1. Mass Effect 2
    Gameplay isn't as good as ME3, but the sense of exploration and character development really moved me. Going to visit crew members between missions was a reward.
  2. Destiny
    A platform for fun more so than a game. Destiny is best when taken lightly. It is a game that survives by recognizing it is a game. It's self-awareness feels like the year 2015, where taking you too deep into a story or experience almost feels out of place in our distracted reality.
  3. BioShock Infinite
    The philosophy and aesthetics propelled me through the game. Fun gameplay kept me happy along the way. I felt like I learned something from this game, although I have no idea what.
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops
    The best zombies experience ever. Extremely replayable maps. Excellent cooperative action. Repetitive fun, where I always felt our team could do 'a little better'.
  5. Mass Effect 3
    Fantastic gameplay. Fantastic anticipation throughout the game. Extremely fun final action sequence. A triumphant ending to the series, even if the ending choices didn't really represent the way you played your character.
  6. Dead Space 1
    The aesthetics of this game made it so terrifying it was difficult to play. The use of lighting and sound gave me a feeling which I hold onto to this day. Really fun action and exciting use of shooter dynamics like the line gun and limbs being precision shots made this game unique and exciting.
  7. Mass Effect 1
    Amazing storyline. Concise, focused and clear. My first freeze time action game, so I found it fascinating. Doesn't hold up to 2 or 3 in the realm of action. And the Mako, WTF?
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    My first real game for modern consoles. I was blown away by the quick time events and how scenes like the airport made you feel truly disturbed as you played in first person.