Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games (Official List)

The Top 25 Android Games official list has been posted over on Reddit by pixel-freak. For those of you who love mobile gaming, and aren’t an iPhone junkie, read on!


Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games

Below is the full top 25 list we have voted for. It’s a pretty good list that I believe adequately represents the sentiment on both /r/androidgaming and /r/android. I’ve also created a full video presenting this list with some descriptions and praises, as well as some Redditor quotes, for each of these games which I’ve linked below.

A number of devs/PR reps/community managers etc are going to be popping in over time to give a wave here in this post. Let me start by giving a big thanks to all those that helped nominate and vote these games up, and to all the devs that made such excellent games. I learned a few lessons in gathering all this data and hope to do it again in the future over subcategories etc with a few tweaks based on those lessons. Without further adieu…..

25 – Rayman Jungle Run [Paid – $2.99]
24 – Asphalt 8 [Paid – $.99]
23 – Battleheart [Paid – $2.99]
22 – Triple Town [Free]
21 – Ingress [Free]
20 – Angry Birds [Free – ads]
19 – Kingdom Rush [Paid – $.99]
18 – Dots [Free]
17 – Bloons TD 5 Humble Bundle Sale [Paid – $2.99]
16 – Quadropus Rampage [Free]
15 – Jetpack Joyride [Free]
14 – The Bard’s Tale [Paid – $2.99] ON SALE
13 – The Room [Paid – $.99] ON SALE
12 – Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery [Paid – $4.99]
11 – GTA: Vice City [Paid – $4.99]
10 – Plague Inc. [Free]
09 – Terraria [Free demo, Paid Unlock $4.99]
08 – Knights of Pen & Paper [Paid – $2.99]
07 – Osmos [Paid – $.99] ON SALE
06 – Super Hexagon [Paid – $2.99]
05 – Plants Vs. Zombies [Paid – $.99]
04 – Emulators
03 – Pixel Dungeon [Free]
02 – Game Dev Story [Paid – $2.50] ON SALE
01 – World of Goo [Paid – $2.99] [Demo – Free]

I’m on my way out of town in a couple days, but I promise I’ll release the full data set for those interested (we even have country data for part of it) and for transparency. In the future, any list I aggregate with have the transparency released the same day.

(*Edit: Fixed numbering. Reddit was auto-correcting my numbering backwards)

Raptr: Most Played Games August 2013

Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the #1 game played for August. However, Raptr’s focus on this month’s review is about DOTA2 and LoL. For me, I really only cared about RIFT and the fact that their F2P subscription model continues to impress. Oddly, they did not reveal top PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 titles as they’ve done the past few months.

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RAPTR’S MOST PLAYED GAMES: AUGUST 2013 — DOTA 2 TOPS LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

A new champion has taken the field. And we’re not talking about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which is once again in at the top slot overall.

No, the big news is that after a few brief shots at the crown, Valve’s DOTA 2 surpassed Riot Games’ smash-hit League of Legends in both total players and total playtime for the month of August based on gameplay data from Raptr’s 18 million members.

Italicize that last part in your mind if you need to — Raptr’s membership skews more North America-centric than the total gaming audience, so we aren’t saying categorically that more people spent more time playing DOTA 2 than LoL. But among Raptr members, they definitely did, although it was close. Also, this list includes PC and Xbox 360 games only — Sony and Nintendo don’t let players share gameplay data publicly.

LoL vs. DOTA 2 Analysis

League of Legends shot to the top of our playtime charts due in part to its wildly popular spectator modes, tournament livestreams, and world championships. DOTA 2 officially launched (after an extended beta) on July 9 and just concluded its own livestreamed championship event, The International, which ran August 7-11.

No doubt that had a strong effect on DOTA 2′s numbers. LoL’s Season 3 World Championships just finished up last week, giving Riot a big opportunity to recoup.

But Valve’s challenger has nipped at LoL’s heels for months now. DOTA 2 first passed LoL in total players on March 3 — coincidentally, right when LoL servers went down (possibly due to a denial-of-service attack). That gave DOTA 2 a free shot at taking the lead for a day. A few isolated days followed where DOTA 2 came within a few hundred players of LoL’s total…or leapfrogged it by six or seven thousand without warning.

