These are my personal downloadable game of the year candidates. Seeing as I don't own a PS3 and the Wii's only good one was Cave Story...which was cool, I guess...I'm sticking to what I know best about. Here we go! Feel free to leave comments on your opinions at the bottom and see my regular GOTY candidate blog as well!
Super Meat Boy
Straight up, Limbo is amazing. It's evocative, it's chilling...despite its rather short length, it's very tightly paced and never once lets you up for breath. The moment you stop paying attention is the moment when some trap springs and you're left dead. This is one of the most intriguing and artistic games available on Xbox Live.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Another title from the XBLA Summer of Arcade, GoL is a great co-op romp. It has a great look to it due to running on the Underworld engine, and it's the most fun I've ever had with a Lara Croft game. I still haven't completed it, but it is a ton of fun to play with a friend. Now that online play has been patched in, too, I highly recommend it.
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Simply stated, CE DX is a blast. I've never been the biggest fan of Pac-Man, but I really enjoy the direction taken by this game. The real focus is getting insanely high scores by memorizing patterns and executing them at nauseating speeds. It looks great, controls great, and has lots of modes and features. I have nothing negative to really say about this game.
This was such a great year for downloads that I simply have to mention others that I think are great. Ilomilo is technically not available yet, but the trial can be downloaded here and then purchased by unlocking the full game for 800 points. I have only just started playing it, but it gives me vibes of a combination of Adventures of Lolo and LittleBigPlanet, which I think is fantastic. We'll see where it goes, though I'm a bit bummed by the lack of simultaneous co-op. Doritos Crash Course is a goofy, fun, and best of all free game that is great to play with friends and honestly looks pretty decent. Last of all, Snoopy Flying Ace really scratches the dogfighting (ha!) itch left unattended to by the death of old Xbox Live and Crimson Skies with it. Even though I kind of hate Peanuts, I really enjoy the feel and style of this game.
January 1 I will announce my Game of the Year and other categories.