Game Releases by Score

Dishonored 1.

Dishonored

Platform: PC
October 8, 2012
Approach each assassination with your own unique style. Use shadow and sound to your advantage to traverse silently through levels unseen by enemies, or attack foes head-on as they react to your aggression. The malleable combat system allows you to creatively synthesize your abilities, supernatural powers and gadgets as you negotiate your way through the levels and dispatch your targets. Improvise and adapt to define your modus operandi.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.4
Mark of the Ninja 2.

Mark of the Ninja

Platform: PC
October 16, 2012
"Mark of the Ninja" is a side-scrolling stealth action game from Klei Entertainment that combines fluid 2D animation with intense stealth gameplay. Observe your enemies from afar, manipulate them with your tools, and execute your plan with precision. But be careful - you're as fragile as you are powerful.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.0
Guild Wars 2 3.

Guild Wars 2

Platform: PC
August 28, 2012
Guild Wars 2 draws from the game mechanics that made the original Guild Wars one of the most popular online games and adds a fully persistent world. Like its predecessors, Guild Wars 2 does not have a subscription fee. Guild Wars Eye of the North provide a Hall of Monuments where players' accomplishments are memorialized and eventually inherited by their Guild Wars 2 characters, unlocking exclusive items and bonuses in Guild Wars 2. [NCsoft]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.1
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series 4.

The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series

Platform: PC
April 24, 2012
Based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series, The Walking Dead brings to life a world devastated by an undead apocalypse and the horrifying choices you're forced to make to survive. Play the role of Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer you redemption in a world gone to hell.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left 5.

The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left

Platform: PC
November 21, 2012
Assume the role of Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world infested with the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
Borderlands 2 6.

Borderlands 2

Platform: PC
September 17, 2012
Borderlands 2 advances the distinct blending of FPS and role-playing genres to create an evolution of the Role Playing Shooter. Team up with up to 3 other players for 4-player online goodness or go old-school with 2-player split-screen couch sharing mayhem as you spend hours leveling up your character and equipping them with one of the millions of badass weapons. Borderlands 2 features a new array of procedurally generated guns, shields, grenades, artifacts, enemies and more. Choose one of the 4 new character classes to be taken through a carefully crafted and connected story to all new and surprising environments across the living planet of Pandora. Make new friends, arm them to the teeth and fight alongside them on your relentless quest for revenge and redemption.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.2
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 7.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Platform: PC
October 8, 2012
Enemy Unknown couples tactical turn-based gameplay with action sequences and on-ground combat. Recruit, specialize and train unique soldiers and manage your personnel. Detect and interrupt the alien threat as you construct and expand your XCOM headquarters. Direct soldier squads in turn-based ground battles and deploy air units such as the Interceptor and Skyranger. The fight spreads around the world as the XCOM team engages in over 70 missions, communicating and negotiating with governments around the world.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.2
Mass Effect 3 8.

Mass Effect 3

Platform: PC
March 6, 2012
BioWare completes the Mass Effect Trilogy with Mass Effect 3. Earth is burning. Striking from beyond known space, a race of terrifying machines have begun their destruction of the human race. As Commander Shepard, an Alliance Marine, the only hope for saving mankind is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
5.9
Far Cry 3 9.

Far Cry 3

Platform: PC
December 4, 2012
With Far Cry 3, players step into the shoes of Jason Brody, a man alone at the edge of the world, stranded on a mysterious tropical island. In this savage paradise where lawlessness and violence are the only sure thing, players dictate how the story unfolds, from the battles they choose to fight to the allies or enemies they make along the way. As Jason Brody, players will slash, sneak, detonate and shoot their way across the island in a world that has lost all sense of right and wrong.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.3
Torchlight II 10.

