I feel like such a tiny voice among thousands who are expressing the same thing, but thank you Ryan. You have and will continue to make me chuckle. Devastated when I heard the news but my memories of you will always be happy ones.
First of all, I should probably give credit to DarkFury - whose blog template I have completely copy/pasted, as I loved his formatting.
Now I am really not a fan of "Game of the Year" discussions, as I believe that games can be played and enjoyed outside of the year they were created and the best game released between January and December is completely irrelevant. Look how many games are released in August compared to November to see how pointless a calendar year is as a measurement.
To be able to do this post, I admit I had to rush at the end of the year to be able to comfortably say I have played all I wanted to play to be able to make a definitive list. I failed to do this (see "Regrets" at the end of the post).
I also made the decision to omit Rayman Origins - which although was released this year on the Vita, the format I played it on - it is a direct port of a 2011 game. If it was on this list it would have probably come in first place, to be completely honest, which is why I mention it here.
Either way, I love a good gaming debate, so here is my Top 10 games of 2012!
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Max Payne 3
FTL: Faster Than Light
The Walking Dead
Far Cry 3
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
I can't express how close the gap is between my 1st place and my 10th place here. I spend a long time tweaking the order of this list and simply had to stop somewhere. Even more heart wrenching were the games that didn't make it to the list at all, which I have decided to not even start naming - as there were too many. I'm clearly not very good at this listing business.
Regrets, I have a few...
There is a large list of games that I didn't get the opportunity to play this year, but these are the ones that tear away at my soul with guilt, as I should have played them before the year was done. This should give you an idea of the games that were intentionally omitted from my Top 10 - or were ignored completely.