Why ‘Battlefield 4’ May Be The Best Video Game Of 2013

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[How not to write an article; Erik Kain Edition]

[This is a demonstration on how not to write an article about video games based on Erik Kains article titled “Why ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ May Be The Best Video Game Of 2013”. The original article can be found in the link above.]

Why ‘Battlefield 4’ May Be The Best Video Game Of 2013

First things first,I haven’t made up my mind yet when it comes to handing out my much-coveted Game of the Year award.

But I’ve been mulling over the many great games I played this year, and one keeps rearing its lens-flare-adorned banner: Battlefield 4.

I’m surprised by this. I’m not really a fan of the franchise. Truthfully, I’ve always found too much to complain about in the Battlefield games. Battlefield 3 did some things right, but was ultimately a pretty boring experience. The series has felt weighted down by its yearly release cycle.

But Battlefield 4 is a different game altogether. It’s not perfect, but it is great, fixing many of the issues with earlier games and managing to be exciting and entertaining almost the entire time.

In some ways there’s a progression from BF3 to Far Cry III to BF4. The three games are quite similar in many ways, weaving first person shooting with fast paced stealth, vehicles, and myriad details that flesh out the primary plot.

At the time, I felt like Far Cry III basically did what BF3 was attempting to do, but much better. And I feel the same way about Battlefield 4. It has a much more enjoyable story than either Far Cry 3 or BF3. Protagonist,  Daniel “Reck” Recker, is a character I actually enjoy spending time with, for one thing.

But there are many little things that make this one of the best games of the year, if not the best. The vehicle combat is fantastic, and full of little awesome surprises.

For instance, I recently engaged in a tough battle against a tank. As the battle started, so did a massive vehicle-assault on the last command point. This complicated the fight, but we persevered, and began to lay down covering fire. By this time some truly gigantic explosions were rocking the ground from bombs dropped by our air support.

As I perched ready to fire my RPG, the tank burst into flames, pelleted by missiles from a AH-1Z Viper high above us. It was one of those great, totally non-scripted cinematic moments that was so much cooler because it wasn’t a cut-scene.

With so much map to explore, a really great main character, improved air combat, and the fantastic vehicle stuff, there’s basically no end of things to do. Somehow the bulk of this stuff is a great deal of fun. And the game looks great regardless of what system you play it on. Even the current-gen versions look outstanding.

There are some other contenders, of course. No doubt, games like The Last of Us make a strong case for top AAA game of the year. But Battlefield 4 has been an enormously pleasant surprise.

(Note: I plan on offering different medals for different categories of games. AAA, Indie, and so forth.)

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Why ‘Call Of Duty: Ghosts’ May Be The Best Video Game Of 2013

First things first, I haven’t made up my mind yet when it comes to handing out my much-coveted Game of the Year award.

But I’ve been mulling over the many great games I played this year, and one keeps rearing its dog-adorned banner: Call Of Duty: Ghosts.

I’m surprised by this. I’m not really a fan of the franchise. Truthfully, I’ve always found too much to complain about in the Call of Duty games. Call of Duty Black Ops did some things right, but was ultimately a pretty boring experience. The series has felt weighted down by its yearly release cycle.

But Ghosts is a different game altogether. It’s not perfect, but it is great, fixing many of the issues with earlier games and managing to be exciting and entertaining almost the entire time.

In some ways there’s a progression from CoD:BLOPS to Far Cry III to Ghosts. The three games are quite similar in many ways, first person shooting with fast paced run-and-gun gameplay, dialogue, and myriad details that flesh out the primary plot.

At the time, I felt like Far Cry III basically did what CoD:BLOPS was attempting to do, but much better. And I feel the same way about Call of Duty: Ghosts. It has a much more enjoyable story than either Far Cry 3 or COD:BLOPS. Protagonist, Riley, is a character I actually enjoy spending time with, for one thing.

But there are many little things that make this one of the best games of the year, if not the best. The gunplay is fantastic, and full of little awesome surprises.

For instance, I recently engaged in a tough battle against a force of endlessly spawning NPCs. As the battle started, so did the grenade-spam. This complicated the fight, but we persevered, and began to lay down covering fire. By this time some truly gigantic explosions were rocking my position.

As I perched ready to snipe anyone coming out of the building, the other team was met with our air-strike unlock and drones. It was one of those great, totally non-scripted cinematic moments that was so much cooler because it wasn’t a cut-scene.

With so much map to explore, a really great main character, improved sniper combat, and the fantastic kill-streak stuff, there’s basically no end of things to do. Somehow the bulk of this stuff is a great deal of fun. And the game looks great regardless of what system you play it on. Even the current-gen versions look outstanding.

There are some other contenders, of course. No doubt, games like The Last of Us make a strong case for top AAA game of the year. But Black Flag has been an enormously pleasant surprise.

(Note: I plan on offering different medals for different categories of games. AAA, Indie, and so forth.)

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Yeah, I think you get the point.

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