It’s that time of year again, when we put down the controller for a bit and bicker and argue over exactly which game was the best of the best. While none of us got into any fight fights or flame wars, we’ve put aside our differences long enough to come up with a list of games that we think deserve special recognition. Concluding our countdown are our game of the year finalists, and tune in tomorrow at noon MST when announce our winners. Did we forget one of your favorites ? Email me at, and we’ll make a special shout out for you.

Game of the Year

Each of the titles on this list are representative of the finest in gaming this year. They represent so many different genres and play styles — smaller downloadable games stand next to multi-million dollar blockbuster titles, and free-to-play games line up right alongside thought-provoking experiments in game design and presentation. All are worthy to belong on anyone’s shelf, but only one will be crowned best game of the year.

Mass Effect 3
The Walking Dead
Far Cry 3
Borderlands 2
Planetside 2
Guild Wars 2
Spec Ops: The Line
Halo 4