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defined 31st December 2013, 12:34 Quote
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DISCLAIMER: The Last of Us is the one game on this list I haven't personally played (I know, I know), so in order to explain why it's our number three game of the year,

You sure about that? :D
Meanmotion 31st December 2013, 12:44 Quote
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You sure about that? :D
Yeah, of course. ¬_¬
V3ctor 31st December 2013, 12:49 Quote
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but it also gave us enormous reason to be excited for the next twelve months of gaming, particularly PC gaming.

But pcgaming is dying... since 2007 i believe... :P
erratum1 31st December 2013, 12:55 Quote
1. last of us.

Half Life 2 best game cause of Oculus Rift...m'kay, I vote for pong.
greypilgers 31st December 2013, 13:02 Quote
A contentious top game list, as always! :)

Personally I thought The Last Of Us an absolute bloody highlight and just WISH more than anything it was on PC too. Tomb Raider another highlight for me - really enjoyed it and thought it had a good character for Lara. The QTE were a bit annoying but nonetheless.

So the best PC game was Black Flag? I'm afraid I discount Half Life 2 as its not really the game that earns top spot but Oculus tech that does. That's really my only point against the top ten (apart from all those weird indie games popping up still that some people seem to like only because it makes them seem 'intelligent', quirky, or fashionable) - perhaps it would b better placed in a Tech Top Ten - I'm sure plenty of other games would be vying for the top spot if they were optimised for Oculus...
Stanley Tweedle 31st December 2013, 13:27 Quote
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1. last of us.

Half Life 2 best game cause of Oculus Rift...m'kay, I vote for pong.

HL2 still one of the best FPS games in my view and with Oculus it will be reborn as will many other games. Being able to run terrified through a game with everything presented true to life scale suddenly makes everything worth playing again. Well not quite everything. I will give Bioshock Infant a miss even with oculus.
erratum1 31st December 2013, 13:47 Quote
The story of the last of us would have made a great book or movie, it's these first class writers that we need in video games.

Basically oculus rift won best game of 2013 ?
davefelcher 31st December 2013, 14:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
HL2 still one of the best FPS games in my view and with Oculus it will be reborn as will many other games. Being able to run terrified through a game with everything presented true to life scale suddenly makes everything worth playing again. Well not quite everything. I will give Bioshock Infant a miss even with oculus.


Imagine Amnesia: The Dark Descent with an Oculus Rift. It would have to be sold with spare pants.
Bloody_Pete 31st December 2013, 15:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
HL2 still one of the best FPS games in my view and with Oculus it will be reborn as will many other games. Being able to run terrified through a game with everything presented true to life scale suddenly makes everything worth playing again. Well not quite everything. I will give Bioshock Infant a miss even with oculus.


Imagine Amnesia: The Dark Descent with an Oculus Rift. It would have to be sold with spare pants.

And multiple sets of fresh underwear...
XXAOSICXX 31st December 2013, 15:14 Quote
The Stanley Parable...better than Battlefield 4?

I think not.
SinxarKnights 31st December 2013, 15:17 Quote
Wow if these are the best games of 2013 the industry really went to **** then.
Porkins' Wingman 31st December 2013, 16:01 Quote
What gets me is that Oculus rift, if I am not mistaken, is not available via normal retail outlets, only as a dev kit. So this article is just one big hyping advert for a product most can't get yet and really has nothing to do with average Joe's perception of games in 2013. A big smelly crock of **** me thinks. I don't even remember seeing any articles about Rift earlier in the year (not that I check the Home page much, admittedly).

If this article is to serve any purpose for the reader it either needs a new title or just get re-written only dealing with games released in 2013.
runadumb 31st December 2013, 19:45 Quote
I really enjoyed Tomb Raider but that was in-spite of itself. Every QT event or 'hold one direction while crazy **** happens' had me either frustrated as all hell or rolling my eyes into the back of my skull.
However, as I started to ignore the stupid story with its total failure to re-image Lara as a real character and I pictured her as an ultimate killing machine, loving life, I found it super fun.