Those events occasionally coincided with Riot releasing major patches — typically a source of downtime for online games. But even with servers up and running at capacity, Riot’s numbers have taken a substantial hit of late. Total LoL playtime hours have dropped 13% in the last 30 days. New members in that same timeframe are up a healthy 27%, but overall unique active members are down 6%.

That suggests older, established players are drifting away, and the new players coming in aren’t engaging as deeply.

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By contrast, in the same 30-day window, DOTA 2 saw an 11% increase in unique active members while new signups were down 3%. It’s the exact opposite of LoL’s problem…players are engaging long term, but the influx of new blood is starting to dip.

Pushing into the first week of September, it looks so far like a fairly even split between days favoring League of Legends and those carried by DOTA 2. With the glow of The International pretty much faded and LoL’s incredibly popular World Championships happening last week, it’s likely LoL’s numbers will angle straight up again in the middle of the month. But the recent erosion of its player base should be a serious cause for concern if the trend continues after the World Championships. And DOTA 2′s numbers prove that if Riot Games opens the door, Valve’s increasingly popular MOBA will walk right on through.

2013 Dragon Slayer Awards: Winners Announced

As we mentioned back in June, GameSkinny.com had opened voting for their 2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards in cooperation with GuildLaunch.com. They collected over 500,000 votes by the player community in 11 categories throughout this summer. Here’s the video of the award announcements. The awards summary is after the video and includes all nominees and winners. Congrats to the winners!

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2013 Dragon Slayer Awards Winners

NOTE: Both the “Hype Train” and “Most Dramatic Change” categories were removed between June and the actual awards presentation.

Best Gaming Innovation

  • Foc.Us
  • Gunnars
  • Logitech G-500
  • NVIDIA Shield
  • Oculus Rift – WINNER
  • OUYA
  • Steele Series Free

Best Gaming Comic

  • DOTA 2 – Are We Heroes Yet?
  • Goblins
  • Looking for Group
  • Penny Arcade – WINNER
  • The Daily Blink
  • The Trenches
  • WTF Comics

Notable Kickstarter of The Year

  • Camelot Unchained
  • Dreamfall Chapters
  • HEX
  • Massive Chalice
  • Pathfinder Online
  • Shadowrun Returns – WINNER
  • Shroud of the Avatar

Notable Machinima or Video Series

  • Battlefield Friends
  • Fails of the Weak
  • Mass Defect
  • Red vs Blue – WINNER
  • Slightly Impressive
  • Table Top
  • The Guild
  • The Weekly Marmot
  • Two Best Friends Play
  • WoWCrendor

Notable Gaming Personality

  • Felicia Day
  • Gary Gannon
  • HuskyStarcraft
  • LuminousInverse
  • Sha of Happiness
  • Tobuscus
  • TotalBiscuit – WINNER
  • Wil Wheaton

Community Manager of the Year

  • Andrew “Tamat” Beegle (LoL) – WINNER
  • Bashiok (WoW)
  • Brandon “Branflakes” (Cryptic Games)
  • CCP Guard (EVE)
  • CCP Navigator (EVE)
  • David Bass (WildStar)
  • Margaret Krohn (PlanetSide 2)
  • Martin Kerstein (GW2)
  • Nethaera (WoW)
  • Nix “Daxxarri” Gianozakos (Blizzard)
  • Rick “Sapience” Heaton (LOTRO)
  • Rygarius (WoW)
  • Sam “Nakatoir” Dempsey (Blizzard)
  • Stephen “Rockjaw” Reid (Gazillion Games)
  • Vaeflare (Diablo III)
  • Zarhym (Blizzard)

Best Gaming Team, Guild, or Clan

  • Alea Iacta Est (AIE)
  • Blood Legion
  • Dota 2’s Alliance
  • Dragonfly Kinship
  • Grey Wardens
  • Minecraft Middle Earth
  • Team Solo Mid
  • The Family
  • The Lonely Mountain Band – WINNER

