Here are my picks for best 10 games I played this year! Unfortunately, several possible contenders (Far Cry 3, Zero Escape, etc.) aren't in the running simply because I haven't got to play them yet.
Also, Persona 4: Golden would have easily topped the list, but I didn't include it for two reasons. One, the game actually came out originally in 2008. Feels a little weird giving it the award for 2012. Two, I haven't actually played through it yet. I know it's still excellent, (and the new content I've seen is pretty damn sharp) but I still would feel bad giving a spot on my list to something I didn't finish.