Torchlight II

Platform: PC
September 20, 2012
Beyond the town of Torchlight lies a world shrouded in adventure and mystery. Guardian-warrior Syl appears in a prophetic dream, summoning the player to the Estherian Steppes. There, you meet with the Destroyer and soon venture across the continent of Vilderan, an exotic frontier besieged by forces of evil. A discovery unfolds, that the Alchemist, following his conquest of dark ember, disappeared on his quest to defeat the unknown corrupted force responsible for destroying the mystical race of Estherians. Aided by Syl, the remaining Estherian Guardians, and clues left behind by the missing Alchemist, you will find yourself battling a powerful enemy that threatens to unravel the elements of the entire world. Torchlight 2.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Thirty Flights of Loving 11.

Thirty Flights of Loving

Platform: PC
August 20, 2012
Explore the world of Thirty Flights of Loving through a first-person short story. In this sequel to Gravity Bone, take a deep dive with high-flying schemers, lovelorn criminals, and more stray kittens than you can shake a stick at. Saddle up, gunslinger.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
5.0
Diablo III 12.

Diablo III

Platform: PC
May 15, 2012
Diablo III picks up the story twenty years after the events of Diablo II. Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal have been defeated, but the Worldstone, which once shielded the inhabitants of the world of Sanctuary from the forces of both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, has been destroyed, and evil once again stirs in Tristram. Playing as a hero from one of five distinct character classes, players acquire powerful items, spells, and abilities as they explore new and familiar areas of Sanctuary and battle hordes of demons to safeguard the world from the horrors that have arisen. Diablo III features a custom 3D-graphics engine to render lush indoor and outdoor areas of Sanctuary with a high level of detail and vivid special effects. The game's physics-enhanced environments are interactive and destructible, offering traps and obstacles that create added danger for players and monsters alike. These elements, along with a new quest system and random scripted events, have been integrated into the game’s random-level generator, giving Diablo III the ultimate combination of dynamic gameplay and replayability. Cooperative and competitive play are available online through an upgraded version of Blizzard Entertainment’s renowned online gaming service, Battle.net. [Blizzard Entertainment]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
4.1
Max Payne 3 13.

Max Payne 3

Platform: PC
May 31, 2012
The gritty Max Payne series returns for a third iteration. From automatics to handguns to rifles and explosives, Max wields (and dual-wields) a wide array of high-powered weaponry in both single player and multiplayer. Max Payne 3 provides devastating firepower for any and all situations that call for kinetic and punishing action.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.7
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill 14.

Battlefield 3: Armored Kill

Platform: PC
September 11, 2012
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill ups the ante for vehicular mayhem as only Battlefield can do. Featuring new drivable tanks, ATVs, mobile artillery and more, this expansion pack also delivers huge battlefields for an all-out vehicle assault. Armored Kill also includes the biggest map in Battlefield history. KEY FEATURES: * All-out vehicle warfare on four new maps * Includes the biggest map in Battlefield history * Drive five new vehicles, including tank destroyers, mobile artillery and an ATV or spawn on the gunship and man the cannons * Earn 20+ unlocks for the new vehicles * New Tank Superiority game mode * Earn five new Assignments
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.1
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai 15.

Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai

Platform: PC
March 22, 2012
This massive-scale, stand-alone expansion to Total War: SHOGUN 2 offers a completely new experience to players. Six new playable clans, including those supporting a modern imperial Japan such as the Satsuma and those allied with the old Shogun like the Nagaoka, are now available. Three great foreign powers must also be dealt with: America, Britain and France all have a vested interest in Japan’s future. How will you treat them? All this plays out across an expanded and improved campaign map, covering new island provinces in the far north and featuring all-new building and technology trees as well as brand new features such as railways and naval bombardments, seen for the first time in a Total War title.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Football Manager 2013 16.

Football Manager 2013

Platform: PC
November 1, 2012
Football Manager 2013 brings 900-plus new and enhanced features to the Football Manager series.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
6.9
FIFA Soccer 13 17.

FIFA Soccer 13

Platform: PC
September 25, 2012
Artificial intelligence infuses players with the ability to analyse space, work harder and smarter to break down the defence, and think two plays ahead. Players make runs that pull defenders out of position and open up passing channels for temmates, and curve, or alter runs to capitalize on openings as they occur.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
6.6
Tribes: Ascend 18.

