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SG Gaming Info’s Top 5 games of 2013

On December 25, 2013 by Aaron Meehan

You learned SG Gaming Info’s game of the year earlier this month, but what is the site’s other top games of 2013. The five games that are on the list are games that I personally enjoyed.

5 – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)

After last year’s poor Assassin’s Creed 3, I didn’t expect much from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but Ubisoft surprised me and delivered an incredibly entertaining pirate adventure.

The game still had some of the issues from previous AC games with its overly simplistic combat and drab tailing missions, but the ability to sail the seas on your very own ship made the game for me. The ability to sail nearly anywhere and plunder treasure at will was incredibly fun. If only the combat was as fun as the sailing.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is available for purchase on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One via various stores.

4 – Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f (Sega)

I feel this selection might turn a few heads, but as a Hatsune Miku fan I loved this rhythm game. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f would have never been released in Europe and North America if it wasn’t for her fans answering Sega’s question on whether they wanted the game in these countries with an emphatic yes.

The game allowed players to push buttons to the beat of some of Hatsune Miku’s and her fellow Vocaloids most famous songs. At first glance the game seems easy, but as you unlock more and more songs the challenge to hit the buttons at the right time becomes harder and harder. The game also features an edit mode that allows you to create your very own rhythm game routine and video.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f is available for purchase on the PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network.

3 – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)

I’m sure everyone remembers the 2010 disaster that was Final Fantasy XIV. Well if anything it seems Square Enix remembers it because Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a far superior game to its original 2010 counterpart. In FFXIV: ARR it seems Square Enix learned that playing with others is what makes mmorpgs fun, as the randomly occurring FATE missions managed to draw crowds of players to this team focused outdoor event.

The main reason why Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is on this list is because it got me back into playing mmos again. In fact over this Christmas period I renewed my subscription and I am happily enjoying this choice.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is available for purchase on the PC and PlayStation 3 via digital download and in stores.

2 – Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (Nippon Ichi Software)

Ten years after the first Disgaea game we finally have a direct sequel with Disgaea D2. While I did slam the game for its large amount of grinding, the writing in this game was amazing. This game had me laughing at nearly every piece of dialogue from the three main characters: Laharl, Etna and Flonne. What makes the writing so funny is how the game delivers it. The writers don’t break up the flow of the game just to add in a funny one liner or two, the game and jokes flow together, for example Laharl saying to Flonne “What are you doing talking to the ground? You’re as strange as ever…” right after Laharl had crashed a meteor right beside where Flonne was planting flowers. There is humour in the sentence, but it doesn’t disrupt the game’s narrative.

Sure the main appeal for me was the jokes, but with so many serious games out it is great to kick back and play a game that can make you laugh.

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness is available for purchase on PlayStation 3 via the NIS America store, PlayStation Network and various stores.

1 – Tales of Xillia (Namco Bandai Games)

If you read my game of the year article you know why this game is in the number one spot.

This game has some truly great character. The story had me engrossed to the point where I would say just one more hour and realizing it was already 3 AM. Tales of Xillia ticked all my boxes: entertaining combat, character development and a story that made me think. Tales of Xillia really is a game worth playing, but the game is a bit long with the game taking over 30 hours to complete.

Tales of Xillia is available for purchase on the PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network and various stores.

Author: Aaron Meehan

Hi, I’m the creator of SG Gaming Info. When I’m not working on my writing or creating content for this site’s YouTube channel, I like to relax and enjoy character driven story games.


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