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.

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  • 30.

    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 it. It's thoroughly rude. It'd take a braver... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 29.

    Stealth Bastard Deluxe

    By the end of the game you'll be gleefully convinced that the only espionage arsehole is whichever masochistic sod invented some of these bloody levels. This year has seen a bit of a stealth renaissance, with games like Dishonored... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 28.


    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

  • 27.

    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 opposite... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 26.

    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

  • 25.

    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

  • 24.

    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 right. Dear Esther doesn't require you to interact with these... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 23.

    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, published by Microsoft in 2010. The PC version uses Steamworks and is being self-published... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 22.

    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 made to the tick-tock beat of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iPhone

  • 21.

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3, PS Vita

  • 20.


    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 19.


    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 wildly... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 18.

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings: Enhanced Edition

    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 Witcher... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 17.

    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

  • 16.

    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 will think: just how is this fun?... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 15.

    Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 14.

    Diablo III

    Diablo III quite simply revels in being a video game, and when a game is this well-executed it's impossible to resist those charms. You know what they say: you just can't keep a good millennia-old demonic evil down, but you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 13.

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 12.

    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

  • 11.

    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 popped his first wheelie on PlayStation 3 in 2010, it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 10.

    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

  • 9.

    FIFA 13

    FIFA 13 is definitely an improvement on its predecessor. Despite producing an outstanding game last year, FIFA 12 unravelled after a year of play. Much like the famous Panenka penalty style, a consistent amount of similar... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 8.

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 7.

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM works best as a panic management simulator. To get the most enjoyment from XCOM: Enemy Unknown, name your squad. Whether you opt for philosophers, authors, members of your favourite band, or even your Twitter pals, it's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 6.

    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 wanting for much, but if there's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 5.

    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

  • 4.

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 3.

    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

  • 2.

    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

  • 1.

    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 relationships. It's taken... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC