I played with Mint 14 for a long time and really liked it, but I had some trouble with the UI and getting some things working right. I ended up going with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Unity was a challenge to get used to but I actually grew to really like it. I got my External sound card working and able to record my music, Steam for windows is running via Play on Linux so I didn't lose Skyrim and I am not a power office user so Libre Office was perfect. The one thing I like about it so far is the "lenses" you can add. The other distro I used for years was Fedora, but I couldn't get my WiFi card to work. Linux has it's pros and cons, but for free and with good forums, it is beyond useable.
Did you install it on a dual boot or did you go with VM?