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'Tomb Raider'

Publisher: Square Enix
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

It's kind of hard to recall these days, but when "Tomb Raider" was first released, it was the gameplay that stood out, not Lara Croft's measurements. This reboot takes things back to the beginning—and the results are incredible. Instead of an aristocratic Lara, this is a younger character who shows growth as she's forced to survive on an island after a shipwreck. It's a game that makes Lara (and the series) more relevant to today's audience. It's well-paced, well-acted and could be the most pleasantly surprising game of 2013.

Image source: Square Enix