We stand at the end of 2013, and what a rollercoaster of a year it has been. In terms of gaming this year has seen some truly awesome titles gracing our consoles. PlayStation 3 players had it particularly good with both cross-platform and exclusive titles being released consistently through the year. There were only a games that came out on top, however. If you haven't played any of these yet, maybe it's time you did. They really are worth your time and money.
5. XCOM: Enemy Within
XCOM: Enemy Within is possibly the most merciless game I've played this year, and it was worth every drop of sweat. Every movement needed to be calculated. Reloads had to be perfectly timed. This was the first game I've played on a console that proved that strategy can actually be played on a game controller. Whether you were managing your base or shifting your elite squad of soldiers through the field, every component of the game fit perfectly together. The pains involved with losing soldiers in the field only added to the game's greatness. Just be prepared to reload your saves. Often.
4. Tomb Raider
One had to wonder why the original title of the series had to be used for Lara Croft's return to gaming. Senseless naming conventions aside, the game's combination of platforming, shooting and exploration proved its potency by giving gamers a quality single player campaign all the while laying foundations for a possible sequel to address its shortcomings in the future. Don't expect the multiplayer or storyline to light any fires, though.
3. Beyond: Two Souls
Quantic Dream are in the business of polarising opinions. They set out to not only make a more cinematic game, but to change the definition of what we call gaming. Some have said that the game lacked interactivity and criticised its over-the-top action sequences. Others praised its deep storyline, plot choices and photorealistic graphics. Eitherway there is no question as to whether Beyond: Two Souls made an impact on us.
Our review of the Beyond: Two Souls can be accessed here.
2. Bioshock: Infinite
2K Games' Bioshock trilogy ended with Infinite, a swashbuckling adventure set in a fictional version of Columbia, USA. As with previous games in the series, story played as big a part in the game as your body count. Bioshock: Infinite had its fair share of controversies, and the way it tackled racism and religion was a source of much debate on the internet. As a bonus, PlayStation Plus users will be able to get the game for free in the month of January 2014.
Read Zaid Kriel's review of Bioshock: Infinite here.
1. The Last of Us
Naughty Dog set an impossibly high standard with The Last of Us. They wanted to give players an exceptional story in a beautifully rendered post-apocalyptic world, while also providing strong gameplay to add to it. The Last of Us gave players a reason to care for its characters, whose deep and rounded personalities brought hope to a world too far gone. It's no wonder then, that so many have considered it to be one of the best games ever made. Having a strong multiplayer component didn't hurt that opinion either.
This list is by no means complete, and I'd love to know which single player experiences did it for you this year. Which did it for you? Which were your top 5 games on PlayStation? Tell us in the comments below.
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