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Welcome to VideoGameGeek, a worldwide community of folks who love video games! To help everyone out, we've worked together to produce a list of great gift ideas for you this holiday shopping season.

With so many different gaming systems, and so many games, sometimes it's hard to keep track of what are the good purchases, or even keep up with all the new releases. As a result, find below a quick start guide to find the perfect gift for someone you know. Simply find out what gaming system they own, and with a bit of knowledge of their gaming interests we've supplied a whole matrix below of games that should be right up their street!

And if you're on the lookout for some titles that you might be able to pick up cheap or secondhand by now, why not check out last year's list:

Previous editions of the Video Game Gift Guide: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,

  • The Gift Guide went on hiatus during the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Quick Buyers Guide Matrix

PC

Macintosh
Platform: Macintosh
Windows
Platform: Windows

Action / Adventure
- Exploring and action based

Fighting
- One-on-ones or beat-em-ups

Kids
- For the younger generation

Puzzle
- Puzzle solving and brain teasers


Racing
- Hi-speed turbo action

RPG
- Roleplaying and character leveling


Shooter
- First and third person shooters


Social
- For the family or parties

Sport
- For the sporting enthusiast


Strategy
- Wargames and management sims


Unusual
- Indie and other quirky titles


Console

PlayStation 3
Platform: PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Platform: Xbox 360
Wii
Platform: Wii
Wii U
Action / Adventure
- Exploring and action based




Fighting
- One-on-ones or beat-em-ups



Kids
- For the younger generation




Puzzle
- Puzzle solving and brain teasers


Racing
- Hi-speed turbo action



RPG
- Roleplaying and character leveling



Shooter
- First and third person shooters




Social
- For the family or parties




Sport
- For the sporting enthusiast




Strategy
- Wargames and management sims


Unusual
- Indie and other quirky titles



Handheld

Nintendo 3DS
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
PlayStation Vita
Action / Adventure
- Exploring and action based


Fighting
- One-on-ones or beat-em-ups

Kids
- For the younger generation


Puzzle
- Puzzle solving and brain teasers

Racing
- Hi-speed turbo action


RPG
- Roleplaying and character leveling


Shooter
- First and third person shooters
Social
- For the family or parties
Sport
- For the sporting enthusiast


Strategy
- Wargames and management sims
Unusual
- Indie and other quirky titles


Recommended Games List

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)



This year's superhero blockbuster tie-in, "The Amazing Spider-Man" brings Spidey to gamers once more in a new web-slinging action adventure, written as an epilogue to the movie. With just Spidey and Batman vying for attention from serious comicbook fans this year, the choice of videogame for such people should be an easy one to make.

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action
  • Theme: Superhero
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: T, OFLC(AU): PG, PEGI: 12+
  • Released: June '12

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Angry Birds Trilogy



"Angry Birds" has been a hit on modern phones for a couple of years now. With its simple gameplay, tailored to suit both casual and experienced players, the games have been unavailable to the bigscreen sofa-sitting market... until now. Reworked to the console market, "Angry Birds Trilogy" brings three of the core "Angry Birds" titles together, adding a whole raft of new achievements. A great compilation that'd make a fun game for all the family after a filling festive supper.

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Theme: Animals, Physics
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+
  • Released: September '12

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Assassin's Creed III


Video Game: Assassin's Creed III


"Assassin's Creed III" is the 5th installment in the "Assassin's Creed (Core Series)" series. Set during the American Revolutionary War, the player controls Connor, a Native American with English heritage, as he strives to be the voice of justice during the war. Connor, an all new character in the "Assassin's Creed" series, introduces new weapons, attack styles, and movement capabilities never before seen in the series.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action Adventure
  • Theme: Alternate Historical
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 18+
  • Released: October '12

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Assassin's Creed III: Liberation


Video Game: Assassin's Creed III: Liberation


Released alongside "Assassin's Creed III", "Liberation" sees the "Assassin's Creed" series brought to the Vita. Playing Aveline de Grandpré, a female French/African Assassin, the games takes advantage of the Vita's touchscreen, camera and gyroscope to provide a unique gameplay experience. Running the same engine as the console version, gamers on the move have a great stealth game to now play.

  • Platforms: PlayStation Vita
  • Genre: Action Adventure
  • Theme: Alternate Historical, Folklore, War - Revolutionary War
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 18+
  • Released: October '12

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Bastion


Video Game: Bastion


Video Game: Bastion


Video Game: Bastion


Vibrantly colorful, "Bastion" is an isometric action RPG in which the player controls 'The Kid', oen of the few survivors of a fantasy world that has suffered an apocalyptic 'Calamity'. Embarking on a quest to try and bring the world back from chaos, the player is taken on a journey through numerous wonderfully created environments. If you long for the days of gloriously sprite-driven animations and worlds instead of modern 3D, "Bastion" is likely to scratch an itch that few other mainstream titles will.

  • *** 2012 "Best Indie Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee Finalist ***
  • *** 2012 "Best Mobile/Handheld Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • *** 2012 "Best Visuals/Artwork" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • *** 2012 "Game of the Year" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • *** 2011 "Best Indie Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee Finalist ***
  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Theme: Post-Apocalyptic
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E10+, PEGI: 12+
  • Released: July '11
  • Review by Kodeir

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Batman: Arkham City


Video Game: Batman: Arkham City


Video Game: Batman: Arkham City


Video Game: Batman: Arkham City


Based on the Batman movie franchise reboot, "Batman: Arkham Asylum" brought the new gritty masked hero to videogamers last year with great success, winning a number of awards. "Batman: Arkham City" brings more of the same to gamers this year with Batman patrolling Gotham's Mega-City in this stealthy action adventure.

