Top twenty, here we come! A minimalist marvel, multiplayer magnificence, Adam Jensen, and Rockstar's magnum opus await.
What we said: Borderlands 2's ultimate triumph lies with its personality. Its demented, crass, brash and brilliant personality. Like the best loot-driven games, you'll come for the loot and levels, but you'll stay because you're having so much damn fun. And because you'll want to kick Handsome Jack square in the Butt Stallion. We wanted more. We wanted bigger. We wanted better, brasher, bolder andbadasser. Borderlands 2 takes care of business. -9/10
What we said: Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a triumph of open-ended gameplay, impeccable level design and the realisation of a believable, authentic universe. Its scant flaws are thrown into sharp relief by the exceptional quality of the overall experience, and Human Revolution is as good as we could possibly want from a prequel to an epic series. We have no doubt that its successor has the potential to be the best game of all time.
Oh, wait. It already is. - 9/10
What we said: A masterclass in minimalism, Playdead have crafted a game that's stands out as one of the finest games on the Xbox 360. Gorgeous to look at and challenging without ever over-staying it's welcome, Limbo arrives as a creative masterpiece at a time when safe, sequel-centric, production line development is at a high. Thrilling, smart, affecting and, most importantly, fun, quite frankly if there's one game you play this summer, it should be this one. - 10/10
17. Dead Space
What we said: Dead Space is good, scary fun, choc-full of jumpy moments, grotesque monster designs and more gore than an 80s Sam Raimi movie. It's classic survival-horror, and deeply atmospheric. Try and imagine what would happen if Event Horizon and Doom got stuck in a blender with Resident Evil and System Shock 2. Stop imagining that, it's disgusting. Definitely one to play with the lights off, just remember that spare set of underwear!
What we said: Rockstar have created their most technically astounding game world to date. Los Santos is enormously diverse, extraordinarily well-researched, and almost impossibly detailed. But GTA V proves too in love with its own narrative to ever really encourage players to create their own. As flawed as it is as an open-ended game, Los Santos and Blaine County will delight and dazzle long after the script has been left behind, even if its ambitions promise extravagances that are never quite delivered here. - 7/10
What we said: Well paced, superbly written, and boasting some of the best visual and audio work of this generation, Naughty Dog have once again produced a fine game. This is linear blockbuster gaming at its best, and it dazzles the senses. even if the form disappoints the mind a little given the genre. - 8/10
What we said: Far Cry 3 is the king of the jungle, and one of the very best shooters of 2012. Of this generation, in fact. The Rook Islands are an enormous canvas for player-driven adventure, brutal stealth, satisfying gunplay and a gripping storyline. Fantastic core mechanics will turn you into a jungle legend: a predator, murderer and saviour without equal.
Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity? Not asking Santa Claus for Far Cry 3.
What we said: When you combine all the aspects present in Red Dead Redemption, what you're left with is a game that'll keep you going back for more, ticks all the boxes, and is arguably the best game that Rockstar have ever produced. The downsides to the game are so unbelievably small that you'll hardly give them a second thought, and if this doesn't win a Game of The Year award we want to see the game that beats it, because this is as close to perfect as they come. - 9/10
What we said: XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a sensational game and a truly exquisite reboot. Fans will fall in love with the series all over again, while the classic turn-based formula has been blown wide open for new players to consume and enjoy. You'll have the freedom to make many terrible choices over the course of countless non-linear campaigns, but make the right decision from the start by buying this outstanding return to form.t decision from the start by buying this outstanding return to form. - 9/10
What we said: It’s not just the visuals, the peerless acting/script and gaming’s most likable hero that have made Uncharted 2 one of the finest adventures you’ll ever have. It’s just so goddamn exciting to play, refusing to side-line you while the cut-scenes step in and do the hard work; it’s you all the way. You’ll dread it having to end. - 10/10