Reveal of Dark Souls II amazed me A good CoD since World at War if you can look pass the lag, argue if you wish but we all know MW2 was a broken as hell game with good connectivity being the only thing saving it Borderlands 2 stepping up what the 1st one lacked
Still a bit dissapointed in the fun but messed up game called Twisted Metal but in all honesty, who really plays it for the story?
Probably had to do with complaints about the first being so light on content. I wonder if S-E learned their lesson and eased off on the pre-rendered cut scenes, in favor of leaving in more actual game.
Definitely Journey! Even though I beat it in like an hour I felt so immersed in the world and my little guy! I immediately went on to play a second run. The minimalist communication between characters was also very nice. I think it kept the game beautiful. It made it seem like all the players in the game were all really nice, beeping, cloaked guys and that they were also lost in this Journey. The remastered version of Shadow of the Colossus was nice too.
Ah man, Max Payne 3 and Borderlands 2 were my highlights of the year. A notable mention is AC3 because I'm a huge fan of the series and enjoyed the game overall. Overall, this was a pretty disappointing year for me.
Biggest nasty surprise - how crap ME3 was, even with all DLC ( I just finished Omega - two hrs, tops of really mediocre PewPewPew!) Biggest good surprise - How good the Enhanced Edition of the Witcher 2 was.
Biggest surprise for me was Mount & Blade: Napoleonic Wars.
The big-name titles may have been a disappointment, but indie games did rather well. Napoleonic Wars especially gave me tons of fun. Simple indie game, visuals that look 10 years out of date, but it played beautifully. I never thought I'd actually enjoy horribly inaccurate, slow-loading muskets, but I love it!
And Legend of Grimrock introduced me to an old, old, OLD school game style that I unfortunately missed out on growing up. The purest form of dungeon crawling that really took me by surprise, and best of all, I got it for under 4 bucks during the Steam Autumn Sale. Probably the best deal I made all year.
This year sucked bad big time, so much infact, I spent my money on expanding my anime collection instead(got some awesome anime).
I'm gonna buy Torchlight 2 but other then that, this year can rot in hell for all I care(so many meh-POS games, and then you have one of the biggest abominations of mankind, Diablo 3, talk about a slap in the face, Blizzard must be purposely trying to kill off the franchise).
Zombi U (One of the best horror-survivals in years) Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (An excellent platformer from a franchise I didn't really care that much about)
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (this game managed to be worst than Episode 1 ) Mass Effect 3 (I played just to finally finish the story. People, this game is bad regardless of the ending.) Resident Evil 6 ()
Well... Criterion actually proved that a game that I will instant rage quit has some decent ideas and can be made into something decent (Need for Speed: Most Wanted.) I was actually surprised to see that Borderlands 2 actually did so well that they keep putting it on sale much cheaper than normal.
Outside of those, nothing really surprised me this year.
The only games that wowed me this year was Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mark of the Ninja and Sleeping Dogs. Otherwise, 2012 is a shitty year for gaming since it's filled with disappointments like Twisted Metal, Dishonored or Mass Effect 3, or abominations like Resident Evil 6, Diablo III, Soul Calibur V or Hitman: Absolution.