Looking back 2013 was a pretty awesome year for movies (for me at least), and a fair year for video games. It was hard to make some choices as my all-time favorite for the year.
Favorite (New) Video Game: Halo 4
Sure it came out in 2012, but it was so close to the New Year I wasn't able to finish and enjoy it until 2013. I was a little worried with a new developer (Bungie left to make Destiny), that the series would see a downhill motion in quality, but it was honestly in some ways better than it's predecessors. I thought the multiplayer overall outclassed 2, 3, and Reach, but the campaign could have been better.
Runner Up: Animal Crossing: A New Leaf
Animal Crossing on Gamecube was one of my favorite games of all time. While I missed Animal Crossing: City Folk on Wii, I still enjoy making my own village and watching it grow. They made so many new improvements that it's a bit breathtaking, and it can really bring back some memories from 2002.
Favorite (Old) Video Game: Batman: Arkham City
The original game Arkham Asylum proved that Batman video games could not only be good, but they could rival the best games on any system. Arkham City has the series evolve into a open-world where Batman must stop Dr. Hugo Strange from controlling the new Arkham City. I loved the game but I prefer the original.
Runner Up: Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong on Gameboy (often dubbed Donkey Kong 98) is a classic I missed out on, but I enjoyed almost every level. It combines the classic game-play of the original, but with puzzle-based levels that test your thinking skills.
Favorite (Old) Movie: Star Trek
The 2009 Star Trek is not exactly a remake of the classic TV series/films, but an alternate time-line. A villain escapes into the past and causes major events (like the death of Captain Kirk's father) to change the reality of the original Kirk and Spock. Usually remakes that change the story are a recipe for disaster, but there's little to complain about here.
Runner Up: The Dark Knight Returns
While Part 2 technically came out in 2013, I still consider the whole thing to be from 2012. The reason why it's in two "movies" is because it's based on Frank Miller's comic of the same name. It tells the story of a aging Bruce Wayne who's come back out of retirement to become Batman again. He faces new and old adversaries, and even a old friend.
Favorite (New) Movie: Star Trek: Into Darkness
Before watching it, I heard that some Star Trek fans claimed it was the "worst" Star Trek movie of all time. But honestly (I haven't seen the original films with William Shatner) I thought it was a good bit better than it's predecessor. The star of show is easily Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain John Harrison. His marvelously talented acting skills with his iconic role made this one my favorite film of the year.
Runner Up: Man of Steel
Unlike Superman Returns, Man of Steel made the story completely new. While the original films had a Superman similar to his original appearance from the Golden Age of comics, Man of Steel has a Superman with a more complex story, powers, and villains from the silver age and modern era. Hearing common and critical opinions, Man of Steel seemed to be a love it or hate it kind of thing. But I thought it was better than the original two Superman films.