellow man, even if they are portrayed by digital simulations.