5) Wasteland 2 (PC)
This game started out a little bumpy, with some bugs and annoying things to nitpick about. But beyond those forgivable things lies a deep game with tons of exploration, trial-and-error, and story to discover. The combat can be extremely punishing, and you'll probably need to restart a few times before you figure out exactly how you want to play through the game, but if you put in the time, the experience just gets better and better as you go along.
4) Dark Souls II (PS3)
What can I say that hasn't already been said about the Dark Souls franchise? Dark Souls II took a mild departure from the norm in the series and opted to give the illusion of a more open-world environment. I found exploring each area to be a bit more daunting than the previous installments in the series, but I think that overall it adds to the game in a positive way. Dark Souls II continues the trend of incredibly satisfying boss fights and "learn from your mistakes by dying" encounters. Sure to satisfy the masochist in everyone.
3) Legend of Grimrock II (PC)
The first Grimrock was good in many ways, and the second installment improves on almost all of them. This is probably the best "Dungeon Master" type crawler that I've played so far, with beautiful graphics and very solid, challenging gameplay.
2) Lords of Xulima (PC)
This is a hidden gem of a game that probably went immediately under most gamers' radar. Lords of Xulima boasts an impressive amount of content and many enjoyable environments with countless encounters. If you've been itching for an old school game with a moderate difficulty curve and interesting and rewarding gameplay elements, this game definitely gets a strong recommendation from me.
1) Divinity: Original Sin (PC)
From humble origins to mass appeal, this game has proven that there is still some innovation left in the world of isometric CRPGs and was able to draw in seasoned veterans and newbies alike. Original Sin came to the table boasting a lot of ambitious ideas, and it actually delivered on just about all of them. With the accessibility of community modding, this game ranks number one for the year in my book and will surely continue to build a strong following for a long time to come.