Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013S

The year is almost over, and the time of List-Making has begun.

Read on for my ten favorite games of 2013, presented in no particular order. These might not be the best, or the most definitive, or the most impressive games of the year, but they're the ones that stuck with me. In a strong year for the medium, these games all stood out.

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013

PHOENIX WRIGHT: DUAL DESTINIES

To the uninitiated, the words "virtual lawyer simulator" might not conjure up images of a romping good time, but the Phoenix Wright games are endearing in that "holy shit it's 3am and I literally can't put this game down because the characters are charming as heck and I have to see what happens next" way. Dual Destinies is the best one yet.

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013S

NI NO KUNI

I have written many, many words about why Ni no Kuni is my Game of the Year. It's one of the special ones.

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK BETWEEN WORLDS

When I first finished the latest Zelda game, I was a little disappointed: it felt too easy, too simple, too recycled from its spiritual predecessor, Link to the Past. Then I somehow accidentally played through and beat the whole game a second time, so I guess it got me.

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013

SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD

You know a game is fantastic when you have to listen to Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, saying "mee-oww" every time you finish a level, but you still want to keep playing.

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013

FIRE EMBLEM: AWAKENING

Stephen Totilo describes this game as "chess on crack," which I think is a pretty great synopsis, although it's more like "chess on crack and also you get to make the knight hook up with the queen."

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013

MARIO & LUIGI: DREAM TEAM

You and I might dream about being naked in class or flying through space; Luigi (blessed be he) dreams about cloning himself to save his brother from monsters. I think it's safe to say he wins this one.

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013S

TALES OF XILLIA

Sometimes you've just gotta spend a weekend cranking through anime-ish JRPGs with silly plots and button-mashy combat, because they might not be particularly nutritious or meaningful, but hell if they aren't a good time.

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013

THE LAST OF US

Yeah, whatever, real original Jason.

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013

PICROSS E3

Pretty much a perfect game, other than the fact that you can't change the background music.

Jason's Top 10 Games Of 2013

KINGDOM RUSH FRONTIERS

There is no better game on iOS. I will fight anyone who disagrees.