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The Best Xbox Game Of 2013

Dec 30, 2013

What a fantastic year for Xbox fans. Xbox 360 finishes 2013 with a bang as huge titles see release that may end up being console swan songs. Meanwhile, a new generation is ushered in with the release of the brand new Xbox One

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Kidzworld looks back at 10 of the years best Xbox games and names one of them the overall Best Xbox Game Of The Year.

Terraria (Xbox 360 / PS3 / iOS / Vita / PC)


Everyone loves Minecraft. Okay, maybe not everyone, but there are millions and millions of gamers that do. For those that do, and have not yet heard of it, I present to you Terraria. One of the best downloadable games of the year and easily one of the best $10 (or less) you can spend. If you like digging, building, exploring, digging, digging, exploring, digging, crafting, then maybe a little more digging and exploring, then check out Terraria.

NBA 2K14 (Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3 / PS4)

NBA 2K14NBA 2K14Courtesy of 2K Sports

The team over at 2K Sports have dominated the basketball genre for years with incredible release after release. NBA 2K14 continues the tradition, offering not only the basketball simulation on the market but the highest rated sports game, period. NBA 2K14 is also running on a brand new engine on the Xbox One and PS4 which gives the next-gen versions some seriously jaw-dropping presentation with gameplay as authentic as any sports game ever recreated.

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC)

Brothers: A Tale Of Two SonsBrothers: A Tale Of Two Sons

If you haven't downloaded this little gem yet, you may want to rethink that. Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons, is one of those few little games that truly makes you feel something. Genuine emotions arise as you guide the two young brothers on their quest to find the "Water Of Life" and save their sick father.

You control each boy independently. One with the left stick and the other with the left stick. It's a little awkward at first but once you get used to it, you'll be navigating the games environment-puzzles with ease. If looking for a more thought provoking puzzle/adventure game, check out Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons.

BattleBlock Theater (Xbox 360)

BattleBlock TheaterBattleBlock TheaterCourtesy of Microsoft

From the wacky developers of Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers comes their latest cartoon action-fest, BattleBlock Theater. Just read the following story summary from Metacritic -- "Shipwrecked. Captured. Betrayed. Forced to perform for an audience of cats? You’ve only just unlocked the door to BattleBlock Theater! There is no turning back once you have embarked upon your quest to free your imprisoned friends from evil technological cats!" -- If that description doesn't get you interested in this game, then this game isn't for you. Everyone else, enjoy the madness of over 300 levels of co-op fun in BattleBlock Theater.

LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii U / more)

LEGO: Marvel Super HeroesLEGO: Marvel Super HeroesCourtesy of TT Games

TT Games, the makers of every LEGO game to come since the original LEGO: Star Wars, has created their most polished game yet with LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes. Fully voiced cut-scenes, sharp colorful graphics and awesome local couch co-op. LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes is some of the most fun you'll have on your home consoles this year. Check out our game review here.

Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One)

Forza Motorsport 5Forza Motorsport 5Courtesy of Microsoft

How do you improve on what was thought to be racing heaven in Forza Motorsport 4? You scrap all the old assets and start from scratch. Laser-scanning the new tracks and building brand new car models that are indistinguishable from the real thing. Sure, Forza Motorsport 5 offers less cars and tracks than it's predecessor, but as Nintendo says, it's all about quality over quantity. Turn 10, Forza's developers, have set a new standard for racing excellence. The new Drivatar AI racing experience is briliant too. You can read more about that right here. Forza Motorsport 5 is a must pay for racing enthusiasts.

Peggle 2 (Xbox One)

Peggle 2Peggle 2Courtesy of Microsoft

The sequel to one of the greatest puzzle games ever made, Peggle 2 builds upon what makes it's formula so good and once again offers a type of arcade simplicity that will simply never get old. Drop you little ball and attempt to smash as many of the "goal" pegs as you can. It's inspired by games like Pachinko, features a ridiculous cast of colorful characters and is easily some of the most charming fun you can have on your new Xbox One. It's exclusive to Xbox One at the moment, but expect a release on more systems in the near future. If you're new to Peggle, check it out, it's addicting fun!

Rayman Legends (Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii U)

Rayman LegendsRayman LegendsCourtesy of Ubisoft

You may have seen Rayman Legends pop up on our Best Nintendo Games Of The Year list, so it's should be no surprise to find it here as well. If you want insanely pretty graphics and a sense of humor wrapped around some of the tightest platforming action you can find, look no further than Rayman Legends. It's a must play.

Batman: Arkham Origins (Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii U)

Batman: Arkham OriginsBatman: Arkham OriginsCourtesy of WB Games

It's more Batman. Enough said. Alright alright, it's not just more Batman. It's a new piece in the incredible saga started by Rocksteady Games with the original Arkham Asylum. This time we take control of a younger, less experienced Bruce Wayne as he fights to survive against an assortment of assassin's on Christmas eve.

Fast paced and brutal combat mixed with open world exploration and "crime-solving". Batman: Arkham Origins should not be missed.

Best Xbox Game Of The Year

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
(Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS4 / PS3 / Wii U)

Assassin's Creed 4: Black FlagAssassin's Creed 4: Black FlagCourtesy of Ubisoft

When it comes to pure escapism fun, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and it's open world, pirate ship combat is just too good to ignore. But it's not just the fantastic, captivating open-water gameplay that's so appealing. It's also the likeable protagonists in Edward Kenway, the pirate you embody as he unassumingly winds up in the middle of a plot with such well known pirates as the dreaded Black Beard.

A beautiful, open-world Caribbean to explore at your pleasure. Deep-sea diving for gold and hunting for dangerous sharks. Crafting of new weapons and upgrades for your pirate ship. Digging up lost treasures on forgotten jungle islands. You can do all this and more in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Trailer


Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is not only the best Assassin's Creed game in years, it's our overall Best Xbox Game Of The Year.


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