  • *** 2012 "Best Visuals/Artwork" Golden Geek Award Nominee Finalist ***
  • *** 2012 "Game of the Year" Golden Geek Award Nominee Finalist ***
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action
  • Theme: Superhero
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: T, OFLC(AU): M, USK: 16
  • Released: October '11
  • Review by Lord_Kristof

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Battlefield 3


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Video Game: Battlefield 3


"Battlefield" has been one of the best established warfame FPS franchises for the last decade. Although titled "Battlefield 3", this title is the eleventh installment in the "Battlefield" franchise. Based in modern day middle eastern conflicts, the game places the player in a number of roles, ranging from frontline troop to fighter pilot. With its realistic graphics and intense gameplay, "Battlefield 3" has won much praise from followers and reviewers alike.

  • *** 2012 "Best Visuals/Artwork" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • *** 2012 "Game of the Year" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • Theme: War - Modern
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 16+
  • Released: October '11

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Borderlands 2


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Video Game: Borderlands 2


Video Game: Borderlands 2


One of the most stylish shooters of recent years sees a sequel returning to the PC/Console market this year. "Borderlands 2" continues five years on from where the original "Borderlands" left off. With 4 all new player characters, a host of missions see the player(s) making their way through icy wastelands of Pandora, battling against Handsome Jack and the Hyperion Corporation.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action RPG, First Person Shooter
  • Theme: Science Fiction
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: 18, CERO: Z (18+), ESRB: 18, PEGI: 18+, USK: 18
  • Released: September '12

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Botanicula


Video Game: Botanicula


Video Game: Botanicula


The beautiful "Botanicula" puts the player in control of five tiny friends that set out on an adventure to try and save the last of the seeds of their tree which is infested by evil parasites. A explorative point and click adventure game, the game's slow paste and delightful stylings are complemented by a soundtrack created by the Czech alternative band, DVA. A slightly surreal, but tranquil indie game.

  • *** 2012 "Best Indie Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
  • Theme: Cute Fantay, Surreal
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: April '12

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II



The latest release in the long-running "Call of Duty" series, "Black Ops II" is a near-future first person shooter in which the player must take part in a new cold war, this time between China and the United States. The first of the series to contain branching storylines, "Black Ops II" offers greater replayability and player engagement than previous titles, as well as offer greater multiplayer options than ever before.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • Theme: War - Modern
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M
  • Released: 13th November '12

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3


Video Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3


Video Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3


Video Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3


Activision and Infinity Ward have been releasing "Call of Duty (Core Series)" games for almost 10 years now. The eighth release of the franchise, "Modern Warfare 3", gameplay takes place in an alternate modern setting where a Russian invasion of US is in progress and the player controls members of Task Force 141 through a number of first-person shooter missions. With this and "Battlefield 3" on the shelves, the modern war FPSer has no shortage of new games to keep him entertained.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • Theme: War - Modern
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 18+, USK: 18
  • Released: November '11

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Cities in Motion: Collection


Video Game: Cities in Motion


Video Game: Cities in Motion


Video Game: Cities in Motion


A huge collection of "Cities in Motion" titles and expansions, this collection pack puts the player in charge of the transportation needs of various cities from around the world. Building a public transport network including trains, trams, buses and more, the fate of many a commuter lies in the player's hands. Building and maintaining the network as the cities grow and flourish is no easy task.

  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Theme: Public Transport
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+
  • Released: November '11

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Civilization V


Video Game: Civilization V


Video Game: Civilization V


Video Game: Civilization V


The fifth title in Sid Meier's multi award-winning series, "Civ V" brings a host of new features to the lover of exploring, expanding, exploiting and extermination. Controlling the development of man the prehistoric into modern day and beyond, this complex strategy game offers a great experience solo or against friends.

  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: 4x Strategy
  • Theme: Historical
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E10+, PEGI: 12+
  • Released: September '11

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


Video Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


Video Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


Video Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


Once again, Valve Corporation puts the player in the role of either Terrorist or Counter-Terrorist in online team based first person shooting. With quickfire rounds and a number of mission types (including bomb defusal, hostage situations and game modes that reward varied combat techniques), the game also sees a number of new maps to enhance those already familiar to players of this series.

  • Platforms: Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • Theme: Military, War - Modern
  • Modes: Massively Multiplayer
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M
  • Released: August '12

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Crusader Kings II


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Video Game: Crusader Kings II


Video Game: Crusader Kings II


The original "Crusader Kings" was released back in 2004, and this new sequel sees many similarities. Again, the player must control a medieval dynasty through almost 400 years, employing all the techniques of the period - wars, strategic alliances, marriages and assassinations. Juggling expansion, religion, genetic skill inheritance of the population over time, and a mass of other details, don't be surprised if you enter a few Dark Ages of your own.