Tribes: Ascend

Platform: PC
April 12, 2012
Tribes: Ascend is a new generation of the online multiplayer shooter, incorporating classic Tribes elements such as fast-paced jetpack enabled combat, skiing, and vehicles, combined with teamwork and strategy.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
Rayman Origins 19.

Rayman Origins

Platform: PC
March 29, 2012
Rayman Origins is a comic adventure set in a lush 2D world brimming with unexpected secrets and outlandish enemies. The Glade of Dreams is overrun by the "nefurrious" Darktoons. The Fairy Council seeks Rayman's help to save the day. Rayman receives the aid of his best friend Globox as well as two crafty wizards, the Teensies. Together the world's most hilarious team of heroes sets out to restore peace to the Glade before their beloved home is destroyed. Rayman Origins supports four-player jump-in-and-jump-out co-op gameplay. The game offers a massive universe to explore, with more than 100 characters, 12 unique worlds, and more than 60 levels of platforming gameplay designed for all ages and play styles. Unlock new abilities and moves as you progress through the game. All members of your team will discover new unique abilities, including swimming, diving, slapping, and the sensational "HarilyCopter."
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
Hotline Miami 20.

Hotline Miami

Platform: PC
October 23, 2012
Step into the neon-soaked underground of 1980s Miami as bizarre messages on your answering machine seem to be urging you to commit terrible acts of violence - but will you obey? Hotline Miami overflows with raw brutality and skull crushing close combat as you find yourself outgunned and using your wits to choreograph your way through impossible situations. An unmistakable visual style, a driving soundtrack, and a surreal plot that will have you question your own thirst for blood. Bash and blast through over 20 multiscreen levels with 35 unique weapons and collect 25 game-altering masks in one of the darkest and most unusual independent games on the scene.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
Out of the Park Baseball 13 21.

Out of the Park Baseball 13

Platform: PC
April 9, 2012
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition 22.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition

Platform: PC
August 24, 2012
With tense dungeon crawling and fearsome enemy encounters, the seamlessly intertwined world of Dark Souls is full of extreme battles, rewarding challenges, nuanced weaponry and magic, and the flexibility to customize each character to suit any desired play style. The innovative online component allows gamers to draw from the collective experience of the Dark Souls community as they either help or sabotage each other on the journey through the world of Lordran to save the land from darkness. With a massive, seamless open world design, Dark Souls encourages deep exploration and an adaptable gameplay experience.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.7
The Walking Dead: Episode 3 - Long Road Ahead 23.

The Walking Dead: Episode 3 - Long Road Ahead

Platform: PC
August 29, 2012
Episode 3 of a 5-part game series set in Robert Kirkman’s universe. Treachery within the group leads to a devastating series of events. Will the tough choices you made in episodes one and two come back to haunt you or prove to be worthwhile decisions?
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
The Walking Dead: Episode 2 - Starved for Help 24.

The Walking Dead: Episode 2 - Starved for Help

Platform: PC
June 29, 2012
Episode two of a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkmans award-winning series. With starvation and bandit attacks becoming as much of a threat as the undead, the group finds themselves seeking help and food from strangers at a local dairy. - Feel what its like to be a survivor, where choosing between necessities and whats right is a delicate matter. - Encounter human survivors who have gone down a truly horrific path. - Begin to see the pressures of Lillys responsibilities and get a glimpse of her tortured past as she starts to unravel as a leader. - Develop an understanding of what youre willing to resort to in order to ensure survival. - Live with the choices you made in Episode One as they continue to affect your experience in this episode.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.6
Pinball FX 2 25.

Pinball FX 2

Platform: PC
October 27, 2012
Pinball FX is back, and it is better than ever! Pinball FX2 offers brand new tables and a host of new features and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art physics model that surpasses anything available so far.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.7
PlanetSide 2 26.

