The end of 2013 draws near and that means is time for the (now annual, but still non-standard) game of the year awards. A lot of indie games made the list year (for better or worse), and not a single next gen title. Take note that there are a few disclaimers at the bottom.
social desirability bias infested focus testing, plus it's made by EA.
here an here), this indie title starts off with predominantly bland brown/green foliage and dull grey stone. Once you get past the early levels though it splashes you with a more vibrant color pallet. Crimson rivers of blood, teal northern lights and the antique whites from the tree of life are just a few examples. It's a sad story, but it's presented in a beautiful way.
trailer for just a sample of what this 20+ hour game has to offer. Why did I choose this over the better made, but similarly themed GTA V you might ask? Well, unlike this id fueled teenage power fantasy, GTA V has a bit of intellectual sophistication in the form of biting social commentary and snarky satire on the ills of modern life.
*Only out in Japan in 2013
†Counted as a 2013 release because of the addition of a campaign mode
‡Actually a December 2012 release, but counted here since it was after last year's award ceremony