The Best Videogames of 2013

  • Publish Date: December 30, 2013
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PC games

90+ Games by Year
(2007 - 2013)
2013 Avg. Metascore 69.1
PC Games
vs. 2012 Avg. 70.3

Once again, there were more positively reviewed games released for computers than there were for any other gaming platform. 2013 saw 129 individual PC games receive a 75 or higher, up from the prior year's 114 (and well above 2013's second highest total, the PS3's 80).

Five of those well-received 2013 PC games achieved a 90 or higher, up from four such games in 2012. However, just one of those great games was exclusive to computer gaming: Dota 2, Valve's multiplayer online battle arena sequel to a game originally developed as a Warcraft III mod, and one with a very vocal community of players, to say the least. (Dota 2 actually received game of the year consideration in some publications in 2012, but its first official release was this year).

PCBest PC Exclusives, 2013
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5
Image bar Image bar Image bar Image bar Image bar
90 88 88 87 87
Dota 2
Valve Software
Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
Paradox Interactive
The Stanley Parable
Galactic Cafe
The Swapper
Facepalm Games
Europa Universalis IV
Paradox Interactive
PCBest-Reviewed Computer Games, 2013
  Game Publisher Metascore
1 BioShock Infinite
PC Game of the Year
2K Games 94
4Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons505 Games90
5Dota 2Valve Software90
6Rocksmith 2014 EditionUbisoft89
7Crusader Kings II: The Old GodsParadox Interactive88
8The Stanley ParableGalactic Cafe88
9The SwapperFacepalm Games87
10Guacamelee! Gold EditionDrinkBox Studios87
11Europa Universalis IVParadox Interactive87
12Pac-Man Championship Edition DX +Namco Bandai Games86
13Out of the Park Baseball 14Out Of The Park Developments86
14Saints Row IVDeep Silver86
15Gone HomeThe Fullbright Company86
16XCOM: Enemy Within2K Games86
17Starcraft II: Heart of the SwarmBlizzard Entertainment86
18Tomb RaiderSquare Enix86
19Path of ExileGrinding Gear Games85
20Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm AlienGaijin Games85
21Dust: An Elysian TailMicrosoft Game Studios85
22DmC: Devil May CryCapcom85
23The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 - FaithTelltale Games85
24Rogue LegacyCellar Door Games85
25Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World2K Games85
... and the worst:
233Orion: Dino HordeSpiral Game Studios36
234X RebirthDeep Silver32
235Takedown: Red Sabre505 Games32
236R.I.P.D. The GameAtlus26
237Ride to Hell: RetributionDeep Silver16

Games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. Only games with 7 or more reviews are included in this and other rankings on this page.

Handhelds: Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita

2013 Avg. Metascore 69.1
vs. 2012 Avg. 66.2
Nintendo 3DS

2013 Avg. Metascore 71.6
vs. 2012 Avg. 69.7
PlayStation Vita

While the rise of smartphones and tablets continues to leave the future of dedicated handheld gaming platforms murky, each remaining handheld platform had a decent 2013, in terms of game quality. Both handhelds saw their average Metascores jump compared to 2012. While the PS Vita beat Nintendo's 3DS average, Nintendo's handheld managed two great (90+) releases, something the Vita lacked in 2013.

Once again, while each handheld had nearly the same amount of releases during the year, the 3DS was weighed down by too many mediocre titles, while the Vita had a much higher success rate. Sony's handheld received positive reviews for nearly 49% of its 2013 games, while the 3DS scored good reviews for just 31% of its releases. The Vita also did a better job of attracting third-party publishers, while the bulk of the 3DS's good games came from Nintendo directly.

