1. The Walking Dead
I couldn't wait for each episode to come out and at times the game made me actually feel something. As a person who is very unemotional and stoic having a game of all things make me actually care for something that isn't real I find to be an amazing accomplishment. So much so that i completely disregard any technical issues it had.
2. Borderlands 2
I couldn't stop playing, I know I am enjoying a game when after I have finished it and I have a stack of other things to go through and I still end up playing it every night. And I don't care what you say Tiny Tina is awesome.
3. Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 reminds me so much of what I liked about previous Assassin's Creed games. I find the side missions most enjoyable and this game did side missions justice and game them meaning which is something I cant cay for this years Assassin's Creed game. That on top of the story I went into with realistic expectations meant I was never disappointed, but seriously the ending was bull shit.
Not really 100% sure I'm willing to call this a game with mechanics but much like my number one pick, Journey made me feel. I made some what of a point to spend my time in the world with one person, we never left each others side but near the end we got split up and I was devastated but all of a sudden they showed back up and for some reason I could tell it was the same person and sure enough there was only one name in the list of people I played with. It was an interesting take on coop I'm not sure cant be replicated but it worked great here. Also the sound track and visuals in Journey were top notch
5. Forza Horizon
This was a tough one for me over my number 6 choice, and ultimately it came down to what I spent the most time doing, and this year the way things worked out with racing games that happened to be single player. And the single player is what Forza Horizon shined at, there was personality and great visuals and handling. the sound track was varied and had something for every one. They nailed how to do an open world and make it fun. The only nock I have was that the opening of the game set a bar for the amount of story line they were bringing to the table and I felt that after the first 2 cut scenes every thing after that was relayed to the player through audio only and I never got a satisfying conclusion to the festival because of this, I understand its not really the point of a racing game but the personality it did have was what ultimately pushed it above ...
6. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed: Most wanted which completely lacked personality. But even still this game reminded me so much of 2 of my favorite games from the past few years. Every where I drove I saw inspiration from both burnout paradise and Hot pursuit. NFS:MW may have been a smaller version of a game I truly want to see from Criterion but it can tide me over until that game comes.
7. Assassin's Creed III
AC3 for me is sort of confusing. This installment in the series had some of the best moment I have seen in the series. The Naval combat stuff was awesome, the story wasn't bad. I personally loved the setting, and once I figured it out the crafting system was pretty amazing. It is just a shame they never explained it at all and it wasn't necessary in any way. They also diminished a lot of the games side missions importance making them seem almost completely unnecessary. Ultimately I enjoyed the game quite a bit but the things the game did well are getting the game on this list however the things it dropped the ball on is the difference from spot number 7 and number 3
8. Mass Effect 3
How could I not put Mass Effect on the list. It had some issues but it still provided an ending to a story i have been following for 5 years. I have an attachment to my Shepard and weather I thought the ending was good or not the game was still solid and fun to play. Like AC3 however there was some balls being dropped and I thought Mass Effect 2 Was a better game.
9. Trials Evolution
I'm sort of a masochist and I enjoy punishing my self in video game form. I might have added FTL and Spelunky to my list but I unfortunately didn't get to play them as much as I wanted to and didn't feel I could add them to the list. But I did want to make sure I mentioned them.
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
There is a soft spot in my heart for Call of Duty. Call of Duty 4 might be my favorite game of all time (Don't judge it sort of came at the right time in my life) and Overall I like Black ops one much better but what Treyarch brings to the table with their call of duty games it could almost be considered 3 games and I spend enough time in all 3 of those sections to warrant paying for all 3 of them.