PlanetSide 2

Platform: PC
November 20, 2012
PlanetSide 2 is an MMO FPS set in an online persistent world where the war wages non-stop and the balance of power shifts with every base and territory captured and lost.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.0
Black Mesa 27.

Black Mesa

Platform: PC
September 14, 2012
Black Mesa is a re-envisioning of Valve Software's seminal game Half-Life. You will re-visit the inaugural role of Gordon Freeman and his memorable journey through the Black Mesa Research Facility. Expect detailed environments to explore, a huge cast of characters and experimental weaponry. All-new music, voice acting, choreography and added dialogue give way to a more expansive and immersive experience than ever before. [Valve]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.9
FTL: Faster Than Light 28.

FTL: Faster Than Light

Platform: PC
September 14, 2012
You manage the Kestrel and its crew as you explore the galaxy. Strategic, real-time combat involves managing power between essential systems and choosing which enemy systems to target. Meanwhile, you control your crew to keep the ship functioning and fight off intruders. The combat is difficult but, being a "roguelike-like" game, frequent permadeath is at the core of the experience. While exploring the galaxy you will encounter a variety of situations requiring decision making that can result in many outcomes. Since all events are randomly generated, each play-through will be significantly different.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Orcs Must Die! 2 29.

Orcs Must Die! 2

Platform: PC
July 30, 2012
Orcs Must Die! 2 begins days after the ending of the original game. With the rifts closed and the magical Order dead, the War Mage finds himself suddenly thrust into a new battle against the mindless orc mob. He has a powerful, if questionable, new companion in the Sorceress, an ex-War Mage responsible for the destruction of the Order.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Alan Wake 30.

Alan Wake

Platform: PC
February 16, 2012
Alan Wake is a psychological action thriller, a unique new take in the world of gaming. The game is set in an idyllic all-American small town and its surroundings in the state of Washington. Alan Wake, the game's protagonist, is a bestselling horror writer, who writes a novel about his darkest nightmares. In the game, those nightmares come true. As with Remedy's previous games, story and atmosphere are fundamental elements. The game features a massive, open world for the players to explore. The game design is mission based with the player as the driving force behing the action, and as with their previous games, Remedy again focuses completely on delivering the best possible single player experience. The use of light is a significant gameplay element. Remedy has developed proprietary new technology to support the gameplay of the title and to push the high definition visuals to the next level. [Remedy]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP 31.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Platform: PC
April 16, 2012
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an exploratory action adventure with an emphasis on audiovisual style. Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries. Co-operate with friends via Twitter, experience a videogame world that is affected by moon phases & help a wandering warrior monk complete her woeful errand.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.4
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 32.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Platform: PC
August 21, 2012
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.3
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion 33.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

Platform: PC
June 12, 2012
The time of Diplomacy is now over. The length of the war and differing opinions on what should be done to bring the war to an end has led to a splintering of the groups involved. The controlling powers-that-be have exhausted arsenals and seem to have spent all efforts of diplomacy. Trapped in a stalemate, sub-factions have rebelled and split off from the main alignments. Rebellion is upon us.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
Legend of Grimrock 34.

Legend of Grimrock

Platform: PC
April 11, 2012
Legend of Grimrock is a dungeon crawling game inspired by oldschool classics of the genre while still bringing its own twists to the game. The game features survival, combat, magic, puzzles and role-playing elements. The player is a prisoner sentenced to death and exiled to the secluded Mount Grimrock for vile crimes he may or may not have committed. Unbeknownst to his captivators, the mountain is riddled with ancient tunnels and dungeons. The player's mission is to form a team and escape by descending through the mountain, level by level. During the journey the player encounters mysterious puzzles, deadly traps, ancient tombs and horrible monsters left behind by crumbled civilizations long perished now. Find out more at http://www.grimrock.net
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.1
Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage 35.

Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage

Platform: PC
November 20, 2012
Delve into Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage and see if you have what it takes to become champion of this brand new storyline in Borderlands 2. Fight for the Big Loot against some of the baddest baddies in Pandora, including hordes of Biker Bandits. Also, take special quests from Tiny Tina, Moxxi and others for extra rewards. And don’t forget to bring your friends -- those higher levels get very tough.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.2
Crusader Kings II 36.

Crusader Kings II

Platform: PC
February 14, 2012
In Crusader Kings II, you will get to control one of the great Christian dynasties of the West, attempt to conquer all of Europe, and liberate the Holy Land.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 37.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Platform: PC
September 25, 2012
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is the latest expansion set for WoW, set on the new continent of Pandaria. Unlock The Mysteries of Pandaria. You've stopped Deathwing's destructive rampage and saved the dragonflights from their extinction. Now you you're tasked with unlocking the mysteries of the lost continent and discovering the dark secrets of Pandaria's past. Explore ancient kingdoms hidden since before the Sundering, plunder vast treasures from the depths of the forgotten vaults, and prepare to defend Pandaria from the shadow of a long buried evil - before it's too late.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
5.1
The Walking Dead: Episode 1 - A New Day 38.

The Walking Dead: Episode 1 - A New Day

Platform: PC
April 24, 2012
Episode one of a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning series. Play as Lee Everett, the convicted criminal who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. Experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. A honed game experience in which actions, choices and decisions you make will affect how your story plays out across the entire series.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
Botanicula 39.

Botanicula

Platform: PC
April 19, 2012
Botanicula is point'n'click exploration game created by Jara Plachy and Amanita Design.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Darksiders II 40.

Darksiders II

Platform: PC
August 13, 2012
Darksiders II follows the exploits of DEATH, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a weaving tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game. This epic journey propels DEATH through various light and dark realms as he tries to redeem his brother WAR, the horseman who was blamed for prematurely starting the Apocalypse in Darksiders.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.9
Lone Survivor 41.

Lone Survivor

Platform: PC
April 23, 2012
Experience a new and unique adult psychological horror.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.4
The Cat Lady 42.

The Cat Lady

Platform: PC
December 7, 2012
The Cat Lady contains strong adult themes and is recommended only for players over 18. By author Remigiusz Michalski (Harvester Games). The Cat Lady follows Susan Ashworth, a lonely 40-year old on the verge of suicide. She has no family, no friends and no hope for a better future. One day she discovers that five strangers will come along and change everything... This suspenseful psychological horror game features stylized artwork, a simple keyboard control method and English voice acting, plus a compelling, atmospheric 70 minute soundtrack by Micamic.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
Vessel 43.

Vessel

Platform: PC
March 1, 2012
Vessel is a 2D action and puzzle game featuring the unique ability to simulate characters composed entirely of fluid. Arkwright, inventor of the world famous Fluro (mechanized-fluid automaton) is on a quest to finish his next great invention - The Device - that will alter existence in unimaginable ways. However, Fluros begin to mutate and run amok, and it's up to Arkwright to understand (and exploit) these strange evolutions. Explore physically modeled worlds, solve puzzles by controlling fluid and machines, and harness the power of the mysterious Fluro creatures that populate the land.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 44.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Platform: PC
February 7, 2012
Immerse yourself in an all-new massive universe from the minds of bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston. Choose your path and battle through a sprawling world featuring intense, responsive, and customizable RPG combat.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.7
Waveform 45.

Waveform

Platform: PC
March 20, 2012
Navigate the beauty and hazards of the solar system while riding on a wave of light in this innovative arcade-action game. On your journey to restore light to a dying galaxy being consumed by a Singularity, you'll travel from Pluto to the Sun and interact with a wide variety of strange objects, and mind-bending situations that will affect the path of your wave, and the world around you, in interesting ways.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.3
Wargame: European Escalation 46.

