ZAM Readers' Choice 2013 Award Voting

What was your favorite game for 2013? Let us know!

UPDATE: The winner has been revealed!

To celebrate the games we all love, ZAM is holding its annual gaming awards! One of the categories will be entirely decided by our fantastic readership.

For the Readers' Choice Award, we want you to nominate the game that has kept you coming back for more in 2013. Did the re-launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn rock your world? Was Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag the game that you couldn't live without? Has Hearthstone blown you away?

Whichever game it was, as long as it was either released, had an expansion released for it, or was in a well-polished beta state (and not under NDA) during 2013, write your nomination in the comments below and add a line about why it is, in your opinion, the best game of the year. You can also vote by tweeting @ZAMOfficial (don't forget #ZAMGotY) or by commenting on our official Facebook page!

One person, one vote -- multiple entries will be null and void. Voting ends at 11:59pm Pacific on Sunday, December 15, and the finalists will be announced later that week along with all the other winners for this year's awards, decided by the staff of ZAM, including Wowhead, LolKing and all our sister sites.

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Woo!
# Dec 17 2013 at 2:31 PM Rating: Excellent
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The winner was revealed today in part one of our 2013 Gaming Awards! http://www.zam.com/story.html?story=33546&storypage=2
EQ
# Dec 17 2013 at 10:35 AM Rating: Good
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EQ for sure.
FFXIV ftw
# Dec 17 2013 at 3:31 AM Rating: Decent
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FFXIV has eliminated the most of my time (and heart!) this year. GEIF AWARD!
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FFXIV should win
# Dec 16 2013 at 10:54 AM Rating: Good
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I vote for FFXIV
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# Dec 16 2013 at 7:24 AM Rating: Excellent
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Thank you for the votes, everyone! We'll have our 2013 Gaming Awards article up soon(tm) which will include the results of this. Smiley: cool
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# Dec 15 2013 at 5:31 PM Rating: Good
Animal Crossing: New Leaf!

I can't beleive how addicted I've become to this game.
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# Dec 15 2013 at 4:11 PM Rating: Decent
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FFXIV: ARR
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# Dec 15 2013 at 3:42 PM Rating: Decent
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FFXIV:ARR

Only one I've played so it wins by default.
A Real Reborn Redeems its way into my vote.
# Dec 15 2013 at 8:36 AM Rating: Decent
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The story of something that stands the test of time is never as touching to me as one of redemption.

FFXIV has risen from the ashes of their own mistakes, with a Producer/Director that resonates and communicates with his base continually. The enviroment is rich, the story is rapturing, and the flow of everything from combat to crafting feels fluid.

This coming from a game that had once, in many places, been listed as the biggest disappointment of its original release year.

FFXIV gets my vote.
Marvel heroes gets my vote
# Dec 14 2013 at 2:54 PM Rating: Good
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Marvel Heroes.

It started out rough but at the 6 month mark is a better ARPG than anything else in the ARPG genre. 27(soon to be 28) playable classes. More content than games like Diablo 3 with a very nice helpful community. The game adds a new class roughly every month(they added two in november) and has more stuff to do than your average game. If you have not tried it you can give it a whirl for free.

Anyways its my favorite game of the year :)
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XIV
# Dec 14 2013 at 10:32 AM Rating: Good
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I said this in a prior post, "...what Yoshi did with XIV 1.xx before the end was nothing short of a miracle and I wonder what he might have in store for 2.xx and beyond." This game is unprecedented in many ways and you won't see another like it for a long time if at all.

The come back kid... ftw! This game was proof to me that when developers carefully listen they can create magic. Yoshi-P did that for this game. Huzzah for all the underdogs out there that have heart!
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# Dec 14 2013 at 8:18 AM Rating: Decent
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FFXIV, no question. I have yet to see an MMO pull off what FFXIV's pulled off with such panache. I'm really impressed with how they turned the game around from 1.0. I've been excited to see what ESO turns into as well, but I'm no longer interested in that particular MMO after...recent events.
Best Game 2013
# Dec 14 2013 at 2:24 AM Rating: Decent
FFXIV....All the way, can't see anything that even comes close.
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# Dec 14 2013 at 12:30 AM Rating: Decent
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FFXIV: I'm really impressed with the overall quality of the game; With a bit more content, I could see myself spending a long time in Eorzea.
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# Dec 13 2013 at 9:09 PM Rating: Default
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FFXIV

Great restart!
Really Good Game now
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# Dec 13 2013 at 7:21 PM Rating: Good
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I'm too impressed with a company that would rather rebuild from the ground up than go F2P or completely scratch the project. FFXIV for my vote.
FFXIV: 1.0 FTW!!!
# Dec 13 2013 at 2:42 PM Rating: Good
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I think FFXIV: 1.0 did pretty well.
Everquest (the original) gets my vote
# Dec 13 2013 at 2:21 PM Rating: Good
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Everquest all the way
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My vote is EQ2
# Dec 11 2013 at 11:02 AM Rating: Good
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Every once or I hope twice in your life you come across a game that feels like home to you. EQ2 comes closest to that feeling in my game life. Been here almost 2 years and do not see a reason to go away.

