The best games of the year
Have you voted in the NZGamer.com Game of the Year 2013 Awards yet? Make sure you vote before January 20th - it's your chance to decide which games earn the awards, plus you could with $1,000 worth of games thanks to Orcon!
It's only just come out, so there aren't yet many games on Sony's new PlayStation 4, and of those that there are, we only got a few to review.
That said, there's still enough material on the system to keep gamers happy over the holiday break, and the future for the flagship machine looks very bright indeed - assuming you can find one to buy, of course!
Before we list the games we reviewed (all six of them), let's take a look at what other critics had to say via the review score aggregating website Metacritic.
In reverse order, for added drama…
From the review: "I’m gonna have to give Shadow Fall a mediumish score. While the gameplay was OK, there were just too many things in the campaign mode that bugged me. Multiplayer is much better, however, with a solid mission-based experience and smooth interaction."
From the review: "Overall, Need for Speed Rivals is a great game, but one held back by some disappointing, avoidable flaws. The multiplayer mode is well intentioned, but poorly implemented, and I should never have my right to pause during singleplayer stripped from me. Then there’s the story, if you can call it that; a juvenile, “f*** the police” mess that is a good reminder that not every game needs a narrative. But if you can get past these issues (and I’m sure you can), you’ll find a thrilling racer that reminds us that unrealistic driving games are fun, too."
From the review: "I quite liked Knack, despite it’s repetitive gameplay. The characters in the story (which I haven’t mentioned because it’s fairly simple kid’s movie type stuff) are pretty well done albeit incredibly stereotypical (the smart kid; the grumpy professor; the bad guy with a beard.) Knack himself is a fairly fun character, though his deep resonant voice was odd given it doesn’t change as his size changes."
From the review: "Should you buy it? Absolutely. Call of Duty remains a fun game to play and for those that are looking for a multiplayer title with legs, Ghosts will certainly sit atop the pile for the next 12 months. There's a bunch of great new stuff to explore in the box already, and - of course - more coming thanks to the game's planned DLC content. Highly recommended."
From the review: "Players will explore and smash bricks for hours just to unlock some of the ridiculous cast of characters, and - thanks to clever split-screen drop-in/out multiplayer - is even better with a friend by your side. For Marvel comics readers, there is an amazing fan-fare dedication to enjoy here and for everyone else, it’s an action-packed, casual, and thoroughly fun experience."
From the review: "Battlefield is a multiplayer game at heart. It excels in human-on-human warfare and this latest title perfects the formula. However the game still includes a relatively decent singleplayer campaign, which clocks in at around five hours and offers a number of memorable set-pieces along the way."