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VGH #127: Party Situation

VGH #127: Party Situation

We take a last look back at 2013 and all the great games we played. Find out which ones were our choices for Game of the Year!

Episode Timeline:
0:00 – Intro
7:36 – Game of the Year 2013
65:00 – Outro

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This Week’s Music:
“Track A” (Goony) and “End Credits” (Spelunky) by Eirik Suhrke

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  1. StrandedBrit
    StrandedBrit January 9, 2014

    So my GOTY list would include The Last of Us, Super Mario 3D World, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite and of course MH3U.

    Speaking of which if anyone needs a MH3U mentor and DJ is too busy for some reason I can step in at a moments notice.

    • A Parker
      A Parker January 10, 2014

      I’ll consider it! I’ve kind of wanted to pick up a MH game, but its pretty intimidating and I don’t know if I can budget the time it probably deserves 🙂

      • metaly
        metaly January 10, 2014

        Wait a minute, I’m never too busy to hunt!
        Don’t let Monster Hunter intimidate you. Since there’s not really a prominent story to get through and quest progression is mostly non-linear, it’s easy to play short sessions and discover things at your own pace. Just think of it as something you can return to for a little while over many months, rather than a typical game where you’re in and out in a few days/weeks.

        • spaulsandhu
          spaulsandhu January 11, 2014

          Teach that man how to hunt!!!

    • Erik K.
      Erik K. January 11, 2014

      Excellent choices good sir!

  2. A Parker
    A Parker January 10, 2014

    My list this year is something like:

    1) Guacamelee
    2) Last of Us
    3) Ni no Kuni
    4) Sly Cooper:Thieves in time
    5) Runner 2

    (list largely impacted in that I only played a few more 2013 releases than this; backlog heavy year as VGH community well knows 😉 )

    • randy_wrecked
      randy_wrecked January 10, 2014

      I loved what I played of both Guacamelee and Sly 4 but, unfortunately, I didn’t actually finish either of them. I should try to get back to them now while the release schedule is light.

      • A Parker
        A Parker January 10, 2014

        I don’t think Sly was anything revolutionary, it was just my first Sly game and really enjoyable on both the vita and ps3.

        I don’t know why Guacamelee struck such a cord with me, but I’ve played it through about 4 times now. Really love the combat because you feel bad ass; the battle moves are also your platforming moves and the platforming is very deep. Throw in quirky canadian humor and I’m hooked (also just as good on the vita)! 1 of like 3 platinum trophies I have.


  3. Erik K.
    Erik K. January 11, 2014

    Excellent show! I find myself agree with Matt’s choices the most and I have considered picking up Brothers and Gone Home although a few of Randy’s picks were ones I considered.

    My list is long with many honorable mentions
    1. Bioshock Infinite

    2. Tomb Raider

    3. GTA V (Glad to see that one of you liked it and I do agree they have fixed a lot of the issues plaguing GTA IV)

    4. Metro Last Light

    5. The Last of Us

    Honorable mentions were AC IV BF (what can I say this was the most interested I have been in an AC game in a long time), Wolf Among Us, and the Walking Dead Season 2. (Not certain if those count since we only saw one episode)

    So did any of you play Metro Last Light this year? I think a few of you might like it, a different fps with an interesting plot. It is best played on the PC. Im glad Bioshock Infinite was in the top 10 for you guys this year. Matt I was thinking you would have given that game a spot on your top 5 list. Like Randy I think Mario Kart may push me toward a Wii U, if the price is right say $250 or less

    Will Nintendo’s first party releases be enough for the Wii U to succeed with sales? Do you think third party developers will continue to ignore the Wii U?

    I have picked up Just Cause 2 for PC and we must play!

    • Matt Kernan
      Matt Kernan January 12, 2014

      Yeah, I played Metro Last Light and thought it was great! Just too many good games last year. Bioshock Infinite is definitely in my top ten… it’s just hard for me to rank things. I loved a bunch of games in 2013!

  4. Jeb Adams
    Jeb Adams January 17, 2014

    Great show. This was a weird year for me in gaming. I dialed WAY down on the number of titles played and invested time and energy on just a few of them. Healthier for my wallet, I would gather. I have an Xbox, a 3DS, a Vita, and a Mac as gaming platforms.

    5. DIABLO 3 CONSOLE — Love it. It is gorgeous on the Xbox, which I honestly was not expecting. That hardware has whiskers, but Blizzard did some awesome work here. Couch co-op is underserved in this generation, and this game brought a lot of good times to the house. Interesting to me is that this game is not really like DIABLO 2 that much. Same setting and everything, but much more “arcade-y” than the previous entry.

    4. THE ROOM 2 — I am sucker for puzzle games and there is something unique about how well Fireproof is delivering their experiences. Great sound design, cool Lovecraftian theme, and they just nail the tactile element. With their track record, they could fart in a box and I would $5 to smell it.

    3. STEAMWORLD DIG — I bought this game, and it was beat about 5 hours later. And then I beat it again. I haven’t done that since I was renting METAL GEAR from the video store after fighting off dinosaurs and marveling at zeppelins overhead. Excellent writing, great controls, and just the right amount of randomness to make this something to dabble in for a long time.

    2. BROTHERS: A TALE OF TWO SONS — I have young children. ‘Nuff said.

    1. TLOZ: A LINK BETWEEN WORLDS — With all the handwringing about Nintendo and their prospects, I have to believe they can find success in this world as long as they keep making games like this. Given all its coverage in year-end lists, I don’t need to belabor anything, but I just want folks to know this–when you slide between worlds, going through some interdimensional crack as a 2D stained-glass version of yourself, the music goes “flat” during the transition. It warbles and gets tinny and it’s so subtle you might not even be totally conscious of it, but it is that kind of attention to detail that makes their franchise titles so amazing.

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