#5: Guild Wars 2
I'll probably get some heat for this choice, as it wasn't everything that ?everyone? expected it to be. World versus World did not turn out as exciting as it looked in the trailer, which is the main reason that my friends were disappointed. I spent at least 80 hours on this game purely because I wanted to, not because I wanted to grind to 80 and quit. It's a really great game and the game world is exciting and fun to explore.
2011 #5 Game of the Year: Star Wars: The Old Republic
2011 vs. 2012: Guild Wars 2 (2012)
#4: The Walking Dead
It's no big surprise that I'm a major fan of The Walking Dead's comic series and TV series, and I'll be honest - I didn't expect the game to turn out as amazing as it did. When I heard that TellTale was going to be working on it, it gave me hope that the game wouldn't be a tacky TV show tie-in. What we received was a thought-out, original storyline where your choices make all of the big decisions in the game, which really puts you into The Walking Dead's universe.
2011 #4 Game of the Year: Battlefield 3
2011 vs. 2012: Battlefield 3 (2011)
Being a Bethesda game, Dishonored was destined to be fun and enjoyable. It is very different from the rest of Bethesda games, and is probably the most unique game of the year. Though it isn't open-world, you will travel to large areas that feel open enough that you won't even realize you're restricted. The skills you will learn are fun and entertaining, and collecting new items is one of the most enticing things about the game.
2011 #3 Game of the Year: Portal 2
2011 vs. 2012: Portal 2 (2011)
#2: Borderlands 2
2011 #2 Game of the Year: Minecraft
2011 vs. 2012: Minecraft (2011)
'Humorous' doesn't even begin to describe the storyline in Borderlands 2. The characters are even more loveable than the prequel, the game-world is bigger than ever, and there are even more weapons than last time (quadrillions?)! It's such a fantastic game even without all the hilarity and jokes aimed at gamers.
#1: Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 is the most fun game that came out in 2012. There is so much to do, even after you beat the game, and it has one of the best open-worlds of all-time. It is by far the best in its series, and though the storyline may seem like a standard action-movie, it feels like you're actually in the world's best action-movie. The graphics are fantastic, the gameplay is even better, and you'll actually be scared to go in the water because the sharks look so realistic. Congratulations, Far Cry 3.
2011 #5 Game of the Year: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2011 vs. 2012: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
Though it may be true that 2011 dominated 2012, these games are some of the best games I've ever played regardless of how good a year 2011 was.
Far Cry 3 (PC version) is on my get list later on down the line. I already own, and enjoy, Borderlands 2 (Steam).
I'll probably snag The Walking Dead off Steam later this year. It seems to be one of the few point-and-click games I'd enjoy playing.
My brother was a big Guild Wars fan, but has yet to play Guild Wars 2. I'm interested to see what he makes of it.