Another year, another GOTY on Giant Bomb.
Enthusiasm for gaming among those not already enthralled by our hobby seems to be on the decline recently, and we've done it no favors with a continuing pile of rereleases on consoles and thinly veiled Skinner boxes on phones. When games worked this year, they were great, but you were never guaranteed a jank-free experience for your hard earned $60, which is a problem I hope will fade away as developers adapt to the underpowered systems they're dealing with.
With that being said, I can't help but be optimistic looking at the list of great experiences I had this year. Games come out at such a volume nowadays that it's impossible to play everything you want to, much less everything that comes out. This guarantees that there will be undiscovered gems thrown out onto the market waiting to be celebrated years down the line. So hell, even if the industry crashes, we'll have some fun catching up with the backlog. In any case, on with the list!
(Special honor goes to Far Cry 4 this year. I would have played it if I didn't already catch up with 3 over the summer, and I imagine that it would have ranked highly. In any case, those games are great!)