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The Top Video Games of 2012

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List Criteria: Only Videogames Released in 2012

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.


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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
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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
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    The Walking Dead Video Game

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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
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    Max Payne 3
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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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    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

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    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
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    • Release: 2011
    • Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE
    • Genres (Video game): Action game, First-person Shooter
    • Series: Battlefield
    • Publisher: Electronic Arts, Sega
    • Platform: PlayStation 3
    • Game Engine: Frostbite 2
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    • Release: 2011
    • Developer: Eidos Montreal
    • Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action role-playing game, Action game, Stealth game, Role-playing video game, + more
    • Series: Deus Ex
    • Publisher: Square Enix, Feral Interactive
    • Platform: Personal computer, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
    • Subjects: Transhumanism
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    X-COM: Enemy Unknown

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    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: Thatgamecompany
    • Genres (Video game): Adventure, Art game
    • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
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    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Genres (Video game): Action role-playing game, Action game, Dungeon crawl, Hack and slash, Role-playing video game
    • Series: Diablo
    • Designers: Leonard Boyarsky
    • Publisher: Square Enix, Blizzard Entertainment
    • Platform: OS X, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh
    • Sequels: Diablo II
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    Darksiders II
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    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: Vigil Games
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Hack and slash
    • Publisher: THQ
    • Sequels: Darksiders
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    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: Nixxes Software BV, IO Interactive
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Stealth game
    • Series: Hitman
    • Publisher: Square Enix
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    Guild Wars 2
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    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: ArenaNet
    • Genres (Video game): Action game, Adventure, Role-playing video game, Massively multiplayer online game, Massively multiplayer online role-playing game
    • Series: Guild Wars
    • Designers: Colin Johanson, Eric Flannum
    • Publisher: NCSOFT
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows
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    • Developer: Terminal Reality
    • Publisher: Activision
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    Minecraft
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    • Release: 2009
    • Developer: 4J Studios, Mojang
    • Genres (Video game): Open world, Action game, Sandbox, Role-playing video game, Survival
    • Designers: Jens Bergensten, Markus Persson
    • Publisher: Microsoft Studios, Mojang
    • Platform: GNU/Linux, Xbox 360, Web browser, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh
    • Subjects: Mining
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    Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
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    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: Traveller's Tales
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game
    • Publisher: Feral Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
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