9. A Graphical Showcase
First off, the graphics. 2013 has seen a wealth of top titles showing just how far weve come this generation. The likes of The Last of Us, Bioshock: Infinite and the now-messianic Grand Theft Auto V are powerhouse examples of what gaming can offer through graphical fidelity. Beyond feels like another step-up. With the game having a constant widescreen-view comprising two black borders, its allowed developers Quantic Dream to free up some screen-space real estate for the sake of frame rate and graphical wallop. The results are a handful of extremely visually-impressive scenes and set-pieces that take advantage of this, actually instilling (for me at least) multiple times where I forgot I was looking at a game. Obviously thats a clichéd thing to say when looking at new titles, but for any who have seen the likes of the getaway scene where Jodie is having a rain-soaked battle atop a train with multiple police officers, only to eventually procure a motorcycle and attempt a getaway, its extremely impressive stuff that apes the greats of cinema in a uniquely interactive way.