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Genre: Real Time Strategy, Strategy
  • Theme: Medieval
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: T, PEGI: 12+
  • Released: February '12

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Darksiders II


Video Game: Darksiders II


Video Game: Darksiders II


Where the original "Darksiders" game put the players in the intimidating shoes of War, this time sees the player donning the cloak of Death, the second of the Horseman of the Apocalypse to see a "Darksiders" outing. A hack-and-slash RPG adventure, Death must roam the lands in an attempt to prove his brother's innocence. The process will see a lot of dungeon being crawled and enemies being vanquished.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action Adventure
  • Theme: Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: 15, ESRB: M, PEGI: 16+, USK: 16
  • Released: August '12

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Dark Souls


Video Game: Dark Souls


Spiritual seccessor to 2009's widely acclaimed "Demon's Souls (2009)", "Dark Souls" is a dungeon-crawling RPG by From Software. Focusing more on gameplay than plot, "Dark Souls" offers an enjoyable gaming experience for those that don't want to wade through pages of dialog between bashing monsters.

  • *** 2012 "Most Innovative Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Modes: Cooperative, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 16+
  • Released: October '11
  • Review by zinho73

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Dead or Alive 5



"DoA5" sees the classic "Dead or Alive" series to modern consoles. Featuring all the regular DoA characters, fights now take place in arenas that are highly destructible in their own right. A new Power Blow system allows players to knock their opponent into these Danger Zones on the maps.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Theme: Martial Arts
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: D (17+), ESRB: M, PEGI: 16+, USK: 16
  • Released: September '12

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Diablo III


Video Game: Diablo III


Video Game: Diablo III


Video Game: Diablo III


Twelve years in the coming, and four years since its original announcement, one of the most highly rated Action-RPG series sees a new outing this year. With the 20 years having passed in world of Sanctuary since "Diablo II" is once more tasked with defeating Diablo. With gorgeous graphics and a random level generator that means you can play the game again and again, D3 is a great purchase for roleplayers.

  • *** 2012 "Best Visuals/Artwork" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • *** 2012 "Game of the Year" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Theme: Fantasy, Horror, Occult
  • Modes: Cooperative, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: 15, ESRB: M, USK: 16
  • Released: May '12
  • Review by Astartus

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Dishonored


Video Game: Dishonored


Video Game: Dishonored


Reminiscent of the "Thief" series, "Dishonored" sees the player engaged in stealth action in a medieval/steampunk setting as he tries to regain his honor after being falsely imprisoned. By gaining enhancements and charms, the player increases their ability, even gaining supernatural abilities such as teleportation and the ability to bend and slow time. With the game being able to be played either through brute force or evasive stealth, this explorative game offers a novel gaming experience.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action Adventure, Stealth
  • Theme: Fantasy, Medieval, Steampunk
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 18+, USK: 18
  • Released: October '12

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Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion



Following on from the events of "Disney Epic Mickey", Minnie Mouse is reported to have been seen in the castle of the evil witch, Mizrabel. Mickey must set off to rescue her and the illusions of other Disney characters trapped inside. Utilising the 3DS' touchscreen, Power of Illusion is a must buy for younger owners of these devices.

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre: Platform, Scrolling
  • Theme: Cartoon, Cute Fantasy
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 7+
  • Released: 18th November '12

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Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two



This time round, Mickey and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit must team up to save the magical world of Wasteland from the Mad Doctor once again. Mickey once again has control of his paint-and-thinner brush, and Oswald (a new controllable character this time round) has his electricity-controlling remote. Only together can they save the day.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action Adventure, Platform
  • Theme: Cartoon, Cute Fantasy
  • Modes: Cooperative, Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 7+
  • Released: 18th November '12

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Video Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Video Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Video Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


The High King of Skyrim has been murdered and bloody war ravages the Empire. However, being a prisoner heading off to be executed, the player has his own problems. A dramatic escape, dragon fights, and a fantastic world to be explored are but the tip of the iceberg for this epic RPG. The fifth of Bethesda Game Studios's "The Elder Scrolls (Core Series)" series, this outing sees a whole new rendering engine giving more amazing sights than ever before.

User: kevintlee


  • *** 2012 "Best Visuals/Artwork" Golden Geek Award Nominee WINNER! ***
  • *** 2012 "Game of the Year" Golden Geek Award Nominee WINNER! ***
  • *** 2012 "Most Innovative Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: RPG
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: 15, ESRB: M, OFLC(AU): MA15+
  • Released: November '11
  • Review by MasterGeek

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F1 2012



Live the life of a Formula 1 racing driver in this year's release of Codemasters's "Formula One" series. With all new circuits and teams, compete against all the real teams and drivers from Formula 1 racing. If that sounds intimidating, this new version introduces a Young Driver test mode which helps ease players into the complexity of controlling a modern-day F1 car. With unprecendented realism, this game is sure to take the pole.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Racing, Simulation
  • Theme: Driving
  • Modes: Cooperative, Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: A (All ages), ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+, USK: 0
  • Released: November '12

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Far Cry 3



The "Far Cry" series sees its latest release this year with "Far Cry 3". An open world FPS, the game returns to its original roots by seeing the player back in a tropical island setting. Taking on the role as Jason Brody, the player escapes from slave traffickers and must rescue his friends using stealth and combat techniques. Offering a separate co-op campaign with its own story and characters, there's many an hour of enjoyment to be found here.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: First Person Shooter, Sandbox
  • Theme: Spy / Espionage, War - Modern
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 18+
  • Released: 29th November '12

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Fez


Video Game: Fez


Video Game: Fez


Video Game: Fez


Finding a fez (hat) that allows you to perceive a new dimension isn't a common occurrence. But when you're a creature living in a flat, 2D world, the consequences of such a find can be shattering. "Fez" has the player control Gomez, such a little creature, who must explore the onw-rotateable world which until previously was only 2D in an attempt to find magic cubes in order to prevent his world being torn apart. A cute and stylishly fun puzzler.

