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Gamer singles out the mainstream videogame hits of 2013 — and a few smaller picks, too

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Lucas Pope's Papers, Please is often decidedly not-fun. As an immigration agent for a fictional communist country, you decide who enters and who is denied. Managing applicant's passports and entry tickets is just the beginning of the frustration, and the real bite is in juggling doing the right thing against feeding your family. No matter which decision you make, you'll probably feel a bit icky about it — a genuinely exciting feat for an industry that traditionally triumphs fun above all.

Sometimes it's best to go in not knowing anything about a game. In the Fullbright Company's first-person mystery Gone Home, a young woman returns to her childhood home to find no one there to greet her. The mystery of her family's disappearance draws you through the old house, where you discover the private histories and desires of her loved ones through the bits and bobs they've left behind. *

 

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