3DSBest 3DS Exclusives, 2013
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5
Image bar Image bar Image bar Image bar Image bar
92 91 88 88 87
Fire Emblem: Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Pokemon Y
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Pokemon X
PS VitaBest PlayStation Vita Exclusives, 2013
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5
Image bar Image bar Image bar Image bar Image bar
88 84 80 78 77
Ys: Memories of Celceta
Dead or Alive 5 Plus
Tecmo Koei
Killzone: Mercenary
Soul Sacrifice
3DSBest-Reviewed 3DS Games, 2013
  Game Publisher Metascore
1 Fire Emblem: Awakening
3DS Game of the Year
Nintendo 92
2The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsNintendo91
3Pokemon YNintendo88
4Animal Crossing: New LeafNintendo88
5Pokemon XNintendo87
6Luigi's Mansion: Dark MoonNintendo86
7Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the TitanAtlus84
8Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DNintendo83
9Shin Megami Tensei IVAtlus83
10SteamWorld DigImage & Form82
11Gunman CliveBertil Horberg82
12Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual DestiniesCapcom81
13Professor Layton and the Azran LegacyNintendo81
14Mario & Luigi: Dream TeamNintendo81
15Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium GirlAtlus80
16Monster Hunter 3 UltimateCapcom79
17Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the MoveNintendo78
18Rune Factory 4Xseed Games78
20Super Little Acorns 3D TurboPixel Toys77
... and the worst:
52Sonic: Lost WorldSega59
53The Starship DamreyLevel 558
54Aqua Moto Racing 3DZordix AB52
55Bugs vs. Tanks!Level 550
56Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit LandD3Publisher50
PS VitaBest-Reviewed PS Vita Games, 2013
  Game Publisher Metascore
1 Spelunky
PS Vita Game of the Year
Mossmouth 88
3Guacamelee!DrinkBox Studios87
4Rayman LegendsUbisoft87
5Velocity UltraFuturLab87
6Hotline MiamiDevolver Digital85
7Ys: Memories of CelcetaXseed Games84
8PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HDSony84
9Quell MementoFallen Tree Games82
10The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series -
The Complete First Season
Telltale Games82
11Lone Survivor: The Director's CutCurve Studios81
12Dead or Alive 5 PlusTecmo Koei 80
13CastleStormZen Studios79
14Dragon's CrownAtlus78
15Muramasa RebirthAksys Games78
16Stealth Inc: A Clone in the DarkCurve Studios78
17Killzone: MercenarySony78
18Thomas Was AloneCurve Studios78
19Soul SacrificeSony77
20Rocketbirds: Hardboiled ChickenRatloop Asia Pte Ltd76
... and the worst:
36Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Disney Interactive 57
37Table Mini GolfSony56
38Valhalla Knights 3Xseed Games50
40Lets Fish! Hooked OnWired Productions41

What do you think?

What are your favorite games of the past year? Let us know in the discussion section below, or cast your vote for your favorites in our Best of 2013 Users Poll.

Comments (9)

  • Metabolic  

    Why wasn't Dragon's Crown included in the PS3 best games of 2013 list? It received a meta score of 82!

  • WadeMcG  

    @ conditionals: The 3DS definitely had more games that deserved at least 80% in 2013, but it also had a more copious amount of third party (some of which were official license job) turds dragging the grade down.

  • umOHum  

    I expected State of Decay to be on the list.

  • conditionals  

    In contrast to this article, this was actually my favourite year of games. Tomb Raider, Last of Us, Ace Attorney 5, Pokemon X, Saints Row IV, Beyond: Two Souls... they were all games I really enjoyed. Also, given how general perception of games seems to change after the initial wave of reviews, I think it's fair to say that Last of Us was the clear winner over GTAV for GOTY. I enjoyed GTAV, but nobody is really talking about it as much as Last of Us now. Finally... Vita had a better year than 3DS? Eh?

  • Patman1234  

    It was a good year on PS3, not as good as last year but obviously there was GTA V and PS3 had The Last of Us as well. The only exclusive from Xbox 360/PS3 to get over 90 or above. Also, I'm tired of the GTA haters, being different for the sake of being different doesn't count. Grow up. I'm looking at you Soapert...

  • Soapert  

    GTA V deserved an 80 at best. So much mediocre crammed into one ugly, uninspired package.

  • AnonJ  

    Fez definitely doesn't deserve such a high score

  • DanJ  

    I really don't think this year has been bad at all. I do however think reviewers are getting harder on games, as they should. So reaching that 90+ is getting much harder. Theirs loads of games between 75-89 score ranged that I loved far more than the big budget 90+ games. They just don't get as much hype. Games like Rogue Legacy, Papers, Please, PoE, Outlast, Tales of Xillia. All these games I would put in my top ten over some of the "best" of 2013 on this list.

  • TheQuietGamer  

    I didn't think it was that bad of a year for gaming. Sure there were only a handful of games that scored a 90 or above average on here, but I found many great gaming experiences in titles that didn't score that high. Whether or not the next gen consoles flopped or not in their big premiers this year I can't say, but I found more than enough great games on this console generation that made 2013 a much better year of gaming for me than probably both 2011 and 2012 did. Of course the my personal favorite year of gaming is still 2010. 2014 is going to have to do a lot for me to forget that year.

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