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Top 10 Games of 2012

…that I’ve played.  There’s only one of me, and there’s only so many hours in the day, so a lot of games that released this year I just haven’t been able to get around to.  On that note, some mentioned here were released in 2011 because I didn’t get around to them until 2012.  Ah, the circle of life.  So without further adieu:

10) Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 is dark, gritty and sometimes oppressive. It puts you in the role of a man who has seemingly lost everything and yet he still manages to keep losing more. Despite all of that, or actually because of it, this is an incredible game not to be missed. This is not the same Max you’re used to, true – but change is good.

9) Lollipop Chainsaw
Lollipop Chainsaw
Man, is this game fun. Psychotic, unhinged and very silly fun.

8) Diablo III
Diablo III
Despite reports to the contrary, Diablo III is the king of the hill when it comes to co-op fantasy hack’n’slash games. This game delivered big time, and for a month or two when it came out pretty much every gamer I knew was playing it. And enjoying it.

7) Tales of Graces f
Tales of Graces f
JRPGs are not nearly as common these days as they were last gen, and the ones we do get are usually sub-par. So when something like Tales of Graces f comes along it’s really a breath of fresh air.

6) Sleeping Dogs
Sleeping Dogs
A fantastic open world crime game that was played by far too few people. Putting you in the role of an undercover cop instead of a criminal, the twist works out great and that combined with the Hong Kong setting serve to reinvigorate the genre.

5) Asura’s Wrath
Asura's Wrath
Part anime, part game, all awesome. A game that can’t accurately be described, it must be experienced.

4) Ghost Trick
Ghost Trick
This underdog came out of nowhere for me early in the year. Originally a DS game, it was given the HD treatment on iOS in early 2012. A strange puzzle game where you possess inanimate objects in order to prevents things from happening – usually murders – in an attemtp to discover who killed you at the start of the game. Like Portal before it, this is a puzzle game that is not content to slide by on just its very unique and fun gameplay. No, it also adds in a great story and some very memorable characters to make this game more than the sum of its parts.

3) Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third is what happens when a developer throws caution to the wind and sets out to make the most over-the-top fun game they possibly can, set in a world where no idea is too outrageous. You never know what will happen next in this one, which is part of the appeal. The rest of the appeal is the incredibly tight gameplay, graphics and soundtrack.

2) Rayman: Origins
Rayman: Origins
Do you remember the days when nearly every game was a 2D platformer? And then suddenly it seemed like you woke up one day and they were just gone? If so, and you miss those great platformers of days gone by, then Rayman: Origins is for you. Stunning hand-drawn graphics, a fantastic score, very tight controls and ingenious levels. It’s everything a platformer should be, and more. And it’s a joy to play from beginning to end.

1) Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 is a textbook example of how to make a sequel: take everything that was great about the original, and make it even better. Clean up the interface, crank up the areas where the original was lacking (in this case, story) and then polish it all as much as possible. It doesn’t help to throw in Tiny Tina as well. Definitely my favorite game of the year.

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