January 1st 2014 11:08 am PT

MNR 498 Our favorite games of 2013

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)

Co-host : e (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)

Co-host : lollip0p (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter)

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  • Senses Failed

    Nice! Happy new year guys.

    • Senses Failed

      Who dislikes a happy new year greeting!?

      • Ross Kemp

        You would be amazed – there are some spiteful keyboard warriors on here that live in their Moms basement , spouting bile all day . Happy New Year to you Senses Failed .

  • Lucas Sanches Cestari

    happy new year!!!

  • squished

    I like how Larry says 5 or 6 times he’s going to put something in the show notes and it never makes it! :P

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      I put in as much as I remembered…mention what I miss and I’ll add it in.

      • squished

        I didn’t catch what it was called but it was at the beginning you’re talking about that service that tells you what part of the states you’re from, it’s not a biggy to me (I’m not even in the US) just found it funny… :P

        • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

          Ahh…that one. Right. I added it :)

          • TheIcemanCometh

            A rather interesting quiz. For someone that grew up in the south (although a military brat), spent the majority of my “formative” years there, 15 years in the military myself in South Carolina, Florida and Nebraska, and the last 15 years in the south again (it’s home, what can I say?), I wasn’t terribly surprised that my results showed right in the middle of the country (Wichita, KS). I neither have much of an accent, nor speak most terms like a lot of us Southerners do. :-)

  • roozbeh, again

    Happy new year everyone

    • Alexa Rossi

      Same for you

  • http://instasynch.com/rooms/asstube Goose

    They better have said COD Ghosts. Otherwise, it was really a joke to have it on sale. If even THEY didn’t think it was good.

    • ImTheMetalLord

      Why not listen before you make your snide remarks?

      • Beano

        Takes too damn long, not much payout

  • deadbox102

    This may be a little off topic, but is there a setting to keep my wife from coming in and saying “Xbox Watch TV” in the middle of an online match? I’m terrible at BF4 and this isn’t helping. :-/

    • ImTheMetalLord

      You would need to turn off voice commands or turn off your wife.

      • Trent

        That made me chuckle..Let me know if the second one works!

      • deadbox102

        I turn my wife off all the time. That never works out for me.

  • Charles

    My top games for 2013….. I’m still playing Halo Wars a lot. I got into Minecraft a lot during the summer on the 360. Zelda Wind Waker and Super Mario 3D World for Wii U were great. And I have been playing a lot of Forza 5 and Need for Speed
    Rivals on the Xbox One. I have also been playing a lot of Halo Spartan Assault on the Xbox One also. It’s fun. I can’t wait for all of the great games coming in 2014!

    Thanks for the podcast. Happy New Year to everyone!

    • deadbox102

      Ryse and BO2 for me. I may give Halo Spartan Assault a try this month.

      • Charles Walton III

        Halo Spartan Assault is a new style of playing Halo, but it’s fun. It’s a top down twin stick shooter genre version of Halo. Think of it like a fun little different take on Halo.

  • Arik Cotton

    Did the NY dialect quiz. The first time, it had me in central CA (wrong). The 2nd time I took it, it had me from Chicago (correct).

  • Michael Ratliff

    Did the dialect quiz. Nailed me the first time, a triangle connecting Springfield, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Wichita, KS. Funnily enough, I grew up in Springfield and KC, and have a lot of family in Wichita.

  • NarcoSleepy

    I grew up all over the US, but primarily in California, Michigan and Arkansas, but the dialect quiz stuck me firmly in Florida. I spent one year there in the Military, and I was too busy to really soak up the local culture, so I don’t see how it placed me there. In many cases, I use multiple terms for the same thing, so this probably skewed the results.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/maxlimitz Max Limitz

    I would like to hear *why* those games were your favorites. Graphics? Sounds? Story? Gameplay?

  • evilfangs .

    Hahahah my Xbox has died. System error E303.

    Now I’ve got to speak to some none speaking English person on Xbox customer support. God I hate using phones.

    • Lucas Sanches Cestari

      it depends, on what country you live?

      • evilfangs .

        UK.

        • Lucas Sanches Cestari

          oh… i really wanted to help you, but i don’t know nothing about uk ‘-’

          • evilfangs .

            I only got the guarantee that came in the box. I didn’t buy the shop guarantee.

          • Senses Failed

            But we live in the uk, we have rights! Take that bad boy back and get it replaced, you get 12 months, it’s been 5 weeks!

          • evilfangs .

            So just take my console back to GAME with my receipt and say it broke and they should replace it?

            I’m on chat at the moment with someone from support.

