1: The Last of Us (PS3)
The Last of Us is a prime example of what games should try to be. Everything about The Last of Us is masterful. It's combat, it's story, it's characters all tied up in the perfect ending. The combat is challenging, and rewarding. Fighting the infected in The Last of Us is terrifying. No other game has ever made zombies so horrifying. You actually have to use stealth to fight them, because early on you learn if you try to tackle them straight on, you will die. Joel and Ellie are some of the most believable characters I've ever seen in a game. Their journey is one of most incredible, and emotional experiences I've ever had playing a game.
The ending, without giving anything away, is unlike anything I've ever experienced in a video game, or really any other media. I was with the motivations of the main character in the climax of the game, and when it was all set and done, I felt what the main character was feeling: guilt. Something that really stood out about this game is I went through the exact emotional journey as the main characters did, which rarely ever happens in any media. The Last of Us is not only the best game of 2013, it's one of the best games of the generation. It's my favorite game of 2013.