Each following year spawns a multitude of great games to choose from, and sometimes it’s hard to pick the best ones, especially if you have to limit yourself to just ten games. We tried to tackle this challenge, and this is what we came up with.
If you’re wondering what PC video games released in 2013 were the best, just take a look at our list down below.
|Metro: Last Light Redux||2014-08-27||Adventure||4A GAMES||84%|
|Tomb Raider GOTY Edition||2013-03-04||Adventure||Feral Interactive (Linux)||74%|
|Euro Truck Simulator 2||2013-01-16||Simulation||SCS Software||36%|
|PAYDAY 2||2013-08-13||Action & Shooter||OVERKILL - a Starbreeze Studio.||80%|
|Bioshock Infinite||2013-03-25||RPG||Irrational Games||90%|
|Europa Universalis IV||2013-08-13||Economy||Paradox Development Studio||66%|
|Dead Space 3||2013-02-08||Adventure||Visceral Games||33%|
|Minecraft Java Edition||2013-11-19||Action||Mojang||36%|
|7 Days to Die||2013-12-13||Adventure||The Fun Pimps||82%|
|Half-Life 2||2004-11-16||Action & Shooter||Valve||1%|
|The Stanley Parable||2013-10-17||Adventure||Galactic Cafe||33%|
|Space Engineers||2013-10-23||Indie||Keen Software House||48%|
|Metro Exodus||2020-02-14||Adventure||4A GAMES||89%|
|Metro 2033||2014-08-27||Horror||4A GAMES|
|Metro Redux Bundle||2014-08-27||Horror||4A GAMES||77%|
|Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Definitive Edition||2018-09-14||Adventure||SQUARE ENIX||82%|
|Rise Of The Tomb Raider 20 Years Celebration||2016-02-09||Adventure||Crystal Dynamics||87%|
|American Truck Simulator||2016-02-02||Adventure||SCS Software||69%|
|Bioshock The Collection||2016-09-15||Adventure||2K Australia||72%|
|Bioshock Remastered||2016-09-15||Action & Shooter||2K Australia||69%|
|Bioshock 2 Remastered||2010-02-09||Action & Shooter||2K Australia||62%|
|Dead Space 2||2011-01-27||Horror||Visceral Games||44%|
|Dead Space||2008-10-20||Adventure||EA Redwood Shores||78%|
|Minecraft Windows 10 Edition||2015-07-29||Adventure||Mojang||13%|
|Space Engineers Deluxe Edition||2013-10-23||Indie||Keen Software House||31%|
|Grand Theft Auto V||2015-04-14||Adventure||Rockstar North||58%|
|Assassins Creed Iv Black Flag Gold Edition||2013-11-19||Adventure||Ubisoft Montreal||52%|
|Batman Arkham Origins||2013-10-24||Adventure||Splash Damage||83%|
|Beyond Two Souls||2020-06-18||Action||Quantic Dream||71%|
|Saints Row Iv Game Of The Century Edition||2014-07-15||Adventure||Deep Silver Volition||74%|
|Lego Marvel Super Heroes||2017-11-14||Adventure||TT Games||89%|
|The Wolf Among Us||2013-10-11||Adventure||Telltale Games||63%|
|Injustice Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition||2013-11-29||Fighting||High Voltage Software||82%|
|Battlefield 4 Premium Edition||2013-10-31||Action & Shooter||EA DICE||64%|
|Metal Gear Rising Revengeance||2014-01-09||Action & Shooter||PlatinumGames||62%|
|Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon||2013-05-01||Adventure||Ubisoft Montreal||81%|
|Dmc Devil May Cry||2013-01-24||Adventure||Ninja Theory||87%|
|Brothers A Tale Of Two Sons||2013-09-03||Adventure||Starbreeze Studios AB||90%|
|Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition||2014-09-05||Adventure||Capcom Game Studio Vancouver||79%|
|Crysis 3||Action & Shooter|
|Total War Rome II Emperor Edition||2013-09-02||Strategy||Creative Assembly||84%|
|Dead Island Riptide Definitive Edition||2016-05-31||Action & Shooter||Techland||85%|
|Need For Speed Rivals Complete Edition||Sport||43%|
|Shadow Warrior Special Edition||2013-09-26||Adventure||Flying Wild Hog||83%|
|Arma 3||2013-09-12||Action & Shooter||Bohemia Interactive||73%|
|Company Of Heroes 2 Master Collection||2013-06-25||Action & Shooter||Feral Interactive (Linux)||44%|
|Project Zomboid||2013-11-08||Indie||The Indie Stone||51%|
|Deus Ex Human Revolution Directors Cut||2013-10-25||Action & Shooter||Eidos Montreal||83%|
Metro: Last Light
Praised for its atmosphere, world design, graphics, and gameplay, Metro: Last Light is a solid option to open the list of the best 2013 games.
