Best of the Rest: Xav’s picks of 2013

Team Joystiq is barging into 2014 with a celebration of last year’s best games. Keep reading throughout the week to see our assembly of ingenious indies and triple-A triumphs.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Splinter Cell: Blacklist was my Game of the Year for 2013. It’s hard to name another game that offers so many different experiences in one box as Blacklist, and even more arduous to name those that have hit the nail so squarely on the head as Ubisoft Toronto (and others) did with Sam Fisher’s latest escapade. For franchise fanatics – of which I am one – Blacklist delivered an explosive concoction of everything: the exemplary action of Conviction, the tense stealth of Chaos Theory, and the sublime multiplayer of Pandora Tomorrow.

Though its action-movie storytelling can’t compete with the likes of other narrative successes launched this year, Blacklist continually entertains throughout its campaign. Its co-op modes are outstanding and its competitive multiplayer is frantic. It’s gorgeous, addictive, and, for all these reasons and more, it’s my favorite game of the year.

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