1. The Walking Dead
HOLY SHIT. Everything you do in this games makes you feel completely awful, and yet I want more.
2. Dust: An Elysian Tail
Easily my biggest surprise of this year. The gameplay is fantastic, the art is gorgeous, and the story has an incredible amount of heart.
3. Spec Ops: The Line
Goddamn, the story that Spec Ops tells is an amazing tale of how far a man is willing to go.
Man, what a Journey indeed.
5. Trials Evolution
Man, this game pissed me off so much, but I couldn't stop playing. Those late levels were some of the most brutal things I've done.
6. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Fuck some of the late game enemies in this game.
7. Far Cry 3
The story may fall apart, but roaming the island is such a satisfying experience unlike anything else this year.
8. Halo 4
343 set out to make a Halo game, and that's exactly what they did. While the story had its ups and downs, everything else was extremely tight.
9. Mass Effect 3
Aside from Bioware completely fucking up the final game, it was a fantastic ride. The character pieces were an amazing send off.
The soundtrack, visuals, and gameplay made a great package.
11. Borderlands 2
If the loot drops weren't so low in this game it might have been higher up, but the late game is such a grind. As such, it just barely misses out.
12. Forza Horizon
As someone who hates any and all sim racing games, this game hits that sweet spot between sim and arcade.