  • *** 2012 "Most Innovative Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee Finalist ***
  • *** 2012 "Best Indie Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Platform
  • Theme: Puzzle
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+
  • Released: April '12

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FIFA Soccer 13


Video Game: FIFA Soccer 13


Video Game: FIFA Soccer 13


Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) have been the premiere publisher for football (soccer) playing games for almost two decades. This year's "FIFA" outing adds Kinect and PlayStation Move support as well as First Touch Control. All in all, "FIFA Soccer 13" is the best on-pitch football game yet!

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Sports
  • Theme: Soccer
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+
  • Released: September '12

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Football Manager 2013



Representing clubs from 50 nations around the world, "Football Manager 2013" continues the tradition of football team management. Focused on the off-pitch decisions of managing a football (soccer) club, finance management, hiring, handling the media, training, match preparation, and getting the best out of your players is all under the player's control.

  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: Management, Sports
  • Theme: Soccer
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: PEGI: 3+
  • Released: November '12

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Forza Horizon


Video Game: Forza Horizon


"Forza Motorsport" is often praised for its graphical engine, as well as real-world car and track simulations. "Horizon" opens the series up, offering more of an open-world environment for the "Forza" enthusiast. Set in Colarado around the fictitious Horizon Festival, the player progresses through the game earning wristbands by completing a wide range of missions, both during the day and night in the partying street racing atmosphere. With the more open changes, this year's release will undobutedly appeal to casual and series fans of high-powered cars alike.

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Genre: Racing
  • Theme: Driving
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: B (12+), ESRB: T, PEGI: 12+, USK: 6
  • Released: October '12

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Frozen Synapse


Video Game: Frozen Synapse


Video Game: Frozen Synapse


Video Game: Frozen Synapse


"Frozen Synapse" is a top-down tactical shooter set in a virtual world as players plan out the next five seconds of action, giving their units commands then watching it play out. Players will have to take into account the unit types, aiming, movement and cover if they wish to succeed in combat and achieve the variety of objectives, such as eliminating the other team, protecting a companion or gaining contol of a location. "Frozen Synapse" offers both an extensive single player mode and 1v1 multiplayer.

  • *** 2012 "Best Indie Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Theme: Abstract, Military, War - Future
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: May '11
  • Review by abodi

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FTL: Faster Than Light


Video Game: FTL: Faster Than Light


Video Game: FTL: Faster Than Light


Video Game: FTL: Faster Than Light


A combination of roguelike adventure and spaceship sim, "FTL" is an interesting game to have emerged from this year's indie scene. Exploring the galaxy, the crew and ship can both be upgraded for the inevitable times where the player will be dropped into a real-time combat against aggressive enemies. Including various races, ships, and a detailed layout map of the ship, "FTL" offers quick bite sized chunks of space exploration fun.

User: kevintlee


  • *** 2012 "Best Indie Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee WINNER! ***
  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: Roguelike
  • Theme: Space, Science Fiction
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: September '12
  • Review by vmp0514

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Guild Wars 2



The game takes place in the "Guild Wars" fantasy world of Tyria, 250 years after the players defeated the Great Destroyer in the "Guild Wars: Eye of the North" expansion. Five elder dragons sleeping beneath the continent have awoken, causing widespread destruction to Tyria and corrupting its inhabitants. "Guild Wars 2" brings the storytelling of RPGs into the MMO realm, and has a story filled with choices that allow you to play through the game many times and see different story lines and twists every time.

  • *** 2012 "Game of the Year" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • *** 2012 "Most Innovative Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: Windows
  • Genre: Action RPG, MMO, Strategy
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Modes: Cooperative, Massively Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: T, PEGI: 12+, USK: 12
  • Released: August '12

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Halo 4


Video Game: Halo 4


Having been lost in space for years, Master Chief drifts aboard the wreckage of a UNFC frigate and soon himself up against the Covenant again. "Halo" is one of the linchpin series on the Xbox 360, a staple FPS and must-have purchase for all owners of the console.

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • Theme: Science Fiction
  • Modes: Cooperative, Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Unknown
  • Released: 6th November '12

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Hitman: Absolution



The latest of the "Hitman" games sees Agent 47 is tasked to kill his handler after she suddenly turns rogue. Of course, things are never that simple and soon our favorite hitman is trying to keep a young girl out of the Agency's hands. As it's been six years since the last title in the series, "Absolution" does a great job bringing 47 back into gamers' hands.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Shooter, Stealth
  • Theme: Crime, Spy / Espionage
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESBR: M, PEGI: 18+, USK: 18
  • Released: 20th November '12

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Hotline Miami


Video Game: Hotline Miami


Video Game: Hotline Miami


Video Game: Hotline Miami


Hotline Miami is a top-down, high-speed retro shoot'em up set in 1980s Miami, wrapped in a surreal story. The game is quite violent but very stylish, and comes with a soundtrack that has been widely praised by reviewers. If you're looking for a gift for someone who likes a challenge, is a fan of B-movies and/or surreal flicks and isn't afraid of retro graphics, Hotline Miami might be it.

