1. Computing

Top PC Games of 2012

By

2012 was another good year in terms of quality releases for the PC, so much so that any of the games listed could arguably be the top game of the year. Once again the list is filled with shooters, but does also include games from the strategy, RPG and action/adventure genre.

1. Dishonored

Dishonored Box
© Bethesda Softworks
Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
The top PC game for 2012 goes to the first person stealth action game Dishonored. From the original storyline, to the beautiful graphics Dishonored hits high marks in all areas. Add to that some excellent game mechanics, AI and a unique and intriguing setting and you have a game that's hard to walk away from. Dishonored is one of the best games from the past few years.
Review (Xbox 360)
Compare Prices

2. Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 Box
© 2K Games
Release Date: Sep 18, 2012
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
Game Series: Borderlands
Gearbox Software follows up Borderlands with another stellar piece of work in Borderlands 2. It continues the story that began in the original Borderlands as players once again fight for survival on the distant planet of Pandora. The game could have easily occupy the top spot in my list and has earned many top spots in other game of the year lists. The addictive game play, graphics and storyline make this one a must have game.
Compare Prices

3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM Enemy Unknown Box
© 2K Games
Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
Genre: Turn Based Strategy
Theme: Sci-Fi
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
Game Series: XCOM
Coming in at number 3 in my Top PC Games of 2012, XCOM: Enemy Unknown remakes the 1994 classic release of XCOM: UFO Defense (a.k.a. UFO: Enemy Unknown and XCOM: Enemy Unknown) and in doing so it remains faithful to the classic as well as adding some of its own unique game play elements. Missions and story flow nicely and there is plenty of replayability based on the missions completed and research path chosen.
Demo
Compare Prices

4. Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3
© Ubisoft
Release Date: Dec 4, 2012
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
Game Series: Far Cry
Far Cry 3 returns players to a tropical setting that has them taking on the role of an average tourist who is forced to fight and rescue his kidnapped friends. After a disappointing release in Far Cry 2, I was pleasantly surprised with Far Cry 3. The campaign missions flow nicely and it's sandbox style/open game world adds a nice element. Character customization and unlocks also add to the enjoying game play.
More Info
Compare Prices

5. Assassin's Creed III

Assassin's Creed III Box
© Ubisoft
Release Date: Nov 20, 2012
Genre: Action, Third Person Shooter
Theme: Historical
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
Game Series: Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed III changes the European setting of the previous titles to North America and in doing so has scored a hit that's given the series some fresh legs on the PC. The story set in an open game world that adds nice new naval combat game play element. The single player portion is a little short but it makes up for that with an excellent multiplayer game mode.
Compare Prices

6. Call of Duty Black Ops 2

Call of Duty Black Ops II Box Art
§ Activision
Release Date: Nov 13, 2012
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Modern Military
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
Game Series: Call of Duty
Call of Duty games have become a standard in many top game lists of the years and this year is no different. Black Ops 2 takes the series into the future with the game switching between the Cold War of the 1970s to the new Cold War set in 2025. Like all Call of Duty titles the game includes a top rated multiplayer portion as well as the ever popular Zombies mode, which includes a single and multiplayer portion of its own.
More Info
Compare Prices

7. Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition
© Atari
Release Date: Nov 30, 2012
Genre: Role Playing Game
Theme: Fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
Game Series: Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition is a remake of the classic role playing game Baldur's Gate from 1998. It includes the story from the original game and the Tales from the Sword Coast expansion as well as new playable characters and environments all developed with updated graphics and game engine.
More Info

8. Hitman Absolution

Hitman Absolution Box Art
©
Release Date: Nov 20, 2012
Genre: Action, Stealth First Person Shooter
Theme: Mob/Crime
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
Game Series: Hitman
Hitman Absolution is the fifth title in the Hitman series with characters once again taking on teh role of Agent 47. Absolution features game play changes and nice blend of stealth and action sequences that help make it one of the best games for the PC this year.
Compare Prices

9. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series

The Walking Dead Telltale Game Series
© Telltale Games
Release Date: Dec 11, 2012
Genre: Adventure
Theme: Sci-Fi, Zombies
Rating: M for Mature
Game Modes: Single player, muliplayer
Game Series: The Walking Dead
Released over the span of 5 months in 2012, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series puts the players in the role of a convicted murderer, Lee Everett, who together with a little girl he has rescued, try to survive in a world of zombies. This point and click adventure, much like the comic and TV show has an extremely strong story with choices made by players having an impact on the overall story, character reaction and much more.

10. Natural Selection 2

Natural Selection 2
© Unknown Worlds Entertainment
Release Date: Oct 31, 2012
Genre: Action, First Person Shooter
Theme: Sci-Fi
Game Modes: Muliplayer
Natural Selection 2 is a multiplayer first person shooter that pits two opposing teams against each other as they try to destroy the other's base. The two factions include Marines and aliens know as Kharaa. The main element that helps Natural Selection 2 stand out as a top game in 2012 is the excellent blend of first person shooter action with real time strategy component. One player on each team acts as a commander as they build structures and items that are distributed to players to help in their fight against the opposing faction.
  1. About.com
  2. Computing
  3. Computer Action Games
  4. Top Picks
  5. Top PC Games of 2012

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.