I've been surprised by more games in 2013 that I have in the last three years combined. Whether it was cool indie games like Papers Please or surprisingly good handheld games like Luigi's Mansion 2, the one common feeling I've had while playing games this year has been, 'wow, that was way better than I thought it would be.
Seems you guys felt the same way. You nominated a lot of games for this award. Really interested to see what comes out on top! Get voting!