PlayStation The Top Video Games of 2012

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Top Video Games of 2012. Every year so many video games are released that it is hard to decide which is the best. 2012 was no exception. 2012 brought us the stirring conclusion to such blockbuster videogame series like Mass Effect 3, Assassin's Creed 3 and Max Payne 3, while also introducing us to new game series like Dishonored, The Walking Dead and a new Halo brand with Halo 4.

The best videogames of 2012 range from platformers, first person shooters and fighting games to games that defy description like Fez and Journey. DLC and XBLA/PSN games also came to the forefront with their additional content and indie game darlings.

So, which video game was the best in 2012? That is for you to decide. Vote up your favorite! If you can't find what you consider to be the top videogame of 2012 here, add it.
Mass Effect 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Video Games of 2012
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Mass Effect 3


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Release: 2012

Developer: Straight Right, BioWare

Genres (Video game): Third-person Shooter, Action role-playing game

Series: Mass Effect

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Platform: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3

Game Engine: Unreal Engine 3

Sequels: Mass Effect 2

Also Ranked

#19 on The Best XBox 360 Games of All Time, Ranked

#23 on The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

#29 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#63 on The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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The Walking Dead Video Game


The Walking Dead Video Game is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Video Games of 2012
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Borderlands 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Video Games of 2012
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Borderlands 2


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Release: 2012

Developer: Gearbox Software, Iron Galaxy Studios

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing game, First-person Shooter

Publisher: 2K Games, Sony Computer Entertainment

Platform: Microsoft Windows

Sequels: Borderlands

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#41 on The Best XBox 360 Games of All Time, Ranked

#99 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#5 on The Best Online Multiplayer Shooters

#8 on The Best Playstation 4 Shooter Games You Should Be Playing

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Assassin's Creed III is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Video Games of 2012
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Assassin's Creed III


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Release: 2012

Developer: Ubisoft Ukraine, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Romania, Ubisoft Quebec Ubisoft Montreal, + more

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Stealth game

Series: Assassin's Creed

Publisher: Ubisoft

Sequels: Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Also Ranked

#37 on The Best XBox 360 Games of All Time, Ranked

#22 on Video Games That Should Be Movies

#65 on The Best Online Multiplayer Shooters

#28 on The Best Wii U Games Of All Time

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Far Cry 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Video Games of 2012
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Far Cry 3


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Release: 2012

Developer: Ubisoft Red Storm, Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Massive, Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft Shanghai

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game, First-person Shooter

Designers: Jamie Keen

Publisher: Ubisoft

Game Engine: Dunia Engine

Sequels: Far Cry 2

Also Ranked

#26 on The Best XBox 360 Games of All Time, Ranked

#37 on Video Games That Should Be Movies

#22 on The Best Online Multiplayer Shooters

#34 on The Best Xbox One RPGs Released So Far

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Dishonored is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Video Games of 2012
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Release: 2012

Developer: Arkane Studios

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Stealth game

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

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Halo 4 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Video Games of 2012
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Halo 4


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Release: 2012

Developer: 343 Industries, Certain Affinity

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, First-person Shooter

Series: Halo

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Platform: Xbox 360

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#33 on The Best XBox 360 Games of All Time, Ranked

#53 on The Best Online Multiplayer Shooters

#84 on Video Games That Should Be Movies

#40 on The Best Xbox One Shooter Games You Should Be Playing

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Max Payne 3


Max Payne 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Video Games of 2012
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Release: 2012

Developer: Rockstar Toronto, Rockstar Vancouver, Rockstar Games, Rockstar Leeds

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Third-person Shooter, Action game

Series: Max Payne

Publisher: Rockstar Games

Platform: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3

Game Engine: Euphoria

Sequels: Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

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