I made one. I do it every year! They make me.
The way I see it, the basic problem facing any listmaker this year is that most of the games were either big or clever but not both. Gears 2, Dead Space, Rock Band 2: big but not clever. Braid, lots of little Flash and iPod games like Hunted Forever and Fieldrunners: clever but not big. (Spore: big and clever, but not really that much fun.) Then there are the games that I know in some objective sense are “good” but that I just found hideously boring, like Fallout 3. It’s not you, it’s me. I know I have a problem, but I just can’t put a game on there that drove me into fits of ennui. (Thank God I have “Kotaku” to tell me whether I got it right or not.)
At any rate, that’s how we ended up with GTA IV at number one. It’s big, clever and fun. Then Braid at number two: small, but fun and really really clever. Then LittleBigPlanet at number three: big, clever, and reasonably fun. You see how that goes. What’s on your list?