Wargame: European Escalation

Platform: PC
February 22, 2012
Set in the rarely explored period of 1975-1985, Wargame pits NATO (USA and Western Europe) against the Warsaw Pact (Soviet and Eastern European countries) in battles that explore “what could have been.” The specter of nuclear warfare loomed large over the real Cold War, but this catastrophic outcome was the ultimate last resort as everyone knew that the first one to start nuclear hostilities would end up wiped out just the same. Large, armored offensives through Europe would certainly have been the core of this hypothetical war; and this is what the game’s explosive campaign takes you through!
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings 47.

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings

Platform: PC
June 18, 2012
Sid Meier's Civilization V: God & Kings takes players through time as they engage in new quests and global competitions, interact with new types of city-states, and master exciting new systems for land and naval combat. Nine new civilizations; nine new wonders; three original scenarios; and dozens of new units, buildings, technologies and resources have also been added, offering even more ways for players to expand their empire on their quest to rule the world.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Sleeping Dogs 48.

Sleeping Dogs

Platform: PC
August 13, 2012
Sleeping Dogs is an open world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. Taking the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, players must take down one of the world's most lethal criminal organizations from the inside. Featuring imaginative combat systems, Sleeping Dogs empowers enables players to perform an array of martial arts moves, singlehandedly taking on numerous opponents. Players perform visceral kicks and combos, vicious counters and a cinematic set of environmental takedowns making use of real-world items from circular saws to phone booths, incinerators to refrigerator doors.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 49.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

Platform: PC
September 25, 2012
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 brings Konami's football franchise back for another year.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.0
Assassin's Creed III 50.

Assassin's Creed III

Platform: PC
November 20, 2012
Assume the role of Connor, the son of a Native American mother and English father. As a revolution is imminent, your people are threatened by a powerful movement aiming to quell the American revolution and seize control the colonies. After your village is decimated, you bind yourself to the cause of freedom, and set out on a decades-long quest to achieve it. Your predatory instincts, developed through years of hunting in rough tundra, enable you to pursue and kill your targets in silence. When overt combat becomes necessary, you can uncork a myriad of weapons including tomahawks, darts, and guns.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.4
La-Mulana (Remake) 51.

La-Mulana (Remake)

Platform: PC
July 13, 2012
Will you fall prey to deadly traps or unravel the secrets of LA-MULANA? LA-MULANA is an "Archaeological Ruin Exploration Action Game" in which you search inside ancient ruins, seeking out the "Secret Treasure of Life" - which sleeps in the sprawling ruins of "LA-MULANA" and is said to be the beginning of all civilization. Apart from the plethora of traps lying in wait to stop intruders, there are also monsters on the prowl, protecting the ruins. Head for the innermost depths of the ruins while solving a variety of mysteries, fending off monsters, and disarming traps.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.1
Natural Selection 2 52.

Natural Selection 2

Platform: PC
October 30, 2012
Natural Selection 2 is a revamped version of the Half-Life mod that will be available through Steam as a stand-alone purchase.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty 53.

Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty

Platform: PC
October 16, 2012
In Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty, up to four players cooperatively enter the hostile sand dunes and wastelands of Pirate Bay in search of ancient treasures. The add-on content campaign features new characters, including the eccentric and eager Shade; locations such as the town of Oasis; enemies including the Sand Pirates and Anchormen; and special weapons and loot that make it a must-play experience. No trip to Pandora is complete without a stop in Pirate Bay.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.3
The Walking Dead: Episode 4 - Around Every Corner 54.

The Walking Dead: Episode 4 - Around Every Corner

Platform: PC
October 10, 2012
Episode 4 of the zombie apocalypse chronicle.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
F1 2012 55.

F1 2012

Platform: PC
September 17, 2012
F1 2012 spotlights all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.2
Stealth Bastard Deluxe 56.

Stealth Bastard Deluxe

Platform: PC
November 28, 2012
Armed with nothing but your wits and a pair of top of the range Stealthing Goggles, it’s your job to make your way through a deadly facility that’s determined to extinguish your fragile little life. With no weapons and no armor, being seen means instant death.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Stacking 57.

