It’s that time again, where we hunker down and argue over our favorite gaming experiences of 2013. There was no shortage of amazing games this year, from all sorts of different sources. From indie games made by a team of four people to giant blockbusters of epic proportions, there were surprises to be found in every corner – leading to one of the most varied and interesting game of the year lists in Gaming Trend history.

Our decision making process was simple: the Gaming Trend writers gathered together during a four-hour-long meeting where we fought, cajoled, and bargained to craft the list of nominees. Once this list was locked down, the entire staff voted on their choices for each category, abstaining from those they felt unable to properly decide. Once all votes were received and tallied, our winners were chosen.

And now, without further ado, we present to you Gaming Trend’s 2013 Game of the Year Awards.

Check here for our Best in Genre awards.