1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
First thing I did after the introduction? Ran off into the wilderness to hunt deer and moose with my bow for two hours.
2. Saints Row: The Third
My current character is a fat white guy in a bath robe, with a warrior princess helmet, thick rimmed glasses, with a zombie's voice, driving a pimped out smart car with nitrous... I think I've made my case.
3. Dead Space 2
It says something that even after two whole playthroughs, I still wanted to delve in for more. It's more focused on action this time around, but Dead Space 2 still delivers some really creepy moments.
If I were forced to play this game by-myself, I wouldn't even consider it for this list. But toying with the elements with friends is one of my favourite experiences of the year.
5. Gears of War 3
While I don't agree with the full level of praise that Gears 3 gets in terms of wrapping up the story, it certainly was much better this time around; as in, I actually enjoyed going through it, instead of getting bored and annoyed with how fake badass all the characters were.
6. Mortal Kombat
Up until Mortal Kombat, the only fighting game series I really got into was Soul Calibur(say what you will about the weapon based brawler but I quite enjoyed them). With the latest addition to the MK franchise, I was jumping with joy. X-Ray moves, and most of all the amazing story mode, make this one of my favourite fighting games of all time.
If you can withstand the ludicrously awful "Hey Dicktits!" and "Assfuckers!", along with the thin veil of a story, Bullletstorm is actually quite a bit of fun. The shooting itself is solid, but the Skilllshot system and the copious amounts of blood and dismemberments, along with a few lines of witty dialogue bring the game into a pretty positive light in my books.
8. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
I've always been a fan of the 40K universe, and I used to be pretty deep in the model aspect of the franchise. Having played all the Dawn of War games thus far, I've always wanted a game that really captures the weight and intensity of the 40k world, and for the most part, Space Marine does a damn fine job.
9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
I like Call of Duty, they have a great formula. The story sucks, flat out, it just sucks. On the other hand, the multiplayer is much improved with the introduction of the Support strike package, and the addition of the best weapons from the other Modern Warfare's. This is a
10. Rock of Ages
Playing Rock of Ages isn't actually that fun. It's not inherently bad, but the fact that it isn't turn based really hurts it. What makes Rock of Ages one of my top 10 games of the year, is the insane level on personality that it brings to the table, both through the art style, and the sound design. I'm referring of course, to the fact that Rock of Ages is heavily influenced by Monty Python, which is pretty great if you ask me.