If the fifth SimCity game can distill and emphasize the great parts of SimCity the way Civilization V did for Civilization, this could be an early favorite for GOTY 2013.
2. Borderlands 2
More Borderlands, you say? Where do I sign up?
3. The Last of Us
This continues to look really interesting, because of novelty if nothing else. If they can make good on the world and the seriousness of the combat, this has the chance to be great.
4. Beyond: Two Souls
Sure, Heavy Rain was not the greatest game in the world, but how many games like it have you played since it came out? (aside from maybe Asura's Wrath in some ways) I think I'm ready to give Quantic Dream another shot.
5. Persona 4 Golden
Sure, it wasn't really at E3 much, but there was a new trailer, so I'm including it here. I'm excited anyway.
6. Halo 4
As a fan of the series, some of the changes they're making to multiplayer have me concerned, but the quality of the Halo: Reach map pack that 343 Industries released has me interested to see what they can do with the franchise.
7. Assassin's Creed III
Revelations was probably my least favorite game in the series so far. (yes, including the original) I'm hoping that this one turns it around, and the enthusiasm I've heard from Ryan has me feeling optimistic.
8. Rock Band Blitz
Not sure if I'm sold on the gameplay just yet, but the fact that all of my existing DLC will be available to play seems really cool and I'm excited to try it out.
9. Tomb Raider
Being primarily an Xbox user, I've never played any of the Uncharted games. This game appeals to me for the same reason that series does, except I actually might get to play this one.
10. Hitman: Absolution
I've never played any of the Hitman games so far, but listening to Ryan and Patrick discuss the series on the Bombcast definitely has me interested to check this one out.
11. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
This game is on here to receive a dishonorable mention. When Sam Fisher opened his mouth and Michael Ironsides' voice did not come out, I could not believe my ears. Especially since the new guy sounds _nothing_ like him. How am I supposed to take Sam Fisher seriously when he has this weird voice coming out of him? Beyond that, however, what is this gameplay you're trying to push on me? Look, I get that you're trying to make the series more accessible and, to be honest, I did kind of enjoy Conviction, but, Ubisoft, it's been 7 years since Chaos Theory. When are you going to get around to making another _Splinter Cell_ game? You can go back to... whatever this is after that, but, just one? Please?