I'm sure no one reads these, but hell, I do it anyway. Gamespot is the site I go to for GOTY, thus it is an exciting time for me. If someone happens to read this, please comment on what you thought of gamespots choices, and what your personal pick is.
The Last of Us: The super predictable combat aside, I believe this is a monumental entry in the seventh generation of games. The narrative is just perfect, with the best part being its exploration of a darker side of humanity. Ellie is a great character too, and it's nice watching her develop. The game perfectly blends gameplay and story into one perfect experience. You are doing yourself a disservice by not playing this.
Bioshock Infinite: The game's story is something I will never forget. It started with an interesting premise, and by the time the game was done, I was absolutely mesmerized, thus the game never drops in quality. That finale was so amazing that I was thinking about it the entire following day. The gameplay is adequate, but nothing too special. The story is what you come here for.
Super Mario 3D World: I played this for 4 hours at a friends house, and honestly I don't follow the acclaim that it's been receiving. I'm a huge Super Mario fan, but recently (post Galaxy 2) I feel that this franchise is leaning too far towards the 'safe' approach, afraid to experiment with its formula. It's a really good game in its own right, but personally, not enough to purchase a Wii U.
Brothers A Tale of Two Sons: This is a very heart wrenching game, and I think is an exceptional story based game for this generation. It's a shame that it has such a short length. I can't say much more without spoiling it.
Path of Exile: Only game on this list I haven't played.
Dota 2: I never played the first Dota, but someone recommended this to me. It's not very accessible, but of what I played I enjoyed it. Still, I prefer games like Starcraft 2.
Gone Home: Again, like with Brothers or Stanley Parable, I can't say too much without spoiling it. But for what I can say, this game is excellent. The way you uncover the story is entirely in your control, so there's no contrived limitations in what you can do. Only bad thing I can say is that $20 is way too much for this game.
LoZ A Link Between Worlds: While it's not my GOTY, I can perfectly respect Gamespot's decision. I feel that many people who complain about this choice haven't played and dismiss just because it's a handheld. I have played this, and what I got was a superb game in every right. This reason why this game is great is because there's no annoying assistance. Don't know where to go? Figure it out. There's no annoying companion or quest arrow to point you in the right direction. My only gripes are the lack of creative items and its short length. Otherwise, this is a superb Zelda game.
AC4 Black Flag: It's safe to say that Assassin's Creed was on a declining path after the excellent AC2. But, AC4 is a huge surprise and I feel that it restores the series to full form. The story is interesting, but the world is no doubt the reason to play it. Revelations had an uninteresting setting, and AC3 was stuffed with things to do, but little of it was fun. AC4 comes off as a refined AC3. There's always a reason to go exploring and uncover treasure chests. AC4 is fantastic.
Grand Theft Auto V: After the hype died down, GTA 5 became the cool thing to hate. People think they're super unique by hating it, or they just hate it because their expectations were stupidly high. I was hyped as hell for this game, and it did not let me down at all. GTA 4 sucked, but GTA 5 is awesome. The missions are great, the world is huge, the attitude is funny, and the new activities just make this a juggernaut in this great year for games.
My GOTY is either TLOU or Stanley Parable. Also, Tomb Raider sucked!