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Weekend Confirmed 201 - Starbound, Rust, Lightning Returns

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 24, 2014 3:00pm PST

Jeff Cannata is preparing for his play's premiere on Friday night, so that leaves host Garnett Lee to lead Weekend Confirmed into Episode 201 with Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia playing the co-pilot role. They welcome in Sega Mobile's Ethan Einhorn and Area 5's (and former 1up Show ...


"Farewell Garnett and the Weekend Confirmed crew for now. I started listening around episode ..."

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2013 Game of the Year: Super Mario 3D World

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 22, 2014 10:00am PST

Created in Nintendo's vacuum, 3D World eschews modern gaming trends. It doesn't aspire to justify the medium to Hollywood types. Instead, it focuses on the singular goal of just being fun, gosh darn it.


"Oh, and M&L:Dream Team, and Lego City Undercover, and Pokemon. Hell of a list!"

- kallanta see all 42 comments

Best of 2013: #2 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

By Steve Watts, Jan 21, 2014 2:00pm PST

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds shows Nintendo's understanding of what made the classics so special, paired with a capacity for change and evolution that we haven't seen for years. It's our Shacknews #2 Game of the Year.


"I'm rooting for Mario too, but things rarely rarely ever go my way."

- kenclopz see all 17 comments

Best of 2013: #3 - Gone Home

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 21, 2014 1:35pm PST

Gone Home is remarkable in just how unremarkable it is. It's not avant-garde or experimental. With a first-person perspective and fully explorable 3D world, it feels instantly familiar, but chooses to use these to tell a simple story. Which is great. It may seem obvious enou...


"I enjoyed Gone Home, but its not avant-garde at all.... heck its not even original in its idea ..."

- GPUX see all 57 comments

Best of 2013: #4 - The Last of Us

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 20, 2014 12:00pm PST

Perhaps no other game in 2013 could be as easily pointed to by the mainstream as proof that games are art.


"Wow this seems really low. This game was easily my GOTY - though I didn't really play much ..."

- Begawkiness see all 17 comments

Best of 2013: #5 - BioShock Infinite

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 20, 2014 11:30am PST

BioShock Infinite is #5 in our Best of 2013.


"It was ok. Gameplay seemed sort of dated. It was the same click the 'use' key to pick up ..."

- Ocelot see all 4 comments

Best of 2013: #6 - Dota 2

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 20, 2014 11:00am PST

Dota 2 is brilliant, but an absolute pig and a game I cannot recommend you play. You should, because it's the best game. But you won't like it, so don't. But honestly, do.


"Couldn't have put it better. Its a horrible, horrible, wonderful, engrossing game."

- Zatric see all 3 comments

Best of 2013: #7 - Proteus

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 17, 2014 2:00pm PST

Proteus is #7 in our Best of 2013.


"It also had the best music this year as far as I'm concerned. Beautiful game for both the eyes ..."

- Vorlonesque see all 4 comments

Best of 2013: #8 - Pokemon X & Y

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 17, 2014 1:30pm PST

Pokemon X & Y is #8 in our Best of 2013.


Best of 2013: #9 - Rayman Legends

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 17, 2014 1:00pm PST

Rayman Legends is #9 in our Best of 2013.


"It's really a crime that this awesome game has sold roughly about 200000 on Wii U. I get that ..."

- Kolzig73 see all 5 comments

Best of 2013: #10 - Saints Row 4

By Steve Watts, Jan 17, 2014 12:30pm PST

Saints Row 4 is #10 in our Best of 2013.


"Great game. I've played the holy heck out of it. Well worth the $49.00 I paid for it."

- tobalaz see all 13 comments