  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: Action
  • Theme: Crime, Surreal
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: October '12
  • Review by cafeine

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Journey (2012)



In "Journey", the player takes the role of a robed figure in a desert. The game features no map or instructions, only a large mountain in the distance that the player journeys toward. While traveling the player can encounter other players, one at a time, if they are playing online. Players cannot speak to each other, but can help each other in their journey or not as they wish. In this game, it truly is the journey that matters.

User: kevintlee


  • *** 2012 "Most Innovative Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee WINNER! ***
  • *** 2012 "Best Indie Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee Finalist ***
  • *** 2012 "Best Visuals/Artwork" Golden Geek Award Nominee Finalist ***
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 7+
  • Released: March '12

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Just Dance 4



"Just Dance" is back with a new dance battle mode. The solo and duet options are still available with an envigorating collection of songs from Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and Flo Rida. Rewards include other moves, songs and dance mashups. Exclusive on the Wii U is also a new Puppet Master mode where one player controls the choreography of the game in real time.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Rhythm
  • Theme: Dancing
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E10+, PEGI: 3+, USK: 0
  • Released: October '12

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Just Dance: Disney Party



Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. (Ubisoft) continues to bring its "Just Dance" series to the younger market with this year's "Disney Party" outing. With 25 popular songs from a wide range of Disney classic movies, the game is a sure-fire hit for kids parties, sing-alongs or anyone with a family that wants to do more than just press some buttons during their gaming time.

  • Platforms: Wii, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Rhythm
  • Theme: Music
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+
  • Released: October '12

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning


Video Game: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning


Video Game: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning


Video Game: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning


Waking up from the dead in a pile of corpses isn't usually the way you want to start your day. But in "Amalur" it's just the start of your story. A classic and well-polished action RPG, players are able to specialise their characters in a number of directions as they explore the beautiful and expansive gameworld that's made available here.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: 15, ESRB: M, USK: 18
  • Released: February '12
  • Review by msnobody

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The Last Story


Video Game: The Last Story


Controlling a group of mercenaries on the desolate Lazulis Island, the player must find work for the characters as well as trying to find out why the land is dying. Combining real-time strategy, third-person control, and a rich fantasy setting with familiar Japanese style, "The Last Story" is a rare JRPG jewel for Wii owners.

  • Platforms: Wii
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Modes: Cooperative, Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: B (12+), ESRB: T, PEGI: 16+, OFLC(AU): M
  • Released: February '12

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Legend of Grimrock


Video Game: Legend of Grimrock


Video Game: Legend of Grimrock


Video Game: Legend of Grimrock


"Legend of Grimrock" is a dungeon crawling role playing game with an oldschool heart but a modern execution. A group of prisoners are sentenced to certain death by exile... to a dungeon-riddled mountain from which the player must now escape. A welcome return to the types of dungeon crawlers we saw many years ago.

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Genre: RPG
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: April '12
  • Review by MaddockKrug

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LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes


Video Game: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes


Following in the footsteps of 2008's "LEGO Batman: The Videogame" (and the numerous LEGO action-adventure titles that have entertained young and old gameplayers alike over the last 7 years), "Batman 2" again offers both superhero and supervillain possibilities. New in the series, the game also adds more of an open world setting, introducing an innovative new element to the gameplay.

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action Adventure
  • Theme: Superhero
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: U, ESRB: E10+, PEGI: 7+
  • Released: June '12

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LittleBIGPlanet Karting



Join Sackboy and Sackgirl on the starting grid for a new kart racing adventure coming soon to PlayStation 3. Take on friends and foes in breathtakingly unpredictable battles through an ever-changing world of content. Or, as with the other "LittleBIGPlanet" titles, create new tracks and upload them for other players to enjoy. Fun for both gamers and creators alike.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3
  • Genre: Racing
  • Theme: Cute Fantasy, Driving
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Unknown
  • Released: 6th November '12

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Lollipop Chainsaw


Video Game: Lollipop Chainsaw


Oh noes! Zombies everywhere, an 18th birthday party of the verge of ruination, and on top of that you're forced to chop off your boyfriend's head in order to stop his zombification. Things just aren't going well for Julia Starling today. Fortunately, it's nothing that a handy chainsaw and pocket full of lollipops won't put right in this action packed, satirical, teenage horror spoof.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action
  • Theme: Zombies
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: D (17+), ESRB: M, OFLC(AU): MA15+, PEGI: 18+
  • Released: June '12

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London 2012



After the extravagant and uniquely British Olympics games earlier this year, gamers can now take part in a host of classic sporting events against friends and family, including archery, aquatics, gymnastics, shooting, track and field, and more. Compatible with the PlayStation Move and Kinect for a Party Mode experience, see who's the fittest member of the household after the second round of holiday snacks has gone round.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Shooter, Sports
  • Theme: Track & Field, Volleyball
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+, USK: 0
  • Released: June '12

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Madden NFL 13


Video Game: Madden NFL 13


The newest Madden version from EA Sports sees a mass of updates over last year's release: improved commentary, new uniforms, improved passing mechanics (and a control scheme that should feel more familiar to "NCAA Football" players), enhanced AI and new connected careers. In addition, for Xbox 360 players, Kinect support has also been added. In summary, we're looking at the best Madden game every released!

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Sports
  • Theme: Football
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+
  • Released: August '12

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Mario Party 9



Perfect for the festive season and family get-togethers, the Wii sees the release of a brand new "Mario Party" game this year. As usual, we have an enormous collection of bite-sized minigames in which 2-4 players can have some quick fun with Mario and friends. Naturally, there's also a large selection of unlockables, such as new levels and difficulty levels which will keep the game fresh for all players.

