Game of the Year 2013 Day 3 of 3

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Here we go, my favorite soundtrack, the best 2012 game I played in 2103 and my top 10 games of 2013 are here.

Please enjoy!

Best Soundtrack of 2013

Winner: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

I’m still finding myself humming tunes from the 3DS game. It’s a mark of a fantastic soundtrack if it manages to burrow itself deep into my brain. Every time I recall that Lorule theme, I want to pick up my 3DS and revisit that game.

Runner ups: FarCry 3: Blood Dragon, Guacamelee

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Checkpoint: Final stretch before GOTY 2012 edition

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I follow the NeoGAF Games of the Year 2012 voting cut off date which means 2012 gaming does not end until Saturday, January 19th for me.

I only have one game that I would to wrap up before the polls close and that’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I have it and it’s ready to be played but I’ve been distracted by Mechwarrior Online open beta. (I’ll write up my impressions of it later.)

Since I can only select 10 games, I’d like to take this opportunity to point out some notable absentees from my list. These are titles that I chose not to play this year because it’s either coming out on a preferred platform in the future, lack of time or I just didn’t think it was going to make it into the top 10.

  • Fez
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • FTL: Faster than Light
  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Persona 4: Arena

I’m certain I’m missing others but that’s alright. If it is truly notable, I will give it kudos in “2013’s 2012 game of the year”.

December 2010’s U.S. NPD Results of Surprises

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npd-logoTop 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC)
  2. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
  3. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (PC)
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (360, PS3)
  5. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
  6. Disney Epic Mickey (Wii)
  7. Madden NFL 11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
  8. Michael Jackson The Experience (Wii, NDS, PSP)
  9. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
  10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (360, PS3, Wii, PC)

Annual 2010 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC)

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, PC, NDS)
  2. Madden NFL 11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP)
  3. Halo: Reach (360)
  4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
  5. Red Dead Redemption (360, PS3)
  6. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
  7. Just Dance 2 (Wii)
  8. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (360, PS3, PC)
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (360, PS3)
  10. NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, PC)

Hardware

  1. Nintendo DS – 2.5 million
  2. Nintendo Wii – 2.36 million
  3. Xbox 360 – 1.86 million
  4. PlayStation 3 – 1.21 million

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