2013 has been a great year for video games; there can be no doubt about that. We have had some absolute gems of games to play this year across almost every single available platform, and some of them have pushed the proverbial creative boundaries to an unimaginable extent. On the other hand, 2013 can also be seen as the year of sequels. A lot of famous franchises have either been rebooted or received sequels, and a lot of these new installments in franchises we know and love have been simply top notch- some might say even good enough to qualify as some of the greatest games of not just the year, but also the generation itself.
Franchises like Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon all spawned major new installments in 2013, as did several other franchises over the course of the year. But which of these numerous sequels released in 2013 were the best?
Listed below, in no particular order, are eight sequels that were released in 2013 that we thought stood out from the lot and gave us some moments we would remember the entire generation of gaming for. Have a look at the list below, and tell us what you think in your comments!
ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG
The Assassin’s Creed series was in desperate need of something fresh and new after AC3. That isn’t to say that AC3 was bad- no, it was, on paper, a game that was well above average. Yet it lacked the spark that made Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood so special. And after AC3, people were starting to wonder if the franchise’s overall quality was slowly waning. All these fears were swept away comprehensive when Black Flag came out. While the games barely has the right to be called ”Assassin’s” Creed, having foregone its assassin-y roots almost completely, it’s still a darn good game with some great characters, an excellently large and living world to explore and some memorable islands to chart. In fact, one might even say that with Black Flag, Ubisoft has delivered what is probably the best Assassin’s Creed game till date.