2013 was a great year for indie games, and at number 13 is The Stanley Parable. Easily one of the most unique games of the year, The Stanley Parable takes gamers on a self-reflective journey that pokes fun at video games and their mechanics. Odds are you've never played anything like it, and that's an awesome thing.
Coming in at number 12 is Guacamelee!, another surprise hit that first launched on Vita and PS3 simultaneously. The light-hearted platformer mashed up satisfying beat-em-up action with a lovable cast of colorful characters.
The indie love continues with Gone Home. It tells the story of a young girl who returns home from traveling abroad only to find that her family is gone. The mystery begins to unravel as you explore for clues.
This downloadable title put players in control of two separate characters using both the left and right analog sticks to move them at the same time. The unique setup took puzzle solving to a new level.
Dropping anchor at number 6 is Assassin's Creed IV. While recent entries in the series have fallen a bit flat, AC4 totally delivers on every level, making it our pick as the most fun Assassin's game in the series.
Expectations might have been a little low for this one, but you can't argue with 3D World's incredible level design and sheer entertainment value. What the Super Mario Galaxy series did for the Wii, 3D World looks like it might be able to match on Wii U.
Sure, the original BioShock might be the better game overall, but Infinite's ambitious gameplay, otherworldly setting, and mind-bending storyline make it one of 2013's most compelling experiences. Just make sure no one's spoiled the ending for you yet if you haven't played it!
Developer Naughty Dog terrified gamers with this epic tale of two unlikely partners having to team up during a apocalyptic fungal outbreak. Its gritty, hyperrealistic atmosphere, smooth gameplay, and unbelievable production value and acting cement The Last of Us in the No. 2 spot.
Of course this shouldn't be much of a surprise to anyone; GTA V killed it on every single level, creating the fully realized and interactive city of Los Santos that was absolutely brimming with personality and charisma. The game's roller-coaster narrative featured fantastic and believable performances from an incredible cast that rendered some of the most memorable characters in recent years. GTA V successfully created an immersive experience unlike anything I've ever played and it should be enjoyed by gamers of all kinds, of course as long as they're old enough.