  • Platforms: Wii
  • Genre: Party
  • Theme: Minigame Compilation
  • Modes: Cooperative, Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: A (All ages), ESRB: E, OFLC(AU): G, PEGI: 7+
  • Released: March '12

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Mark of the Ninja



A side-scrolling stealth-based action adventure platformer, the player controls an unnamed ninja tasked to save his master. To do so he is granted the power of a magical tattoo that grants him special skills but will slowly lead to insanity. Can the player finish his mission before that happens, and what will happen even if he does?

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Genre: Platform, Stealth
  • Theme: Ninjas
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: September '12
  • Review by StatSig

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Mass Effect 3


Video Game: Mass Effect 3


Video Game: Mass Effect 3


Video Game: Mass Effect 3


One of the most hotly anticipated game releases this year, "Mass Effect 3" effectively brings the popular "Mass Effect (Core Series)" series to a close, and no fan would want to miss out on it. Again, players don the guise of Commander Shepard as a galaxy-wide threat raises its head once more. Continuing to combine epic space opera events, exploration, and NPC character development, ME3 is a must have for sci-fi/shooter enthusiasts.

  • *** 2012 "Game of the Year" Golden Geek Award Nominee Finalist ***
  • *** 2012 "Best Visuals/Artwork" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action RPG, Shooter
  • Theme: Aliens, Military, Moral Choices, Romance / Relationships, Science Fiction, Space, War - Future
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: 15, CERO: D (17+), ESRB: M, USK: 16
  • Released: March '12
  • Review by Kodeir

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Medal of Honor: Warfighter



"Warfighter" is the fourteenth "Medal of Honor" title to have been released over the years. This incarnation sees gameplay ranging around the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with six different classes available for single or multi player FPS gameplay. Offering a large range of player customisation and new multiplayer support actions, "Warfighter" is a must have modern FPS title for this season.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Shooter
  • Theme: Military, War - Modern
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: M, PEGI: 16+
  • Released: October '12

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NBA 2K13



This year's basketball release from 2K Sports, Inc. sees the addition of a new Celeb Team, which will see many iconic non-basketball celebrities potentially joining the ranks in play. Additionally, the previously used historical mode has been removed, simply allowing access to over 20 classic basketball teams withough the need to unlock them first. With the addition of virtual currency which can be used in the in-game store to buy new items for your players, or to use as skill points, "NBA 2K13" is a slam dunk success.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Sports
  • Theme: Basketball
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+
  • Released: October '12

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NHL 13


Video Game: NHL 13


This year's release for EA Sports' "NHL" series sees a number of new features: improved AI, a new skating engine, refined goalie controls, and the addition of 2 new female players for the first time in the series' history. For the ice hockey enthusiast who enjoys playing the game from the warmth of home, there simply is no alternative.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Sports
  • Theme: Hockey
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E10+
  • Released: September '12

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Orcs Must Die! 2


Video Game: Orcs Must Die! 2


Video Game: Orcs Must Die! 2


Video Game: Orcs Must Die! 2


"Orcs Must Die 2" is a 3rd person action tower defence game. Using a combination of traps, weapons and guardians you must lay waste to the Orcs and other monsters in this action strategy sequel. Now you can battle the Orcs by yourself, or with a friend in the all new co-op multiplayer mode. Play as either the powerful War Mage or the Crafty Sorceress in a campaign mode that continues the story from the original... or take on the challenge of new Endless or Classic modes. This time the Orcs really must die!

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Genre: Shooter, Strategy, Tower Defense
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Modes: Cooperative, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: PEGI: 12+
  • Released: July '12

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Paper Mario: Sticker Star



With Mario and his world appearing as paper cutouts, "Sticker Star" follows the visual style of its predecessors. This time Mario must retrieve retrieve the six Royal Stickers that have been scattered by Bowser at the annual Sticker Fest. Mario is accompanied by Kersti, a sticker fairy, who bestows upon Mario the power of stickers which are used to gain new abilities and progress through the game.

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre: RPG
  • Theme: Cute Fantasy
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Unknown
  • Released: 11th November '12

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale



With similar gameplay to the "Super Smash Bros." games, four players can battle each other using a wide array of characters from other games from Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE). With appearances by the like of Nathan Drake, Jak and Daxter, Kratos, Racthet and Clank, Sackboy and Sly Cooper (as well as many others) crazy mayhem is a guarantee.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Theme: Martial Arts
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: 20th November '12

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask



One of the most popular DS series of all time sees its first outing on the 3DS. Yes, the latest "Professor Layton" sees all the puzzling fun of the series updated with 3D models and puzzles taking advantage of features not previously available on the DS, such as using the 3DS motion sensor. With additional downloadable puzzles available from the Nintendo Network, there's a lot more fun packaged here than meets the eye.

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
  • Theme: Detective / Mystery
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: A (All ages), ESRB: E10+, PEGI: 7+, USK: 0
  • Released: February '11

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Quantum Conundrum


Video Game: Quantum Conundrum


When a 12-year-old boy is sent off to visit his peculiar and eccentric uncle, Professor Fitz Quadwrangle, he finds the Prof. unprepared and in the middle of an experiment. When he gets accidentally trapped in a pocket dimension, only our young hero can save the day. A puzzle combining object manipulation with the ability to change physical properties (weight, gravity, time), "Quantum Conundrum" offers a casual and fun exploratory story.

