The Bottom Line: The Last of Us is brutally realistic, often shocking, but undeniably fun to play. It's easily one of the year's best games and the strongest console exclusive in a long time. Read review
Specs: Mature, Naughty Dog, Action
The Bottom Line: Grand Theft Auto V is an absolute triumph that fires on all cylinders. It's a relevant, witty, and satirical experience that's as smart as it is completely addicting. Read review
Specs: Mature, Rockstar North, Action
The Bottom Line: Battlefield 4's campaign is an emotional ride packed with an impressive amount of graphical prowess. If you have the right hardware, Battlefield 4 will dazzle you with jaw-dropping detail and production value. Read review
Specs: EA DICE, Action
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
Specs: Everyone 10 and older, Level 5, Role-Playing, 1 Player
The Bottom Line: Beyond: Two Souls undoubtedly deserves credit for its great story and unique take on interactive software, even if it conflicts with what many believe constitutes a video game. Read review
Specs: RP, Quantic Dream, Adventure, 1 Player
Specs: Mature, Ninja Theory, 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
The Bottom Line: Dishonored reminds us a lot of the last BioShock game, with a bigger focus on stealth. Read review
Specs: Mature, Arkane Studios, Action, Role playing game (RPG) - action RPG, Role playing game (RPG) - first person
The Bottom Line: Apache: Air Assault faithfully captures all the nuance of piloting an attack helicopter while including plenty of extras to keep fanatics coming back for more. Read review
Specs: Teen, Gaijin Entertainment, Simulation, Simulation - helicopter flight, Realistic
Specs: Teen, NetherRealm Studios, Action
The Bottom Line: Black Flag is arguably the most accessible and open-world Assassin's Creed game to date even if it comes with some repetitive gameplay and frustrating difficulty. Read review
Specs: RP, Ubisoft, Action
Specs: Mature, Gearbox Software, Action
The Bottom Line: Madden NFL 13 trots out the same basic experience one more time, creating an enjoyable game without any major improvements. Read review
Specs: Everyone, EA Tiburon, Sports, Sports - football simulation, Realistic
Specs: Mature, Io Interactive, Action
The Bottom Line: Remember Me is a beautifully realized depiction of a futuristic Neo-Paris set in the year 2084 where memories are a commodity. Read review
Specs: Mature, DONTNOD Entertainment, Action
The Bottom Line: Forget plastic axes; this guitar game is the real deal. Read review
Specs: Teen, Ubisoft, Music
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 World War II flight sim offers thrilling dogfighting in both simulation and arcade-style gameplay, but it's hampered by frame rate issues and glitches. Read review
Specs: Teen, Gaijin Entertainment, Simulation, Simulation - WWII flight
The Bottom Line: The next generation of gaming won't only be defined by flashy graphics. They'll need to offer something that current games can't. Read review
Specs: Teen, Gaijin Entertainment, Simulation, Simulation - flight
The Bottom Line: Batman: Arkham Origins is still the great superhero game you've played before, but it doesn't do much to move the franchise forward. Read review
Specs: RP, WB Games Montreal, Action
Specs: Everyone 10 and older, Ubisoft Montpellier, Action
Specs: Games - action, Action - adventure, Fantasy
The Bottom Line: Metal Gear Solid 4 is an awe-inspiring synthesis of dramatic storytelling and entertaining gameplay. Read review
Specs: Mature, Kojima Productions, Action, Action - third person tactical shooter, Realistic, 1 Player
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