#7. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS
Systems: PS3, 360, PC
Release Date: Nov. 13
After the Infinity Ward set the bar crazy high with the Modern Warfare subset of CoD games, people doubted whether Treyarch could Fosbury Flop over it. Done! A mindbender of a Cold War-based single-player campaign, coupled with a less cartoonish and paradigm-shifting multiplayer option—the unlocks had to be purchased with points earned through play and completing in-play "contracts," making your progression that much more strategic—meant that we're back on that crack for another year. Yeah, it's "bro" gaming, but right about now we might just be that bro. Plus, Ice Cube tells you your killstreak is on the way. ICE CUBE!