The 5 biggest video game disappointments of 2013 (so far)

By flops-aliensalmost any measurement, 2013 has been an embarrassment of riches for gamers. The Last of Us earned some of the highest scores of any game this generation, BioShock Infinite is a critical darling, and the reboot of Tomb Raider was masterfully done.

But while the hit to miss ratio has been skewed towards hits, the misses have been painful. The only thing worse than a bad game is a game that was supposed to be good, but totally failed to deliver on its promise. You know, like these five stinkers:

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The Walking Dead game you shouldn’t buy

Last yearwalking-dead-survival-640, Telltale Games gifted gamers with The Walking Dead, a deeply emotional episodic adventure game that offered a breath of fresh air for the video game industry, capturing “Game of the Year” honors from a host of publications – including us.

Unfortunately, a much different Walking Dead game shambled into stores this week, and the only air surrounding it is the rot of decay.

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Did Grand Theft Auto creators threaten ‘Shawshank’ writer?

Hollywood la-noire-vs-hollywoodand the video game industry usually have a fairly cordial relationship. Studios need game publishers to put out licensed products for their tentpole films, and game makers are often eager to expand the universe that directors create on screen.

This week, though, there was a fracture in that relationship, as Rockstar Games, creators of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and Frank Darabont, screenwriter of films like “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” and developer of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” bickered publicly about an upcoming project, each with a different version of the story.

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Eight video games you’ve got to finish

Gamers game-overare a fickle lot. If a game’s too short, there’s a furious outcry about how we didn’t get our $60 worth. But if it’s too long, most of us never get around to finishing it.

Raptr, which tracks more than 23 million gaming sessions, last year estimated that only 10 percent of players finish the final mission of a game. We get it. Life’s busy. There’s always something new on the horizon to distract your attention. And, frankly, the stories often aren’t strong enough to keep you glued to the screen, no matter how good the gameplay is.

Some games, though, demand to be completed. No matter how busy you are, here are eight games that you owe it to yourself to finish.

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Oct. 9: The biggest gaming day of 2012

The big guns of the 2012 holiday season are still in their holsters — and will remain there for several more weeks. But we’re calling it right now: Today, Tuesday Oct. 9, is the biggest gaming day of the year.

Sure, Black Ops II and Halo 4 will sell more copies, but in terms of sheer quality, you’re not going to see a day like today for a long, long time.Of course, an embarrassment of riches comes with its own set of problems. Short of quitting your job and cutting ties with the people you love, there’s no way for you to consume all of this gaming goodness at once. That’s a cross you’re going to have to bear, though.

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Zombie vs. Zombie: Why The Walking Dead works better as a game

The zombie renaissance is in full swing — and if you’re looking to crown the current king of undead entertainment, it’s pretty hard not to pick The Walking Dead. The hit drama based on the equally awesome comic book franchise boasts legions of fans and some of the highest-rated episodes on AMC.

But the best Walking Dead experience currently out there isn’t found in a book or on a DVR. It’s happening in a spot all too familiar with zombie epidemics: your video game console.

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App Review: ZombieSmash HD

While its excessive use of cartoon gore makes ZombieSmash HD a poor choice for young players, older players may be charmed by the game. It’s a slightly different take on the reliable tower defense genre, where waves upon waves of enemies rush your stronghold, but flicking them away is fun. The game also requires a bit of strategy in determining when best to use the weapons in your reserve. (There’s something satisfying about flattening zombies with wrecking balls.) It’s frenetic action that doesn’t get boring — and the game offers several different modes (campaign, endless siege, and sandbox), that offer a good bit of variety.

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The Walking Dead, Jurassic Park games coming this year

After conquering comic books and televisions, “The Walking Dead” are ambling over to the gaming world. And they’re bringing some dinosaur buddies along with them.

Telltale Games, best known for its light-hearted adventure fare such as Sam and Max and Tales of Monkey Island, is taking a turn for the serious with plans to make episodic games out of the successfull comic/AMC series as well as big-screen juggernaut “Jurassic Park.”

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