A brand new category this year. Rogue-likes (or rogue-lites) have become a huge and popular genre that’s now here to stay. From the father of the genre, From Software, with King’s Field to the mobile hit on iOS Infinity Blade, the genre has blown up and become the masochist’s favorite way to play. This year saw a great number of them from indie developers, and they were all impressive.
Was this a surprise? Even if you hate the game and think it’s too hard that’s the whole damn point. I suck at the Souls series, but love the lore, atmosphere, creature design, and combat. I have yet to even get close to finishing this game, but I always dive back in because of the open world nature that changed the entire way we play this series. It’s a fantastic game that many more people should at least try.