The Best Games of 2012

Published On December 5, 2012 | Gaming

If the year 2012 is the end of the world, it has been a good year for gamers to go out on. Sequels to popular games were released with much fanfare and much well-deserved praise. A few new franchises arrived on the scene, and a wealth of indie games hit the market. So what are some of the best of 2012?

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Millions of gamers love the Elder Scrolls games, and Skyrim is no different. Skyrim is all about the world and the lore, with an expansive world full of hundreds of locations to explore.

2. Mass Effect 3

The long-awaited finale to the Mass Effect trilogy lived up to every ounce of the hype — except for the ending. Fan outcry was so intense that Bioware released a patch to re-do the ending, leaving many gamers satisfied. Many more, however, felt the series soured by the mishap.

3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Black Ops 2 is the latest in the Call of Duty dynasty, and millions of gamers picked it up in the first night alone. It is positioned to be one of the best-selling games of all time, and with good reason. While the campaign is short, it is spectacular. The multiplayer is the real draw, and millions will be playing it a year from now when the next Call of Duty comes out.

4. Halo 4

Bungie might have claimed the Halo series was only a trilogy, and that may be true for them. Bungie themselves are moving on to a new project, but the spinoff development team 343 Industries has taken Halo onwards into the future.

5. Dishonored

It’s rare these days for a new franchise to appear. Every other game on this list was a sequel, either directly or in an ongoing franchise. Dishonored brings a whole new player to the table. The setting, a steampunk dystopia, is the perfect atmosphere for well-engineered stealth mechanics that are a welcome change from the standard run and gun affairs.

Honorable Mention: Spec Ops: The Line

The Spec Ops series was largely a failed set of mediocre third-person shooters. The Line, however, brings the series into the new generation with a bang. The gameplay is standard for a third-person shooter, but the story is unparalleled in the genre today.

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