Indie title Hammerwatch was one of the most anticipated games of 2013, appealing to retro gamers with its pixel aesthetic and winning fans over with its refreshingly simple gameplay that’s easy to learn but difficult to master. Hammerwatch follows the usual tropes you’d expect from a dungeon crawler but where it really shines is in multiplayer mode, so get your friends on board and prepare to be extremely addicted to this Gauntlet inspired gem!
Another game heavily influenced by the Diablo series, Torchlight II won’t win any points for originality, but the reason why it makes this list is because it takes the classic tropes we know and love, builds on them, and pretty much runs away with them. Beautiful visuals, a great soundtrack and impeccable game design are just some of the attributes that shine through in Torchlight II; the result being a refined, rewarding and modern take on the classic genre.
Dark Souls III
The last in the Dark Souls series exceeded all expectation and cemented itself as the AAA title of dungeon crawlers. Stunning environments, a detailed weapon system, memorable bosses, and a sense of immersion made this the best Dark Souls yet. Boss battles were intense, stressful and, well, awesome. Hardened fans will always compare this game to Bloodbourne, but we chose Dark Souls based on it’s slightly more epic vibe and the legendary reputation of the whole Dark Souls series.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
There is nothing quite like The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. The game takes religious tones and adds them to grotesque characters, grim surroundings and an eerie, almost fable-like story. And in amongst all this, you play as a naked and often disfigured child. A classic Zelda inspired top-down roguelike that’s as challenging as it is disturbing; The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has achieved a cult following thanks to it’s uniqueness, extensive gameplay and the ample array of collectibles and enemies you’ll encounter. You can also play with a friend for even more fun!
Diablo III made its name as the fastest selling PC game of 2012, selling over 3 million copies in its first day and 12 million copies that year. As in previous Diablo games there was an emphasis on the action element and it became a hit with gamers instantly. Diablo III took the best parts of the Diablo series and made it more accessible, adding new rune/loot systems and an intuitive interface without losing it’s Diablo-esque charm. Mentioned several times throughout this list already, Diablo set the bar and paved the way for the many games that it inspired, and as such this sublime swan song firmly deserves its spot at number one in our countdown.