Metro: Last Light is a first-person shooter that takes place in the titular Moscow Metro – your safe haven in the post-nuclear world. However, you’ll find soon enough that the word “safe” may be a slight overstatement, as the dark corridors and hidden areas are filled with enemies in form of both hostile soldiers and dangerous mutants. Although surviving in such an inhospitable environment is not an easy task, developers didn’t leave players undefended – you will have a wide choice of weapons at your disposal, as well as items that can help you in taking a more stealthy approach.
|Developer:||Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal|
If you’re curious how much pain and suffering can young and vulnerable Lara Croft endure, you can play Tomb Raider from 2013 and find out yourself.
2013 was a great year for the Tomb Raider franchise, as it gave life to an incredible reboot that focused on Lara’s adventures before she became an experienced treasure hunter. The game shows us the story of a young archaeologist as she reveals the mysteries of the Yamatai island, home to a cult of fanatics, where she got stranded together with her friends after the unfortunate accident at sea. It’s a journey that will make her the battle-hardened woman we know and love, but the road to the final destination is not an easy one. It’s a truly heartbreaking experience to watch an ordinary girl get pierced, shot, grazed, dragged, and injured in a number of ways, but it’s also great to see her bravely enduring everything to get the job done.
Euro Truck Simulator 2
One could wonder what’s so great about simulator games – why would anyone play a game, where your main objective is to do honest work? But you’ll be surprised how addictive can ETS2 actually get.
We often don’t give simulator games the credit and attention they deserve, mainly because the video game market is flooded with simulators of terribly low quality, which makes us label the entire simulator genre as not worth giving a try. ETS2, however, is different, and once you find yourself in the game, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. There’s something oddly satisfying in being able to successfully transport cargo from one end of Europe to the other, without damaging it and breaking the law in the process. It’s also a great game to test your truck driving skills – as you probably have already guessed, it’s a whole different story than driving an ordinary car. Of course, the experience is far from driving a real thing, but it’s still realistic enough to give you a glimpse of a trucker’s life – especially if you use a driving wheel with a manual gearbox.
|Genre:||Action & Shooter|
|Developer:||OVERKILL - a Starbreeze Studio.|
If honest work is not your thing, then you could take a look at Payday 2 – a game focused entirely on making a living by participating in incredibly risky heists. But, as they say, he, who doesn’t risk never gets to drink champagne.
Payday 2 is a combination of first-person shooter and stealth, where your primary objective is to carry out increasingly difficult heists that range from relatively simple shop robberies to full-fledged and carefully planned missions packed with such an amount of action that it could be easily compared to what you could’ve seen in some Hollywood action movies. Although the game can be played in single-player mode, it gets infinitely more fun when you’ve got real players on your side. If you’ve got friends who are into this kind of video game, make sure to team up with them and rob the targets together.
Although the third installment in the BioShock series doesn’t have that survival horror vibe of its predecessors, it’s still a top-quality game and an obvious choice for the list of the best 2013 PC games.
BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter that takes place in 1912. The story revolves around the character of Booker DeWitt, a former detective, tasked with rescuing a certain girl, who will later become his most trusted companion. If you are already familiar with the BioShock series, you will find some similarities in gameplay mechanics, but BioShock Infinite has its own spirit. Instead of the depressing and terrifying underwater city of Rapture, here you will be able to explore Columbia – a wonderful, utopian city-state ruled by a self-proclaimed prophet. The gameplay itself is full of dynamic action and you will spend most of the time exploring well-designed locations and fighting all sorts of enemies with the use of a variety of unique guns, as well as special powers that can easily turn the tide of battle. The story is also the game’s strong point it will most likely leave you speechless on numerous occasions.
Europa Universalis IV
|Developer:||Paradox Development Studio|
Those who’d like to test their skills as the leader of a nation of their choice should pick one of the Europa Universalis games – such as EU IV from 2013.
