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EGM’s Best of 2013: Part Four: #10 ~ #06

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Posted on December 28, 2013 AT 12:00pm

Introduction

It’s day four of EGM’s top 25 games of 2013, and we’re now here: the top 10. It’s never easy picking the ten best game among any year’s releases, but all five of these titles stood out as some of the best that the last 365 days had to offer. From sweeping epics of exploration, to advances in open-world gaming, to a juggernaut that keeps getting bigger and better, slots #10 through #6 on our list all made our lives as gamers a little better this year.

EGM’s Top Five Games for 2013: Part Four

#10: Saints Row IV

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: DS Volition
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

EGM’s Take

What do you do when you’re the men and women at Volition, and you’re trying to figure out how to follow up all of the craziness and chaos of Saints Row: The Third? You take the rulebook for how to make a sequel, set it on fire, and do anything and everything that sounds like it’d be fun. The upside? Saints Row IV’s over the top, all out assault of open-world fun where jackin’ cars and taking down rival gangs meets aliens, virtual worlds, superpowers, and 50-foot-tall mascot monsters. The downside? If Volition had trouble topping what they gave us in Saints Row: The Third, we don’t even know where they’ll begin outdoing themselves after this one.

#09: Super Mario 3D World

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Wii U

EGM’s Take

This may have been the Year of Luigi, but as usual, big brother Mario got the last laugh. After several New Super Mario Bros. games left the portly plumber overexposed in many players’ eyes, Super Mario 3D World showed that when you put Mario in astounding new environments and give him never-before-seen powers, his adventures can be just as refreshing as they were back in the NES and Super NES days. Oh, and including the classic lineup of Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad in a long-overdue nod to Super Mario Bros. 2 didn’t hurt, either.

#08: Pokemon X and Y

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: 3DS

EGM’s Take

Nintendo’s company motto should simply be “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” They’re experts at leaving a franchise’s core gameplay alone, while sprinkling in just enough new features with each successive title to make the experience feel fresh. Pokémon is a perfect example of this. X and Y continues the tradition of great RPG action for which the series is known, but 3D graphics, a new region, dozens of additional Pokémon, and character customization makes this latest title as enjoyable and addictive as Red and Blue was when it first hit our shores 15 years ago.

#07: Tomb Raider

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

EGM’s Take

Rebooting one of gaming’s most beloved and well-known heroines is no easy task, and the developmental road for Tomb Raider was filled with directional changes, reworked ideas, and scrapped concepts. And yet, when the game finally hit in the early part of this year, it felt like the origin story Lara Croft was always meant to have. This was a far more grounded, relatable, real Lara, and her story was one of true survival against all odds. Tomb Raider was one of the great third-person action-adventures of the year—and easily one of the best platforms for reintroducing us to a classic videogame character in years.

#06: Fire Emblem: Awakening

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: 3DS

EGM’s Take

The tactical-RPG may be considered a niche subset of its genre, but Fire Emblem continues its unabashed appeal to a wide audience. A huge reason for this popularity? The franchise continuously delivers some of the most engrossing stories you’ll see in any RPG, and its unique scenarios will test even the most strategic mind. Awakening tops all previous series entries, providing both of these critical elements in spades. Add in new strategic nuances like unit pairing, and RPG fans will be hard pressed to name a title that tops this one this year.

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