The List and why it's like that:
Basically, I chose games that did something either NEW, or DIFFERENT, or EXCITING - beyond the usual. That is why many of the excellent, well produced BIG GAMES did not make my personal Top 10 list. They are great games to play. Also, like everyone else - including the GAME PRESS - I did not play EVERY GAME of this year. Who can? Last - I did not mention MMO's (except one*) and no handheld games (except one**) - I don't play them.
Legend of Grimrock - Dear Esther - Binary Domain (story!) - The Darkness II - Carrier Command - Far Cry 3 - *Planetside 2 - Persona 4 Golden - Double Fine Amnesia Fortnight Prototypes - Mark of the Ninja - Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai - Unity of Command - Warlock: Master of the Arcane - Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion - Deadlight - I Am Alive - Take Command: 2nd Manassas - Alea Jacta Est - **Battle of the Bulge ...
Did not make my personal list
Mass Effect 3 - Diablo 3 - Max Payne 3 - F1 2012 - The Walking Dead (sorry, your emotions vs lack of gameplay & save fail) - Spec Ops: The Line - Assassin's Creed III - Retro City Rampage - MOHW - BLOPS2, Borderlands 2, Halo 4, Torchlight 2, Spelunky (PC - older than 2012), Dark Souls: Prepare to Die (orig release 2011) etc, etc, etc.