Top PC 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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  • 26.

    The Darkness II

    The Darkness II's commendable mechanics are matched by numerous wonky moments, an awkward cast of characters and some wearying repetition. It's got plenty of heart, but it needs more soul. The Darkness II begins with Jackie... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 25.

    Pineapple Smash Crew

    Pineapple Smash Crew is a blast for the afternoon you'll spend ploughing through it. It's not the longest game, but everyone knows it's what you do with it that counts. Oh, Keith died! Sad faces. Jeff, Steve, Bob and Keith... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

  • 24.

    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 and themes behind this £6/$10 expansion pack, but it's worth avoiding... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 23.

    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 automatons, which gives this digital title the kind... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 22.

    Battlefield 3: Close Quarters

    Close Quarters just doesn't have the tools to offer up anything so profound at Battlefield 3 proper. In all the hubbub about Premium subscriptions, week-long exclusivities and internet-fuelled EA bashing, it's easy to forget... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 21.

    Spec Ops: The Line

    Yager should be admired for its bravery and effort in building something different, but Spec Ops just doesn't have the fundamentals to back up its grand ideas. It's pretty fitting that Spec Ops: The Line borrows both fonts... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 20.

    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 Spider-Man is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

  • 19.

    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 Provinciano even consigned the first line of code to his computer.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, PS Vita

  • 18.

    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

  • 17.

    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

  • 16.

    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

  • 15.

    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

  • 14.

    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

  • 13.

    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

  • 12.

    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

  • 11.

    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

  • 10.

    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

  • 9.

    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

  • 8.

    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

  • 7.

    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

  • 6.

    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

  • 5.

    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

  • 4.

    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

  • 3.

    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

  • 2.

    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

  • 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