Game of the Year 2012
Here is my top ten list for 2012. I didn't play quite as many big retail releases this year, especially towards the tail end, but it was often downloadable games that impressed me the most this year anyway. Some notable games I didn't get to play that I believe could have easily slotted into this list include:
Dishonored, X-Com: Enemy Unknown, Mark of the Ninja, Halo 4, Fez and Dust: An Elysian Tail.
Also some honourable mentions from the stuff I did play:
Darksiders II, Syndicate, Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit
Lastly, if this list was for 'Games I played the most and had the most fun with' it would be MGS4 and the MGS HD Collection. It's easy to tell based on my username, avatar and background that I'm a big Metal Gear fan, and that certainly played into my enjoyment of those games this year. But really, it was the inclusion of a trophy patch for one of my favourite games of all time, that encouraged me to go back (which I had been wanting to do regardless) and do it all again, every single thing. And regarding the MGS HD Collection, well I love Metal Gear, it's a great collection and easily one of the best crafted HD collection packages released in the last couple of years (You can just swap games without backing out to the XMB!). Also, I got to finally get in and beat Peace Walker without struggling with the sub par PSP controls. I'm sure you will be shocked to know, I loved it too.