2012 was a banner year for videogames. It seemed like every month featured at least one huge release, and as the end of the year neared, there was one great game releasing almost every week. We here at VGRevolution.com put our heads together and, after much deliberation, ridicule, and a few office slapfights, came up with our list of the top 10 games of the year, as well as our choice for game of the year.
First, some honorable mentions. (Note: although Persona 4 Golden is a great game, it’s also a rerelease of a game that came out in 2008. We decided not to include rereleases in our considerations.)
Square Enix’s surprising open-world foray into Hong Kong came out of nowhere to knock us out with its style and narrative. The game’s latter half had some issues which ultimately held it back from cracking our top 10, but it’s a worthy game and would be a great addition to any gamer’s collection.
EA Sports’ latest entry into the venerable football series wowed us with its presentation and physics. We had some problems with the brand-new Connected Careers Mode, but that shouldn’t dissuade gamers from checking it out.
One of the best games of the year just barely missed the cut. The physics make the game fun and addicting, even if it can occasionally be maddening.
Halo 4 provided a refinement of all things Halo and gave gamers some excitement for the future. A truly next-gen looking title, Halo 4′s strong art is matched only by its narrative, a tale befitting one of gaming’s premier franchises.
Criterion’s return to racing was as pulse-pounding as anything released this year. Conversely, Microsoft’s Forza spinoff provided gamers with a racing experience unlike any previously offered in the Forza series. 2012 was a return to form for the racing genre.
Our final honorable mention didn’t move the franchise forward much, but it didn’t really have to. It set out to give players more of what they loved, and it that regard, Borderlands 2 succeeds admirably.