Updated Mon, Dec 30, 2013 by Sardu
Looking back at the past twelve months of online gaming has become an annual holiday tradition for the team at Ten Ton Hammer. While many families gather to decorate trees, consume liberal amounts of eggnog, or squint sideways at one another, our family gathers to deliberate on our best gaming experiences of the past twelve months.
Even though 2013 will long be remembered as a year dominated by the looming presence of new console hardware, the promise of crowd-funded gaming bliss, and more franchise sequels than you could shake a stick at, it was also a fantastic year for online gaming.
A number of major triple-A titles may have delayed their launch dates until after all the console hardware hullabaloo subsided, but a fresh crop of kick-ass games still made their mark on 2013. Soft launches also somewhat dominated the year, as the MMO industry temporarily shifted away from a boxed copy sales model in favor of going truly free-to-play. As a result, many of the biggest titles of the year went live with a bit less hype and fanfare than we've come to expect over the years.
What follows are Ten Ton Hammer's top picks for 2013; those titles that sparkled so brightly as to be worthy of receiving one of our highly coveted Best of 2013 awards. Each award was granted based on the knowledgeable opinions of our expert staff, most of whom have been deeply involved in the MMO industry since its initial inception. So join us as we take a look back at the best of the best that online gaming has had to offer us over the past year!