          • Senses Failed

            Hell yes that’s what i’d do. I’d want a replacement asap

          • evilfangs .

            Guy on support tried to do this advance exchange process. In which I needed to have the cost of my console in my bank £430, and they would send me out a new console and I would have to spend them out my broken console.

            Obviously I’ve just paid £600+ for my new console and don’t have another £430 just laying about in my bank.

            So I said what about if my retailer replace my console and he said it’s still in warranty so they should. Now I just need to get in contact with GAME and see if I can get a replacement console.

          • Senses Failed

            Unbelievable! Sold you a faulty product and want more money from you before they replace it!? How is this even allowed?

          • evilfangs .

            Yep and I bet I’ll get no apology or even compensation from Xbox / Microsoft. They’ve got my £430 and that’s that.

          • Stoney

            I’ve recently had mine replaced using the Advanced Exchange. They don’t take any money out of your account unless you don’t send back the faulty console within 14 days of receiving the replacement. You do need the money in your account, they put a ‘hold’ on cost of one, but if you send it back in time, you incur no charges. You don’t have to pay for postage either.

            Another point, mine almost didn’t get sent back in time, and I had a chat with MS on the phone, they said even if they were to charge me, when they receive the console, the money would be returned.

            Hope this helps others.

          • evilfangs .

            Yes but you still need a spare £429 laying about in your bank, even if you have every intention of returning the broken console.

          • trickbfc1988

            My brother has the same problem with his console, controller and xbox support. His contoller keeps on disconnecting for no reason so he called xbox support and they said they would replace it, so anyway they were meant to send him a new day one controller but guess what he only got 1 part of the contoller which was a battery pack cover! Are you serious microsoft this is taking it too far!

            Now he called support again today and now they’re saying it will cost him pretty much the same price as the controller is right now just to deliver it for repair which is a complete utter joke! My brother has already said its the console and not the controller that is the problem but guess what xbox support wont listen.

            Tempted to sell mine now just in case something goes wrong with my console I am not going through this rubbish no chance.

          • evilfangs .

            Yea Microsoft won’t allow you to send our console or controllers in for repair, we can only get sent out a new controller or console, meaning we need the money in our bank for that. So £50-70 for controller in our bank to get a new controller then you’ve got to send your broken one back and same with console, £429.

          • trickbfc1988

            I can understand in a way why microsoft are doing it but the way the support are dealing with it with my brother is just ridiculous. Microsoft need to understand that people do not have money growing on trees and that people are not loaded with cash

        • http://instasynch.com/rooms/asstube Goose

          Thumbs down for living in the UK.

    • ImTheMetalLord

      You could get help via chat if you don’t want to talk on the phone.

    • Nexures

      people still call for help? wtf… all you have to do is go on a chat you dummy. waaaaaay better than an actual phone call. and the agents who are operating the chat are so freaking cool and awesome ^^ i had a problem with my internet once, and after 5 mins the guy helped me resolve the problem and for the next 30 mins we ended up talking about football xD

    • Nexures

      you newbie xD

    • NerdRage

      you deserved this for buying this pos, you know its true

    • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

      Hey, try this if you have time.

      http://forumsdotxboxdotcom/xbox_forums/xbox_support/xbox_one_support/f/4269/t/1641098.aspx

      Therevis something related to E303 error. Hope this Help.

      • evilfangs .

        Yea I already tried that.

        I need to wait till tomorrow to see if the retailer I brought my console at will replace it for me.

        • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

          That sucks. Well, I don’t see why they wouldnt replace it, once the warranty is still fresh…

    • evilfangs .

      So yea. I need to do this…. http://supportxboxcom/en-US/xbox-one/system/reset-console-to-factory-defaults but due to my Xbox one having a complete system failure ( green screen logo – black screen E303 error ) I’m unable to get to the UI / dashboard to be able to do a factory restore on my console. I need to do this if I’m able to get a console replacement tomorrow, otherwise my old broken X1 will have all my details and profile on it.

      Anyone got any ideas?

      • ilovegoogleglass

        I’m sure that they will factory reset before they resell it…

        • evilfangs .

          So I’ve to just trust that when I hand my console with all my personal details and profile over to GAME that when they do fix it they will factory reset it? They still have to go onto my account to do this.

          • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

            I made a research and found nothing about reseting without going to the dashboard. This is an important thing you pointed.

            what about change your password at xboxcom?. Doesnt that prevent somebody to log into your account at your old xb1?

          • evilfangs .

            No because my profile on my “old” Xbox one signed me in automatically so any password change would take effect.

