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.

Please take into account this list is in descending order! VideoGamer.com is always open to hearing about your opinion. Would your list be different? If so let us know by contacting us or tweeting us @VideoGamerCom.

  • 30.

    Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

    Uncharted: Golden Abyss

    Golden Abyss' limited spectacle and lacking script make it the worst entry in the Uncharted series since the original Drake's Fortune. I wouldn't blame anyone for approaching Uncharted: Golden Abyss (the second... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita

  • 29.

    Warp Review

    Warp

    If you're a fan of puzzle design and adventure games, you should give Warp a shot. Chances are that you've already judged Warp by its digital cover. Looking at... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PC,Xbox 360

  • 28.

    I Am Alive Review

    I Am Alive

    Despite the flaws I Am Alive is an easy game to like. But while we should be glad this project wasn't killed off in development hell, the sad truth is that I Am Alive never gets a chance to live. Forget the shots of crumbled buildings and the menace of merciless raiders.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,Xbox 360,PC

  • 27.

    Mass Effect 3: From Ashes Review

    Mass Effect 3: From Ashes

    From Ashes is a nice bonus, but it's hardly a must-have addition to Mass Effect 3. This review is mostly spoiler-free. It presents an overview of the concepts... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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  • 26.

    Shoot Many Robots Review

    Shoot Many Robots

    There's fun to be had with Shoot Many Robots, but you might find yourself having to work for it. Shoot Many Robots is a game where you do indeed pull the trigger on many... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PC,PlayStation 3

  • 25.

    Dragon's Dogma Review

    Dragon's Dogma

    Dragon's Dogma is an interesting, ambitious and thought-provoking effort, but it's not the all-conquering RPG Capcom hoped for. In the wake of Japan's dwindling games market, Capcom's been courting the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,Xbox 360

  • 24.

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Review

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

    Occasionally ambitious but ultimately too afraid to deviate from the genre's well-worn formulas, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier feels like it's stuck in the past. Much has changed since Tom Clancy's advanced warfighters began their... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,Wii

  • 23.

    Lollipop Chainsaw Review

    Lollipop Chainsaw

    Lollipop Chainsaw's brilliant ideas rub shoulders with some pretty terrible ones. Lollipop Chainsaw's marketing may well have convinced you that it's nothing... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

  • 22.

    The Amazing Spider-Man Review

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Beenox deserves some mild applause for constructing a game that succeeds in being consistently fun despite the fact it's a movie tie-in. You'll excuse me for damning a game with faint praise, but The Amazing... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita,Wii U,PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,Wii,Nintendo DS,Nintendo 3DS

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  • 21.

    Dust: An Elysian Tale Review

    Dust: An Elysian Tale

    Is its inherent visual beauty enough to see Dust: An Elysian Tail through? It's very easy to get swept along by beauty, especially if you're a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360

  • 20.

    Tokyo Jungle Review

    Tokyo Jungle

    Tokyo Jungle should be praised for its originality, even though it isn't a consistently engaging experience. Tokyo Jungle is one of those titles that fuel the preconception that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita,PlayStation 3

  • 19.

    Fable: The Journey Review

    Fable: The Journey

    I fell head over heels for Albion. It’s a game of two halves, and there’s not much to see outside the 8-hour story, but Fable: The Journey is the unexpected surprise Kinect needed. Yeah, I was worried too. Worried is an understatement, actually. I was fit... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 18.

    Retro City Rampage Review

    Retro City Rampage

    The best moments of Retro City Rampage come from a shared enjoyment of the past. Development on Retro City Rampage started decades before developer Brian... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Nintendo 3DS,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,PS Vita,Wii,Nintendo Switch

  • 17.

    Assassin's Creed III Review

    Assassin's Creed III

    As extraordinary as the scale and scope of this huge production can be at times, you're left with a bloated reminder that bigger isn't always better. Every good assassin relies upon the element of surprise, and so it's only... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,PC,PlayStation 3,Xbox 360

  • 16.

    Asura's Wrath Review

    Asura's Wrath

    Good or bad, game or no game, you've just got to play Asura's Wrath. And, in truth, that probably says it all. Rarely in games do you experience such a dramatic turnaround. A couple of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

  • 15.

    Binary Domain Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

  • 14.

    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Review

    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 Falcon or... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

  • 13.

    Mass Effect 3 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,Xbox 360,PC,PlayStation 3

  • 12.

    Kid Icarus: Uprising Review

    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: Nintendo 3DS

  • 11.

    Devil May Cry HD Collection Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PlayStation 4,Xbox One,PC

  • 10.

    Max Payne 3 Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

  • 9.

    Gravity Rush Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PS Vita

  • 8.

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,Nintendo 3DS,PS Vita,Wii,Nintendo DS

  • 7.

    Darksiders II Review

    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 honestly don't... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,PlayStation 3,PC,Xbox 360

  • 6.

    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Review

    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 with... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

  • 5.

    The Walking Dead: Episode Three – Long Road Ahead Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

  • 4.

    NiGHTS into dreams Review

    NiGHTS into dreams

    There's just nothing else quite like NiGHTS. It's called NiGHTS Into Dreams HD but, really, this is a port of a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PC,Xbox 360

  • 3.

    Dishonored Review

    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 game,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

  • 2.

    FTL: Faster Than Light Review

    FTL: Faster Than Light

    Even on easy mode, FTL is another capital-D Difficult game and its random nature means even the most careful of explorers might find themselves unexpectedly asphyxiated. Have you ever watched Battlestar Galactica and wanted control over the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 1.

    Hotline Miami Review

    Hotline Miami

    A fine port of the original game. I should feel worse about all this. I've sliced throats with broken bottles,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PC,PS Vita