Most Passionate Fan Base

  • Dota 2
  • EVE Online
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Guild Wars 2
  • League of Legends – WINNER
  • Lord of the Rings Online
  • World of Warcraft
  • World of Tanks
  • Terraria

Top Community Management Team

  • Blizzard – WINNER
  • Diablo III
  • Dota 2
  • EVE Online
  • LOTRO
  • Shroud of the Avatar
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Turbine
  • World of Warcraft

2013 International Serious Play Award Winners (Gamasutra.com)

Gamers may not actually know many of these titles, but these games are “serious games geared toward teaching, business, health awareness, or advocacy”. Best In Show? MIT Game Lab’s Phantomation.

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The annual Serious Play Conference DigiPen Institute of Technology has announced the winning entries for its International Serious Play Awards, honoring serious games geared toward teaching, business, health awareness or advocacy.

MIT Game Lab’s educational game Phantomation, designed to teach animation students fundamentals of both key framing and real-time animation, was named Best in Show. Other studios were awarded medals for their submissions, including the Canadian Space Agency and Schell Games.

Here’s the full list of winners, via the Serious Play Conference:

  • Gold Medal awards
    • Play Forward: Elm City Stories, Schell Games and Digital Mill (Healthcare/Medical)
    • Cornak, Succubus Interactive (Business)
    • DragonBox Algebra 12, WeWantToKnow AS (Education)
    • Game Over Gopher, New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab (Education)
    • Planting the Seed, Canadian Space Agency (Education)
    • Practice Operations, Muzzy Lane Operations (Education)
    • Ratio Rumble, New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab (Education)
  • Silver Medal awards
    • Quandry, FableVision Studios (Education)
    • Thump The Ultimate Math Practice, Mathtoons Media Inc. (Education)
    • Tilt World, Nicole Lazzaro (Games for Good)
    • Tunnel Tail, BEST Foundation (Games for Good)
    • Cyber Awareness Challenge, Carney Inc and SAIC (Government/Military)
    • At Risk in Primary Care, Kognito Interactive (Healthcare/Medical)
    • Re-Mission 2, HopeLab (Healthcare/medical)
  • Bronze Medal awards
    • Special Operation Halo Jump, Inhance Digital (Government/Military)
    • Project Moonwalk, Project Whitecard Studios (Education)
    • VRUM – Aprendendo sobre o transito, ThinkBox Games (Education)

Dota 2’s “The International” Tournament Awards $1.43 Million to Alliance (GameSpot.com)

The era of professional gamers is in full swing as Valve’s Dota 2 tournament, the International, came to an end this past weekend. The gaming took place on the main stage at Benaroya Hall (Seattle’s Symphony Hall) and the audience was packed with thousands of expectant fans and teams there to do virtual battle. With the biggest first price cash payout in the International’s history, team Alliance walked away with a cool $1.43 million for top honors beating 2011’s champs, Na’Vi.

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Alliance wins $1.43m at Valve’s Dota 2 tournament The International 3

Alliance places first in Valve’s annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 3, winning $1.43 million.

Competitive gaming team Alliance from Sweden has picked up $1.43 million after finishing first place in Valve’s annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 3.

Alliance won the grand final after facing off against team Na’Vi from the Ukraine in a best-of-five format, winning 3-2.

The International 3 event kicked off on August 3, with 16 of the best Dota 2 teams flown in from around the world to compete. The event was hosted at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington.

Alliance, who finished in first place, will be taking home $1,437,204. Na’Vi will be awarded $632,370 for second place. Malaysian team Neolution Orange placed third, and will be awarded $287,441 in prize money. The event marks the first time that no Chinese teams have placed in the top 3.

The prize pool for The International 3 totals at $2.87 million, establishing its record as the largest prize pool for a single competitive gaming event. Nearly 400,000 people tuned in live for the first day of the event, and 600,000 on the second and third days, surpassing last year’s peak numbers.

At the 2012 International event, team Invictus Gaming from China won $1 million for finishing in first place. In 2011, Team Na’Vi took first place with a prize of $1 million.

For more about the event, check out GameSpot’s coverage of The International 2013.

