Dec 17th, 2013


When it comes to game of the year lists, you’ll find hundreds around this time of year. Everyone wants to outline what they thought were the instant classics for the year so much so that some games can be drowned out in all the noise about blockbuster releases like Grand Theft Auto 5. One thing that is always interesting is when print publications like magazines and newspapers try and do this, since they usually end up choosing games that didn’t define the year very well at all.

It seems as though the New Yorker is the opposite, as every game available on their list has impacted the industry in some way. It’s nice to see such dedication in choosing a list of top ten games, instead of instantly handing out top accolades to the mega blockbusters. Of the top ten games on the list, three of them were Nintendo games. Super Mario 3D World earned the third spot, while Pikmin 3 came in at number five and the 3DS title The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds came in at number nine.

The reasoning for the inclusion of all the games on the list is sound, so make sure you read the full article. Here’s the rankings:

1. Papers, Please (PC)
2. The Stanley Parable HD (PC)
3. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
4. State of Decay (Xbox 360, PC)
5. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
6. Ridiculous Fishing (iOS)
7. Saint’s Row 4 (Xbox 360, PC, PS3)
8. Candy Box (Web)
9. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo 3DS)
10. Tearaway (PS Vita)

What do you think of The New Yorker’s list of top ten games?

  • Lil J Moore

    Super Mario 3d World deserves the GOTY award. I love the last of us and haven’t played GTAV in a while (because I think it’s way overrated). But this game is just way too much fun and perfect in every way.

    • RyuNoHadouken

      TLoU is THE best game ever made…no game has made you feel like that game did….NOT ONE!

      • Helano Sombra Lima

        TLoU is a good movie…

        • RyuNoHadouken

          you must be an avid COD player

          • Helano Sombra Lima

            Definitely not. But I respect your opinion.

          • Wayne Beck

            There’s nothing wrong with Cinematic games. Some of them are amazing. But, no matter how good, they are what they are.

          • RyuNoHadouken

            the gameplay was fantastic!! you cant tell me you’ve played a better adventure/survival horror game and mean it

          • Andrew St. Clair

            All that means is that all adventure/survival horror games suck.

        • Adrian Byrne

          oh no you didn’t lol

        • Squid

          That’s true.

        • Andrew St. Clair

          Basically a big rip off of Children of Men, Dawn of the Dead and I am Legend.

      • Steven Hays

        im so tired of people saying this.

      • Josiah Parsons

        What is TLoU?

      • Andrew St. Clair

        Really? Because the game bored the hell out of me, and many games have done that.

    • Nicolas Dorion

      …..have we all forgotten bioshock infinite?

      • Lil J Moore


      • AAAkabob

        Eh the shooting didn’t feel all that spectacular.

    • Michael Hancock

      Super Mario 3D World is NOT perfect. I guess if you’re really into multiplayer games and have 3 other people in your house that want to play Mario you might think so. For someone that likes to play games by themselves-it’s pretty boring and easy, maybe a 7.5/10. The coins are pointless. The captain toad levels felt tacked on and forced you to use the gamepad-which had you aiming your gamepad in unusual directions to take a peek around a corner. What the fuck is up with that? The last level was stupid. Run across a roof with a few dudes throwing fire balls at you then get to this part where Bowser throws a cat suit on and chases you up a wall (major camera issues during this part), then you get to the top and hit a “POW” box and he dies. Not impressed.

      • olajuwon_patterson

        well thats your opinion sir and your probably the only one that thinks that because i had fun playing the game by myself it definitely could be better if i played this game with somebody else though

        • Michael Hancock

          Because Bowser in a Hot Rod is so cool, right?

      • Arthur Jarret

        That wasn’t the last level, that’s the friggin’ midway point.
        You can control the camera with the right stick during toad levels, too – it didn’t force you to use the gamepad at all.

        Edit*: Except the mic and some touching of platforms… I just meant, didn’t force it to peek around corners like you said…

        • Michael Hancock

          You know what I meant. Bowser dies, credits roll. Sure, if you want to go back and collect all the doo-dads, fine. But for what? Stamps. Bah! As far as Captain Toad-I just tried to get it over with quickly. Perhaps I didn’t fully realize the controls. Why would they force you to use the gamepad if you could simply use a stick? Unless, to create the illusion that “second screen” gaming is innovative. I have many uses for my gamepad and love Nintendo and my Wii U. But the way it was utilized in Mario 3D World was gimmicky and whack for that matter.

