This list is purely based on my own personal taste and gaming habits/preferences. I'm not saying these are the be all/end all best games of the year, but the ones I had the most fun playing.
That said, there are a few caveats this year. Firstly, my wife and I bought a home so financially I wasn't able to spend as much on games as I usually would. Games like Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us and Saints Row IV are things I would normally have bought. Lastly, I bought a PS4 and as such I didn't get to play any of the Xbox One's exclusives like Dead Rising 3 or Forza 5.