Europa Universalis IV is another entry in the Europa Universalis franchise, and it still holds an incredibly high level of quality. The game lets you choose a country to become its leader – control its policies through centuries to ensure its growth and prosperity, maintain its military, use diplomacy, and accumulate wealth. Newcomers may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of possibilities when it comes to gameplay, but you shouldn’t feel bad for not being able to quickly understand all of the game’s intricacies. In fact, even the game’s veterans can still learn new things after months of playing – it’s understandable and that’s the way EU is designed. Some may see it as a flaw, but on the other hand, it makes learning and being able to successfully utilize new strategies a much more enjoyable experience. Also, keep in mind that the game is a sandbox – there is no goal, except for the one you set yourself.
Dead Space 3
2013 is also the year when Dead Space 3 came out – a great game that combines survival horror with action and throws amazing atmosphere and visuals to the mix.
Dead Space 3 is an action-heavy survival horror video game that continues the story of its predecessors. Now, once again playing as Isaac Clarke, you will have to find a way to stop the Marker and Necromorph threat once and for all. The game takes place on a snow-covered planet, but you will spend a lot of time in closed spaces as well, which further enhances the atmosphere and increases the feeling of helplessness. Don’t let your guard down, or the Necromorphs that come in a number of different shapes and sizes will seal your fate, and the foreign planet will become your frozen tomb. The game also features a drop-in/drop-out online co-op multiplayer mode with a bit of content and lore available only when playing as the co-op-exclusive character, which is a nice addition that encourages people to team up.
7 Days to Die
|Developer:||The Fun Pimps|
If you like survival games and zombies, 2013 also spawned the game called 7 Days to Die, where you will be able to feel like a true survivor in a world that suffered from a nuclear war.
7 Days to Die is a survival horror that takes place after the Third World War, a nuclear catastrophe that irreversibly changed the lives of ordinary people. As one of the survivors, your sole objective is to stay alive, and that includes finding a secure place to stay for the night, taking care of your character’s basic needs, as well as scavenging for valuable resources that can greatly help you during your adventure. The game’s most interesting feature, however, is the possibility to create your own constructions, similar to what you were able to do in Minecraft. Building a well-defended shelter will be crucial for your survival, especially later in the game – zombies that come out at night are fierce and deadly and they can’t wait to get a taste of your protein-filled brain.
The Stanley Parable
Started originally as a popular free Half-Life 2 modification in 2011, The Stanley Parable evolved into a full-fledged, standalone game that was released just two years later.
The Stanley Parable is an interactive story, where you will be able to experience the life of titular Stanley – an ordinary man with an ordinary job. The game starts with Stanley carrying out the most crucial task in his small office – pushing buttons according to the given instructions. But one day the instructions stop coming, leaving Stanley confused, so he decides to leave his room and investigate the matter. The gameplay is focused almost exclusively on the exploration and interaction with various objects. What makes the experience unique is the narrator who makes hilarious comments on every action you take. Depending on the number of choices during the game, you can get one of the many different endings, and the ultimate objective is to unlock them all.
|Developer:||Keen Software House|
Finally, there is also Space Engineers – a 2013 early access sandbox game about making ships and space stations in the voxel-based universe.
Space Engineers is a sandbox game with non-linear gameplay and a lot of freedom of choice when it comes to the actual play. You will spend most of your time building a variety of ships and stations – thanks to the voxel nature of the environment you’re in, you will be able to completely modify your constructions and design them in a very detailed way. It’s worth noting the game’s physics engine with simulated gravity and other forces, which undoubtedly increases immersion and adds a touch of realism to the gameplay. If you’re into programming, you’ll also be pleased to know that the game allows players to write small programs that can be executed directly in the game. You can, for example, use the in-game LCD screens to display certain data, or program some blocks to behave in a certain way.
The Best Games of 2013 for PC
Video gaming has a long history and it’s sometimes worth it to pay older games a visit. This allows us to better appreciate what we have today, what we had before, and what we can expect in the future. Since the beginning of the video game industry, we get new games to try every year. Some older games stand out so much that it’s only natural for curious players to give them a try and get a glimpse of what people used to play back then.
With that being said, today we focused on the year 2013 and what amazing PC titles it spawned. If you’re curious what are the best 2013 video games you can play right now, be sure to check our list out.