Top Games of 2012
2012 was a big year for the British. Not only did the Queen Elizabeth II celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, but the Olympic Games were staged in London. The Queen actually made a dramatic entrance to the Olympics with the help of James Bond.
Elsewhere this year Manchester City pulled off an unbelievable comeback to beat Manchester United to the Premier League crown, whilst Gangnam Style became the most viewed video on YouTube.
And speaking of the best, silent movie The Artist took home five Academy Awards.
There was also a few great games released this year, including Microsoft's last Halo title on Xbox 360, Halo 4. It was the first game in the primary series developed by 343 – Bungie was off making Destiny – and certainly got everyone excited about what the studio may be able to do with next generation hardware and Halo 5.
Telltale finally got its episodic game series just right with the first season of The Walking Dead, and with Max Payne 3 Rockstar showed everyone it has more tricks up its sleeve than GTA.
Lego Lord of the Rings is still a huge success that's wonderfully adorable and an absolute delight to play.
Nasty, smart, and addictive, this is perfect for Vita.
A welcome return for true survival horror, where death is around every corner of this brutal world you timidly creep around.
1600 MSP isn't cheap, but most of what Dragonborn offers is a new and exciting proposition that any seasoned Skyrimmer will heartily enjoy.
Aftermath feels more like an open-armed welcome back to the best online shooter out there. Going back into the Battlefield is as rewarding an experience as I've had online this silly season.
The beauty of Dear Esther is that it raises questions about content rather than mechanics.
Alan Wake is still a superbly scripted adventure on PC.
Even if you're a bit rubbish at Beat Sneak Bandit, it's impossible not to fall in love with this funky little number.
Thanks to the excellent leaderboard integration RC offers a greater sense of competition than many standard racing games, and will tug at you time and time again.
Journey is an immaculately constructed, expertly choreographed experience that tells a story in an intelligent way, exploring themes of faith and fate, death and rebirth with a rare delicacy of touch.