  • *** 2012 "Most Innovative Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action
  • Theme: Other
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: June '12

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Rayman Origins


Video Game: Rayman Origins


Video Game: Rayman Origins


Video Game: Rayman Origins


With a gorgeous visual style, Rayman returns to his origins in this new side-scrolling platform-based action adventure. Up to four players can explore the game's levels, fighting enemies and rescuing electoons, the little pink inhabitants of Rayman's world who have been captured. I wonder if anyone actually reads these descriptions we're writing here...

  • *** 2012 "Best Visuals/Artwork" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action Adventure
  • Theme: Cute Fantasy
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: A (All ages), ESRB: E10+, GRB: ALL, OFLC(AU): G, PEGI: 7+
  • Released: November '11

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Resident Evil 6



With the new C-virus being released in numerous cities around the world, Umbrella's legacy of mass zombification terror continues in the latest "Resident Evil (Core Series)" game. This time round, players can play through three separate storylines, following the actions of any one of the three main protagonists against familiar "Resident Evil" opponents, as well as the new J'Avo who can plan and attack in a more coordinated manner than ever before.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Shooter
  • Theme: Horror, Zombies
  • Modes: Cooperative, Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: 18, CERO: D (17+), ESRB: M, USK: 18
  • Released: October '12

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Retro City Rampage


Video Game: Retro City Rampage


Video Game: Retro City Rampage


A parody of retro games and pop culture (including the backstreet violence of games like "Grand Theft Auto (Core Series)"), "Retro City Rampage" is a top-down old-school shooter. Humour mixes with a deliberately retro art style as the player controls a henchman in a major crime syndicate sent out on numerous tasks of killing mayhem.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Action Adventure
  • Theme: Driving
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Unknown
  • Released: October '12

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The Secret World


Video Game: The Secret World


Video Game: The Secret World


Video Game: The Secret World


A dark fantasy MMORPG set in a twist of the modern real world, "The Secret World" introduces magic, myths, conspiracies and dark horrors into an otherwise familiar setting. Players take on the role of supernatural heroes engaging in the epic battle between good and evil in places like New York, London and Seoul, as well as places like Agartha (the mythical city of the centre of a Hollow Earth) and Hell itself.

  • *** 2012 "Most Innovative Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: Windows
  • Genre: MMO, RPG, Sandbox
  • Theme: Fantasy, Mythology
  • Modes: Massively Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: July '12
  • Review by edige23

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4



"Shin Megami Tensei: Persona" is one of the most highly rated JRPG series, combining regular roleplaying combat and time-management as the player takes on the role of teenagers making their way through school, attending classes, and trying to build relationships with classmates and people around town. Originally released for the PS2 in 2008 to great acclaim, "Persona 4" sees new life on Vita in an enhanced version that even players of the original would enjoy playing again.

  • Platforms: PlayStation Vita
  • Genre: RPG
  • Theme: Anime, Romance / Relationships, School
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: C (15+), ESRB: M, PEGI: 16+
  • Released: 20th November '12 (North American Vita)

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Skylanders: Giants



Sequel to last year's Wii success, "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure", "Giants" sees the return of the blending together of videogame and physical toys. Using the special Portal of Power, toys specially made for the game can be brought into play on the TV screen to battle it out. Compatible with all the toys from the original game, "Giants" is a great upgrade for anyone that enjoyed the original.

  • Platforms: Wii, Wii U
  • Genre: Action / Adventure
  • Theme: Cute Fantasy
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E10+, PEGI: 7+
  • Released: October '12, 18th November '12 (Wii U)

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed



Sequel to 2010's "Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing", "Racing Transformed" is a similar mascot based kart racer. Players can race against each other using almost 30 different characters from other SEGA Corporation games. With new game modes and tracks inspired by other Sega titles, great racing fun is available for family members of all ages.

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Racing
  • Theme: Cute Fantasy, Driving
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E10+, PEGI: 7+
  • Released: November '12

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SpaceChem


Video Game: SpaceChem


Video Game: SpaceChem


Video Game: SpaceChem


"SpaceChem" is a puzzle game where players set up circuits in reactors to to import, manipulate, bond and export chemical atoms and molecules to turn the raw materials into the final product. Players can make the systems as convoluted as they like, but there are online leaderboards for both the systems with the most efficent components and the fastest systems to reach the target production. Players can also create and distribute puzzles of their own.

  • *** 2012 "Most Innovative Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee Finalist ***
  • *** 2012 "Best Indie Game" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Theme: Puzzle
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: January '11
  • Review by YellowLab

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Spec Ops: The Line


Video Game: Spec Ops: The Line


Video Game: Spec Ops: The Line


Too often the modern shooter follows the common stereotype of "shooting as many people as possible, regardless of consequence". "The Line" offers the player a deeping gaming experience than this. As Captain Walker, the player leads his squad of Delta Operatives in hostile territory on a rescue mission that becomes more than it seems and questions the use of violence as a solution to all problems.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Shooter
  • Theme: Military, War - Modern
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: 18, CERO: Z (18+), ESRB: M, USK: 18
  • Released: June '12

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SSX (2012)


Video Game: SSX (2012)


