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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

#23 on The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

#30 on The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

#14 on The Most Compelling Video Game Storylines Ever

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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
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

Also Ranked

#85 on The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

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

#6 on The Best Online Multiplayer Shooters

#11 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

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

#38 on Video Games That Should Be Movies

#64 on The Best Online Multiplayer Shooters

#29 on The Best Wii U Games Of All Time

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