1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Unknown made me remember the magic of turn based strategy. Nuff said.
2. Far Cry 3
So this one time, I was standing on a bridge admiring the water when all of a sudden, an enemy truck comes barreling towards me at high speed. I instinctively start dumping my AK-47, hit the driver, he swerves hard right and crashes through the railing of the bridge mere inches away from me and crashes into the river. Yea.
3. Dear Esther
Dear Esther's ability to tell a deeply personal story through nothing but environment detail, flashback and dialogue was absolutely game changing for me. I can't wait to see what The Chinese Room is capable of with Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.
That moment in Journey everyone who has played the game knows about...transcendental.
5. Hotline Miami
Hotline Miami taught me something about myself. I bought the game sight unseen after watching the quick look purely because I wanted something light to play that was both dripping with style and filled to the nuts with ultraviolence. What a shithead I felt like after finishing the game.
6. Max Payne 3
A lot of people had a lot of negative shit to say about this game because of their own expectations for what they wanted Max to be, what they wanted the tone to be and what they wanted the game to play like.
I took Max Payne 3 for what it was. A fantastic send off for the best noir shooter series ever. The gameplay was punishing and fast paced, the shooting was tight as hell and the set pieces were incredibly well done.
7. FTL: Faster Than Light
Oregon Trail in motherfucking space.
8. Spec Ops: The Line
When the first major moment of this game happened, my mouth hit the fucking floor.
9. Hitman: Absolution
Sure, the mechanics weren't all sound right out of the gate and the story was a tad all over the place, but god dammit if I didn't enjoy every last minute of Hitman: Absolution's tight and creative campaign. The contract customization mode is also genius.
10. The Darkness II
Incredibly fluid and fun combat with visceral gore, an amazingly well implemented art style and a genuinely intriguing storyline to boot? That's The Darkness II in a nutshell for me.