3. Dark Souls

Developed by FromSoftware, Published by FromSoftware and Namco Bandai

Dark Souls is the sound of a sword being unsheathed, the discovery of a shortcut in the dark and the sensation of a fireball coming this close to you. It's a great game from Japan at a time when Western developers have overshadowed their Eastern forebears in almost every way. It's one of the most challenging, fair, frustrating, and ultimately rewarding games ever made, and it towers over almost every game that came out this year, not to mention the last decade. It's a no-brainer.