I haven't got around to playing many games this year, but of what i have played these are my top 5 in no particular order:
1. Mass effect 2
Mass effect to was going to be released, and i must say im glad i did.
Mass Effect 2 brings everything from Mass Effect 1 and makes it much better, the immersive story which indulges the player in completely, the great voice work and the easy to handle yet complicated gameplay, is perfect for any shooter/Rpg fan.
2. Super meat boy
Super Meat boy was definately an unexpected competitor this year, noone saw it coming but when it did it blew everyones mind away, the simple style, which still has beautiful artwork and immersive gameplay, works perfectly. the hard gameplay which with anything else would annoy and force you away actually helps to keep you stuck to the game.
i keep finding myself returning to super meat boy all the time, it is definately a game for everyone.
Bayonetta takes the style of Devil may cry and somehow changes it into something amazing, if it was just another devil may cry game it wouldnt get the love it does. If you look past the "naked" attacks and quirky comments from Bayonetta you actually find an amazing story which is very well narrated, but still it comes back to the gameply where this game really shines there is something relatively enjoyable about beating up angels while falling through the sky on a clock face.
Also many capcom fans will be happy by the "What are you buying?" quote from resident evil 4.
4. Final Fantasy 13
Final Fantasy 13, what is there to say? A series which feels like its been going on for eternity comes back again, and changes alot about it, im one of the people who were not angered at all by the change in the gameplay, i actually enjoyed the change.
although the story does not live up to the expectations of square enix and other final fantasy games, excluding 12 which in my opinion was a load of dog dung, it still has amazing in depth characters and the fighting style is something i would like to see updated and made even better in future games.
Not much to say but it kept me stuck to playing it and i enjoyed the sand boxy gameplay i would like to see huge updates over the future though ujjj