Raptr: Most Played Games (PC, Xbox 360) in June 2013

There are some BIG surprises here. RIFT has a MASSIVE month, absolutely crushing its nearest competition and pulls in more gaming hours than the bottom half of the entire Top 20 combined.

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RAPTR’S MOST PLAYED GAMES: JUNE 2013 — NOW WITH PC AND XBOX 360-SPECIFIC TOP 20 LISTS

Aside from newcomer State of Decay and a resurgent Fable III, June’s Most Played list doesn’t hold too many surprises. Total playtime was up 16% over the previous month, however, and MOBAs League of Legends and DOTA 2 both posted significant playtime gains as well.

Note: This list, based on playtime data from Raptr’s 18 million users, includes PC and Xbox 360 games only — Sony and Nintendo don’t let players share gameplay data publicly, so that’s why no The Last of Us or Animal Crossing in the rankings.

The Share number by each game represents that title’s gameplay time as a percentage of the total time spent on the top 1000 games played by Raptr users, and is useful for comparing the relative amount of play time between particular games.

HIGHLIGHTS

Last month Rift enjoyed a big playtime bump among Raptr members due to a series of Raptr Rewards, but this month Rift’s transition to free to play was a significant factor. While we can’t quantify the F2P-related increase exactly, month over month Rift playtime is up 95%.

The rise and rise of popular free-to-play MOBAs League of Legends and DOTA 2 continued in June, with both posting their largest monthly playtime gains so far this year, up 36% and 45% respectively.

And if you’re wondering how Fable III, a game that came out in 2010, could suddenly catapult up 157 spots — it was a free download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the latter half of June.

State of Decay, on the other hand, earned its spot the old-fashioned way — by clearing over 250k copies in its first two days in the Xbox Live Marketplace and 500k in the first week, making it the second-best-XBLA seller after Minecraft. Not a bad debut for developer Undead Labs.

Borderlands 2 may have fallen a few spots this month, but the Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep DLC (launched on 6/25) is responsible for the largest playtime bump we’ve seen for the game so far. In the final week of June Borderlands 2 was the sixth most played game on Raptr.

A steady stream of content updates are definitely having a positive impact for Guild Wars 2 over the last three months — the Dragon Bash event and Sky Pirates of Tyria update both launched in June, and playtime was up 64% compared to the game’s low point this year, March.

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PC HIGHLIGHTS

Rift and Rumble Fighter both enjoyed Reward-related boosts this month, while a free Steam weekend and sale in early June bumped Civilization V up the ranks. In the three weeks post Steam sale Civ gameplay was still about double what it had been before.

F2P MMO Marvel Heroes had a good launch, but by the end of the month it was definitely fading and won’t be in the top 20 next month, barring new content or other events to reignite the community.

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XBOX 360 HIGHLIGHTS

Not a lot to report here — aside from Fable III’s rocket up the charts (discussed above), a couple other old-timers got a boost. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 playtime was up 25% month over month…and if you know why, tell us in the comments. And Dark Souls was the XBL Deal of the Week in early June.

IGN’s Best of E3 2013 Awards

IGN has not only provided their list of game winners in 25 categories for E3 2013, but also provided a number of runners-up and then listed every single game that was in contention for the award. Needless to say, it’s a VERY long list (covers five pages on their site). I’ve truncated that substantially and posted only the winners so this version of the article doesn’t require scrolling for 10 minutes to reach the end. You can head over here for the original, much more expanded list of nominees and such.

(By the way, IGN’s list is quite different from what TenTonHammer put together for their list of winners. I think you’d be surprised at the differences.)

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The most important gaming event of the year is now. Who won it?

WINNER: TitanFall Of all the games on display at E3, none said “next-gen” as loudly and clearly as Titanfall. Respawn Entertainment’s debut demo showcased the chaotic possibility of what players can do, rather than simply teasing the potential of what it may be. It’s beautiful, creative, and could upend the shooter landscape. For that, it’s IGN’s best-in-show.

