6 Unforgettable Gaming Moments From 2013

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I opened my eyes, took a step forward, and felt waves of excitement rush over me. Dueling melodies from various songs filled the air like wayward ghosts, and I could feel joy radiating from everyone around me. What hit me next were the smells. The aroma of all the delicious carnival foods suddenly flooded my nose, activating my taste buds like open faucets. The sky was a perfect shade of azure, and it was all around us, on all sides, like an ocean would be. Various vendors peddled and pushed their wares on the throngs of masses funneling through the gates of Colombia that fine day. A day I will never forget.

In case you could not piece it together, that was my experience in the opening moments of discovering Columbia in BioShock: Infinite. That, my friends, is what a perfect gaming experience should be like. It should lift you off your feet and drag you into its world. It should snatch you up by the senses and refuse to let go until you are so immersed that, for a single, sweeping moment, you forget that your real life exists. For me, that is exactly what the six moments on this list did. They transported me to a different world. Under a different sky, with different rules. It is the closest you can come to literally falling down the rabbit hole and discovering Wonderland for yourself.

Keep in mind, there will be the conspicuous absence of any moments from The Last of Us on this list. That is not because the game isn’t phenomenal — it is — it’s because I have not yet played through the entirety of that glorious game for reasons I have made obvious on many lists before this. Also, these are moments that I found particularly spectacular, but that does not mean you did too. Being an opinion piece means that it is based on my opinion as a gamer, and as the writer of the piece. In that sense, there is no right or wrong. Just one gamer talking to some other gamers about some awesome gaming moments from 2013 that really stood out.

And there’s nothing wrong with that, right?

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  1. Tyler Durdensays:

    Trevor’s mom didn’t abandon him. He hallucinated the whole ordeal, she was the first person he killed.

    1. Remy Carreirosays:

      Wait, is this an assumption, or is this a fact?

      1. Corey Kellysays:

        Who knows when it comes to Trevor, lol.

  2. Tomb Raider surprised the hell out of me too – in a good way. My favorite game though was Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead. I didn’t just play *AS* the main character Lee, I *BECAME* the main character. Honestly, I’ve never been sucked into a game and been so emotionally involved SO QUICKLY. And there were so many “What the fuck?!” and “HOLY SHIT” moments – just WOW. I LOVED it. Can’t wait to see what they do in Westeros with Game of Thrones!

  3. Jonsays:

    Funny…. i played 5/6 of those and…. well, I forgot about almost all those things. Tomb Raider was the only one that I really enjoyed a lot. GTA V was alright but… meh, just more the same type of thing of previous games.

    1. Corey Kellysays:

      Though you are correct to a degree, you must not have really played GTA V for a great deal of time then. There’s wayyyy to much stuff that you overlook when you’re running full sprint through a game like this.

  4. Johnsays:

    this really should have had when in assassin’s creed 4 you steel the jackdaw and escape from the fleet and a fucking hurricane or when Edward sailed the man o war for the first time or Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Ann’s Revenge. Any of those three moments should have been on here.

    1. Jamie Moriartysays:

      This was the author’s personal opinion. Maybe they didn’t play AC IV. Maybe they didn’t like AC IV.

  5. Clintsays:

    why isnt saint rows 4, when you got your power armor and jumped from the ship

  6. Nicksays:

    This would have been better if the writer could incorporate a vocabulary that didn’t revolve around using “fuck” in at least every entry, when in most cases, it added absolutely nothing to the article. It reads like it was written by a 15 year old who just learned the word.

    1. Jamie Moriartysays:

      It reads like it was written by an avid gamer. Seriously, it doesn’t matter if a person writes an article using ‘fuck’ an insane amount of times. Besides, sometimes, the word ‘fuck’ can add to the emotional experience of reading something.

      1. Jorge Ricardo Muñoz Rodriguezsays:

        That guy up there is no hardcore gamer, for sure…

      2. IBonesays:

        You’re saying that the only people who can be gamers are people who say “fuck” in every sentence?

      3. Corey Kellysays:

        Hes saying that the word is more accepted amongst the gaming community. Some like it, some dont. Stop whining about stupid stuff like that, that’s something we can all agree on.

      4. Jamie Moriartysays:

        Let’s all just agree to disagree, guys. I’m a hardcore gamer, and I very rarely use the f-word. However, when I do, it’s either to express extreme emotion or just to quote another person. I never said that the article sounded like it was written by an avid gamer because it used the word ‘fuck’ all the time, I merely said that it sounded like it was written by an avid gamer and that the amount of times ‘fuck’ was used shouldn’t matter. Corey Kelly was right about what I was saying, except that I’m a ‘she’, not a ‘he’.

  7. Shubhendu Singhsays:

    Wow, really thanks a lot for telling me about Tomb Raider, I love everything about that gane shows in trailer except the puzzles part.
    Now i will finally plat this, and might also try the puzzles for the heck.

  8. mattsays:

    I agree I enjoyed this game more than titanfall and most games

  9. mattsays:

    Only video game to make me tear up better than the first two by far the characters had life and emotions

  10. mattsays:

    Fallout 4 needs to come out to the one best RPGs ever in my opinion

    1. Corey Kellysays:

      There’s just way to much demand for it for them not to have one in the making. They were focusing a lot on ESO. Since ESO is finally being rolled out and released, I think we’ll start to hear more about a possible Fallout 4.

      1. Jamie Moriartysays:

        Oh, I really hope FO4 is a real thing in the works… That would be epic 😀

  11. H3adHunt3rsays:

    They should have added the last of us prologue level onto this list.

  12. killfiend1says:

    Only one game has ever made me tear up, and I don’t understand why no-one else does to it. I have been playing gears of war for ages and the one moment that really made me break down was *spoiler alert* that moment when Dom dies… That moment made the game emotional all of a sudden.

    1. Eoharsays:

      Dom Q.Q I remember now… And i’m crying again Q.Q
      Fuck you Epic Games, you killed the game when you killed Dom!

  13. Tyler Millersays:

    Where’s in The Last Of Us when…. well the whole game really

  14. Adriansays:

    TLOU has many unforgettable moments especially the Giraffe Scene. Although its not listed here. .-.

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