Stacking

Platform: PC
March 6, 2012
Stacking is the second downloadable game produced by THQ and the award-winning Double Fine Productions. The adventure of Stacking requires players to capture and stack dolls together, then use each doll's unique abilities to solve the game's challenges. As more puzzles are solved, new dolls are acquired and the game's visually lush, carefully constructed story unfolds.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.6
FLY'N 58.

FLY'N

Platform: PC
November 9, 2012
The end is nigh for the World-Trees of Helycia. Dyer, the cosmic bin man, has decided to rob all of the World-Trees’ sap, the Helys. Little by little, beneath the rubbish scattered by Megabin, Dyer’s cosmic dustbin, the World-Trees are passing away... Eager to fight back, the World-Trees create Buds, small creatures reproduced from their roots. Flyn and the other Buds will need to combine their powers to find the Helys, re-establish the World-Trees’ harmonious balance and foil Dyer’s devilish plans once and for all.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Dustforce 59.

Dustforce

Platform: PC
January 17, 2012
In Dustforce, players stylishly flow through precarious environments, sweeping up dust, leaves, trash and slime. The cleaners face off against the fourSprites who are determined to make a mess of the whole world
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.5
Hitman: Absolution 60.

Hitman: Absolution

Platform: PC
November 19, 2012
Wear the suit of the ultimate assassin, you have the ability to blend into plain sight, kill with your bare hands and fashion a weapon from almost anything. You are Agent 47, the world's most effective killer.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.1
Street Fighter X Tekken 61.

Street Fighter X Tekken

Platform: PC
May 11, 2012
"Street Fighter" is best known for its well-polished 2D game play, and "Street Fighter IV" is an exemplary addition to the series. And now, based on the "Street Fighter IV" engine, the "TEKKEN" characters will be stepping into the ring to fight. Featuring two on two "Tag Team Fighting", and together with Battle and Training Modes, this title will push the series beyond its limits.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.3
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare 62.

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

Platform: PC
October 16, 2012
CHIVALRY: Medieval Warfare is a first-person medieval combat game that seeks to deliver the intensity of epic hollywood medieval block busters to the hands of a gamer. CHIVALRY hurls the player into a fictional yet realistic medieval world where the Agathian Knights are battling against the newly formed Mason Order for control of the lands of Agatha.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
Rift: Storm Legion 63.

Rift: Storm Legion

Platform: PC
November 13, 2012
Storm Legion is the first expansion to Trion World's MMORPG game Rift.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - A Criterion Game 64.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted - A Criterion Game

Platform: PC
October 30, 2012
To be Most Wanted, you’ll need to outrun the cops, outdrive your friends, and outsmart your rivals.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
4.4
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 65.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

Platform: PC
November 28, 2012
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition includes the entire Baldur's Gate adventure, the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion pack, and some never before seen content as well.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.6
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron 66.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Platform: PC
August 20, 2012
This follow-up to 2010's War for Cybertron depicts the final hours of the civil war that led the Autobots and Decepticons to abandon their home planet.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
Chaos on Deponia 67.

Chaos on Deponia

Platform: PC
November 6, 2012
Embark on round 2. CoD promises to be even crazier than the first game and quickly puts the player under its spell. After the events on Deponia, it appears that Rufus came to his senses.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.3
Tropico 4: Modern Times 68.

Tropico 4: Modern Times

Platform: PC
March 29, 2012
The times are changing and the island nation of Tropico is evolving. The Internet, a New World Order, terrorists, global financial markets and space exploration are on the rise and pose new challenges to El Presidente and his regime in Tropico 4: Modern Times.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.6
Elemental: Fallen Enchantress 69.

Elemental: Fallen Enchantress

Platform: PC
October 23, 2012
In Fallen Enchantress players will be able to explore the world of Elemental and discover a wide range of unique locations, including dangerous wild lands that can't be settled until they are conquered.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.3
Deadlight 70.