            Got a new replacement console now and GAME did tell me they will wipe the hard drive of my old broken console.

            I still putting a pass key on my new console anyway so whenever I sign in a pass key will need to be entered.

          • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

            Oh I see. At least you got a new console. Your game saves were also lost?

          • Nick Peck

            I think all of the game saves automatically store a copy online (which is why you see that waiting screen sometimes when you load a game up). Not positive though :D

          • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

            Oh, I didn’t know that, I thought it was kind of an option like on 360.

          • Nick Peck

            Yah, all of the games do an auto upload of the save data so I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s doing. When my net is running slow I will see the “please wait while we work” type message sometimes.

          • evilfangs .

            Saves are cloud based so no all my digital games and saves were backed up to the cloud.

          • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

            Thats good! if I have lost my progress in dead rising 3 after almost 400k zombies killed, I’d be pretty mad!

  • Nexures

    sleeping dogs is so much better than gta v ;o best game on gold so far please keep it up

    • ungeheier

      Im REALLY enjoying it. I bought all the DLC for it since it’s on sale currently. I just finished AC2, and loved that as well. Those are the first two games I didnt already own on the 360 that were given away on GwG.

      • Nexures

        well i shouldve added “better than gta v’s single player” but thats because sleeping doge doesnt have any multi. i bet it still would’ve been better than gta v’s multi ^^

  • Nexures

    and major how about you give us an activity week :D ?

    • Ross Kemp

      Sluuuuuuuuuuuuurp !!!!!!!

  • Smegtasticus

    Hey Major Nelson, three of my games Deadpool, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions have been removed from XBox Live (and from other digital distribution services as well, from my understanding).

    1. Are there any plans to bring these back to XBox Live eventually?
    2. Do I still have the license to these games? If they do come back can I download them again?
    3. If the answers to 1 & 2 are uncertain or a definite no, can I get the 56.25 CDN I paid for them credited back into my XBox Live account? That would be great.

    • MoocaHero

      If you purchased the titles, they belong in your downloads history under account history. They will no longer be shown in the marketplace. You have the licenses so long as the XBox Live servers for the XBox 360 are up. Also, no refunds is in the agreement upon purchasing titles from the marketplace. This includes DLC/Avatar items.

      • Smegtasticus

        I know there’s no refunds for DLC/ Avatar items or digital download games which have already been purchased (I have been using XBox Live for many years now), but since the games in question have been removed on account of Activision making a decision to that effect , and I can’t be certain whether or not Activision will authorize XBox Live to carry them again, what use is the licence or download history to me?

        I think Microsoft should rethink their refund policy, at least insofar as digitally distributed games getting removed from a service are concerned. This is why I was hoping Lord Larry (a.k.a. Major Nelson) would see fit to bother with the queries of us little mortals. Thanks for your input anyway, MoocaHero.

        • Volitar Prime

          You can still go to your download/purchase history and download them again even though they are no longer listed in the marketplace.

          • Smegtasticus

            Did not know that (even though I’ve been using live for a long time). Good to know!

          • MoocaHero

            I just explained that your titles would be in your download history before said person explained it again. >:O

          • Smegtasticus

            Thank you MoocaHero. I didn’t read your post properly because I was too busy being pissed off at Activision and feeling ripped off. Hey, at least I can admit when I’ve been a bonehead. *embarassed*

          • Nick Peck

            The pulled them because the licensing ended. You can still play and DL them though like Moocahero stated. It’s not MS’s fault and of course they can’t tell when it’s going to happen, which is why they state no refunds for stuff like this.

            I do agree, I think when something gets pulled that company should then compensate the people that bought the digital versions something. Like Prometheus on Xbox Video, I bought it when it came out and it hasn’t been available for many
            months, not happy having spent $20 to not be able to watch it…

            There are a lot of things that need to change for digital licensing imo.

  • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

    What were your favorite games of 2013? Share them here in the comments.

    • Shakeslikecrazy

      OK then, the games I spent the most time in and enjoyed the most in no particular order: Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, Dead Space 3, Gears of War Judgment, Grand Theft Auto V, Diablo III, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Castlevania LoS: MoF, Dead Rising 3.
      Lately I’ve also been enjoying Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds (which I hope you guys are paying attention to as the Xbox needs similar franchises with those fun mechanics IMO).

    • Lucas Sanches Cestari

      bioshock infinite, call of duty:ghost,halo 4,ssx,assassins creed 3,max payne 3,GTA V and halo:spartan assault!!!!

    • Realmusik Recordz

      Gta v …..i was a billionare before the glitch.

