The choices for most surprising and disappointing games of the 2013 were, in fact, surprising to me. Sure fired hits didn’t pan out like I thought they would and games that I was skeptical with turned out to be some of my favorite titles of the year.
Most Disappointing Game of 2013
Winner: Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time
It wasn’t the F2P nature of the game. It wasn’t the in-game ads promoting plants that were on sale. I didn’t enjoy the actual game and progression of Plants vs Zombies 2. It felt like an expansion pack and not the sequel to the charming tower defence game that I bought twice (on iOS and PC).
For some reason, I still believe a proper sequel will emerge and this Plants vs Zombies 2 game that we have today was just a big hoax.
Runner ups: God of War: Ascension, MechWarrior: Online
Most Surprising Game of 2013
Winner: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
I had my doubts about this game when I was pre-ordering. The screenshots and videos didn’t look all that great. But something compelled me to add it to my cart during FutureShop’s E3 2013 promotion and I’m glad I did.
What I found most endearing was the focus on gameplay. The tutorials were extremely limited; I was dropped into the thick of things and I loved it. This was surprising considering Nintendo’s focus on hand holding in some of the other Nintendo games I played.
I loved the fact that the game felt like a throwback despite the fact that I never played A Link to the Past before. It felt like an old school game with modern refinements.
Runner ups: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Tomb Raider