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Why no T rated games? All the games are either M or E.
My guess is that the vast majority of T-rated games are just mediocre. They're too violent (thus can't be recommended for their innocent fun) to be E rated, but not mature enough (thus, usually can't be recommended for a deep engaging story) to be M rated.
Most T-rated games are just another entry in a franchise that has been going on for far longer than it should have - like pretty much all the latest Need for Speed games, and the FIFA games to some extend. Sure they're well selling games, but they're hardly a compelling title to play.
That's not to say all T-rated games are bad or boring, its just that the vast majority of them these days are. Back in the PS2 days, Jak and Daxter was one of the best T-rated games I played. I don't think there's anything remotely close these days.
There really aren't many T rated games to begin with. Mostly M and Everyone.
There wasn't a concerted effort to exclude T-rated games... there's simply way more top rated E and M games than T games. Especially when limiting the list to 2013 titles.
Good list. And good call on Bioshock Infinite, but I've even seen it go lower. Picked it up for $10 myself a few weeks back (forgot the site... it was reputable, and they gave a Steam key), and I saw it during Steam's Autumn sale for $10 as well. Nowadays, the older a game is, the faster it tends to come down in price. Which is amazing considering the content is still the same. The only thing you miss out on is the feeling of playing it collectively alongside the rest of society.... if you don't need that, PC gaming is still one of the best deals going.
Excellent list btw. I agree that there really weren't any praiseworthy T-rated games this year. I can't even remember the last time I played a T-rated game, let alone a decent one.
This is a much better list than kotakus; much more relevant games.
Steam sales are amazing. I picked up Skyrim: Legendary Edition for $14 during the Autumn sale. Between Steam and Amazon sales over the two months I've picked up a ton of AAA titles I've been meaning to play (or wanted to play on the PC instead of a console) like the entire Bioshock series, the entire Fallout series, Skyrim, the Borderlands series, etc. All for less than a hundred bucks. It's crazy that you can buy years worth of gaming for that cheap, especially games that high quality.
Yeah, it's not that there aren't good T-rated games, but it's such a weird rating category honestly. For example, the new Batman game is rated T but so is the Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The maturity level and type of violence is both games is pretty different. I wouldn't have any problem letting a kid play Super Smash Bros. Brawl, for example, and it's kind of silly that the cartoony "violence" in that game merits a teen rating. On the other hand, any Batman game is going to have much darker themes and more realistic violence.
Honestly the whole rating system, both for movies and video games, is a bit of a farce. Movie directors routinely cut one swear word or one bullet wound from a movie to get a PG-13 instead of R rating, which makes little sense in the grand scheme of whether or not the movie is truly R or PG-13.
Now I'm just gonna show this to my dad...
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