What would be your picks for game of the year, and why? Maybe share an awesome experience you had that sealed it for you.
Dishonored. It's not really that original, but as a first person non linear action adventure, it's one of the best I've ever played (Deus Ex HR and Bioshock are up there too). The moment that sealed it for me was getting to that last mission. I had completely upgraded Corvo into a swift, silent killing machine, and as a result I felt like a complete badass, using everything I knew to get to the final objective. The other levels had been trial and error: I'd found a playstyle that worked, and Arkane gave me a final playground to show off my mastery. Awesome.
Mark of the Ninja. The best stealth action game I played. It beats Dishonored in that regard, although it only ever has 1 path to the objective. And it was only 15 bucks.
The Walking Dead. This one would be my number one choice. I've never been so riveted and immersed. The nature of the game was such that the decisions that you had to make felt very much like YOUR decisions, and as a result the consequences felt a lot more personal. This meant that you actually start to genuinely care for the characters, in particular Clementine!