"She's trapped, get her" they say as Lara laughs and pulls out her bow to slaughter them without mercy barely breaking a sweat. Only dropping the bow to melee some fool that got too close in the most vicious way.
She drinks the blood of her enemies and crushes them by the hundreds. She is Lara Croft.

Now thats a game! :)

(PS I like underworld, very underrated Tomb Raider game)

My several hours with the Oculus rift this year blew my ****ing socks off and whenever I buy the retail version I'm going to spend lots of time re-playing old classics that now support it. 2014 is going to be a year filled with old games and I can not wait!
t5kcannon 31st December 2013, 22:14 Quote
Some good titles there which Bit Tech have justly given high ratings. However the #1 choice is a bit premature, isn't it? Oculus Rift is not yet available for purchase I believe. It sounds good, with promising reports and I am looking forward to trying it. But that's the future.
Sloth 31st December 2013, 22:58 Quote
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Wow if these are the best games of 2013 the industry really went to **** then.
I wouldn't quite say the industry when to ****, 2011 and 2012 had some strong games, but this certainly was a slow year.

I wonder if the new console release threw things off. More incentive to develop games for them, hopefully leading to a games-rich 2014 console-wise. On the PC front, making a PC exclusive other than an artsy indie game seems to be impossible.
demastes 1st January 2014, 00:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
HL2 still one of the best FPS games in my view and with Oculus it will be reborn as will many other games. Being able to run terrified through a game with everything presented true to life scale suddenly makes everything worth playing again. Well not quite everything. I will give Bioshock Infant a miss even with oculus.


Imagine Amnesia: The Dark Descent with an Oculus Rift. It would have to be sold with spare pants.

And multiple sets of fresh underwear...

dear god..... Amnesia is terrifying enough.... I really wanna try it =)
CowBlazed 1st January 2014, 10:21 Quote
Great list.
Stanley Tweedle 1st January 2014, 12:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stanley Tweedle
HL2 still one of the best FPS games in my view and with Oculus it will be reborn as will many other games. Being able to run terrified through a game with everything presented true to life scale suddenly makes everything worth playing again. Well not quite everything. I will give Bioshock Infant a miss even with oculus.


Imagine Amnesia: The Dark Descent with an Oculus Rift. It would have to be sold with spare pants.

Yup, I also think Doom 3 would be worth it. I only played so far the first time round before getting stuck and giving up on it.

I guess the Metro games would also be incredible.
rollo 1st January 2014, 12:53 Quote
Dout id ever bother to replay games just because of rift. Needs new games to support it out of the box or its just a waste of time and money.

Physics has suffered due to lack of dev support for it, Mantle the big hope of AMD is already delayed. Will Oculus Rift really be the hope that everyone wants it to be.

Star Citizen is the biggest supported game that ive heard mensioned and its not out before 2015. HL 2 great as it is not sure id replay it having played it to death many times.

Last of us is basically the #1 game but this been a pc hardware site they wanted to show rift.

Take away the indie games theres not 1 pc exclusive on that list anymore, Thats a rather poor showing. Of all the exclusive games coming out theres really only PA / Star Citizen that id say are even worth a look at.

Thats what pc has lost over the years exclusive games.
Dave Lister 1st January 2014, 13:09 Quote
I was hoping for Deadlight to be in there but I know there is a lot of competition for the top ehh, 11 spaces ! Good list anyways journalist peoples, all the best for the year ahead.
Pliqu3011 1st January 2014, 14:33 Quote
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Take away the indie games theres not 1 pc exclusive on that list anymore, Thats a rather poor showing. Of all the exclusive games coming out theres really only PA / Star Citizen that id say are even worth a look at.

Thats what pc has lost over the years exclusive games.

Since when do indie games not count as games anymore? They're just as much "exclusives". (a worthless concept, and I don't understand why it's so important to some people that a title is "exclusive". Why wouldn't you want a great game out on multiple platforms so more people can enjoy it?)

If a lot of the best games on PC this year were made by independent studios, that's a great thing. Just look at RockPaperShotgun's Goatee list: have you ever seen a year with such diverse awesome games?

I really don't think 2013 was a mediocre year for games, let alone a bad one.

