Top Action Games of 2012

Welcome to VideoGamer.com's top action games of 2012, a list of the best videogames, created from editorial reviews on the site. It's the perfect tool to find that great game you haven't played yet, or even to find a gem for a friend or loved one as a gift.

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  • 30.

    Binary Domain

    Is this a case of robot love, or is Sega's shooter best left on the scrapheap? Binary Domain's narrative is dominated by conflict. There's the central battle between humans and robots in a future Tokyo; there's the fish-out-of-water... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 29.

    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

    If the 3DS is the only console you own, you really should acquire this game as soon as you can. When everyone said that you'd love it, they really weren't lying. I've never read a Jane Austen novel. I've not watched The Maltese... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 28.

    Mass Effect 3

    Mass Effect 3 is one for the fans, and few who buy it will be left unsatisfied by how the story ends. In many ways Mass Effect is an unlikely success story. Starting out as a slightly awkward role-playing game with big ideas... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 27.

    Sine Mora

    Sine Mora strikes a deft balance between madness and shoot-em-up fun. The majority of Sine Mora was developed in Budapest by Digital Reality, but eccentric Japanese developer Grasshopper Manufacture provided concept art and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 26.

    Kid Icarus: Uprising

    A triumphant return for a forgotten hero; a dazzling, silly, beautiful adventure that mostly, but never completely, overcomes its control woes. The trouble with uprisings is that someone usually gets hurt in the process,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 25.

    Devil May Cry HD Collection

    At its best Devil May Cry is complex, punishing and befuddling. If you ask me, few games exemplify the PS2-era better than Capcom's Devil May Cry series. That savvy mix of smooth moves and fast action represents much of what... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 24.

    The Walking Dead - Episode 1

    The Walking Dead is an unflinchingly brutal portrayal of a zombie outbreak. Telltale Games have always been masters at raising the dead. For about a decade adventure games had all but flatlined until Telltale almost single-handedly... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 23.

    Max Payne 3

    Max Payne 3 is the closest our consoles have come to making us feel like an action hero In the past few days I've killed a lot of people. I killed them in the favelas of Sao Paulo. I killed them in a flashback New York graveyard.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 22.

    Gravity Rush

    Gravity Rush is a very enjoyable game despite a few lengthy load times, a terrible name and an unimaginative character introduction Amnesia is an overplayed, clichéd story conceit, so it's a shame Gravity Rush relies on it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita

  • 21.

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

    Despite inconsistencies, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a great Lego game. For the last time, guys, LEGO games aren't just for kids. Granted, that isn't an argument I'd pitch to my friends down the pub as I learn the new... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 20.

    Quantum Conundrum

    Quantum Conundrum's elegant first-person puzzling is only marred slightly by one very obvious comparison, but it's unfortunately something that this downloadable title never really manages to get away Quantum Conundrum's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 19.

    Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

    Metal Gear Solid HD collection on the home consoles remains the one to get, though Armature Studio's PS Vita version will still have plenty of value for handheld fans. Released earlier this year on Xbox 360 and PlayStation... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita

  • 18.

    Sleeping Dogs

    Sleeping Dogs may not offer anything particularly new and certainly nothing groundbreaking, but what it does do is deliver sharp, thrilling and just downright enjoyable action to savour. Much like the Hong Kong cinema it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 17.

    Darksiders II

    With Darksiders II Vigil has managed to capture a sense of one of the rarest feelings in video games: a genuine adventure. This is a fascinatingly hokey journey. If the opening hours of Darksiders II confuse you, well, I... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 16.

    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

    Fall of Cybertron sparkles thanks to a decent script, clever characters and the fact it steers well clear of the territory most other shooters are aiming for. There were two types of people born in the 80s; those who played... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 15.

    The Walking Dead: Episode Three – Long Road Ahead

    Telltale Games has done an incredible job keeping The Walking Dead fresh. It's been a longer wait than all of us would have liked, but the third episode of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead is a halfway marker that etches... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 14.

    Battlefield 3: Armored Kill

    Armored Kill is proof that DICE is still the best in the business at crafting these colossal worlds in which to play, and it's an expansion that makes Battlefield 3 feel vital and current once again. After the entertaining... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 13.

    Dishonored

    This is a solid single-player adventure that lasts a good amount of time, but it's just a shame that Arkane Studios can't make more of Dishonored's obvious potential. At first glance Dishono(u)red looks like the perfect single-player... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 12.

    The Walking Dead: Episode Four – Around Every Corner

    Despite not giving new and interesting characters the screen time they necessarily deserve, the relationship between Lee and Clementine has never been more pronounced. Walking Dead's last episode left you with a colossal... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 11.

    Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty

    Gearbox has shown exactly how DLC is supposed to be done. Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty is an affirming example of the right time, the right place and, crucially, the right content. Borderlands 2, eh? That's probably... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 10.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

    Black Ops II clearly wants nothing more than to pucker up and make out with Paul Verhoeven in a filthy nightclub. While Modern Warfare 3 clearly had a big sweetheart crush on Michael Bay, Treyarch's Black Ops II clearly wants... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 9.

    ZombiU

    A welcome return for true survival horror, where death is around every corner of this brutal world you timidly creep around. A couple of months back, Bill Clinton appeared on The Daily Show and began to discuss computer companies,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 8.

    Battlefield 3: Aftermath

    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. Did you forget about Battlefield?... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 7.

    Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

    Bluepoint Games has done an admirable job collating one of gaming's most unique, important and frustrating franchises. For a series that preaches the virtues of silence and stealth, the Metal Gear series desperately wants... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 6.

    Lone Survivor

    Lone Survivor deserves to be massive, because it might just be the most interesting thing I've played all year. When it comes to indie games, there's one word that always makes me cringe, and that word is interesting. Interesting... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 5.

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is trying to have its cake and eat it. It's hard for me to write about Counter-Strike because, well, Counter-Strike made me; the underpass of Dust is my Hyrule Field, Golden Saucer or Shadow... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 4.

    Borderlands 2

    Borderlands 2 surpasses the original with sharper focus, better quests and more enjoyable blasting. Borderlands 2 stinks of money from start to finish, cementing the series' transformation from the little game that could... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 3.

    Hotline Miami

    Hotline Miami lets you hit that zen-like trance that the best mechanical games always create. I should feel worse about all this. I've sliced throats with broken bottles, beaten in heads with golfclubs, and cut through all... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 2.

    Halo 4

    This is no longer Bungie's Halo, but much of what made the series such an irresistible proposition has remained intact for this new beginning. Dealing with your expectations can be tough. "I thought you'd be taller," says... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 1.

    Far Cry 3

    Far Cry 3 shines in its campaign, which is more layered and compelling than any game proffering a power trip through escapist ultraviolence has any right to be. Far Cry 3's campaign begins with a quote from Lewis Carrol's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC