1. Saints Row: The Third
Tight, hilarious, smart, just the most 'fun' game I have played ever. Bar none.
2. Portal 2
There has never been a game so deliberate, in every sense of the word - save for the original Portal. Every aim has been met.
3. L.A. Noire
Development hell aside, this game nails 'Police Procedural: The Game.' Which is all it needs to do, for the third game on the list.
Similar to Portal, this is a deliberate game. Meeting its own targets exactly.
The whip is the best thing to happen to FPSes. End of.
6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
God damn it, Kill Confirmed is the best shit to ever happen to Call of Duty. I didn't want to get sucked in, but I'm hooked.