With fans rallying together to pressure Bethesda for Fallout 4 intel, Valve’s Steam Machine blowing everyone away at CES 2014 and the recent announcement of the new game, Evolve, coming from the Left 4 Dead team, it’s safe to say we’ve got a lot of gaming to look forward to in 2014. But before we pack up for CES, our Gamer Next Door, Playmate Pamela Horton, takes a look back at some of the titles that made 2013 one epic year in gaming.


Grand Theft Auto V: The top of everyone’s best-of list this year is, of course, Rockstar’s epic 15th title in the GTA franchise, Grand Theft Auto V. There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said about GTA V; sweeping Spike TV’s VGX Awards and picking up the title of game of the year, this game shows no signs of losing steam.

The Last of Us: Another game that hit the ground running was Naughty Dog’s survival horror game The Last of Us. The world fell hard for the story of young Ellie and Joel trekking across a postapocalyptic America, and the game sold 3.4 million units globally in three weeks. While there were some rumblings in the beginning due to the striking similarities between Ellie and fellow PS3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls’character Jodie Holmes, the controversy was ultimately overshadowed by the quality of The Last of Us’ two ruthless survivors.

*BioShock Infinite: *Then there was the wild chapter of the BioShock franchise, BioShock Infinite. Developers at Irrational Games worked in secrecy on this title for two and a half years, and not in vain. Upon release, Bioshock Infinite received universal acclaim. While this title left players with a lot of questions, Ken Levine, the creative lead of BioShock Infinite, said it best: “What actually matters is what people think. Why does my interpretation matter more than yours?”

Gran Turismo 6: While this late launch may have been eclipsed by the end of the year console wars between PS4 and the Xbox One, Gran Turismo 6 is still a game worth mentioning. Gran Turismo has been Sony’s go-to driving game for the past 15 years, and the sixth title in the series pushed way beyond its limit, bringing next-gen graphics to the PS3.

The Wolf Among Us: One game I didn’t have the chance to really dig into is Telltale Games’ graphic adventure The Wolf Among Us, based on Bill Willingham’s highly popular Fables comic book series. Point-and-click adventure games are coming back in a big way, with Telltale Games at the helm. It was just announced at the VGX awards that they’ll be working on new Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands titles for 2014, but until then I’ll keep busy with the first episode of The Wolf Among Us.

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