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I think Bit-Tech made a pretty fair list, and - even if it may be pushing the term "Game of the Year" a bit - if HL2 with the Rift was their greatest gaming experience of the year, why shouldn't it be number 1? It's their list, meant to reflect their opinions, not to confirm yours.
AlienwareAndy 1st January 2014, 15:38 Quote
I'm glad to see Tomb Raider here. I thought it was a fantastic game. It did lack in certain areas (a bit linear at times, some SIMON like sequences) but what I liked most about the game was that it oozed quality. The voice acting was good, the story was quite good too (if you didn't skip it) and the way it played out was superb.

Lara turns from a quite placid young woman into a killing machine.

I think if more software houses put some money into the production of the game it would be a better world.

It's kinda like the NFS Underground games. The first two were done by EA America and they really spared no expense. They had amazing soundtracks and a few famous faces. NFSU II took it one stage further, and even had musicians make unique songs for the EATRAX soundtrack. I loved Snoop's mash up of Riders on the storm by The Doors.

Then they handed it to Black Box (some Canadian outfit) and ever since the games just feel like watered down shells of the first two. And the reason is EA cutting costs. The problem is that these cost cuts are clearly evident from the moment you fire up the game. Poor voice acting, poor music (no big name top ten songs) and so on.

The gaming industry isn't just a never ending Golden Goose. At some point you need to put some money back into it, instead of just pumping out multi player games that rely on the players to make the game rather than the developers.

The last game I played (apart from TR) that truly felt like some serious hard work went into it was Fallout 3. I would probably say the same thing for Skyrim but it's not my cup of tea (I'm more of an Indiana Jones person rather than a Star Wars or LOTR person).
greypilgers 1st January 2014, 17:10 Quote
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Take away the indie games theres not 1 pc exclusive on that list anymore, Thats a rather poor showing. Of all the exclusive games coming out theres really only PA / Star Citizen that id say are even worth a look at.

Thats what pc has lost over the years exclusive games.

Since when do indie games not count as games anymore? They're just as much "exclusives". (a worthless concept, and I don't understand why it's so important to some people that a title is "exclusive". Why wouldn't you want a great game out on multiple platforms so more people can enjoy it?)

If a lot of the best games on PC this year were made by independent studios, that's a great thing. Just look at RockPaperShotgun's Goatee list: have you ever seen a year with such diverse awesome games?

I really don't think 2013 was a mediocre year for games, let alone a bad one.

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I think Bit-Tech made a pretty fair list, and - even if it may be pushing the term "Game of the Year" a bit - if HL2 with the Rift was their greatest gaming experience of the year, why shouldn't it be number 1? It's their list, meant to reflect their opinions, not to confirm yours.

You make a quality argumet there buddy... I reckon my issue was perhaps to do with the fact I like my games to be big, cinetmatic, story-driven extravaganzas that capitivate and evtertain as well as stimulate the ol' grey matter a bit if possible. A lot of indie games by definition focus on the cerebral to the detriment of everything else, for perfectly justifiable reasons, of course.

I just lament how the PC appears to be moving towards the trend for games being common or gardne DIY projects rather than blockbusters like the consoles seem to get.

Although Witcher 3 and TESO will hopefully help change that!

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FelixTech 1st January 2014, 21:00 Quote
Not sure that #1 spot is entirely deserved!

Having played a bit of HL2 with the Oculus Rift, I think it will be a significantly better experience by the end of 2014 than what it is now. The low resolution of the Dev Kit does impact on the immersion, and some movements don't carry over perfectly (when sitting, having to tilt your head a full 90 degrees up or down when using a ladder is quite uncomfortable).

Definitely think HL2 and Oculus Rift is more of a "One to watch" than "Best of 2013"!
Star*Dagger 2nd January 2014, 08:42 Quote
I knew the negative Nancys would pounce on the Oculus Rift. Keep judging things before you have tried them, that is a great way to go through life.

Or you could get off your arse and go to a convention and actually see how awesome the thing is.
Oh wait, its going to cost more than 15 pounds (who the frack uses that boutique currency anyway??) so you kids will then call it too expensive when its listed at a reasonable 700 euros.

Brit-tech Negatives strike again, you guys are a laugh.
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