Top Ten Games Of 2013 So Far (According To The Critics)

With delightful platformer Rayman Legends receiving rave reviews, it seems an apt time to take a look at the highest-rated games of the year so far. From mainstream blockbusters to colourful indie titles, we’ve compiled the ten most critically-acclaimed titles of 2013 to date. But you may be surprised at the results…

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Magicka: Wizards Of The Square Tablet

This colourful, hectic and unbelievably enjoyable iOS and Android creation is a superb Golden Axe-esque scrolling action title, but aside from the top gameplay, its charm is taken to a whole new level by the entertaining, hilarious writing and voice-acting.

What the critics say: “One of the best action-adventure games I’ve ever played on my iPad, it has beautiful visuals, great gameplay, tons of diverse environments, and enemies that never seem to get old.” – Gamezebo


Mikey Hooks

Another completely addictive 2D mobile game, super sequel Mikey Hooks impresses with its classic, obstacle-dodging platforming action.

What the critics say: “Mikey Hooks does exactly what you’d hope from a sequel: keeps everything about the original that worked while at the same time adds some new mechanics and ideas to offer a new experience. It fires on all cylinders.” – TouchArcade


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Finally given an official release this summer after fans had already been singing its praises for years, Valve’s frantic and complex online battle game is a feast of cleverly-conceived characters, deep tactics and multiplayer mayhem.

What the critics say: “There’s a wild and exciting variety of play here that’s unmatched, even by its peers. It’s a challenge of knowledge as well as reflexes, and success is a rush.” – IGN


Gone Home

A highly original and intriguing proposition from fledgling indie creatives Fullbright, this compelling first-person story sees you explore a seemingly abandoned family home in search of information and answers about your missing relatives.

What the critics say: “Gone Home is an epic story, but its definition of epic is far removed from how we usually talk about scope and drama in games. It’s epic, personal and revelatory to the people involved, and that’s why it’s so special.” – Giant Bomb


Rayman Legends

A sublime successor to the acclaimed Rayman Origins, this colourful, exuberant and lovingly-crafted game has only just been released, yet it’s already being hailed as a bona fide platforming classic.

What the critics say: “One of the greatest platform games of this – or any – year, Rayman Legends shows once and for all that ‘hardcore gaming’ is about style, flair and good, old-fashioned challenge – not how many pixels of brain matter you can spray across the screen.” – Eurogamer


Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale Of Redemption

Another universally-praised mobile game, Vlambeer’s weird and wonderful title sees you take to the high seas to land the perfect maritime catch – via the use of hooks, blades and bazookas.

What the critics say: “Unlike anything I’ve seen on any platform, its intricate arrangement of creatures, backdrops made entirely of 45-degree angles – any screenshot you take of this game would make an amazing wallpaper. Quite an achievement for a game about a guy sitting alone in a boat.” – Joystiq


Fire Emblem: Awakening

Released worldwide on the 3DS this spring, the compelling Japanese RPG has been praised for its intricate depths and the impressive interplay between character development and gameplay.

What the critics say: “A game worth buying a 3DS for, this stands to capture all your free attention with its fun characters, challenging gameplay and clever game mechanics.” – The Escapist


Asphalt 8: Airborne

A racing game with real thrills and spills, Gameloft’s extraordinary mobile motor extravaganza makes an adrenaline-pumping virtue of its OTT arcade action – including jumps, corkscrews and all manner of aerial stunts.

What the critics say: “As an arcade blast it’s hard to top. Its powerslides are that bit madder, its jumps that bit more ludicrous, and its takedowns that much more satisfying. This is a racer that concentrates on fun above anything else, and it hits its mark almost every time.” – Pocket Gamer


BioShock Infinite

Boasting a compelling, captivating and awe-inspiring gameworld, the rich narrative and eye-widening spectacle of Ken Levine’s latest dystopian odyssey has earned fittingly lofty plaudits from all quarters of the media.

What the critics say: “As a story, as an exercise in drawing the player into a believable and relevant world, as proof of exactly what a videogame can mean to a person, BioShock Infinite is damn near perfect” – Destructoid


The Last Of Us

Naughty Dog’s terrific post-apocalyptic thriller wowed with its gripping emphasis on suspense, tension and survival; the compelling and empathetic central characters drawing gamers into a story that proved one of the most engaging in recent memory.

What the critics say: “At a time when blockbuster action games are sinking into a mire of desperate overproduction, shallow gameplay and broken narrative logic, The Last of Us is a deeply impressive demonstration of how it can and should be done” – Eurogamer


Do you agree with the critical consensus? What are your favourite games of the year so far?

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