Deus Ex: Human Revolution
My story with Deus Ex begins much the same way LA Noire did. The difference here is that Deus Ex was an established franchise with two previous main entries. I did not, however, really know how Deus Ex played. I saw a few trailers at E3, and assumed it was a run-of-the-mill action game.
After the game came out, I saw that Toys R Us was having a sale on it for $34.99. At this point, Deus Ex: HR had been out for maybe 2 weeks and had been getting a lot of praise in reviews. While my girlfriend and I were out and about one day, I decided we should buy it and we did.
Taking it home and playing it, I remember not enjoying the beginning few parts much at all. Seeing as how I had just dropped some cash on it though, I decided to keep pressing on. About an hour or so in, it hit me that I was in for not just another action game, but a stealth game. In that first hour, I was stuck trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.
Once I started playing the game more like I should (taking it slow, spotting enemies from afar and watching patterns), I started to really enjoy the way the game forced you to be smart about things. In other stealth games, stealth tends to be optional but in Deus Ex it seemed to implant the notion that you either played with stealth or faced death at every corner.
The over-arching story in the game was a bit confusing but I always knew what was going on without much trouble. There is a lot of different characters to keep track of though, and I kept feeling for Adam as he went through all the trials he had to just to get back some normalcy in his life.
Unanimously, I found Deus Ex: Human Revolution to be one of the best games I played this year. Was it my absolute favorite? Hardly, but I would say it probably is the reason I was able to get back into my gaming mood after my slump over the summer.