Greetings dear readers, welcome to the latest instalment of our recap of our top 100 games of 2013 as voted by the TSA staff last year, so without further ado let us dive in to the first game.
Ah, a PC board game created by an indie studio, not my area of expertise but let’s see how the game has progressed since last year.
“With a release date still up in the air, Scrolls might not actually make it out next [year]” noted Josh back in December, adding that the game is “currently in a closed alpha”. The good news is the game is no longer in the alpha stage and as of June 3rd made it to an open beta and is continuously being updated, the latest change added crafting to the game.
Beta testers can buy in to the game for £12.95 which holds 25 trials, online multiplayer with quick and ranked matches, a deck builder and an online store which allows you to “pimp out your deck”.
It has not been plain sailing for the game however, as it was the subject of a lawsuit from Bethesda who thought people may confuse the game with The Elder Scrolls. Bethesda and Mojang eventually reached a settlement, in which Mojang would not trademark Scrolls on the condition that the Skyrim publishers would not contest the name of the game.
PCMag reviewed the beta and declared “Quite simply, Scrolls is among the best board games ever made for a computer. If that sounds like fun, then you’ll enjoy the heck out of Scrolls.”
89. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 5
Oh joy, a 3DS game and one that has not been released at that, obviously I have done something to upset the management at TSA.
The seventh game in the Phoenix Wright series hits the shelves in Japan this Friday and is scheduled to land on these shores before the end of the year, having a slight name change on the way to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies.
Returning mechanics such as Psyche-Lock and the Perceive System will be complemented with new additions including the Mood Matrix which lets you to gauge the emotions of a witness. Also new to franchise will be the inclusion of proper voice actors rather than the dulcet tones of the Capcom staff who have warbled their way through previous games.
I’m sure it will be very exciting if you like this kind of thing, it’s not my cup of tea so let’s hope the next game is something I can get my teeth into.
88. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Right, someone is having a joke at my expense now, a Naruto game? Who voted for this? It was Dan, wasn’t it? At least he had the decency to review the game when it was released back in March.
“Simply put, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is the best Naruto game yet. Whilst the length of the cutscenes may put some off, the presentation, story and fighting is top notch and the game is heartily recommend to all Naruto fans. Yes, it has some niggles, but the positives more than outweigh the negatives.”
The game scored an impressive 8/10 with “an interesting fighting system” and a “brilliant story” although for some reason Dan does not mention “silly haircuts”.
Deep breath, fourth time lucky, here’s hoping the next game has been released and I may have played it.
Brilliant, an Xbox One game; at least we now have more information on the title including a trailer. Check out those, erm, lovely next gen graphics.
The game stars a sentient motorcycle named I.R.I.S., a graduate of the Big Arms Academy’s School of Assassination, who can speak 50 languages and perform 40 combat moves while moving at speeds of 180mph and while cloaked.
Her main opponent is S.P.I.K.E., voiced by Robert Patrick and the game also features a mechanic called Pablo with an indestructible rear-end, voiced by Freddy Rodriguez.
Originally a Xbox 360 game, the title was boosted on to the Xbox One and will be available at launch while the 360 version has been delayed until whenever they can be bothered to finish it.
86. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Finally a game I have actually played, albeit briefly. Gunslinger moved the franchise back to the traditional Old West setting and follows the story of a bounty hunter named Silas Greaves. Teffers went hands on with the game in April and gave the following critique:
“As a digital release, this game looks like it’s going to hit a lot of the right notes. It has everything you would expect from a Wild West shooter, but it marries that with some more arcade based mechanics and a lovely style of storytelling we don’t often see.”
“Not many people know this, but apparently, ‘Smashing Start before the level has loaded was considered dishonorable behaviour in the old West.'”
The game was released in May and gained a number of respectable reviews with the PC version setting on a rating on 79 on Metacritic with the console version a few points below that.
That concludes today’s look back at our Top 100 of 2013, join us tomorrow for numbers 85-81 and many further excuses why the games we voted for have yet to be released.