1. Far Cry 3
I had more fun playing Far Cry then any other game this year. The last third of the story is just disappointing but the things that you are doing make that inconsequential. The back and worth I had with the flamethrower of lighting my enemies of fire and wind up trapping my left in fire, the times where I let a tiger lose in an enemy outpost to see it wreck shop only to be attacked by a tiger behind me left me with countless stories and hours of just pure fun.
2. The Walking Dead
I love the walking dead so much. It writing is ,dare I say, masterfully done. Every time an episode came out I dreaded the decisions I was about to make, and I was happy to be home alone when I played through "No Time Left" because those 2 hours emotionally wrecked me.
3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM left me stressed for the entirety of the stretch of playing it. I second guessed every decision that I made and scraped by more times then I should have been able to. I have always wanted to finish a turn based strategy game. Fire Emblem and their ilk have always handed me my ass back well chewed, but I was able to come through XCOM's meat grinder mostly intact.
4. Hotline Miami
I have to give all the credit for the discovery of this game to Giant Bomb. Realizing that it was ,at its core, a high octane puzzle game made this a must play and it's just so fun.
5. Mark of the Ninja
I don't like stealth games. It could be fair to say I hate them. The way that games like Splinter Cell and Hitman make you feel so weak and how you might never know what you did wrong left those games impenetrable for me. Mark of the Ninja fixes all of that and does it well.
6. Sleeping Dogs
It felt that Sleepy Dawgs came out of no where this year and it floored me. The things it added to the open world crime genre, for the purpose of fun, are things I hope others pick up on.
7. Borderlands 2
A weekend in a cramped apartment with 3 friends, computers making the room way to hot gave me one of the best co-op experiences that I had this year.
8. Mass Effect 3
Mass effect got a lot of hate this year and the way it ended some of it was deserved but everything that led up to that last few minutes was a blast.
9. Dust: An Elysian Tail
At Metroidvania hack and slash I was sold. What I found was something much more. Some solid RPG mechanics and a simple and fun combat was more than enough for me.
10. Spec Ops: The Line
Spec ops was not fun to play, but it left a scar on me. By the end of it I felt sick and the things they do with the story, made me take a serious look at the whole modern military genre.