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We Got This Covered’s Top 10 Video Games Of 2012

The task of selecting the best video games released during any given year is always a difficult one, and 2012 was no exception to that rule. This was a year that saw new IPs turn into prospective franchises, old genres infused with new life, multiple series continued with unbelievable sequels, and select games that managed to tug at our heartstrings.

WGTC 2012 Game of the Year – Assassin’s Creed III

John Fleury – Assassin’s Creed III does a great job of showcasing the reasons why people have grown to love this series, as well as adding some new ones. The story and cast are engaging, the stealth gameplay is refined and tense, and there is a staggering amount of quality content to play in the form of side missions and goals. Going hunting through the wilderness is a lot of fun, as is seeing iconic American events like the Boston Massacre given an Assassin’s Creed-style twist.

Special mention should be given to the new naval combat sections, which may be the most ingenious and thrilling original gameplay element I’ve seen all year. Even the innovative multiplayer established in previous entries has been given some enjoyable new modes.

Assassin’s Creed III was one of the biggest gaming events of the year, not to mention our pick for the best game of 2012, and for good reason. It’s an epic and ambitious experience that should not be missed.

The first step in choosing our list of the Top 10 Video Games of 2012 was for each of our gaming writers to select their own personal top 10 lists. Not all of the games we individually selected ending up making the final cut, so we thought the best way to honor our favorite games of the year would be to release those initial picks.

Below you will find each of our personal top 10 lists. Each game mentioned here holds a special place in (at least one of) our hearts and fully deserves the honor of being mentioned alongside the games listed above.

Chad Goodmurphy

  1. Dishonored
  2. Assassin’s Creed III
  3. Borderlands 2
  4. NHL 13
  5. The Walking Dead
  6. Sleeping Dogs
  7. Far Cry 3
  8. New Super Mario Bros. U
  9. Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!
  10. Forza Horizon

Justin Alderman

  1. Journey
  2. Assassin’s Creed III
  3. Birds of Steel
  4. The Walking Dead
  5. Lollipop Chainsaw
  6. Tokyo Jungle
  7. Quantum Conundrum
  8. Awesomenauts
  9. The Unfinished Swan
  10. Papo & Yo

Chaz Neeler

  1. Spelunky!
  2. Borderlands 2
  3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  4. Far Cry 3
  5. Dishonored
  6. Quantum Conundrum
  7. The Walking Dead
  8. Planetside 2
  9. Fez
  10. Journey

John Fleury

  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Sleeping Dogs
  3. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita
  4. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
  5. Assassin’s Creed III
  6. Dance Central 3
  7. Trials Evolution
  8. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
  9. Rock Band Blitz
  10. Journey

Christian Law

  1. Mass Effect 3
  2. Max Payne 3
  3. Spec Ops: The Line
  4. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  5. Quantum Conundrum
  6. Assassin’s Creed III
  7. Far Cry 3
  8. Journey
  9. Dishonored
  10. Sleeping Dogs

That’s it for our picks! While we start gearing up for everything the video game industry is going to throw at us in 2013, make sure to let us know how our top picks match up against yours.

About the author

Justin Alderman

Justin has been a gamer since the Intellivision days back in the early 80′s. He started writing about and covering the video game industry in 2008. In his spare time he is also a bit of a gun-nut and Star Wars nerd.