Chosen by Time's technology and games writer, Matt Peckham, the complete list is below:
- Guild Wars 2
- Xenoblade Chronicles
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- Assassin's Creed III
- Papo & Yo
- The Last Story
- Halo 4
- Torchlight 2
Writing about Guild Wars 2, Peckhams says: "Guild Wars 2 is one of those rare games that unexpectedly knocks your life off-kilter, like a meteoroid banging into a satellite. Call it the pinball machine of MMOs, devoted to keeping you entertained by the minute, whatever you're doing."
Peckham says that all the elements of Guild Wars 2 — from the scavenger hunts to defending homesteads to protecting towns from bear hordes — give the game the "feel of a living world" and describes it as "the sort of compulsive anywhere-you-go playability other MMOs only dream of."
Polygon's own game of the year list will be published in the coming weeks.