eGamer Awards 2013: Best Of The Rest
This year has been sparse with quality titles, good games have been far and few between. Some of these games have bridged various genres, or form part of one particular genre that doesn’t have enough nominees to constitute an award category. Therefore, we have the Best Of The Rest awards to bridge the gap, so to speak.
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Best Of The Rest is where we put the best games from the rest of the categories that didn’t have a full list of nominees. Yes, it hasn’t been the best year for gaming in terms of varied lists of nominees for each category. But in this award we actually take note of the some of the best games that didn’t fit the mould of other awards. We let our hair loose and share our best games, some you may know of, some you may not. Yet they are awesome nonetheless. These are not the best games of the year, they may not even be worthy of GOTY. Not every game has to be over 9000 GOTY level to be a worthy play. These games are the best at what they do, and they do it well, with grace, poise and power. They are the great examples of great gameplay execution, substance and perhaps didn’t fit the bill for other awards. However, here we give these games some love. The tender love and care they so rightly deserve.
Best PC Game — Dota 2
There is no argument here, Dota 2 is one of the best PC games this year, if not the top of the lot. After being in beta forever, it was finally “released” this year as an official title and is by far one of the most PC-centric community driven games around. After starting out life as a map for Warcraft III with the original DotA, Dota 2 has morphed into a worldwide phenomenon from its humble beginnings. The original DotA shaped the beginnings of what has come to be known as the MOBA genre, leading to the birth of similar, and just as popular, PC games. Valve has made Dota 2 a gaming experience that stands head and shoulders above its competition. Also, thanks to Dota 2 we have some of the most hilarious YouTube videos ever, just search “Russians rage” and you’ll always get a Dota 2 video. Many thanks must be given to Valve.
Best PlayStation 3 Game — The Last of Us
Easily one of the best games of the year and from Naughty Dog no less. If you haven’t played The Last Of Us you’re doing yourself a disservice. In our review of the game, we said that the Last Of Us is one of Naughty Dog’s finest games, with a compelling story and characters. The Last Of Us bares everything and leaves you satisfied at the end, which is a difficult feat for any game. It was a near perfect experience with little to falter. It is easily the best PS3 game this year, and you should really play it.
Best Xbox 360 Game — Gears of War: Judgment
This is an easy enough winner, as it was the only true Xbox 360 exclusive this year and according to our review Gears of War: Judgment (with the American spelling) is a pretty decent addition to the franchise. In our review of the game we said we honestly felt that the game was a half serving of each course of a meal. While not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, Judgment offers an overall good experience and feels much more like an expansion to Gears of War 3, than anything else.
Best Sports Game — FIFA 14
Sports games are not the most exciting things in the world. Nor have there been many notable sports games this year to warrant a category. The only pretty decent offering is FIFA 14, which according to our review suffers with gameplay execution, but has some good ideas behind it. It is the best sports game to come out this year, it’s just that FIFA 13 is a much better game. With a year that has very few sports titles on show, FIFA 14 isn’t the best game, but it stands as the bests sports game at least. It is by no means Ashes Cricket 2013.
Best RPG — Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
There were not many RPGs to speak of this year. However, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was an excellent JRPG that fits the bill for one of the best games of the year. JRPGs have been in a bit of a slump lately, with some JRPGs trying to subvert the traditional formula of the JRPG forgetting the essence of the genre. Ni No Kuni does things a little differently and rather focuses on being a good JRPG, taking notes from all the greats, instead of appealing to a broad international audience. The result was a well-received and well-selling PS3 exclusive, and one of the best RPGs this year.
Most Underrated Game — Deadpool
The “merc with a mouth” stars in his very own game, with hilarious consequences. In our review we said that Deadpool is more of a fan service piece and is an ode to Deadpool and the Marvel universe. This is a game for fans curious about Deadpool and who enjoy his brand of humour; in that, High Moon Studios has delivered. This game is not about immersion, but is still fun to play and with a wacky story and epic cast of characters, you can do no harm in giving Deadpool a try. It’s seriously funny business.
Best Fighting Game — Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice: Gods Among Us is one of the few fighting games to come out this year and it’s a pretty well executed fighter in its own right. We considered it to be immense fun, with solid mechanics, a complex fighting system with diverse characters and environments. This is one of the best fighters of the year, and is a game any seasoned fighter fan should give a play. Getting the opportunity to hit Superman in the face is rare and that alone is enough of a reason to play the game.
This brings Best Of The Rest to a close, and with this award we have declared our love for all the games we couldn’t match up with a particular category necessarily. Some of these games are by no means works of art, or life affirming experiences that will change your perspective about the human condition. But they are, in the least, fun to play, and a fun game is a good game. Other games we’ve included in this list are good examples of this genre, and are ones you should definitely play. If you don’t, you’re seriously missing out on some good games, and don’t say we didn’t tell you. Remember to check out these games if you so fancy them. If not, check out the other awards, something may tickle your fancy.