Top 10 games of 2012

By MATT BENEVENTO
On December 6, 2012

 

Gamers fearing the end of the world this year may want to cash in on some games to fight the Armageddon blues. Attempting to rank the games from one to ten would be a bit pointless considering most of them are different genres and vary in platform, so here they are in no particular order.

 

Game: Borderlands 2

Developer: Gearbox Software

Price: $59.99

Platform: PC/Xbox/PS3

Release Date: Sept. 18

 

            Depraved humor combined with an endless arsenal of guns and skills. Whether playing solo or with friends, this is one of the best first-person shooters of 2012.

 

Game: Mass Effect 3

Developer: BioWare

Price: $29.99

Platform: PC/Xbox/PS3

Release Date: March 6

 

            Whether you like the ending or not, Mass Effect 3 is one of the best all-around games of this year. Polished third-person combat with an epic soundtrack and a scintillating story make this game impossible to pass up.

 

Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Developer: Firaxis Games

Price: $59.99/$49.99 (Stream)

Platform: PC/Xbox/PS3

Release Date: Oct. 9

           

            Take command of Earth's last hope in an apocalyptic alien invasion. XCOM features consummate turn-style combat that strategy pros and par- time gamers will relish.

 

Game: Halo 4

Developer: 343 Industries

Price: $59.99

Platform: Xbox

Release Date: Nov. 6

           

            Master Chief returns and re-ignites the action against a powerful new enemy. Stunning graphics and an impressive soundtrack complement Halo 4's epic story and intense competitive multiplayer.

 

Game: Diablo III

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Price: $59.99

Platform: PC

Release Date: May 15

 

            Despite its controversial auction house, it's hard notto take anything else away from the third installment of the Diablo series. Blizzard's long-awaited RPG delivers a legendary storyline and brutal nonstop combat that uses powerful spells and skills which, in most games, would be reserved as ultimate abilities.

 

Game: FIFA 13

Developer: EA Canada

Price: $39.99-$59.99

Platform: PC/Xbox/PS3/PSP/3DS/Vita/Wii/WiiU

Release Date: Sept. 25

 

            The beautiful sport comes alive. Take control of world class superstars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo or manage your team from the bowels of lower division football into Champions League glory. 

 

Game: Dishonored

Developer: Arkane Studios

Price: $59.99

Platform: PC/Xbox/PS3

Release Date: Oct. 9

 

            Harness unholy magic abilities with an array of lethal weapons and gadgets in a brutal quest for revenge. Dishonored blends stealth and action in the first-person perspective while giving players the freedom to choose how to complete their objectives.

 

Game: Guild Wars 2

Developer: ArenaNet

Price: $59.99

Platform: PC

Release Date: Aug. 28

 

            Set 250 years after the events in the Eye of the North expansion, Guild Wars 2 drops players back into the enchanting world of Tyria. Featuring a reactive storyline and dynamic events, this game is a must play for the MMORPG faithful.

 

Game: Far Cry 3

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Price: $59.99/$49.99 (Stream)

Platform: PC/Xbox/PS3

Release Date: Nov. 29

 

            Test the limits of sanity in Ubisoft Montreal's deranged open-world first-person shooter.  Far Cry 3 combines jungle survival with classic RPG elements on a deceptively beautiful tropical island. 

 

Game: Max Payne 3

Developer: Rockstar Vancouver

Price: $59.99

Platform: PC/Xbox/PS3

Release Date: May 15

 

            Rockstar exports the dark noir elements of the Max Payne series to São Paulo, Brazil. Third-person gunplay and the legendary bullet-time mechanic return in Max's newest depraved epic.

 

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