The Xbox One Game of the Year for 2013 was an interesting selection. None of the titles that scored highest on Metacritic were anything we expected. Had we gone by opinion, the results would have been drastically different, so we went the logical route with numbers. We took the critic ratings, added them to the user ratings (multiplying those by ten), and calculated the average. The scores given are out of 100.
As stated before, every mainstream console will be covered in the awards. This award is going to the best game for Microsoft’s next gen console. Click here if you want to see which game won the title for the PlayStation 4.
The Inquisitr‘s Xbox One Game of the Year winners are:
Third Place goes to Just Dance 2014 (average score: 71.5). Probably the best game to utilize the improved Kinect, Ubisoft has you mimicking the dance moves and poses of characters onscreen or teaming up with other players as backup dancers. This year’s edition includes On-Stage, Party Master, Classic, World Dance Floor, and Just Dance DJ modes. You can even use a microphone to play in Karaoke mode in case you just want to prove your singing skills.
Second Place goes to NBA 2K14 (average score: 74). Electronic Arts apparently knows their basketball games, since their latest addition to the hoops series is one of the best Xbox One launch titles. This year, the game includes Euroleague, meaning that teams from overseas can compete with US teams, at the expense of the Dream Team and other combinations. The music has been updated to include more current songs, as well.
First Place goes to FIFA 14 (average score: 75). We are going with the Metacritic scores here, to be clear. FIFA 14 was included in bundles with the Xbox One, meaning that counting the number sold would not be any indication of how good the game is. This year’s version for next gen consoles uses the Ignite Engine for the first time ever, meaning that the AI players will react much more realistically.
A couple of games we expected to be among the top three were Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Forza Motorsport 5. Forza almost made it, and Assassin’s Creed 4 hadn’t been given a comprehensive total rating by critics at the time. Dead Rising 3 and Need for Speed: Rivals were also among the titles which almost made the top three, but apparently the Xbox One ended up with some high-quality sports and party games more than anything else.
The Inquisitr‘s Xbox One Game of the Year 2013 award goes to FIFA 14, the highest-rated Xbox One game in 2013 according to Metacritic. If you’re curious about what game won the title for the PlayStation 3, click here.
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