WINNER: TitanFall Titanfall is the Xbox One’s killer app, at this point. Its use of cloud processing allows for competitive multiplayer that features the spectacular style of a single-player campaign, fills the world with A.I. ripe to mine for XP, and more ways to get through a multiplayer match than almost anything we’ve seen — especially on a console.

WINNER: Infamous: Second Son Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack are undeniably fun to play, but it’s Infamous: Second Son that truly stood out among the PS4-exclusive pack. The promise of Second Son – being a superhero in an open-world sandbox – is much like the first two Infamous games, but its new protagonist, Delsin Rowe, really promises to be a game changer (pardon the pun). The game also looks beautiful and totes motion-captured cutscenes, a first for Sony-owned Sucker Punch, and something that will allow them to elevate their storytelling.

WINNER: Super Smash Bros. Wii U Despite the hilarity of Super Mario 3D World or the depth and strategy of Pikmin 3,Super Smash Bros. for Wii U immediately stole our hearts once Masahiro Sakurai did a live, on-stage battle between Mega Man and Mario. We couldn’t technically play the game ourselves, but seeing that fight made us realize that nothing between now and that murky 2014 release date truly mattered. We’ll put on our Mario Cat Suits. We’ll help Donkey Kong fight Vikings. We’ll race with our hovering karts. But thanks to some brilliant trailers and new information, we just want to see how the Wii Fit Trainer will keep up with Link, or the Animal Crossing Villager will manage to KO Samus Aran.

WINNER: TitanFall PC gamers who grew up playing Starsiege Tribes and MechWarrior will find a lot to love about Respawn’s new multiplayer shooter. But it’s not just all nostalgia. The fresh design and fantastic next-gen graphics are sure to earn this game a spot on your hard drive. Just watching one of those giant Titans scoop up a tiny human pilot is enough to get us excited.

WINNER: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds At a glance, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a carbon copy of A Link to the Past, albeit with a more 3D visual treatment. Yet things are not as simple as they seem, and while the overworld of this sequel seems to be a carbon copy of its predecessor, the simple addition of the hieroglyph ability is enough to flip the proverbial ‘Zelda table.’ Suddenly off-limit areas are accessible, and barred windows might as well be open doorways. Though not as evident in the open fields of Hyrule, just five minutes in a dungeon reveals the potential of this new Zelda game. It’s that kind of brilliant mechanic, combined with classic, top-down Zelda gameplay, that has us craving for more.

WINNER: Killzone: Mercenary PlayStation Vita gamers are desperate for a competent first-person shooter, and by the look of it, they’re about to get what they want when Killzone: Mercenary launches in a few months. Mercenary’s three modes – Campaign, Contracts and Online – all gel with one another to create a compelling ecosystem worth exploring, and since a Sony-controlled studio is making the game, chances are this game will understand Vita’s capabilities and limitations better than others.

WINNER: Batman: Arkham Origins This prequel is built upon the foundation Rocksteady laid down in Batman: Arkham City, but the way its enhancements tantalized us at E3 proves we’re not nearly sick of Batman’s open-world crimefighting adventures yet. New more difficult enemy types, random street crimes that you can choose to intervene in, and an intriguing new detective system that allows you to reconstruct events to identify the perpetrator all make Arkham Origins stand apart.

WINNER: Rain Rain is a gorgeous example of what makes the PSN ecosystem so special. Told in a storybook format, Rain is a charming adventure game that stars an invisible boy wandering through a rain-filled city while searching for a mysterious girl. He can only be seen as he steps into the rain, and this mechanic creates brilliant puzzles that grow progressively more complicated as he progresses. Rain is a creative, truly unique work of art and a beautiful way for Sony to say goodbye to this generation.

WINNER: Deus Ex: The Fall Deus Ex: The Fall is the real deal, and it feels great. It offers all the same dirty futuristic open-world exploration found in Human Revolution, now in the palm of your hand. The Fall is compromise-free and demands your attention. Get ready to read more fake office emails, but now on your real tablet.

