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Best PC Exclusive: Dota 2
Finally emerging from its long-running beta in 2013, Dota 2 was a destination for legions of PC gamers, raising the profile of the Valve title right up to the ranks of MOBA rival League of Legends. It may be somewhat hostile to new players, but millions of passionate fans who survived the noob gauntlet have spent countless hours mastering its nuances.
Best Vita Exclusive: Tearaway
Taking full advantage of the Vita's capabilities, Media Molecule's latest platformer won us over with its charming art style, gorgeous soundtrack, and imaginative papercraft world. If you own a Vita and don't pick this game up, you're robbing yourself of a magical experience.
Best 3DS Exclusive: The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
The successor to arguably the best Zelda game ever created (A Link to the Past), A Link Between Worlds takes the foundation of that SNES classic and breathes new life into it with an inventive approach to inventory, brand new dungeons, and some of the best boss battles Link has ever encountered. For many Zelda fans, this is exactly what they wanted from a 3DS title.
Best Mobile Exclusive: Device 6
A bold step forward in interactive fiction, Device 6 beat out an impressive catalog of mobile games like Plants vs. Zombies 2 and The Room Two to become our favorite phone/tablet title of the year. Using a collage of sound clips, still images, and text, Simogo Games weaves an inventive point-and-click adventure unlike anything else we've ever experienced.
Best Action: The Last Of Us
Naughty Dog's grim masterpiece wasn't just a great story – many of us enjoyed the tense stealth action it presented players as well. Deciding whether to waste your precious limited ammo to shoot enemies, approach them for a stealth takedown, or circumvent them altogether was a heart-pounding experience. When Naughty Dog then introduced the clickers, our palms got even sweatier.
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