We’re going to spend this week counting down our top nine games of 2013. It’s been a long time since we did the “We’re Right Awards”. In fact the last real one we did was back in 2003. It’s been an incredible year for games though and I had a great time going back over my favorites.
9. Papers Please.
Like Tycho mentioned above we worked on the list together but each of us got one game that was a personal pick the other one couldn’t veto. Tycho picked Papers Please which I never played. I watched him play it for a couple minutes and decided it wasn’t for me. When I asked him why it was so great and should be on the list he told me playing it was incredibly stressful and filled him with dread.
So while Tycho picked his game because it caused him mental anguish I picked mine because it delivers pure joy. Tearaway is a hidden gem tucked away on the Vita. It’s a system seller that’s way too late but it really makes a case for the Vita and all it’s various touch inputs. Interacting with this game feels like playing with physical objects whether you’re using the rear pad to poke your finger into the world or the front pad to tear and fold paper. It’s beautiful, charming and fun and nowhere near enough people will ever play it.
This is a game that really surprised me. I wasn’t watching its development like Tycho was so it came out of nowhere for me. The gameplay was brilliant but the visuals really impressed me as well. I loved the little sprite characters so much that I actually created a series of prints based on each of the classes. We formed a heist crew in the office and spent many an afternoon knocking over jewelry stores and museums. Like Tycho said they just updated the game so if you skipped it now might be a good time to give it another try.