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Games of the Year 2013

Zackery Parkerson's Awards
3) Soul Sacrifice (PS Vita)
Throw a little bit of the grim and macabre into the little-noticed Xbox game Phantom Dust, and Soul Sacrifice is what you get. Not afraid to be insanely dark, Soul Sacrifice had a story that gripped me, especially with its interesting storybook presentation. The missions lent themselves perfectly to playing on bus trips to work, and I had a lot of fun playing this game on my new Vita.

2) Lone Survivor: Director's Cut (PS Vita)
I know it technically came out last year, but I didn't have a chance to play it until this year's re-release. I'm glad I waited, because this felt right at home on Vita. Playing with headphones on and such an intimate screen made it that much creepier for me. The story felt a little too weird at times, but the game held together with stunning atmosphere.

1) Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Also known as "That Ellen Page Game," Beyond consistently impressed me. It tied together seemingly disparate storylines with unusual finesse. Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe put on absolutely stunning performances that let you truly buy into the plight of these characters. Beyond reminds you that while it's hard to like game creator David Cage, his games prove time and again to be mesmerizing.

Best Non-RPG
The Last of Us (PS3)
The Last of Us is the popular choice, but that's only because it's so absolutely excellent. It's hard to "enjoy" it in the traditional sense, because its atmosphere and story are so utterly crushing. Joel and Ellie's trip through the apocalypse will likely go down as one of the very best PS3 games ever, and for good reason.

Can't Wait to Play
Dragon Age: Inquisition
I love, love, love me some Dragon Age. The series lost some of its footing in the sequel, but everything looks to be absolutely back on track in the series' third entry. There's not much I can say other than the fact that this is without a doubt the game I'm most looking forward to in 2014. I will buy the overpriced collector's edition for sure.

Overall Awards
Traditional RPG Action RPG Graphic Adventure Strategy RPG Indie RPG MMORPG Port or Re-Release Downloadable Content (DLC) Best Combat Best Visuals Best Sound Best Story Best Non-RPG
And the winner is...
Best RPG of 2013
Editors' Picks
Andrew Barker Neal Chandran Derek Heemsbergen Abraham Ashton Liu John McCarroll Stephen Meyerink Kyle E. Miller Zackery Parkerson Mike Salbato Robert Steinman Brian Tomlinson John Tucker Dave Yeager
Reader's Choice
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