2012 came and went. It was a bizarre year to be had. There was a decided lack of notable retail games, or at least retail games that weren't following some establish mold. The digital front was certainly the more interesting landscape. I actually found that thanks to certain highly experimental downloadable games that my tolerance for certain tropes in bigger-budget games plummet. I have a hard time dealing with cliche-ridden stories or exhausted gameplay mechanics. I'm not interested in grinding levels to get a red-dot sight anymore. So, my list. I haven't played Assassin's Creed 3 yet. Most any major first person and/or cover-based shooter I have ignored, and except for Spec Ops: The Line, I don't feel bad at all. I marginally feel bad for only now playing enough Dead or Alive to clutch it's bosom onto this list, but there's still Persona 4: Golden and Xenoblade Chronicles. Beyond those, I feel pretty content about this list.
This is very much a work in progress.