    • Some guy

      Killer Is dead was great and so was Anarchy Reigns but i’ll go with Rayman Legends since KiD is too simplistic and AR has a terrible campaign and broken props.

    • ilovegoogleglass

      GTA V

    • H0RIZ0N

      Bit Trip runner 2. Really underrated game.

    • Nick Peck

      Too many to mention, but some of my favorites were the new Tomb Raider, Dead Space 3, Diablo 3, AC4, Ryse, BF4, The Walking Dead episodes, ME3 (and it’s MP). I know there’s plenty more but I’ll keep it short.

      • WARLORD

        ME3 was released March 6, 2012 But still a good game…

    • Fred

      I’m bucking the trend here. The game I played the most was Zuma’s Revenge! But Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider are certainly contenders for best of the year. Planning to work through backlog this year: Max Payne 3, another pass at Naval Assault, some others.

    • Jorge Garza

      Brothers: Tale of two sons & GTA V (singleplayer)

  • WARLORD

    My favorite 2013 games are, The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Tomb Raider, splinter cell blacklist, and Diablo 3…..

  • IvanCD(MaidenLOKO)

    Tomb raider, diablo 3, bioshock infinite, metro last light, dead Space 3, state of decay, max payne 3 and dead rising 3. These were my favorites among 2013 titles I played.

  • Billy Franklin

    My Favourite of the year was the last of us. I actually bought a 2nd hand ps3 just to play it. Then moved quickly back to my 360 when I was done with it :D

  • Realmusik Recordz

    I dont even use my xb1 for the time being. Have not seen anything amazing yet besides ryse. And i appreciate my friends more on 360. The 360 just works for me man. From wat i hear is that the ps4 is like a 360, dont kno how true that is.

    • todd Wright

      not at all ps4 is like if face book was a console

      • Realmusik Recordz

        O ok…thanks. Sounds fun i guess

      • ImTheMetalLord

        Are you saying since face book sucks so does the ps4?

        • Disturbed_Court_Jester

          Guess that makes XB1 Myspace then.. and we all know what happened to Myspace… JK

          • Realmusik Recordz

            Lol.. microsoft is the truth tho.

        • todd Wright

          no i have a ps4 and its awesome but the way the ui is set up on ps4 is weird like that

    • https://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

      I’m using my Xbox One constantly, but I still find myself yearning for the 360 with it’s time-tested UI, friends lists, and back catalog. It’s still a viable platform while the Xbox One goes through it’s growing pains.

      • Realmusik Recordz

        Yes, indeed.

  • Realmusik Recordz

    No adobe flash on xb1, i like to look at worldstarhiphop and other stuff online. Only reason im saying these things is because microsoft listens

    • Volitar Prime

      They never added flash to the XB360 browser do don’t count on it.

      • Realmusik Recordz

        But why tho?….is it a reason

        • ilovegoogleglass

          Its getting old now I guess…

        • ImTheMetalLord

          Flash is unstable with constant updates and they haven’t made a flash that works with IE on the XBOX yet.

          And besides could you imagine all the online games people could play with flash on IE on the Xbox?

          • Blastergamer

            or unity web player would even allow 3D web games.

          • Realmusik Recordz

            Playstation runs flash

    • Kieran

      Likely not there, because of copyright issues. People would illegally watch videos that are copyrighted on the XB1.

      In saying that you can use your PC on the xb1, by using HDMI out. A really cool feature.

      • Realmusik Recordz

        You right i could! The playstation uses flash tho…would be kool to watch unlimited videos

    • WARLORD

      As on many mobile devices, Internet Explorer on Xbox doesn’t
      support browser plug-ins (such as Adobe Flash).

      Configure Internet Explorer to use mobile pages

      If webpages are blank or notify you that a plug-in is required,
      you can try configuring Internet Explorer to request the mobile version
      of webpages you go to. This may help if the page uses Flash, Java,
      Silverlight, or other plug-ins, which Internet Explorer on Xbox does not
      support.

      Press Y to display the Web Hub.

      Select the Settings icon on the address bar.

      Select the Use web pages formatted for mobile devices check box.

      Select OK, and then reload the webpage.

      • Realmusik Recordz

        O ok…thanks for the information

  • ilovegoogleglass

    Its been awhile welcome back…

  • Kieran

    Even though Gears judgement was the worst of the series. I enjoyed it when it came out March 2013 and probably was my most played game that year. I played other games, but Gears has always been my favourite game on X box 360. I love the unique nature of this game, there is no other FPS game like Gears.

