Mostly it’s just that the people who liked Warzone and Umurangi were more numerous or felt more strongly than the people who liked Ori. I like to reward relatively unknown games on the list, and that’s a factor in the event of a tie breaker.
Warzone definitely doesn’t need more attention, but some folks on the team love it more than anything. And we’ve got form in terms of featuring big triple-A manshoots. I like those games, too! I wouldn’t want our list to just be mega mainstream hits, but I wouldn’t want to snobbishly exclude them either when that’s what people on the team are playing and enjoying.
Not a shock, really, but the only game that feels notably absent to be is Desperados 3. We loved it in our coverage, but Matthew was sadly made redundant and no one else has really put time into it (that I know of). I also suspect I would personally love it, but I haven’t played it yet.