Top Games of 2013

Can you remember what happened in 2013? Even though it was only a year or so ago, the events might as well have taken place decades ago. Our brains can’t remember anything, so we consulted the internet to find the big news of the year.

'Twerk' and 'Selfie' were added to the dictionary in 2013 apparently, confirming that society is on a vicious downward spiral into oblivion. If you’ve ever watched cult British comedy Nathan Barley you’ll already be aware that the idiots are winning.

We bet you don't remember that a living ear was grown in a lab in 2013? That’s proper science happening and all you want to think about is the best games released in the year. You probably care far more about the birth of Prince George, a baby so wealthy he could buy all the games on this list, and then some. You probably can’t do that, as you're not royalty. Are you!?

So what are the best games released in 2013? We'll show you below.

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  • 30.

    State of Decay

    This is The Walking Dead: The Simulator, and it’s every bit as good as that sounds. It's ugly. The frame rate is terrible. It routinely stutters. The clipping is appalling. The cars handle like bars of soap. And it's one... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

  • 29.

    Hotline Miami

    A fine port of the original game. Before I go anywhere with this, if you've landed on this page thinking 'What the hell is Hotline Miami?' then click here first. It has all the juicy information you need. As for those who... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3, PS Vita

  • 28.

    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

    Effortlessly entertaining. If you have a 3DS, you should play Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. Yet another ridiculously good entry on a console that's surely destined to boast the best offering of games this year, it's a reminder... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 27.

    Pikmin 3

    A beautiful-looking and beautiful-playing video game. Trying to quantify Nintendo's magic is a thankless task, but the fact I can't stop thinking about Pikmin 3 is testament to its power. After all, this is the third game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 26.

    Dota 2

    An amazing and inherently overwhelming game. Two teams of five fight across three lanes. Three specific types of shop sell sixty different magical items. There are more than a hundred characters to play, and an unknown quantity... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 25.

    Rymdkapsel

    Rymdkapsel is hard to put down. You’ll miss your bus stop, play it on the toilet and ignore your family. It stands up as one of the best mobile strategy games on the market. Hi, my name's Kirk and I'm an addict. My vice costs... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 24.

    Gone Home

    Gone Home nails the alienating sensation of feeling lost in a place that should be your home, and perfectly emulates the mild fear that comes with exploring a big dark house. When you leave home for the first time it feels... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 23.

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

    A beautiful upgrade that makes an already wonderful game even better. If proof was ever needed that you shouldn't give a flying monkey's what your audience thinks, then the Wind Waker debacle of the early 00s is it. Remember... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 22.

    PES 2014

    Return of the king. With the FIFA vs PES battle now largely a critical rather than commercial one (that war has been long-won), PES 2014 finds itself in the position of competing with itself to satisfy a loyal and not-so... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PSP

  • 21.

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    Vidas paralelas. Não existe como negar o impacto sociocultural que Grand Theft Auto tem atualmente no mundo. A série da Rockstar Games é um fenómeno à escala mundial, não importa se são ávidos jogadores ou não, todos conhecem... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One

  • 20.

    FIFA 14

    FIFA delivers an exhilarating game of football. Any worries I had about this year's FIFA are but a memory. 14 is very good. It feels different, and while it may not necessarily be superior, it easily matches its predecessor's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 19.

    Rain

    A beautiful video game. As horrible as it makes me sound to say it, Rain is a beautiful video game. The surreal adventure of a boy who can only be seen in the rain - chasing a girl also suffering from a similar plight... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 18.

    Card Hunter

    Card Hunter is excellent. Card Hunter is a browser-based free-to-play game which surprisingly isn't total rubbish. After you've finished reeling, here's another shock: Card Hunter is excellent. Strategy card games are in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 17.

    Pokemon X

    Pokémon X&Y represent a mega evolution for the series. Pokémon X&Y start speedily. There's no faffing around, and it's not long before you're fighting other Trainers in brutal combat and approaching your first gym. It's a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 16.

    Pokemon Y

    Pokémon X&Y represent a mega evolution for the series. Pokémon X&Y start speedily. There's no faffing around, and it's not long before you're fighting other Trainers in brutal combat and approaching your first gym. It's a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 15.

    Skylanders: Swap Force

    A brilliant, imaginative game for kids of all ages In the face of strong competition from Disney Infinity, Skylanders really needs to be on its A-game this year. Yet series creator Toys For Bob has taken a back seat, handing... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 14.

    Grand Theft Auto Online

    GTA's online offering lives up to its billing. With a launch so devastatingly crippled by server issues, it's fair to say GTA 5's first forays into the MMO mire were about as painless as John McClane's glassy stroll through... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 13.

    Football Manager 2014

    Addiction returns for another year... Notorious for demanding equal amounts of time, focus and dedication, Football Manager taps into obsessive-compulsive nature like few games do. 2014 is as meticulous as ever, but crucially... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 12.

    Battlefield 4

    An exceptionally gorgeous and superbly-balanced multiplayer game marred only by a hollow single-player campaign. Editor's note: Click here to read the current-generation review of Battlefield 4. 'Levolution' may've made it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, PC

  • 11.

    Battlefield 4

    Excellent maps, refined balancing and a greater emphasis on destruction set the scene for an exceptional online experience. While the current-gen version of Battlefield 4 fails to match the sleekness and scale of its next-gen... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 10.

    XCOM: Enemy Within

    One of the best games of 2012 is back, and it might be the best game of 2013. Enemy Unknown's replay value wasn't evident until you started playing Iron Man, a mode which would cruelly wipe you out and force you to start... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 9.

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

    The strongest Lego title yet, and the best Marvel game ever made. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is, for the most part, plastic proof that familiarity works - providing a game still has the love and imagination to retain the excitement... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 8.

    Super Mario 3D World

    The game that deserves to sell Wii Us the world over... A major and fair criticism of recent Mario games has been their inclination to keep things rather familiar. Whereas Galaxy introduced new ideas, the likes of New Super... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 7.

    Tearaway

    One of, if not the, best games on the Vita, and one of 2013’s most unforgettable adventures. Imagination is Tearaway's genius. Don't be fooled by its core simplicity: its inventive approach to puzzles, platforming and storytelling... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita

  • 6.

    Forza Motorsport 5

    The bodywork is built for showing off your new machine, but there's something more substantial under the hood. You will show off your Xbox One with Forza 5. Its wonderful vistas and gorgeous cars make it perfect for public... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One

  • 5.

    FIFA 14

    Better than the 360/PS3 versions in more than just looks, this is the best version of FIFA 14 you can buy. Editor's note: FIFA 14 on Xbox One is, in terms of modes, almost identical to the version found on Xbox 360 and PS3.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

  • 4.

    Resogun

    Amidst a pretty lukewarm lineup of launch titles across both platforms, Resogun absolutely shines. Resogun is a simple game in many respects. But don't be fooled into thinking it's just another good-looking shmup with a lively... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4

  • 3.

    The Last of Us

    The Last of Us isn't just the PlayStation 3's swan song. It's the best exclusive on the console full stop. The Last of Us is one of the finest game experiences of this generation. Starting a review off with such hyperbole... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 2.

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    The best GTA game ever made. Unless you play it for yourself, it's near impossible to grasp how big GTA 5 is. It's not just the world. It's the gargantuan story, the sheer amount of missions and the variety introduced with... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 1.

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

    A Link Between Worlds deserves its place among the great Zelda games of yesteryear. A Link Between Worlds is one of, if not the, finest games of 2013. Nintendo had a daunting task to deliver on a sequel to A Link To The Past.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS