Civ...I remember stumbling upon the first one which had been installed by my cousin. I spent a whole day playing it and fell in love with the series. Didn't buy III or IV for some reason I can't remember, but I'll be certain to buy V. I fell off my chair the last time I heard something about Civ5.
It seem would out of those shown so far Steve that you are a man after my own heart in your choices. All of my favorites this year were side scrollers (kirby and DK), Stratagy games (Civ 5 and portal 2), and traditional JRPGs (Golden Sun and DQ). And while you didn't have the RPGs you had the other 2 down pretty well.