WINNER: Watch Dogs GTA5 is going to be tough to beat this year, but seeing Watch Dogs’ high-speed chases through its extremely detailed open-world version of Chicago reminded us of what its next-gen edge can deliver. Aiden Pearce has some good moves on foot, too – and not just his ability to hack people’s cell phones and find their porn stash. The E3 demo showed him use bullet-time gunplay and deliver some brutal baton beatings that show some tricks Ubisoft picked up making Assassin’s Creed games.

WINNER: TitanFall At an E3 where most other shooters played it safe, Titanfall took a risk to say “We know you want more from your shooters, so here’s something familiar enough that you know how to play it, but different enough to throw you off your game.” This isn’t just Call of Duty with robots. The Titans are not a gimmick. Jetpacks, wall-running, sci-fi weaponry, and robots to pilot give you plenty of new ways to play a fast-paced online action game.

WINNER: Super Smash Bros. Smash Bros. trailers are always spectacular events for Nintendo fans and gamers in general as they manage to feel both familiar and packed with surprises. But nobody could have guessed the rush (no pun intended) of nostalgic joy that hit the moment Mega Man took to the screen to knock around his opponents with vintage boss weapons and signature moves. We can’t wait to see which characters show up next in this fantastic looking fighting game.

WINNER: The Division The most stunningly detailed recreation of New York City you’ve ever seen is the backdrop for an always-connected action-RPG where survival meets open-world freedom. We were blown away by the interweaving of action, role-playing, and massively multiplayer systems and can’t wait to see what other mysteries lurk in the post-pandemic Big Apple.

WINNER: EVE-VR on Oculus Rift Developer CCP Games made it very clear before we donned our Oculus Rift prototype headset that the “game” we were about to play would never be released. It’s a tech demo. But holy &^#$ what a tech demo it was. Space dogfighting with headtracking and immersion like you’ve never experienced. You look down and you can see your own body. But it’s not your body! WHAAAAAAAAAAAT!

WINNER: New HD Oculus Rift The aforementioned EVE-VR demo for Oculus Rift is on the current version of the virtual reality headset. And as life-changing an experience as it was, it was a tad blurry because the screens were “only” 720p. But elsewhere at E3, a 1080p version of the device lurked. And it could change everything. Wow.

WINNER: Sony slams Microsoft over used games and always online

The PlayStation faithful had gotten used to, in recent years, a sort of blundering approach to Sony’s communication. For all of the amazing studios making great games for PlayStation platforms, Sony always managed to trip over itself. 2013 – and the roll-out of PlayStation 4 – has been very, very different. It all came to a head when Sony fired salvo after salvo at Microsoft during its press conference, impressing the gaming world and forcing Microsoft, in turn, to change its DRM, always-online tune.

WINNER: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U This epic clash of famous franchises would have easily outclassed its competition alone, but with Smash Bros. coming to Wii U and 3DS, and the addition of awesome fan favorites like Mega Man, the Animal Crossing boy and the bizarrely funny Yoga Instructor from Wii Fit, this looks like the best (set of!) Smash Bros. we’ve ever seen

WINNER: Rayman Legends Building on 2011’s excellent Rayman Origins, Legends includes dozens of beautifully imagined, seemingly hand painted platforming worlds to hop, bop and slap your friends around in. Throw in giant boss battles and the brand new music stages that have you running for your life to insanely deranged covers of classic rock and pop anthems and you’ve got the best platforming game of the show, easily.

WINNER: The Elder Scrolls Online Playing solo adventures in the world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is fantastic, but one of the most requested features is the ability to play together with (or against) friends in Tamriel. The Elder Scrolls Online is built around that idea, and especially now that it has the series’ signature option of first or third-person perspective, it that idea is more exciting than ever. And because it’s designed for next-generation consoles and PC, the graphics look great!

WINNER: Madden NFL 25 After starting from scratch at the beginning of this console generation, the venerable Madden series has evolved into a powerhouse of a football sim, with nuanced on-field gameplay complemented by TV-like presentation. Madden NFL 25 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, however, takes all of that to new heights. We saw it, we played it, and we like where the next generation of video game football is heading.

