So I just threw out a GOTY list because everyone else made one and I don't want to be left out! I didn't get to play many of the games I wanted to this year like Borderlands 2, Sleepy Dawgz, Transformers FoC, etc. so my list is kind of different, although my #1 game won't be (wink wink). This was hard to put in order so here goes nothing!
10. FTL: Faster Than Light
The picture on the left is from this site, but it's something that broke my heart. The picture shows the players ship over a burning star and every time it erupts, it sets fire to your ship. This happened to me, but I was being attacked by fucking pirates at the same time. I lost a crew member in the previous sector so I was now at 4. I moved on to a new area where a pirate ship lost gas and they decided to teleport to my ship where they proceeded to gun down 2 of my crew members while the star spread fires throughout my ship. I was horrified at this moment. There I was, 4 crew members fighting 4 pirates who had guns while being burned and losing oxygen. I was going crazy trying to kill these bastards and restore my ship. The end result was 2 of my members killed, all 4 pirates killed and a ship with around 1 or 2 health left because of a star under me. Every time I put out a fire and fixed a room, another fire will start and another room would go offline. So I decided to jump to a new part of the map. That's wear a Rebel ship automatically noticed me and destroyed me. I felt sad. Destroyed. But yet I enjoyed my near 2 hour romp through 5 sectors of the galaxy blowing up trapped pirate ships, making slavers give me their money and fuel, saving infected colonies, and destroying Rebels. The game also has fantastic music and I love the graphics style. I love this game and I'll keep going back to it for years to come.
9. Asura's Wrath
What a trip through loony ville! Want to see a dude lose his arms multiple times? Play this game. Want to fight on the moon? Play this game. Want to watch a guy that isn't Kratos yell the whole time you're playing? PLAY THIS GAME! Asura's Wrath is an awesome and weird game that gives set piece after set piece. I really don't know how to talk about this game besides saying IT'S FUCKING INSANE so I'm not going to say much. This game is ridiculous and if you haven't played it, well play it! Or not.
I haven't gotten around to beating this game yet and it will stay that way for at least another 2 weeks but every time I play it, I love my time with it. The game is a blast. I love clicking on everything on the screen to see what happens and I always end up laughing because it's always something weird. Weather you're being barked at by a mushroom or the bugs/plants(?) are on a freakin' ferris wheel, it's always funny. The games charming. The graphics are fantastic. The music is amazing. The puzzle aspect is fun to figure out since you always have to interact with bugs or plants in some way.
7. The Darkness II
I'm going to start off by saying this game was much, much better then what I was expecting. I saw the original The Darkness on YouTube and thought it looked cool. I mean, I love anything that includes the supernatural like monsters or ghosts or aliens. But I didn't really feel like it'd be a fun game to play because it looked kind of boring to play. But I thought this new game looked pretty damn cool. But I didn't have any expectations going in. Let's just say I came out of it starry eyed. The game is awesome. Sticking your demon snakes down dudes mouths and pulling their hearts out while head shot-ting gangsters with an Uzi and Desert Eagle was AMAZINGLY AWESOME. The games cel-shaded graphics make those kinds of things look amazing too. Then with the insanity parts of the game, oh man. What a great game.
6. Hotline Miami
I first got interested because the games soundtrack was fantastic. Words can't describe that soundtrack. So I bought it and then realized how much it reminded me of my favoritest movie ever, Drive. This game is hard but not to the point where it frustrated me; and I'm easily frustrated! The game is fun and the different masks were fun to discover and use. It's a great game, even if the last boss sucks ass. But it's so good!
5. Gravity Rush
I never really noticed this game or really even paid attention to it but man am I glad I always felt an urge to play it. The games combat may suck but that doesn't stop the game from being fun. You can turn it on just to fly around and have a blast because it's just fun. Besides flying around, I thought the story was pretty good, even if it didn't wrap up everything. I liked the characters, especially Kat. Most female characters in games and movies suck but Kat was just a teenage girl with problems like boys and not showering and at the same time, she was likeable! Crazy right! The music for each town was repetitive but still good and the graphic style fit the game nicely. It's probably the best game on the Vita and so far, my favorite.
4. The Unfinished Swan
Yes! The Unfinished Swan! I'm giving it love! Why? Because it was DIFFERENT. You know what's more surprising then 360 no scoping some random 50 feet away? Shooting paintballs in the middle of a completely white room and seeing objects appear out of nowhere. Every time I entered a new area, I went on a shooting spree because I enjoyed seeing a statue of a pig or a bench or a lake appear out of nowhere. You never knew what you were going to see and that's the fun part. This game was unique and fun. The music was also great and sometimes it'll be completely quiet and I liked it. The art was great and it was sometimes scary and other times, breathtaking. This was a game I am happy to have played.
3. Spec Ops: The Line
Everyone who's played this game knows why it's on my list. I'm going to have to put this game on my list of "Best story for a modern day shooter" because that's true. The story is fantastic because it's scary, heart pounding and a little insane. Not a lot of games have twists that make you go "HOLY MOTHER OF FUCK! WHAT?!" and this is what this game did to me. This games story is seriously top-notch. The characters are great, voice acting is great, the setting is different and interesting, and the music is damn good. I always read that the story was great but god damn, the story is great. Seriously a surprise coming from a generic military shooter.
2. Mass Effect 3
Yes, this is Mass Effect 3. I'd like to point out that I played this game without any of the DLC and LOVED IT. Go ahead. Bitch at me. I don't care! I thought the game was fantastic. The mission where you go on the moon of the Turian planet and see giant reaper vessels annihilating soldiers and you look up at the Turian planet and see a huge spot destroyed, shit got real. I got goosebumps and was scared for all the races in this game. The Reapers were here and they were fucking shit UP! The games music was fantastic and the graphics were gorgeous. Mass Effect 3 was an experience I'll never forget and it's one of my favoritest games of all time. I loved it and that's what counts.
And now the winner!
Wait for it.....
1. THE WALKING DEAD
Surprised? You shouldn't be! It's my avatar for christ's sake! Go ahead! Call me unoriginal! I don't care! This is the first game that ever made me seriously, seriously care about video game characters. This game choked me up on more then one occasion. This game made me yell at the characters to run because I was so scared. This game made me fucking depressed. This game was FANTASTIC. I LOVED it. I wanted nothing to do with it in the beginning and Sony decided to give me the first 2 episodes for free with PS+ and I thought, why not. Guess who came away blown away and scared. THIS GUY! I'm done here! I'm super pumped for season 2! For Clementine!