Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Now, I know what you're saying, but just hear me out on this one. Animal Crossing: New Leaf was the game that made me finally get a 3DS. It's one of the few games I've spent a large number of hours online playing this year, visiting friends and having them come to my little town to take part in the ridiculous number of activities the game affords. It also managed to sink its hooks in nice and deep, leaving me an addicted mess for the first couple of months following its launch. And now, with more than 100 hours crammed into its adorable little world, it's the only game I still return to months after its launch.

From a technological standpoint, Animal Crossing is one of the most impressive games to come out this year. There's always something new to discover, a new activity to take part in, new stuff to collect, more bells (money) to make, etc. There are dozens of systems at play here, each cleverly weaving into the background to crate a darling little gem of a game that can quite literally be played forever.

Every time I put Animal Crossing down, I find myself coming right back to it a couple of days or weeks later. In short, I've had a hell of a lot of fun with it, more so than any other game to come out in 2013.

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