The game, even if played free, does not badger you. At lvl 20 you get a horse. At lvl 30 you get your leaper. You need these things and you get them with no **** and bother. As a perpetual soloist I do not run in a pack, but I have also only infrequently witnessed a group running roughshod over a soloist already in territory.

If the original SoR cannot come back I will be here.
EQ gets my vote
# Dec 11 2013 at 5:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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I gotta go with EQ here..

As over the past two years or so, a constant stream of returning players have come back to the game. Even more so since the F2P and Silver options were initiated.

Some fade away but quite a few stick around, get into the right guilds and are still here today.

For instance, some of the 70's- 80's returning players I helped about1 1/2 to 2 years ago have now out leveled me ..which is a very good sign for the future of EQ.
EQ wins!
# Dec 11 2013 at 2:46 AM Rating: Excellent
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EQ rules. Best online game for serious gamers.
There can be only one
# Dec 10 2013 at 5:40 PM Rating: Excellent
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Everquest. Period.
EverQuest: Always with standing the test of time.
# Dec 10 2013 at 8:57 AM Rating: Good
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Lets look at the facts.

EverQuest has been around for 20 years.

3 games currently supported and active in the set.
EverQuest, EverQuest2, and Legends of Norrath.

A 4th & 5th game, EverQuest Next and Everquest Next Landmark, on the horizon.

A average of one expansion ever year.

Player created festivals fully supported by SOE.
Examples inculde EQ2's Festival of Discord, and Festival of Unity.

Proactive support staff, the constant updates even emergancy ones support this line of thinking.

To date NO other game has this level of support, nor likely will ever be able to match it.

EverQuest has always been one to set a industry standard, going above and beyond even there own standards conistantly for the past 20 years.

Name to me one game that does all this, to a better effect and I shall change my vote.
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EverQuest: Always with standing the test of time.
# Dec 15 2013 at 2:26 AM Rating: Good
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TyphonPlume wrote:
Lets look at the facts.

EverQuest has been around for 20 years.


You might want to check your facts there. Unless we're in 2019 EQ hasn't been around 20 years considering it launched in March '99.
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# Dec 10 2013 at 3:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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"coming back?"

EQ hands down. Other games I might have gone back to have mostly been shut down.

Everquest
# Dec 10 2013 at 8:39 AM Rating: Excellent
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Since 1998 in beta till now, EQ has been through the thick of it. With a diverse community, loyal players and friends, diverse challenges, new released content every year ( in fact this year saw EQ's 20th Expansion, Call of the Forsaken, which indicates more than 1 expansion per year on an average); EQ stands the testimony of time, the durability of changing tastes withing the Genre, economics and competition.
New players still flock to EQ. Those that left for other avenues are coming back as well, people from every era of EQ are returning.
If THAT isn't the the spirit of this category for the Awards, then Idk what would be.
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EverQuest
# Dec 10 2013 at 7:25 AM Rating: Excellent
The one game that has had me always coming back for more since 2000 is EverQuest. With new expansions every year, and this year Call of the Forsaken, it always has some new places to explore, new things to accomplish, and great people to share it with. Long live EQ!
Pokemon XY
# Dec 10 2013 at 7:07 AM Rating: Good
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Hmmm... Pokemon XY or The Last of Us? Pokemon felt really fresh for the first time in a long time, and has such an amazing soundtrack. But the Last of Us made me sob in the prologue alone...

I'm going with...

Pokemon XY
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Going with XIV as well
# Dec 09 2013 at 10:59 PM Rating: Excellent
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XIV wins the year. At least in the MMO category. (I was worried about TESO and Wildstar knocking it out at its kneese next year but that was before their betas started. Not worried any more.)

For single player, GTA V was the most fun, but The Last of Us was the best script and game combo.
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Going with XIV as well
# Dec 10 2013 at 6:39 AM Rating: Good
Catwho wrote:
For single player, GTA V was the most fun, but The Last of Us was the best script and game combo.


Totally agree here. I loved GTA V, but The Last Of Us held my attention like no other game has for a long time. The last time I cared about what was happening with the characters in a game as much as this was back when I played FF7. Nice work Naughy Dog!

Edit: And please, no sequels! Another story perhaps, but this story should be left alone.

Edited, Dec 10th 2013 8:00am by Brokenwheel
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FFXIV gets my vote
# Dec 09 2013 at 7:47 PM Rating: Good
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Before A Realm Reborn's release, it was extremely hard to find a decent MMO on a console. There was FFXI, DCUO, Defiance, and...that's it. None of those gave the "feel" I was used to from the PC. FFXIV:ARR blew all of those games - combined! - out of the water. Finally I had a console MMO that felt like what I was used to!

For excellent controls, FFXIV gets my vote.
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