3DS; rated E
Nintendo has finally brought a proper entry of the "Pokemon" series to the third dimension. Character models, including Pokemon, are now in 3D.
Additional new features -- like Mega Evolutions that temporarily evolve certain Pokemon past their final evolved form, character customization and stronger online multiplayer -- make this one of the best "Pokemon" games. Like all "Pokemon" games, the "X" and "Y" versions only differ based on the Pokemon available in them.
2. "The Last of Us"
PS3; rated M
Are video games art? "The Last of Us" seems to answer that question in the affirmative. While some of the gameplay mechanics don't work as well as they should, it doesn't really matter, as the narrative is what will drive you to complete this survival-horror title.
It's set in a post-apocalyptic America that's been ravaged by the cordyceps fungus, which has spread to infect humans. You take on the role of Joel as he guides young Ellie, who might hold the infection's cure, across the country.
The superb voice acting, motion capture and script all lead to extremely believable characters. You will become emotionally attached to Joel, Ellie and the father-daughter relationship that forms between them.
1. "DmC: Devil May Cry"
Xbox 360, PS3, PC; rated M
This reboot of the "Devil May Cry" franchise is guaranteed to offer you the most fun of any game this year. The hack-and-slash gameplay is top-notch, and the game is as difficult as ever -- so long as you want it to be. For those inexperienced with the series and its notorious difficulty, easier difficulty levels are available, as are even higher ones, bringing the total to seven.
Gameplay is what really drives "DmC," but thankfully there's more to this game. The story's satire on today's society and "moral guardians" is entertaining and eventually gets a little philosophical. It also explores the relationship between protagonist Dante and his brother, Vergil, as well as their relationship with series newcomer Kat, which keeps the story engaging.