This will be my first written list of games of the year. This represents my personal experience with games this year and is limited to those I have played this year. There are many more games that I wanted to add to this list, but there was no point in adding more than 5. It is organized for dramatic effect, from 5 to 1. Enjoy!
5. Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
This game played such a large part of my life in 2003 that revisiting the Enhanced Edition this year was a long needed experience. The game itself is filled with a lifetime of experiences based on your personal choices and investments into your character. Every new way I play the game brings me new paths and choices that I didn't know were part of the game. While I would preach the good qualities of this game to anyone interested, I know that it is still an older game and a remastered game shouldn't take away the top slots in this list.
4. Tomb Raider
Being a kid in the 90's, Lara Croft was a untouchable idol that I was embarrassed to look too long at. This game transforms our ideas of what Lara Croft is into a hardy and capable woman that continues to get the shit kicked out of her at nearly every cut scene. With a story that is strong and refreshing to the series this game only suffers from a all to familiar game play that recalls Uncharted. The multilayer was also fun but lacked dedication from many players was challenging to advance far without series effort. With continued playing, it turned into a worthy game and experience to make it onto my list.
3. Dead Space 3
Poor Isaac Clarke, this guy can't get a day off. I have been heavily invested into the Dead Space series and this game was an excellent ending to a series that has kept my continued interest. I would not describe myself as a strong horror fan or even shooter fan, but this game series keep my interest through what I normally am not drawn towards. Dead Space 3 has a great crafting system and excellent gameplay that flows throughout the game. A few bugs and glitches slow my full enjoyment of the full experience. The co-op is one of the few out there that is enjoyable and not demanding within the game. I am hopeful for more in the series and okay with anyway they take the series.
2. Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Being a Zelda fan since I was old enough to press a button, I will always play the latest games in the series. Honestly it came down to Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds but I knew I could only choose one Zelda title for this list. The concept for this recent game puts it at #2 and it lacks nothing I would want from a Zelda game. The use of spotpass and play coins on the 3DS make it more enjoyable and communal as I can engage with other players as I have never done before. The new way to approach dungeons and levels frees the player within a very short amount of time to allow exploring and the engagement with characters in the story.
1. The Last of Us
This game will be at or near the top of every list this year and there is a good reason for that. It deserves the honor of #1. With a unique and compelling story that draws you into the welfare of two people that are in constant danger. This story continues to pull me back in when I have a moment to dedicate to the unique online multiplayer or that main story. This is one of the only games I have preordered and one of the very few I keep ready to play at any moment. Naughty Dog has outdone themselves with this title and helped bring "zombies" back as a refreshing enemy. Yes we can all groan at that idea of zombies returning, but we can't ignore how compelling they are to the story.
While I hope I will say Last of Us 2 will be at the top of my list when it comes out, I only encourage developers and writers to challenge me now and create a story that will make it to #1 next year![/img]