GOTY1. Bioshock Infinite (Xbox 360, 16 hours)- I go between this and The Binding of Isaac for my personal GOTY of 2013, but I eventually went with Bioshock. The story will stick with me for some time - personally, I think, the most intriguing story of the Bioshock trilogy. The intricacies of the plot (no spoilers here) kept me thinking for days. The game is gorgeous, and the gameplay, although many will dismiss it, I enjoyed.
2. Binding of Isaac (PC, 50 hours) - Not much plot, not very pretty, but addicting as hell and just pure fun. The huge assortment of items and unlockables gave something to continuously play for, and provided a fun learning curve. I've come to love roguelikes, and Binding of Isaac has made a huge contribution to that development. The only reason I tore myself away from playing so much was some backlog guilt.
3. Demon's Souls (PS3, 52 hours) - Fantastic. Not quite as good as Dark Souls, IMHO, but contained the bits I loved about Dark Souls. A big difference, to me, is here the mobs are much more deadly, and the bosses are comparatively a piece of cake. A big letdown for me was that it was much more ambiguous, and thus the lore not as interesting to dig into as Dark Souls' was.
4. Fallout New Vegas (Xbox 360, 68 hours) - Better than Fallout 3. Take the fun, addicting exploration you find in Bethesda games, but throw in more interesting characters, a myriad of choices that impact the outcome, and overall better writing, and you get an insanely good game. It was really hard placing this fourth, and not higher.
5. Pinball Fx2 (PC, 34 hours) - Everybody knows about this one. Just pure, addicting fun.
6. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360, 51 hours) - Near perfect....the ending didn't ruin it for me, but it was a letdown. Then again, ending that series would've been a difficult task. I choose to believe in the indoctrination theory, making it much more palatable. Overall a fantastic game.
7. Xcom Enemy Unknown (PC, 32 hours) - Great strategy game. It really sucked me in, much more than I expected. I beat the game playing nonstop in about three days. With the permadeath, you really get sucked into your soldiers. I named mine after many of my best friends, leading to great personal attachment to them, and deaths that left an impact. Really looking forward to digging into Enemy WIthin whenever I get it.
8. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, 45 hours) - Very, very, good, endearing platformer. Mixes up the Mario formula a bit with the way you can run around worlds.
9. Batman Arkham City (Xbox 360, 41 hours) - I'm not the biggest superhero fan, so that takes away from some of the appeal. However, this is still a great game, as everybody knows already. I personally liked Arkham Asylum better, but this game gets a solid A.
10. Spelunky (Xbox 360, 24 hours) - Excellent. This list was so hard to put together because so many of these games were so great. I personally think Binding of Isaac is head and shoulders above the other roguelikes on my list, which is why this and FTL are lower. However, if you love platforming, and like roguelikes...Spelunky is for you. Good music, endearing artwork, and flat out addictive gameplay.
11. FTL: Faster Than Light (PC, 17 hours) - Any game that makes me feel like I'm the captain of a Federation flagship gets a solid A in my book.
12. Baldur's Gate (PC, 83 hours) - FINALLY played this. Spectacular all around. Really looking forward to BG2, whenever I get around to it.
13. Peggle (Xbox 360, 25 hours) - Really fun, relaxing game.
Good, not great
14. Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, 53 hours) - I wanted to love this game. I poured countless hours into Borderlands 1, and was anticipating BL2 so badly. I'm not sure what went wrong. I think it's just that if you do every sidequest (which I tend to do) you get massively overleveled and the game is too easy. I want to go back to this and play multiplayer.
15. Half Life 1 (PC, 15 hours) - Yeah yeah I know...it was an insanely amazing game for its time, and one of the most influential PC games ever, and still holds up today. However, FPS isn't really my favorite genre...and even though HL1 holds up, it doesn't really topple most modern games, IMHO. Still, a good time.
16. Torchlight 2 (PC, 27 hours) - Very good, solid B. Very well executed, just not my personal favorite genre.
17. Papo & Yo (PC, 5 hours) - I have mixed feelings about this. Gameplay wise, the beginning is excellent...but then it quickly grows tiresome. Overall the game is solid, nothing special...this game would be ranked much lower if not for the story. The game is about the developers' father's alcoholism. It's a story many may feel is pretentious, but it hits home for me, as I'm a recovering alcoholic/drug addict.
