These are in the order of votes received, starting with the lowest first:
10. Max Payne 3
This is one I never got around to playing personally, though I did enjoy previous Max Payne games. This game comes in at tenth on the most popular so far from your votes. What did you think about it?
Max Payne 3 was my GOTY because it was extremely well polished evolution of the Max Payne series. Nothing was more fun that dynamically sliding down a handrail using the Euphoria physics whilst shooting John Woo style the entire time. - ZombieRobot
Bullet time FTW. - nsduke
So to recap: John Woo. Bullet time.
9. Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition
This game caused me untold frustration right from the start. An incredible challenge and a definite lesson in pain. And ragequitting. There's only one person I can quote, who expresses the pure joy you can get from playing this, and has the most appropriate username ever:
Dark Souls was my GOTY because I actually beat it. No, really - it's been so long, since I've played a game, which I was actually proud of beating. -SuicideMachine
8. Assassin's Creed III
Passing the podium to George on this one as the resident Assassin's fan: "Killing fellow countrymen has never been more appealing."
I would've thought this might be higher in the ranking given the general fanbase, but then there's been stiff competition this year.
7. Hitman: Absolution
I've had a lot of fun with this one so far. The story is solid and the Contracts made is incredible when challenging friends to competitions. Especially after they get a much higher score than you, and find out how differently they may have played it.
GMG forum regular Stoibs had this to say: I'm drawing a blank at any other game that let's me toss a Katana into someone's forehead whilst wearing a Chipmunk costume.
6. Guild Wars 2
Rob's already shared his thoughts on this one, and still plays it prolifically.
Guild Wars 2 manages to let you log in for 10 minutes to complete a dynamic event, only to let you realise 5 hours later that you're still playing. -Serp
Hailing praises for the incredible money / gameplay time value, it's a solid game and I'm sure a number of you reading have been relishing the Christmas event!
5. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
A certified favourite on our own team, here's a game that will tax your paranoia and strategic planning to the extreme. And even then it will probably still go horribly wrong! There's a lot of good Let's Players on this too like Beaglerush, who are definitely worth checking out if you're considering getting the game.
As Yahtzee said: Now I have something I can shove at Syndicate and say "Look! Turns out you don't have to turn everything into a shooter." - Greil9
Was my GOTY due to its awesome strategy mechanics, theme and the bond that you formed with your characters you created. Shame it caused depression when you get them killed. - Unknown
I really enjoyed this, largely for the Stop Time ability. Who in their life hasn't wanted to stop time at one point or another? Perhaps not normally for sneaking around and killing things, but I digress...
Dishonored was my favorite because I normally hate stealth games but they were able to make the experience really fun in allowing me to go stealth or go full on Rambo! - Unknown
If you have it, and didn't go full on Rambo. Do it. It's hilariously good fun.3. Far Cry 3
Coming hot in third place is the island adventure game where wild animals are just as likely to save you or maul you.
Far Cry 3 is my GOTY because of great character development all around and a sandbox environment that is actually fun to play in - siphuncle1
FarCry 3 was my GOTY because I like setting entire forests ablaze just to kill a single bear for his pelt. -Cptkrush
2. The Walking Dead
There is so much love for this game, and it's definitely earned. In fact I only recently watched all of the previous episodes of The Walking Dead's TV show because of it. Firstly because zombies are cool anyway, but because this game presented in a very awesome way a choice system that really did mould the story around how you act. Even though I'm not a big fan of point-and-clicks, this is definitely well worth investigating.
The Walking Dead was my GOTY because it's the first game I've played in over a decade that really made me emotional, and the only game ever to make me cry. How they managed to make such simplistic gameplay into such an amazing journey is inspiring and truly shows that a great story (and voiceacting) means more than a huge budget. -zahrdahl
1. Borderlands 2
I guess nothing beats random weapon generation, sniping, explosions and badass characters, huh? A solid game for co-op especially, and when the villain is so bloody charismatic it's hard to ignore. Man Handsome Jack is cool...
Borderlands 2 is my GOTY because of how much of an improvement on the first game it was. Well-made, well-polished, and an absolute blast to play. I've spent 80 hours in it and still haven't finished the main storyline! - Arthas54
BORDERLANDS 2 WAS MY GOTY BECAUSE KILLING BADASSES WITH TORGUE WEAPONS IS AWESOME! -Fairfang
We'll do another count in the New Year and see where the final votes are at - so if you think that order is completely wrong it's time to get voting! So many other games are in the runnings but haven't grabbed enough attention, such as FTL or Sleeping Dogs.
Master Survey Counter. Doesn't even have an abacus.