WINNER: Scribblenauts Unmasked Scribblenauts’ usual sandbox puzzles where you can literally write in your own solutions gets a super-powered makeover in Scribblenauts Unmasked. Think you know the DC Universe? Prove it by typing in any – and we mean ANY – DC hero, villain, or gizmo you can think of and he, she, or it will pop up onscreen to help or hinder your progress. Want to see Ma Hunkel (the golden-age Red Tornado) sock Darkseid in the jaw? We can practically guarantee you’ll never see that match-up in any other game.

WINNER: Total War: Rome 2 The original Rome is still the best game in the Total War series and this year’s update looks to take all the lessons the studio learned over the past decade to make an even better sequel. From building projects along the frontier, to assassinating your rivals in the Forum, to marching at the head of massive army of legionnaires, Rome 2 is the strategy game for all would-be Caesars.

WINNER: The Crew Remember the cheese-tastic, supercar-filled fun of 1980s film Cannonball Run? Or more recently, the unfulfilled potential of Need for Speed: The Run?The Crew looks to finally make a cross-country racing game a reality, with an always-connected driving experience that lets you roll with crews and challenge other clubs while visiting over 1,000 landmarks recreated in the game world, from the Grand Canyon to Miami’s South Beach. We played it, and it’s every bit as fun as it sounds.

WINNER: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Stunningly beautiful and almost impossibly huge, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was IGN’s readers’ pick for the best game of E3 2013 – and for good reason. The morally ambiguous Geralt faces monsters, both supernatural and human, in an intricately detailed open world that dwarfs that of The Witcher 2. Looking for a game that will really push the limits of your PS4, Xbox One, or high-end PC? You just found it.

TenTonHammer’s Best of E3 2013 Awards

This year, TTH provides awards in the following seven categories:

* Best Gameplay
* Best Respawn
* Biggest Surprise
* Most Innovative
* Best MOBA
* Most Anticipated
* Best of Show

Head over to their site to find out all about why each game won and what they were looking for in each category. The quick picks are below. However, I’m most surprised that EverQuest Next made the cut at all! I’m suddenly interested in the game for the first time.

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Best Gameplay

WildStar - Best Gameplay

The team at Carbine has proven that you don’t necessarily have to sink tons of precious marketing dollars behind a game at E3 to make an impact. While the flashing lights and cosplayers in tights can add a lot of show floor ambiance, at the end of the day it’s all about how fun your game is to play.

So what WildStar might not have had in a flashy booth display, it more than made up for with the best gameplay we were able to get our hands on at this year’s E3. Everything from the distinctive setting and art style, to the combat and sheer depth of gameplay options are worthy of high praise.

Best Respawn

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn - Best Respawn

Very few MMOs have managed to survive following a rocky launch, and fewer still have managed to successfully relaunch after the fact. Square Enix is attempting to do exactly that with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and from what we experienced at E3 2013 the game is certainly worthy of our Best Respawn award.

While the game still retains its distinctive look and feel, nearly every aspect of the game has been rebuilt into a tighter, faster, and more cohesive overall MMO experience. While they didn’t necessarily attempt to reinvent the MMO combat wheel, our experiences with the system displayed a clear refinement of what made more traditional hotbar combat so enticing in the first place.

Biggest Surprise

Warhammer 40K Eternal Crusade - Biggest Surprise

Warhammer 40k is one of those golden IPs that has the potential to translate into one killer MMO experience. Games Workshop clearly understands this potential, so when the originally planned game from THQ fell by the wayside, it was only a matter of time before a new developer would pick up the reigns.

A week before E3 this would have landed squarely in the realm of speculation, to say we were surprised by the event week announcement of the Eternal Crusade MMO would be a gross understatement. It clearly took gamers by surprise as well, with Warhammer 40k being one of the most talked about announcements to come out of the expo.

Most Innovative

Proper sandbox MMOs are only as good as the depth of the toolbox given to gamers, and from what we’ve seen of ArcheAge that box is deeper than any other sandbox MMO we’ve seen to date. The fact that ArcheAge comes packed with stellar graphics is just icing on the proveribial cake.

ArcheAge offers a true multiclassing system, the ability to turn your back on the major factions and live the pirate’s life, or simply live out your virutal days as a humble farmer or trader of goods. These things may sound fairly basic on the surface, but the ways in which you can interact with the world for each are both plentiful and inspiring. Expect big things from ArcheAge once it lands on North American shores.