    The lack of content with Gears judgement, lack of maps for traditional multiplayer, lack of characters, locust taken out and other stuff, annoyed Gears fans enough that they refused to buy the game, like they did with Gears 3 which in fairness was a great game with lots of content.

    I’m hoping for Gears on xb1, because i like to see at least one Gears game for next gen and see how fans respond to it! This will least tell us if fans are ready for more gears or prefer if it went away for a while.

  • Vince

    When is the xbox one update coming?

    • Senses Failed

      In a few weeks supposedly

    • Realmusik Recordz

      Man im telling you.

  • Todd Wegman

    After a week of playing the xbox one I am pleased overall. I do believe the system will get better over time, but it will be hard for the xbox one to compete with the PS4. I had to split my hdmi from my cable box because I was not getting surround sound (7.1 onkyo receiver) and yes I turned on the beta surround sound. I tried watching a blu ray movie via the xbox one and we had to switch over to my regular bluray player because the audio was not in sync via the xbox one- plus no 3d support from the ONE. Not quite the all in one system (yet).

    • WARLORD

      PS4 doesn’t support 3D ether….. It’s also has no mp3/CD or dlna support…

      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        that doesn’t make the problem any better or does it?

        • WARLORD

          No but he did say.” but it will be hard for the xbox one to compete with the PS4″ and if his reason is because of media.. I’m just letting him know the PS4 doesn’t have much in media support..

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      yep. sux. the all in one beta machine right now.

    • Senses Failed

      On the plus side there are some games to play on xbox one

    • deadbox102

      Given how E3 went I would say work that would’ve went in to prepping these missing features had to go in to getting rid of the moronic requirements the Xbox One had. It’ll get there. It just had to take the scenic route. Look what was added to the 360 over its lifetime.

      • Realmusik Recordz

        I like how u r being positive about it…gives me hope.

  • Kieran

    The hate for EA at the moment, is getting worse online. People are sick and tired of how bad the servers are on xb1 for Battlefield 4 and people can’t find games. I’m a member with the official Battlefield 4 forums and there is nothing but complaints from people about the game and how it works on xb1 and PS4 (just to state facts)

    I live in Europe and TDM alone had only six working servers for Europe, shocking this is happening!

    Microsoft, i think its time you jump in and get some of your Azure servers up and running for Dice and EA, before the Battlefield fans lose it and go nuts.

    • evilfangs .

      Yea what happened to dedicated servers. It’s like no game on Xbox on is using a dedicated server hosted by Microsoft.

      • Kieran

        A troll with a disagree. There private servers EA and Dice are using mate. But there acting up since November. I think they decided to use there own and not Microsoft’s and it hasn’t been good. Every thread on the Battlefield 4 forums is a complaint about the state of the game and EA’s involvement.

        I think COD and Forza are using them, i believe, but not sure on that. I think its only for online games and its up to the developer to use them.

      • roozbeh, again

        It’s EA, they will never let it happen (bar from Titanfall)

  • MrRadiolips

    My Favorite games this year are 1. Tomb Raider 2. Max Payne 3 3.The Last of Us. 4. Bioshock Infinite 5. Splinter cell blacklist

  • roozbeh, again

    My favorites were GTA V, TLoU, Bioshock Infinite, Splinter Cell and DayZ

  • Danny

    Did you hire a bunch of Sony guys to help with the Xbox One because you have completely destroyed what was good about Xbox and made it overly complicated with absolutely NO FEATURES, Why fix something that wasn’t broken?!

    - Friends list takes about 5 steps – (We want it to be quick)
    - Party chat takes about 5 steps – (We want it to be quick)
    - I DON’T WANT TO TURN PARTY CHAT ON, IT SHOULD BE ON ALREADY!
    - NO RECENT PLAYERS?!?!
    - No voice messages?!
    - No picture messages?! (not important but still)
    - No bio?! This is a real disappointment removing this :(
    - No notifications when people sign in – ANNOYING
    - Avatars are completely useless now so just shut the store down?
    - Snap is horrible! its not a good feature.
    - I would also like my layout of messages and friends to go down not across

    The Xbox Guide MADE the 360 amazing and made it the community it is today because it was easy to find recent players, easy to send messages and easy to add friends, it was quick and got straight to the point and you replaced it with well a dashboard that isn’t useful when your MID GAME!

    £450 for this awful ‘Entertainment System’ Its not the same brand i have always defended against the PlayStation fanboys, its a disgrace, Ill give it till June to see if any updates are made before i trade it in for a PS4, I am sure they have gone forward from the PS3 and for £100 less its worth the risk.

 
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