18. Cave Story + (PC, 7 hours) - Just a good game. Nothing more, nothing less.
19. Walking Dead (Xbox 360, 15 hours) - I don't care what you guys say. This game is decent, but overrated as hell.
20. Fez (Xbox 360, 10 hours) - Ehhhh, such mixed feelings. I loved the art direction, and the puzzles initially were fun. Then it just got weird and confusing.
21. Metroid Prime 2 : Echoes (Wii, 18 hours) - I wanted to love this, but I can't. Parts of the game are just frustrating, the music in Metroid has always irritated me. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't play again.
22. Metroid Prime 1 (Wii, 17 hours) - See above. Not as good as Echoes, IMHO.
23. The Witcher 1 (PC, 65 hours) - I'm expecting to get slaughtered for putting this so low. Loved it at first, had to force myself to finish it. The combat was annoying, I just wasn't interested all that much in the plot...I dunno. I'm hoping the Witcher 2 is a big improvement whenever I get around to playing it.
24. F.E.A.R. (PC, 16 hours) - I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I just felt like it dragged, and the combat got old, and I had no idea what the was actually going on in the plot.
25. Ben There Dan That + Time Gentlemen, Please (PC, 7 hours) - This is a two part series of adventure games. It's...decent...a lot of people like them, I felt myself plodding through them. The slow ass walking animations for the characters pissed me off.
26. Kirby's Return to Dreamland (Wii, 9 hours) - Kirby was never really my thing, and this game is pretty mediocre for a Kirby game. Sold it on ebay right after I beat it.
27. The Maw (Xbox 360, 4 hours) - A very childish game with a single game mechanic. Just...bleh.
28. Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley (Xbox 360, 8 hours) - Oh my god this game is a piece of shit.
Incomplete/Other - No particular order
1. Starseed Pilgrim (PC, 1 hour) - Interesting game. Relaxing, I did enjoy my time with it. Want to play again sometime.
2. Legend of Dungeon (PC, 2 hours) - Fun roguelike. Need to play more. It's good, but clearly a step below the Binding of Isaacs and FTLs of the world.
3. Deus Ex 1 (PC, 15 hours) - Loved it at first, but then kind of hit a wall. Need to get back to it.
4. Fallout 1 (PC, 13 hours) - Was having a decent time, was playing the game on my laptop, which 'ed up, so I had to restart my game.
5. Legend of Grimrock (PC, 7 hours) - Really liked this game, but got stuck. Kind of gave up, need to get back to it.
6. Antichamber (PC, 3 hours) - God is this game a mind . Really like it though.
7. Bit.Trip Runner (PC, 2 hours) - Really difficult, fun platformer. Again, lost my save via my laptop pooping out.
8. McPixel (PC, 2 hours) - I don't know why I played this game as long as I did. Really stupid, but funny game.
9. Wolf Among Us (PC, 3 hours) - Insanely awesome. you TellTale for taking so long to release episode 2.
10. Shatter (PC, 2 hours) - Unique, fun block breaking game. Would like to finish it.
Games I replayed - No particular order
1. Skyrim (Xbox 360, 120 hours) - God do I love this game. Can't wait to replay on PC w/mods.
2. Oblivion (Xbox 360, 182 hours) - Again...I love this game, and am looking forward to modding it. Oblivion will always hold a special place in my heart. I never played much video game til college, and this is the first one I played, on my roommate's Xbox. Stepping out of the sewers and seeing the sunlight in Cyrodil for the first time is one of my favorite moments in any video game. This is the third time I've played through Oblivion.
3. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, 75 hours) - The modern Fallout games are great...FO3/FONV are very similar to Oblivion in game mechanics, which, although clunky and unrefined, are somehow addicting all the same. Again...can't wait to play on PC w/mods.
4. Mass Effect 1 (Xbox 360, 45 hours) - This may be my favorite of the Mass Effect games. Just excellent.
5. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, 45 hours) - I love this game, but I feel it's overrated (relatively speaking, it's still fantastic). The contribution it makes to the overall plot is relatively mehhh in my mind.
I think that's basically everything I played. Probably missed a few, but oh well. Hopefully 2014 is just as great.