Best MOBA

Infinite Crisis - Best MOBA

While Turbine may be known by many for their major contributions in the MMO space, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by our experiences with Infinite Crisis so far. Many aspects of the game hold true to what excites gamers about the genere in the first place, but Infinite Crisis also brings a lot of new gameplay hooks to the table. And you have to admit, the DC universe setting and characters offer a pretty killer framework to build upon.

Infinite Crisis is shaping up to be an excellent game, and will even be taking the full MLG eSports plunge. We expect big things from the game, and are sure that Infinite Crisis will bring some stiff new competition to the wide world of MOBAs.

Most Anticipated

Elder Scrolls Online - Most Anticipated

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then by the time the cross-platform launch for ESO rolls around in the spring of 2014, it’s probably safe to say that legions of gamers will be enthralled by the next great chapter in Elder Scrolls history.

We’ve had numerous chances to play the game throughout the year so far, and our hands-on time at E3 only helped solidify Elder Scrolls Online as our most anticipated game following this year’s event. In the immortal words of Wesley Willis, ESO whips the llama’s ass by offering the best of both worlds: an awesome Elder Scrolls game with all the gameplay hooks that help make MMOs great.

Best of Show

EverQuest Next - Best of Show

We’ve been looking forward to EverQuest Next for quite some time now. Even though our expectations heading into our private viewing during E3 were high, EverQuest Next exceeded those expectations on all fronts.

While we are sworn to secrecy on exactly what we were shown, what we can say is that EverQuest Next was hands-down the best game we had the pleasure of seeing during E3 2013. Franchise fans and MMO gamers across the globe will be able to learn exactly why that’s the case on August 2nd during SOE Live when EQNext is given its grand unveiling.

Trust us when we say that you’ll want to mark that date on your calendar, and be prepared to bask in the warm glow of EverQuest Next in all its glory. In the meantime, kudos to the folks over at SOE for winning our Best of Show award; we’re as excited as you are to witness the impact EverQuest Next is surely going to have on gamers this August!

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2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards (GameSkinny.com)

If you’re not familiar with GameSkinny.com, it’s a site designed for real gamers to offer their own reviews, replies, and interesting content on anything game related. Most of the articles are very well written, though many are rather brief. Head on over and nominate someone you admire!

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2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards: Share Your Nominations Now!

The 2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards – Can Goblins beat Penny Arcade…again?
At GameSkinny, we pride ourselves on having real content from real gamers. In keeping with this we are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards, brought to you by our friends at Guild Launch… And you.

That’s right: you. Without your opinion, no one is getting any awards.

We’re totally serious.

What are the Dragon Slayer Awards?

This ain’t your “normal” ‘only famous people and big name companies/games win‘ awards show. The Dragon Slayer Awards are 100% user nominated and user voted. They focus on community managers, community builders and, most importantly, the community members (see, there’s you again) of gaming.

How does it work?

Below are the 11 award categories, all are open and ready for nominations. Make your nomination(s) in the comments section below by the end of June. Once we have compiled all the nominations the real fun begins – voting. Voting runs from July 1st, 2013 through September 2nd, 2013.

Why should you nominate (and then vote)?

Because you care – ok maybe you don’t, but gosh darn it we need you to. The underdog needs you to. The game that had crazy hype and totally fell on its face needs you to. The unsung hero who is always there for his/her community but never gets recognized needs you to.

So, without further ado, here are the categories:

2013 Dragon Slayer Awards Categories

  • Notable Gaming Comic
  • Notable Machinima or Video Series
  • Hype Train Award
  • Notable Gaming Personality
  • Community Manager of the Year
  • Most Dramatic Change
  • Top Community Management Team
  • Most Passionate Fan Base
  • Notable Kickstarter of The Year
  • Best Gaming Team, Guild or Clan
  • Best Gaming Innovation

Did we convince you? Good; leave a comment with your nominations and keep an eye out for more details and voting links.  

The unsung hero is counting on you.

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