The Did Not Finish – Games that were great but not Game of the Year

5. Vanquish: The best sliding and shooting game I played this year. Vanquish is a better version of Gears of War! The freedom of movement is astounding. Shooting then sliding away– just to shoot at other things — and slide away from that, is just cool. Also, the main characters smokes inside his helmet. How hardcore is that? All the way.Vanquish 7

4. Portal 2: Did it come out in 2013? No. Did I play it in 2013? Yes I did! Portal 2 was a wonderful journey for me. I missed it when it first came out due to an unfortunate tweet from someone I didn’t know. It seemed their soul purpose was to spoil the ending of the game… on the day it was released. It took me a while to forget the tweet and move on. Portal 2 is everything I loved about Portal, but magnified. Combining great writing and brilliant voice acting, Portal 2 is one of the best games I played in 2013. The4th best in fact.Portal2-2

3. Hotline Miami: It came out on Playstation 3 and Vita this year, so, it sort of counts? I played it on the PC, and that version came out last year. I have confused myself now. Anyway, Hotline Miami by all means is not a game that people should not enjoy. It’s brutal and disturbing — but in a cartoony way. I simply adore Hotline Miami, every bit of it. It’s insanity, it’s brutality, it’s 80s-ness.hotline2

2. The Stanley Parable: There are times that I still wonder what makes the Stanley Parable so awesome. I assume it has to do with my time in the broom closet. My extended time in the broom closet. Why did I spend so much time in that broom closet. What a great game. Best game for standing in a broom closet of the year.stanley 3

1. Brothers: a Tale of two Sons: Did I cry at the end of Brothers? Yes. Yes I did. Brothers is a beautiful game. Some might call it spectacular. Those people are also correct. I don’t know what make Brothers so magical. I have trouble explaining why it tore at my insides as I played it. That is kind of frustrating. But it’s also a great thing. Art should be effective like that.brothers

About Donald Conrad

Donald Conrad is an avid father and a dedicated gamer -- or maybe that's the other way around. He loves his games, and he loves his family, and he's pretty sure he loves sleep, even if he doesn't remember what it was like. Follow his life confusion on Twitter @ConManEd