The "SSX" series has been the benchmark for snowboarding for many years now, but it's been a while since we've seen a new release. Thankfully, "SSX" sees the off-peak gaming return for the modern consoles. With wide open terrains, new physics engine, and a return of all the SSX regulars, players can enjoy single-player challenges, or compete either locally or online in enormous challenges.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Sports
  • Theme: Snowboarding
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 7+
  • Released: February '12

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Street Fighter X Tekken



Street Fighter X Tekken is the first Street Fighter and Tekken crossover game. It features a large number of characters from both the Street Fighter and Tekken universes, each with their own Super Art and Cross Art (combos). The main new features of the game are the Gem and Pandora systems which can be used to enhance player abilities.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Windows
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Theme: Martial Arts
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: B (12+), ESRB: T, PEGI: 12+
  • Released: March '12

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2



With the original "Tekken Tag Tournament" having come out in 1999, TTT2 has been a line time in the coming. Again 2-on-2 fighting is the name of the game, and enhanced tag-team mechanics have been added, improving the range of combos and throws available. All the classic "Tekken" character sees a return in a roster that reaches almost 60 for massive pairing possibilities!

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Theme: Martial Arts
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: T, PEGI: 16+
  • Released: September '11, 18th November '12 (Wii U)

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13



"Tiger Woods PGA Tour" has been the premier realistic golfing videogame series for over a decade now. Players can create Online Country Clubs to meet in, earning Status Points and Coins to unlock and purchase new features, as well as offering the opportunity to create tournaments to compete for the title of Club Champion. "Tiger Woods 13" is THE game to buy the golfing fanatic this season.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Sports
  • Theme: Golf
  • Modes: Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: E, PEGI: 3+, USK: 0
  • Released: March '12

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Torchlight II


Video Game: Torchlight II


Video Game: Torchlight II


Video Game: Torchlight II


Years have passed since the world-saving events in the original "Torchlight", and now peril threatens the world once more. This time the action RPG sees the addition of co-operative multiplayer play and (particularly interesting to the community) enhanced modding tools which allow players to build and extend the game as it is originally supplied. With expanded game world and a lot of new feature additions, "Torchlight II" should offer a lot of fun to desktop roleplayers.

  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Modes: Cooperative, Local Multiplayer, Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: Not Rated
  • Released: September '12

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception


Video Game: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception


Video Game: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception


Video Game: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception


Always an adrenaline explorer of a series, "Uncharted 3" is this year's continuation of the "Uncharted" series. Nathan Drake is this time on the search for the Iram of the Pillars, a legendary lost city, and with enhancements to the combat system and an enhanced rendering engine, you can be sure the search won't be uneventful. For the explorer of the family, or anyone lamenting a lack of "Tomb Raider" titles this year, "Uncharted 3" provides a great way to go treasure-hunting from the sofa.

  • *** 2012 "Best Visuals/Artwork" Golden Geek Award Nominee ***
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3
  • Genre: Action Adventure
  • Theme: Mythology
  • Modes: Network Multiplayer, Single-Player
  • Age Rating: ESRB: T, PEGI: 16+
  • Released: November '11

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria



The latest expansion pack to "World of Warcraft", "Mists of Pandaria" opens up a whole new continent, new race and new class, as well as a host of new options for gameplay. For anyone that's found years of their lives lost in the expansive lands of "WoW", this new expansion is a guaranteed success.

  • Platforms: Macintosh, Windows
  • Genre: MMO, RPG
  • Theme: Fantasy
  • Modes: Massively Multiplayer
  • Age Rating: ESRB: T, PEGI: 12+, USK: 12
  • Released: September '12

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown


Video Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown


Video Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown


Video Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown


It's been over a decade since the classic "X-COM" series had a new game release. When first released, the original "X-COM: UFO Defense" broke new ground with its innovative combination of on-the-ground troop based combat, resource management and research in a world plagued by alien attacks and countries subject to withdrawing their financial backing if the player neglected them. This year's release sees all these concepts brought up to date and enhanced for modern gamers.

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Genre: Strategy, Tactical RPG
  • Theme: Aliens, Military, Science Fiction, Space, War - Future
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: BBFC: 12, ESRB: M, OFLC(AU): MA15+, PEGI: 18+, USK: 16
  • Released: October '12

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Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward



Sequel to 2009's popular DS title, "999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors", "Zero Escape" is another anime puzzler where the player finds themself in a mysterious situation with strangers, moral choices determining who dies and who might escape. The main character, Sigma, awakes to find himself trapped in a warehouse with seven other people, the goal for everyone to make their way out. Unfortunately, they all find themselves enrolled in a game in which both co-operation and betrayal play a crucial part. Can the player make it out alive?

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Theme: Anime, Furries / Talking Animals, Moral Choices, Morbid
  • Modes: Single-Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: C (15+), ESRB: M, PEGI: 16+
  • Released: October '12 (EU), 16th November '12 (US)

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ZombiU



For the second time in its history, London is home to a great plague - this time, it's undead! Yes, zombie shooting has made its way onto the Wii U. Taking full adventage of the Wii U controller to manage your inventory, mini-map and other handy features, it's a simple battle of survival. An interesting twist sees player continue action in another survivor if killed... with their previous character arising as a new member of the undead!

  • Platforms: Wii U
  • Genre: First Person Shooter
  • Theme: Horror, Zombies
  • Modes: Local-Multiplayer, Single Player
  • Age Rating: CERO: D (17+), ESRB: M, PEGI: 18+, USK: 18
  • Released: November '12
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