Excuse me if I pass Max Payne 3. It looks great, but the railroad was too much to bear.
Excuse me that I award my GOTY to last years' Twitcher 2. I'm not a great fan of its ARPG mechanics, nor does its lore strike me (in pacticular, because it actually is dark, uncomfortably so at times). But - CDPR continues to play on my "PC Master Race" strings masterfully - free of charge updates to what now is 188.8.131.52, much needed UI mod incorporated into an official update. Couple it to what was a solid game to begin with - the comparatively insane level of graphics detail, the careful manevouring around fantasy classic and D&D gameplay cliches, free of DRM, free little DLCs... this is the one Dragon Age 3 should take a boatload of notes, and not from the overhyped lackluster turd that Schkyrim was and continues to be.
You live in another dimension. First of all I'm pretty sure that Max Payne 3 is no rail mode third person shooter, being the case that I already finished it 3 times, there are action over the rails scenes, but they at best last 1 minute... I'm pretty sure you quit this game because it get's really difficult (and annoying to today's standards even on "normal" difficulty) and you gave up on it. Skyrim is nowhere near as you describe either, is very big that's for sure and while I don't think I will ever finish that game it really gave me a good and big walk, kind of making it unique.