Best of 2012, or, "The Big Box Game is Dead! Long Live Indie Games!"
Alright, that title is a little unfair, but, come on, this year kind of sucked for major releases. Mass Effect 3 was a train wreck, Assassin's Creed 3 is just made of sadness and despair, and Diablo 3 just plain sucks even if I did put over 80 hours into it. Also, notice how all of those games have a '3' in the title?
On the other hand, a bunch of indie games really showed us that games can still be fun and not have a '3' in the title. Fez hijacked the internet for 2 weeks, Journey made me cry tears of joy, and The Walking Dead managed to fill my heart with dread with every choice I made.
I think it's safe to say that 2012 will be a year that is not too fondly remembered by a lot of gamers. That doesn't mean there weren't any good games. You just had to look a little harder.