          • Arthur Jarret

            But they don’t force you to use the gamepad… and, you do realize there are FOUR additional worlds after you beat bowser, don’t you?

            Beat those, then come back to complain about the game being easy.

      • Andrew St. Clair

        I play videogames by myself. I liked it and had a lot of fun. Don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, and I don’t know why you’re trying to tell everybody who plays videogames by themselves how they feel about them game as if you were some kind of visage of perfection when it comes to judging games played by one person.

        • Michael Hancock

          My point was, the game was specifically designed to be played by more than one person. Very unlike some of the best Mario games like Super Mario Bros. (NES) and Super Mario 64. As far as perceiving myself as perfect, one does not see one’s own eyes.

  • Shota

    The Stanley Parable!!!! yes! great game!

  • Wayne Beck

    Wow, a logical and well thought out list of Great Games that wasn’t made by a Brogamer. I think I might die of shock.

    • Zuxs13

      Too bad Brogamers will dismiss this as some “casual” fool making a list.

    • Mendoza Manuel

      M0ar lyk…BIO-shock
      *slaps knee*

  • palomino blue

    Is Pikmin 3 really that good? It looks a lot like the first 2.

    • FoxMulder900

      I never played the second one, but it’s a huge step up from the first. Being able to control 3 people at a time adds a ton of depth. I also really liked the ability to use the wii-mote/nunchuck and the gamepad in tandem, it works surprisingly well.

      • darkcreap

        Yep, a great kind of offscreen play, in the same way as Call of Duty. It is great to play with separate screens in a shooter in console. (Not being in offline mode)

    • Robert Butters

      I just got it last week. I was cautious to buy it, being a 25 y.o. guy, but I can’t stop playing it. Its so fun IMO

    • Shota

      yep. coming up with your own strategy and all is fun

    • greengecko007

      It has the same core gameplay as the first game. Pikmin 2, while very good, is the oddball of the series.

      Anyways, it’s a great game if you don’t mind the pressure of being timed.

      • Shota

        because no time limit.

        • greengecko007

          Yeah, Pikmin 2 is more of a dungeon crawler in many ways. Which is still perfectly fun.

    • Wayne Beck

      Never thought Pikmin would be my kind of game, but Pikmin 3 is definitely that good. Just remember that the game is designed to use the Wiimote/Nun-chuck combo with the Gamepad as an accessory, not the primary controller.

    • C4

      Yes it is that good and yes it is kind of a “normal” successor to the series. But that’s a good thing if you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wishsong214

      For me, it’s my game of the year, mainly for the Mission Mode and the DLC. It’s my first Pikmin game, so I don’t necessarily know if it feels like “same-old same-old”, but at the same time, the gameplay is just fun.

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      Best Wii U game since Rayman, Wind Waker and Mario 3D World.

  • Martijn Plasmans

    No The Last of Us ….That makes the list hard to take serious.

    • Lil J Moore

      Or Bioshock Infinite

      • Martijn Plasmans


  • iamserious

    What is up with this Stanley Parable game? It does not look very interesting at all. Actually first two games on this list leave me quite baffled.

    • dangrammarman

      Try the demo. It’s actually quite fun. Take the dialogue and humor from Portal but remove the puzzle. And make it a choose-your-own-adventure. That’s what it’s like. Try it.

      And you have no excuse not to try the demo of Papers Please too, one of the best games on PC ever. Really surprisingly fun to play a corrupt border agent.

      • iamserious

        Well I haven’t tried either game but I have watched 15-30 min. of gameplay footage on YouTube and I just don’t see the fun in these games. I suppose if the demo is free I can give it a go though.

        • dangrammarman

          They’re both games that don’t look fun to play, but once you’re in control, it clicks. Papers Please has to be played for the experience. It really does require the demo or an actual play to get it. It looks boring and sounds boring, but I got addicted quick, and I’m struggling to get past the 8th day.

  • dangrammarman

    Papers Please deserves all GOTY awards. It defies normal conventions for what a game should be, and exceeds expectations for art in an interactive format. And super fun at that.

