The Bottom Line: It's a bit rough around the edges, but ultimately Far Cry 3 closes 2012 on an excellent note, easily making it one of the year's best. Read review
Specs: Mature, Ubisoft Montreal, Action
The Bottom Line: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception continues where its predecessor left off, delivering a memorable adventure that pleases on all fronts. Read review
Specs: Teen, Naughty Dog, Action, Action - adventure, Action - third person shooter, 1-2 Players
Specs: Mature, Ninja Theory, Action
The Bottom Line: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the big, bold, and beautiful sequel you hoped for and is sure to bewitch you for countless hours. Read review
Specs: Mature, Bethesda Game Studios, Role-Playing
The Bottom Line: This accessible but realistic driving simulation is both sublime and subpar. Read review
Specs: Everyone, Polyphony Digital, Driving, Racing / driving - GT/street, Realistic
The Bottom Line: By sticking to the series' strengths, Modern Warfare 3 delivers some of the best competitive, cooperative, and single-player shooting in the business. Read review
Specs: Mature, Infinity Ward, Action, Action - first person tactical shooter
Specs: SCE Japan Studio, Action
The Bottom Line: The XCOM franchise marches on with a third-person squad-based tactical shooter. Here's a preview of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Read review
Specs: RP, 2K Marin, Action, Action - first person shooter
Specs: Action, Sci-Fi
The Bottom Line: This gleeful third-person shooter is outrageously fun. Read review
Specs: Mature, PlatinumGames, Action, Action - third person shooter, Science-fiction
Specs: Ubisoft Montreal, Historical
The Bottom Line: Action-packed and suspenseful, Dead Space 3 impresses, even if it's a lot of the same. Read review
Specs: Mature, Visceral Games, Action, Action - third person shooter, Science-fiction
The Bottom Line: If you haven't attempted to do so before, this is the best way to play one of the best, most brutal action games ever made. Read review
Specs: Mature, Team Ninja, Action, Action - adventure, 1 Player
The Bottom Line: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations improves on the series' fun and flashy fighting mechanics, but drops a few features along the way. Read review
Specs: Teen, Racjin, Action, Action - fighting
Specs: RP, Ubisoft Toronto, Action
The Bottom Line: Tension runs high in the excellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Read review
Specs: Mature, Firaxis Games, Strategy, Strategy / tactics / wargame - wargame, Science-fiction
Specs: RP, Square Enix, Compilation
The Bottom Line: It's far from perfect, but I'm not sure there's another game out there that can cram in the sheer amount of addictive absurdity that Saints Row IV manages to pull off. Read review
Specs: RP, Volition Inc., Action
Specs: Teen, Beenox, Action, Action - adventure, Science-fiction
The Bottom Line: Even if it were finished, this movie-inspired action game wouldn't be deserving of its prestigious license. Read review
Specs: Mature, EA Redwood Shores, Adventure, Action - adventure, Action - third person shooter, Realistic
Specs: Games - action, Action - adventure
The Bottom Line: Engrossing and frustrating, Dragon's Dogma is a flawed and unique gem. Read review
Specs: Mature, Capcom, Role-Playing
The Bottom Line: With a wealth of content to explore, tight controls, and great visuals, Top Spin 4 is a fantastic tennis simulation that caters to pros and novices alike. Read review
Specs: Everyone, 2K Czech, Sports, Sports - tennis
The Bottom Line: The Bering Sea has never seemed more boring than in this dull spin-off of the popular Discovery Channel reality show. Read review
Specs: Everyone 10 and older, Crave, Sports
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