Saints Row 3 is the guilty pleasure to end all guilty pleasures. Want to blow up a few military jets with a rocket launcher while wearing a furry costume? Go ahead. How about beating a luchador to death with a giant purple dildo bat, or blasting away at European mobsters while skydiving? In Saints Row 3, the city of Steelport is your schizophrenic, neon-lit oyster.
This open world romp, heavily styled after the more less serious Grand Theft Auto entries, is indulgence at its most over-the-top. It is the game made for your perverted, violent, ADHD-crazed 13-year-old self.
9. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (iPhone)
Release in March this year, SS: S&S EP not only makes one awesome acronym, but also serves as a testament to the potential of the iPhone as a legitimate gaming platform. This indie hit features a charming pixel graphics, a substantial emotional punch, and one of this year's best soundtracks, all while simultaneously oozing with trippy style.
At $4.99 on the App Store, this game is certainly pricier than most, but, trust us. There's a lot more to love here than with any of those angry birds.
8. Dead Space 2 (360, PS3, PC)
Like having an elevated heart-rate? How about constantly feeling the sour itch that some horrible monstrosity is lurking behind you, hungry? Want to regain your childhood fears of the dark? Then Dead Space 2 is the game for you.
The sequel to EA's 2008 horror blockbuster, you are once again put into the PTSD-ravaged shoes of protagonist Isaac Clarke as he takes on hordes of grotesque "Necromorphs," screeching monstrosities with disturbingly human features. Dead Space 2 is filed with both jump screams, and legitimate psychological horror, the kind that will stick with you sleepless night after sleepless night.