The Year of Luigi is over, and thus the release schedule of 20OtherBrother is complete. There were a ton of amazing games released last year, many of which I didn’t get a chance to play, like Gone Home and The Last of Us.
I’ll hopefully get to these critically acclaimed titles and many others in the next few months, but until then, I thought I’d do what everyone else is doing and list my favorite games of 2013. As it turns out, I spent a lot of time on my 3DS…
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - One of the few games last year that I couldn’t put down. In fact, I’ve played it nearly every day since its launch back in June, putting in a whopping 417 hours and counting.
The game let’s you to do just about anything while enjoying your new role as mayor of your own village, allowing you to build landmarks, enact ordinances, and beautify the environment for your citizens.
You also get to goof off: fishing, fossil finding, designing clothes, and so on, just like past AC games. And though I’ve accomplished a lot so far, there is still so much left to do. Onto 800 hours!
Fire Emblem: Awakening - An awesome turn-based RPG series I could never get into because of permadeath, minus the permadeath? Sold.
I love the genre FE games find themselves in to death, and given the easier barrier of entry in Awakening I was allowed to finally enjoy a series my friends have been raving about for years.
A great story, a slew of lovable characters, wonderful use of 3D depth, great DLC content, and a neat romance mechanic so my heroes can have kids together all make this one of the deepest and most satisfying games I’ve played in years.
Pokemon X and Y - Finally, a Pokemon game that not only takes the franchise into fully polygonal territory (though oddly enough, there’s very little use of the system’s 3D mechanic) but embraces many of the formally hidden aspects of the series, like training your Pokemon for competitive use — no more notepads and calculators to carry around — and a better chance at finding shiny Pokemon.
A great online system finally brings the world’s Pokemon trainers together in wonderful ways, as well: you can trade your ‘pokes with strangers in a sort of blind offer, not knowing what you’ll be getting in return (see: lots of Bidoofs); or access different Pokemon-catching “friend safaris” depending on who you’ve registered on your 3DS’ friend list, allowing you to catch super rare creatures.
The post-game isn’t as big as I’d like, but I suppose that’s what Pokemon Z will be for!
The games I played, enjoyed, but haven’t quite finished: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Persona 4 Golden, Ys: Memories of Celceta, Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Tales of Xillia, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Attack of the Friday Monsters.