2012 has been a great year for video gamers. 2012 saw a lot of amazing sequels as well as outstanding original games. 2012 had it’s share of stinkers, but, for the most part, 2012 has shaped up to be a great year for video games. Tipping our hats to the folks who’ve made staying indoors so much fun, here is our list of top 10 video games of 2012.
These games have been ranked as per our views, user feedback, user reviews and experience.
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, Vita
FIFA 13 is the 2012 release in Electronic Arts’ long-running professional soccer game franchise. Based on the current real-life players, teams and leagues associated with the FIFA organization (Federation International de Football), the game aims to present the most realistic international soccer experience available in a video game to-date. Features include, gameplay mechanics improvements on both offense and defense, an extensive roster of players, teams and leagues, multiplayer play options both locally and online, and social network functionality through the EA Sports Football Club.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a re-imagining of X-COM, the classic strategy game from 1993, and developed by the award-winning creators of Civilization. You will control the fate of the human race by creating and managing a fully operational base, researching alien technologies, planning combat missions and controlling soldier movement in battle.
Dishonored is an immersive first-person action game that casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Creatively eliminate your targets as you combine the supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. Pursue your enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make.
Publisher: Telltale Games
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iOS
The Walking Dead is an award-winning vision of Robert Kirkman’s global hit comic book series. Experience the true horror and emotional impact of being a survivor of the undead apocalypse in a zombie game unlike any other. You will meet people and experience events that will impact the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, and you will be forced to make decisions that are not only tough, but that will have a direct effect on the story that you experience. The undead are everywhere, but they’re not your only problem. Starvation, betrayal, heartbreak and more will challenge you as you attempt to survive in the world of The Walking Dead.
Diablo III is a fantasy Action Role-Playing Game (RPG). Only the third major release in what is considered by many gamers as the most iconic RPG franchise of all time, Diablo 3continues the land of Sanctuary’s battle against a reoccurring demonic evil, and provides players around the world with the opportunity to create the ultimate hero to quest against it with friends online, or on their own. Features include: classic dungeon crawling gameplay, a new batch of character classes, multiplayer options with friends and single player support with the help of AI companions, a new take on character skill assignment and health, online item auctioning, and compatibility with Windows and Mac operating systems.
No guns, no monsters, no violence. In Journey, you play a mysterious cloaked entity who trudges through deserts, mountains, and lost cities, aided only by other anonymous players you meet along the way. The game is no longer than a movie; compared with the escapist fare of other video games, however, the experience feels more meaningful.
Sleeping Dogs welcomes you to Hong Kong, a vibrant neon city teeming with life, whose exotic locations and busy streets hide one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the Triads. In this open-world game, you play the role of Wei Shen, an undercover cop trying to take down the Triads from the inside. You’ll have to prove yourself worthy as you fight your way up the organization, taking part in brutal criminal activities without blowing your cover. Torn between your loyalty to the badge and the code of the triads, you will risk everything as the lines between truth and honor become permanently blurred.
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, Vita Assasin’s Creed III takes you into the 15th and 16th century setting for the American Revolution — specifically Colonial-era Boston and New York. It’s larger and more diverse than before and works well for new players. Plus, how often do you get to interact with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in a videogame?
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC
Activision’s flagship franchise takes a step into the near-future this time around, with ultra-high-tech weapons and a plot that revolves around our dependency on computers. The sheer number of people playing online in the multiplayer mode makes this a must-have item for many gamers. Click here for details of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Halo 4 is the series’ best title in years, injecting new life into the series, while keeping the best parts of what has made it so popular for the past 10 years. It’s a great jumping-in point for newcomers, but veterans will absolutely love the game and its many free add-ons.
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