Super Mario 3D World is perfect example of everything that's great about Nintendo's latest console. Exemplary co-op play, outstanding presentation, fan-favorite characters and wonderful platforming combine to create a brilliant game. The Mario series has thrived on Nintendo platforms in the past, and Super Mario 3D World continues that proud tradition with another stellar entry.
The unrivaled king of the open world franchises is back with Grand Theft Auto V. It is so audacious a feat, so utterly huge, and so fun, that it had to be near the top of this list. Bouncing back and forth between characters lets you experience much more of the world. Plus, it always helps that you can jack a vehicle and ramp it off a mountain if the mood takes you. Grand Theft Auto V is the ultimate way to wander, explore, and waste some time acting like a criminal.
Irrational Games took its sweet time with BioShock Infinite, and fans were not disappointed one bit by the sequel to one of this generation's most memorable games. While it's not going to be revered for its advances in first-person shooter mechanics, the story and presentation of BioShock Infinite will be talked about for quite some time. There is still a lot to think about when it comes to what it all meant, but that the conversation is still ongoing is a testament to BioShock Infinite's quality.
Is this the best Zelda game ever made? That's going to be an arguing point for many Zelda fans for years. This new 3DS treasure features everything you love about the Zelda games. Great gameplay, an awesome story and fantastic action. Is there a better Zelda game out there? We'll let you argue among yourselves.
Naughty Dog has once again wowed gamers with another stellar PlayStation 3 exclusive title. The Last of Us' post-apocalyptic tale combines everything compelling about stories like True Grit, The Road, and zombie thrillers, and puts together a package that exemplifies just how strong gaming can be as a narrative medium. It's also incredibly fun to play, too. We don't know what's next for Joel and Ellie, but we hope this isn't the last of this franchise.