We had a GOTY thread before, but it lacked a lot of well-liked entries.
So, what's your GOTY, /v/?
Monster Hunter. Best combat in a game period. Great difficulty and learning curve. great visual designs all around and great animations. Who gives a fuck about story when the game itself is this much fun.
I wish I could play bloodborne, but besides that, there is still no reason for me to get a PS4 (hopefully in the next 2 years, the cool shit they've promised comes out and is actually good). Witcher 3 was fun, and some great moments, but it just couldn't pull me in the way "constantly getting better and better at monster hunter" did.
Not the anon you were talking to, but I really hope that PS4 will deliver in 2016. I got the console to play with friends, and it's done that well enough.
But I really want some great games in the vein of PS2's golden age.
The game I spent the most time with this year is the Black Ops 3 multiplayer. Very refined, tons of content and a great movement system kept me coming back. To be fair I played it for PC and have not played TW3 or Bloodborne
Unless I'm mistaken, the only games clearly released last year are year are Attila: Total War, The Witcher 3 and Conquest of Elysium 4, as most games I play are either old or still being updated (for example, NetHack received a new update this year, making it almost three decades old by now).
The Witcher 3 deserves a lot of credit on many regards (like really nice environments and it's thematically a very much unapologetic game that's not afraid of throwing a dozen book characters at you or dealing with harsh themes) but I think the actual game design is actually quite appalling (I feel even some of the most key designs like it being open world are unpurposeful) and it's not the kind of game I'd care to play now that I finished it once.
Conquest of Elysium, well, what do you expect? It's "Dominions light" and next to its in many ways similar wargame brother, I consider it a good coffeebreak style of game (while Dominions is mostly played in play-by-e-mail format and is ill-suited to single player). CoE4 has some neat things like new Pratchett-esque unit descriptions but I'd feel silly nominating it as my favourite of the year, even if there's just three candidates.
I barely paid any notice to Attila after terrible launch of Rome 2 but since it received a native Linux version 3 weeks ago, I decided to give it a try and while I think it falls way short of Shogun 2 and Fall of the Samurai in particular in terms of polish and general quality and doesn't hold any candle to Medieval 2 in terms of available mods, it has done away with many of Rome 2's greatest problems (like the utterly meaningless faction system, it's actually kinda neat in Attila) or executed them such that they aren't completely annoying. I've played it for 66 hours now and while I don't think that's enough for a complete judgement, I definitely want to play at least a game or two with the main campaign and maybe try Age of Charlemagne and I think that's enough to justify it as my favourite.