  • Squid

    As cool as it is, it just makes me want to say angry birds is number 11

  • Madmagican

    Link Between Worlds should definitely be A LOT higher on that list

  • Opinimize

    Do you think that the Wii-u will still be around in 2 years?

  • Ducked

    My top 10 would be

    1: Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
    2: The Last of Us (PS3)
    3: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
    4: Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)
    5: Rayman Legends (Wii U)
    6: Bioshock Infinite (PS3)
    7: Tearaway (PS Vita)
    8: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of The White Witch (PS3)
    9: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Wii U)
    10: Sly Cooper Thieves in Time (PS3)

    • Yousif Alromaithi

      I like your list.

      Mine is

      1) GTA 5
      2) The Last of Us/ 3D World
      3) Rayman Legends
      4) AC 4
      5) Bioshock Infinite
      6) Fire Emblem Awakening
      7) Dark Moon
      8) DMC
      9) Ni No Kuni
      10) Dead Rising 3

      • Lil J Moore

        Nice List

        Mine’s would be

        1) Super Mario 3d World
        2) The Last of Us
        3) Bioshock Infinite
        4) A Link between Worlds
        5) Tales of Xillia
        6) Pokemon X
        7) Sonic Lost World
        8) The Wonderful 101
        9) Fire Emblem Awakening
        10) The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 1 (for now)

        • Yousif Alromaithi

          Awesome list. I really like your list but I think those games were my best for this year.

      • Ducked

        Thanks, I like yours too, I haven’t played DMC yet

        • Yousif Alromaithi

          Awesome game but some people hated but I liked the final fight it was a well made game but it had flaws not on gameplay but on story it seems it went to a different direction from the original series.

          • Ducked

            I’ll try to pick it up sometime, it’s really cheap now.

          • Yousif Alromaithi

            Man I wonder why people hate GTA 5. Man It hands down the best game I played from 2011-2013. No Kidding this game is a reason enough you dont have to buy a PS4 or an Xbox One. I still play the game a lot.

          • Ducked

            I didn’t hate it, I was just disappointed with it. The single player mode was way to short and easy. And the online play has so many problems. Still a good game, but not #1 for me..

          • Yousif Alromaithi

            I don’t think it was too short it was about 50 hours to finish. I agree it was easy.

    • readypembroke

      Totally loving 3D World and loved Thieves In Time. It is one big reason I bought a PS3 weeks ago.

      • Ducked

        I’m loving 3D World as well. I bought a PS3 back in late 2011, and that was for Thieves in Time as well! But the game kept getting delayed. It’s a great game though, better than Sly 3 imo

    • Andrew St. Clair

      Top 10:

      1.) Bioshock Infinite
      2.) Super Mario 3D World

      Pretty slow year for videogames.

  • Ivรกn Enrique Garcerant Tafur

    I got Paper, Please! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • starwars360

    Nice one yeah. Many people in New York love Wii U and 3DS.
    I got 100 friends in Wii U and 33 friends from New York and 11 from rest of US. No joke. Rest of many is UK and Europe. 2 friends from Australia and 3 from Japan. ๐Ÿ™‚

    They all is 18 and over because I only want accept this age and above. Not want kiddies thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also 33 friends from New York also owned Xbox 360 this is how we all added into Wii U.

    Few of them got Xbox One too and myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nathan Verbois

    Did anyone actually read through the New Yorker article? Like Ashley said, it’s definitely worth a read. I’m now gonna go try out Candy Box.

  • AAAkabob

    How the hell is ALBW at 9!? An outrage I say!

  • Justagamer

    Console top 5
    Wii U
    xbox 360
    List below worst console

  • Rinslowe

    Those of Nintendo’s titles all deserved to be there…

  • LordYukYuk

    Bravo to The New Yorker, That’s a better list than most “hardcore” gaming sites will have this year. Seeing Saint’s Row 4 up there INSTEAD of GTA V tells me these people know their stuff.

  • Josie the Sketcher

    I need more friends on my Wii U so please feel free to add me – josiec1984

  • Arthur Jarret

    No wonderful 101 = list failure.

    I should provide proper reasoning, but I’m too lazy to read the full list… so maybe the listed games really deserve to be on there more than my personal GOTY The wonderful 101 and GTA V – which delighted me with the ‘scooter buddy’, ‘I just want a hug’ and ‘proto-hipster’ scenes (if you never plan to play the game, youtube these!)