I spent the most time this year playing assassin's creed 3, but this is the year I finally got burnt way out on both the multi and the singleplayer. My favorite goes to Binary Domain, because it's just damn good in no ironic way. Binary Domain is just complete delight. Now my most hated game is without a question Dishonored. It's a shitty bioshock type game, with a terrible story and the a silent protagonist the cancer of videogames. I beat dishonored so don't even say I didn't play it.
You didn't play dishonored, liar.
I don't really hate games in general, I guess the most hated would be Call of Duty but not because of Call of Duty just because so many idiots bought it. Was a pretty crappy year so even I as a person who doesn't play a whole lot of Indy games have mostly indy/small dev team games at the top of my list.
Favorite was Wargame: European Escalation. I think Eugen systems is really onto something good in the strategy genre, and it's just a fantastic game overall.
Least favorite - hated, I suppose - was probably Hotline Miami. A really repetitive & obnoxious game that I didn't enjoy at all.
It's been a year of pretty big disappointments for me. Assassin's Creed III, Mass Effect 3, Far Cry 3... I haven't played Hitman: Absolution yet, but from what I've heard, it's not as good as previous entries in the franchise.
My favorite was pretty close between The Walking Dead, and Mass Effect 3. Both were excellent, save for ME3's ending, of course.
Only game I played this year which I really disliked was Dear Esther, if you can even call it a game. I got what they were going for, but I just didn't think it worked. The world design was nice, the soundtrack was good, but it just felt very pretentious, and I say that as someone who likes a LOT of games which people dislike for being too pretentious. I dunno, I just felt like it thought it was smarter than it actually was.
"Hate" is a strong word. I did not at all "hate" any of the 2012 games that I played. However, out of the ones I've completed, Mass Effect 3 seems like the one I liked the least. I just didn't enjoy my time with it much, I felt like it was full of holes as far as the plot goes and the gameplay, while occasionally pretty good, never could make up for that. Especially when other third person shooters like Gears of War 3 exist.
However, note that Darksiders 2 is also a bit of a letdown as far as I'm concerned. I haven't beaten it yet but it seems like they've replaced finding fancy new items with loot. I didn't think they would do that. Still, I do not think either of those games are downright bad, I just think that both hardly live up to their predecessors.
On a much brighter note, Sleeping Dogs is undoubtedly my GOTY. I had a whole lot of fun with it and I really liked the story, the characters, the gameplay, the mechanics, etc., it all just came together very, very well and I definitely plan on slipping into it like a nice pair of old shoes several more times.
Favorite: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It's been a long time since an RPG grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Even when I was starting to get bored, the third act kicked in and got me all enjoying it again.
I enjoyed all the games I played from this year so I don't have a hated one.
Mass Effect 3 was my favorite and Dishonored was my most hated (disappointing) game.
Though to be fair I played ME3 after the release of the extended cut, so that's probably why I love it so much. I also want to point out that the concept, artwork, voice acting and overall mechanics of Dishonored was awesome but it could have been iconic if done correctly. It was flat most of the time and the atmosphere was pretty plain maybe even boring. IDK.
Favorite - Dishonored -- I felt like it was the only game this year that blew me away (although I will reserve that thought until I play Far Cry 3 which I will buy within the next month).
Most Hated: Deadlight -- I thought it was a cool game and a fun platformer but man, that ending, wow, literally made me absolutely despise the game. And the ending has to be pretty damn bad in order for you to absolutely despise a game because of it. Side note - I still haven't played ME3. =P
Favorite that I have played so far is Max Payne 3 or TWD. From a gameplay perspective, Max Payne 3 easily, but TWD's story was quite amazing. However, I haven't played Sleeping Dogs, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, or finished Mark of the Ninja, any of which could take that spot. As for most hated... I don't know. I have barely played any 2012 games. I guess Borderlands 2 by default since that's the only other game I can think of that I played enough to come to a conclusion about whether I like it or not that has released this year (5 hours into AC3 so far. Seems better than Revelations but ehhh.) I did enjoy the 18 hours I put into it, but I don't think I'll ever touch it again.
Man, reading this thread just makes me realize i haven't played hardly any games from this year. I haven't played Mass effect 3, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, x-com, Borderlands 2, Assassin's creed, sleeping dogs....
I wanted to play all of these games and i have played NONE of them. Ah well there's always next year.
My favorite was unquestionably Starfarer. Despite the sandbox campaign basically having none of its main planned features implemented yet- it was still more of an addicting blast than most everything else I've played this year. The combat and ship AI are both already surprisingly sharp.
As for your latter question... I really can't answer that- as I haven't outright hated any 2012 release that I've gotten my hands on.
Christmas might end up changing that though- we'll see.
Favorite: Dark Souls
After laying down the console version last year in frustration, I picked up the PC release and had a blast with. Played through it several times on PC, went back and platinumed it on PS3 and bought Demon's Souls and played through it a couple of times (thinking about platinum).
Hated: Borderlands 2
In no way did i hate the game overall, but if there was one game that has made me curse out loud several times because of stupid shit it's this one. Almost every change they made going from BL1 (which I absolutely loved) made this game less enjoyable. I don't know how many times I got pissed off by the monster-closets (didn't help that I played Zerker), the mission scaling sucked and their general MMO and difficulty focus was just not what I wanted from that game. Spent well over 100 hours with the game, but in the end the high-points just couldn't carry all the frustration anymore. Also, going to their forum and seeing many other sharing the same perspective constantly being met with "this is nothing compared to Dark Souls" (due to close release it was still in everyone's mind) just made me wanna vomit.
If you're looking for me to answer both with one entry, it would have to be Mass Effect 3. It was amazing, except for the last twenty minutes or so.
MORE LIKE ASS EFFECT 3 M I RITE?
Same thing holds for Assassin's Creed III. Both games had to payoff amazing story setup, and both failed. But the first, oh I don't know, five hours of ACIII sucked from a gameplay standpoint, where as the last twenty minutes sucked from a story one. Rest of the gameplay, and the Connor story, were pretty great though. But you know, I think I'm the only person out there who was really, really, hell of into the Desmond stuff.
MORE LIKE ASSASSin's CREED M I RITE? CAUSE THAT ONE HAS DOUBLE ASS
As for the real answers:
Spec Ops: The Line was my favorite game this year. Maybe this generation. Maybe ever?
And the worst game? I don't know. I only play games that have been reviewed well, for the most part. I research before buying. Maybe Dishonored? I found the whole experience to be "meh".
Favorite: The Walking Dead
Most Hated: I guess Resident Evil 6 due to how disappointing it was. Operation Racoon City was worse, but I expected that to be bad. I was hopeful for RE6. It's too bad that it ended up how it did. At this point, I believe Capcom has to reboot the Resident Evil series.
This, and I agree, while Operation Raccoon City is definitely even worse than RE6, that's just some stupid spin-off. RE6, however, was the next mainline game in the series, and not only did it fail as a Resident Evil game (as expected), it was also just a bad game overall, regardless of the name.