Going to separate each year by best games, honorable mentions, disappointments and overrated. I like RPGs and strategy games, i.e. I am a real gamer, so Call of Duty and Halo will not be appearing on this list.
Mark of the Ninja – Best stealth game ever, really.
Mass Effect 3 – Mass Effect 2 but worse is still pretty damn good.
XCOM – Many flaws, but great combat system and premise make up for a lot.
Dishonored – Tempted to go overrated for this one, but it is actually good. Maybe the only Thief sequel we will get for awhile considering the sorry state of Thief 4.
Darksiders 2 – Not as good as the first, but still solid.
Max Payne 3 – Really well done, but not exciting enough to be labelled best of year.
Sleeping Dogs – Better than GTA4!
Dust an Elysian Tail