It's that time of year. Picking GOTY winners. It seems there is always a thread started, this year just later than usual. So, as always, top 5 games of the year. 5. Assassin's Creed III While the game does have its fair share of problems, it doesn't diminish the excellent story or the characters. Roaming around during the American Revolution was something I had been looking forward to for a long time, and this game didn't disappoint in that aspect. Yes, it was glitchy, but I never had any major problems when I played, and enjoyed the overall experience. It could have been better, but I still greatly enjoyed it. 4. Hitman: Absolution This game seems to have been overlooked this year, and I cannot understand why. With stealth games being so popular as of late, I would have that this would have gotten more love. Oh well. Solid story, love the freedom of choice, and the gameplay was so fluid. Some add-ons made it too easy, like his detective vision from Arkham City, but I didn't feel it detracted too much from the game. I honestly feel like it's the best Hitman to date, even with the changes, mainly because it feels so much more fluid. 3. Mass Effect 3 That damn ending. Take that out, GOTY. With the ending, however, I just didn't like the game like I did ME2. While the culmination of all your choices was fun to see, it left a lot to be desired. I also felt like the campaign dragged at times, which is something I didn't feel about ME2. I still loved the game, and it might have been my unrealistic expectations, but it was a great game that I wanted to be better. 2. Max Payne 3 I never expected to love this game as much as I did. This is the best pure third person shooter I've ever played. The graphics added so much to the atmosphere, the story was incredible, and it just caught me completely by surprise. 1. Borderlands 2 The humor, the characters, the guns, oh the guns. This game, man. The story was meh, but there is so much to do, so much to find, so much to laugh at, I can't not love it. Gaming has become so overwhelmed with FPS's that this game shines because it isn't in the cookie cutter mold. It's different, it's fun, and I haven't enjoyed a game more than this one this year.