One game deserves consideration that hasn't received it yet: Medieval II Total War. Fantastic RTS that came out in 2006. Probably not quite as good as Rome, but it made several important improvements and was exceptional at providing an historical RTS experience with some impressive scale to its battles.
Also, Neverwinter Nights 2 wasn't bad. I wouldn't call it an all time great, but it deserves a mention.
As others have said, it has my heart with its charm and I do love spending some time with the LBP. games. Having said that, the controls are awful and it is not much actual fun to play. I am so torn on it, but I will definitely get LBP3 if the controls are more responsive and snappier.
Absolutely agree. It has so much going for it but the framerate problems absolutely cripple everything about it. It seems worse than The Walking Dead's problems on the same front, and it really deflates my enjoyment of the game.
I think the entire FF XIII sage is the lowest point in the history of the main series (nothing can be worse than All the Bravest), but I appreciate your viewpoint and well written if long article. I look forward to your thoughts on XIII-2 and especially on Lightning Returns once it is out.
GTA V is my favourite game in the series but I completely agree with a lot of what you say here. The story conclusion in particular left me wanting a lot more and I could not help but be disappointed after the perfect way Red Dead Redemption finished and even the superior ending of IV. I really like GTA V and it will certainly be in my top ten of the year, and Trevor is one of my favourite characters in games now, but man it has a helluva lot of faults.