A fine list of fine games. I'd agree that nothing was as mind bending as Spec Ops and respect your decision not to compromise.
My subversive /moment/ of the year did come from Shadow of Mordor. I'll spoiler it just in case anyone hasn't played yet.
Ah, the other moment - when 'Press X to Pay Respects' crystallized just how ridiculous Call of Duty's single player 'story' has gotten after MW1.
Sunset Overdrive, for its diversity-positive character system. In a gaming landscape where we're so often tied to same-looking avatars, I enjoyed being able to change my appearance, race, gender and clothing at any time. A game where you can play one mission as a Hawaiian beach girl, the next as Freddie Mercury and a third as a knight? Incredible.
And you don't need that... thing to play Saints Row as well!
I'm curious, what were your reservations about the camp level in Wolfenstein TNO?
One important category is missing from this list
"Most minecrafty Minecraft"
Minor caveat: if you're looking for an example of Escher-as-game-mechanic, there's Echochrome.
yeah, I was gonna say too, when I read the part about not gotten an MC escher like game, it was like "we got that YEAAAARS AGO......true it was exactly as stated...not as polished...but we did get it"
kinda freaky sometimes how fast some games get lost in time o-o;;