Any game that meets some success before getting added multiplayer with the sequel gets painted with the 'tacked-on' brush. Does that always mean a sub-par experience, though?
VideoGamer.com forumites have their say on the best games of 2012.
This week the team has been playing Borderlands 2, Super Amazing Dragon Adventure and Spec Ops.
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A look ahead to this week's new releases, which include Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Spec Ops The Line and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Five copies of the third-person shooter from 2K up for grabs.
The makers of Alan Wake, Spec Ops: The Line and Reservoir Dogs talk us through the challenges.
This week the team plays Batman, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Star Wars Galaxies, and .
Our hottest picks for the year ahead.