We went on and on about how much we loved Tomb Raider
in our full review
earlier this year . To quickly sum up everything that makes it great: It includes a story with the perfect balance of character development and action, expertly built tension, and a customization menu that lets you play the game exactly the way you want to play. It’s equally addictive and breathtaking. So how close was The Last of Us
to beating it out for the top spot? It was a tough call, but what puts Tomb Raider
over the top is the fun factor. Tomb Raider
is perfectly paced and simply doesn’t have a dull moment from start to finish. If you had only time—or money—for one game on this list, it should be this masterpiece of modern game design.