1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The best game of the year, warts and all.
2. Dark Souls
A game after my own heart. Everything is in service of the fiction, modern gaming conventions be damned.
3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
A sequel worthy of the Deus Ex name is something I thought I would never see.
4. Portal 2
If there's one thing I love more than a high quality single player experience, it's a high quality co-op experience. Portal 2 is an instant classic.
Cool narrator, amazing music, pretty colors and lots of cool unique weapons make this game truly special.
6. Saints Row: The Third
Pure fun distilled into game form.
7. L.A. Noire
Big budget noire adventure game.
8. Mortal Kombat
There is a lot of meat on them bones. Even after pumping enough hours into this to fill an RPG I find myself experiencing new and crazy things.
9. Iron Brigade
This game right here delivers the goods. The very unique and interesting style blends perfectly with the gameplay mechanics to provide hours of entertainment with friends.
10. Shadows of the Damned
This game is way more unique than people give it credit for. Best soundtrack in recent memory.