We spend a lot of time talking about the future. What's on the horizon, what's coming, what's the next big thing. Between the hype-laden developer diaries and the publisher-approved preview events, you'd be forgiven for thinking there's no room left for surprises in video-game land. But of course, you'd be wrong.
2013, like every other year before it, was host to its share of pleasant surprises. Sometimes, we thought a game was going to be lousy and it turned out great. Other times, a fantastic game blindsided us. Still other times, a developer or publisher did something amazing and unexpected. Surprise!