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.

  • 30.

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Review

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed mixes some wonderfully loving nostalgia and ambitious design to create a credible Mario Kart alternative. A worrying and terrifying fact I realised the other day is that those of us... more

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

  • 29.

    LEGO The Lord of the Rings Review

    LEGO The Lord of the Rings

    Lego Lord of the Rings is still a huge success that's wonderfully adorable and an absolute delight to play. You should never toss a dwarf, not unless you're very brave. Dwarves hate... more

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

  • 28.

    New Super Mario Bros. U Review

    New Super Mario Bros. U

    New Super Mario Bros. U is a fantastic game hindered by a disappointing opening act. Bad news: New Super Mario Bros. U opens with all the issues that have... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 27.

    Stealth Bastard Deluxe Review

    Stealth Bastard Deluxe

    Nasty, smart, and addictive, this is perfect for Vita. This year has seen a bit of a stealth renaissance, with games like... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PS Vita,PC

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    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn Review

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn

    1600 MSP isn't cheap, but most of what Dragonborn offers is a new and exciting proposition that any seasoned Skyrimmer will heartily enjoy. Legend says that once you go black, you never go back, but it's quite the... more

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

  • 25.

    ZombiU Review

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 24.

    Battlefield 3: Aftermath Review

    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? No one would blame you if you did - since... more

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

  • 23.

    Dear Esther Review

    Dear Esther

    The beauty of Dear Esther is that it raises questions about content rather than mechanics. Your left mouse button is useless. It's not needed, and neither is your... more

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

  • 22.

    Alan Wake Review

    Alan Wake

    Alan Wake is still a superbly scripted adventure on PC. This review was originally published for the Xbox 360 version of Alan Wake,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360

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  • 21.

    Beat Sneak Bandit Review

    Beat Sneak Bandit

    Even if you're a bit rubbish at Beat Sneak Bandit, it's impossible not to fall in love with this funky little number. The hardest thing about Simogo's new game is that every movement must be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

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    MotorStorm RC Review

    MotorStorm RC

    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. MotorStorm RC is my favourite Vita game. It's also the cheapest game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PS Vita

  • 19.

    Journey Review

    Journey

    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. Wonder: that's what we've been missing. This console generation has been... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PlayStation 3

  • 18.

    FEZ Review

    FEZ

    Fez's ornate world, sumptuous audiovisual presentation, and cryptic machinations made me feel like an adrift archaeologist filled with wonder. By and large indie games don't get a lot of pre-release hype. Plenty become... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,PS Vita,iOS,PlayStation 4

  • 17.

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings: Enhanced Edition Review

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    With a combination of additional content and cutscenes The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 is one of the most lovingly crafted fan-services you'll find. After I scored the PC version 9/10 last year, CD Projekt RED has taken the... more

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

  • 16.

    Lone Survivor Review

    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,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Wii U,PlayStation 3,PS Vita,PC

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    Trials Evolution Review

    Trials Evolution

    The way that Trials Evolution is explained and developed ensures it easily overtakes its much-loved ancestry. Crack! Snap! Slapstick death! Occasionally when playing Trials Evolution you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 14.

    Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Review

    Minecraft

    4J Studios has played its part in one of gaming's grandest success story with affable competence, allowing console owners to grab their tools and build something in Mojang's intricate world Minecraft is only limited by your imagination. The limit of my imagination,... more

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

  • 13.

    Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Review

    Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

    At such a low price, and including fully-formed online battling, character customisation and the best AI in the business, it’s a true grand master. Training starts now. Don’t be late. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is the antithesis of everything that's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3

  • 12.

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Review

    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... more

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

  • 11.

    Joe Danger 2: The Movie Review

    Joe Danger 2: The Movie

    Joe Danger 2 can be an incredibly tricky game, but it’s one that always puts a smile on my face. You can go a long way with a smile. When determined stuntman Joe Danger... more

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

  • 10.

    Borderlands 2 Review

    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'... more

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

  • 9.

    FIFA 13 Review

    FIFA 13

    FIFA 13 is definitely an improvement on its predecessor. Despite producing an outstanding game last year, FIFA 12 unravelled after a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,Nintendo 3DS,PS Vita,iOS,Wii,PlayStation 2,PSP

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    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

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    XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM works best as a panic management simulator. To get the most enjoyment from XCOM: Enemy Unknown, name your squad. Whether... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita,iOS,Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC

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    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

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    Forza Horizon Review

    Forza Horizon

    Forza Horizon isn't a game that needs tedious cut-scenes to force a narrative; the road will do that on its own. The effortless quality of the Forza Motorsport series has never found itself... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012) Review

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

    Need for Speed: Most Wanted's greatest achievement is how it sets such a firm focus on racing. Criterion set out to make an open-world arcade racer where competition is king, and succeeded. Like the cold metal girders and sun-glinted glass panels that make up... more

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

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    Halo 4 Review

    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,"... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Far Cry 3 Review

    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 Alice In... more

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

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    The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left Review

    The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left

    No Time Left provides an emotional, tear-jerking and ultimately satisfying conclusion to the year's best gaming narrative. Throughout The Walking Dead, Telltale has been crafting and nurturing human... more

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