Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze brings the iconic platformer from the SNES days to the Nintendo Wii U. The vine-swinging is as ferocious as ever and the memories are rampant through the lush scenery of the jungles to the savannahs. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze creates the platformer that a lot of Nintendo fans will love.
After a decade, Garrett has returned in the shadowy robes of the night – as the Master Thief that he is in Thief 4. The gameplay in Thief 4 takes elements of the old, but retains few. The developers at Eidos Montreal wanted to advance into a new market console territory through fresh gameplay and exciting ambiance, but missed some key marks in both of these areas.
Another year and more titles passed us by along with the days of 2013. It was filled with sadness, happiness, and times to remember that have marked many more good days to come for many of us. For gamers worldwide, it was a year in which not many games were released, but a few notable titles were profoundly worthy of mention.
It is with pleasure that we provide the millions of anticipated readers what they have been waiting for since the dawn of 2013: the video game industry’s most exceptional and gratified WhatIfGaming 2013 Game Of The Year Awards ceremony, presenting its official Game Of The Year awards before anyone else with a collective decision from industry experts and WhatIfGaming editors worldwide through its defined rigorous selection process which focuses on industry and developer recognition. The moment you all have been waiting for is finally here. Unlike the previous year, we are not the first this year but we wanted to maintain the similar quality to last year in having the most comprehensive awards this year, as always. See the Worst Game Of The Year and laugh at its shortcoming or weep for it, ponder about the Best Idea, or play through a title again to experience Best Storyline that is unlike any other.
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Forza Motorsport 5 adds vistas that are beautiful and accompany a racing adventure that is the best in the series combined with the Xbox One. Despite being the best in the series, Forza Motorsport 5 did go through a graphic under haul since E3 which make it seem like it has been downgraded which is unfortunate. Regardless, the single-player campaign includes a decent number of circuits and where the racing simulation has a nice technical advancement for the series.
Dead Rising 3 is Capcom and Microsoft’s latest exclusive in the world of the Xbox One, and one that takes a bite out of the zombie competition with excitement and lots of gore. Dead Rising 3 has very solid game mechanics and though it may have its slight problems, it creates a world that players can really enjoy themselves in with regards to the Xbox One and its exclusive offerings.
Ryse: Son of Rome puts the red color of the Praetorian Guard to an erratically fun hack and slash adventure which sheds blood and carnage in all the right places some of the times. Ryse: Son of Rome suffers from a lack of depth in terms of the combat elements, repetitive gameplay, and somewhat losing the Roman solidarity as the gameplay carries on into the 5 hour mark of the 10 hour campaign. While Microsoft and Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome is a beautifully stunning glorification of the time period of Roman rule, the dominating conquest greys out in comparison to actual substance and leaves much more to be desired.
Fire Emblem: Awakening is all about strategy at an undeniable sense of cataclysmic activity which leaves gamers in a sense of wanting more. Strategy/RPG is so hard to get correctly with some games that it has become an art form on its own, one which Fire Emblem: Awakening takes into a refined level of old-school meeting new-school thought. The combat is tactful, the A.I. is smart, the vengeance of battle is swift and the unrelenting force of it is even greater.
Mario Party: Island Tour reinvigorates the Mario Party franchise on the 3DS but has lackluster gameplay which leaves more to be desired. The gameplay takes the traditional elements which made Mario Party so fun, and adds a newer overlay and more games for any gamer that is looking for their board-game digital adventure. Unfortunately, the adventure does get cut short with this title.
The rustles rise beneath while the sea splash slowly rises, giving room to the protruding smell of fish and the wafts of seabreeze air against the half-open nostrils of Edward Kenway, the most ruthless assassin first and pirate second of the early 18th century. The gameplay covers many elements in the beautiful vistas of the jungles and desolate island shrubbery scattered across the world, with equally dangerous and fiery parts of the world with the smell of the burning mast of another pirate ship. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag lets you learn the Davy Jones locker combination of fun even if it fails to create something truly memorable in some areas.
A winged dark-robed figure approaches a thug at night and swoops down and rampages him to the ground. This is Batman: Arkham Origins, crafted by Warner Bros. Montreal, which takes The Dark Knight to a familiar territory of gameplay and invigorates it with a brand new larger environment and multiplayer predator mode. Batman: Arkham Origins sticks very closely to the old formula that its predecessor Batman: Arkham City has, which is both a wise choice and one that lacks the notion that further creativity may proof useful.
Beyond: Two Souls has to be the cleverest and cinematic pieces we have ever played, but one that resembles a beautiful expensive candy wrapper inside of a trashcan, muddled with stains of things best left untasted and forgotten. The journey is disappointing and fails to have any gameplay value for most players, other than mere button-pressing excitement similar to Heavy Rain, but with even lesser input.