Deadlight

Platform: PC
October 25, 2012
The world has ended. There is no hope. No new beginning. Only the survivors. DEADLIGHT follows the journey of Randall Wayne, a man searching for his family across Seattle during the aftermath of a 1980s event that has decimated life on earth. This visually stunning Cinematic Survival Platformer will challenge you to run, jump, climb, and struggle for your life as you look for answers and the ones you love.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.4
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams 71.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Platform: PC
October 22, 2012
Project Giana is a platformer with a twist that derives its name from the protagonist, a little girl stuck in a dream world.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Thomas Was Alone 72.

Thomas Was Alone

Platform: PC
June 30, 2012
Thomas won't be entirely alone, he'll be joined throughout by the awesome Mr Danny Wallace (XFM, Yes Man and Assassin's Creed) who will be narrating his adventures.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.1
Quantum Conundrum 73.

Quantum Conundrum

Platform: PC
June 21, 2012
In Quantum Conundrum, players take on the role of a 12-year old nephew to the eccentric Professor Fitz Quadwrangle (Professor Q). Upon entering the Professor�s vast, highly customized mansion, players quickly realize their uncle has gone missing. In order to find him, players will need to use an Interdimensional Shift Device, allowing them to manipulate space and objects. While on the journey, becoming adept at switching between dimensions will help them trek from one bizarre room to the next. It might sound easy enough, but it�s a tall order for a 12-year old in a vast, kooky mansion! Once players start shifting between dimensions, they�ll soon discover physics is on their side!
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.3
Endless Space 74.

Endless Space

Platform: PC
July 4, 2012
This galaxy is ancient, and its first intelligent life was the civilization we call the Endless. Long before our eyes gazed upon the stars they flew between them, though all that remains of this people is what we call Dust. A substance found scattered or in forgotten temples, it once gave powers to admirals and galactic governors.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.4
Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode Three 75.

Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode Three

Platform: PC
June 25, 2012
The Startling Developments Detective Agency springs into action as On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 begins, set in motion by a call from a mysterious source. The ever escalating perils on the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness will season our tender heroes to their very core!
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.3
The Darkness II 76.

The Darkness II

Platform: PC
February 6, 2012
Inspired by the comic book series, The Darkness II is a first-person shooter that thrusts you into the role of Jackie Estacado, don of a New York crime family and wielder of an ancient chaotic force known as The Darkness. It has been 2 years since Jackie used his power to kill the guys responsible for his girlfriend’s murder. He has been unable to free himself of the memory of Jenny’s death since bottling up The Darkness and now it wants out. A botched attempt to end Jackie’s life opens the door for The Darkness to reemerge and sets Jackie on a brutal journey as he unravels the mystery behind the attack and the motives of The Darkness. [2K Games]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.6
TERA 77.

TERA

Platform: PC
May 1, 2012
TERA elevates the fight beyond whack-a-mole monotony with imprved aiming, dodging, and tactical timing to create intense and rewarding combat. Unlike other MMOs, you can use your controller or keyboard and mouse to control the action like never before. With all the depth you expect from a traditional MMO, plus the intense gratification of action combat, TERA promises to change all the rules.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 78.

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013

Platform: PC
June 20, 2012
Face a stiffer challenge in this version of the franchise. Play with friends or the AI, take on new encounters and opponents, and face up to 3 other players in the Planechase multiplayer format. Featuring 10 customizable decks, Magic 2013 offers new game items to unlock and introduces the option to choose what lands to tap when you cast your spells.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.8
Resonance 79.

Resonance

Platform: PC
June 19, 2012
A particle physicist's mysterious and spectacular death sparks a race to find his hidden vault and claim his terrifying new discovery. The player will take control of four characters whose lives become entangled in the search for the scientist's vault. They will have to learn to trust each other and work together to overcome the obstacles in their way and to keep this new and powerful technology out of the hands of a dangerous organization.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.6
Miasmata 80.

Miasmata

Platform: PC
November 28, 2012
Miasmata is a first-person survival/adventure game, developed from the ground-up by brothers Joe and Bob Johnson. You play as Robert Hughes, a plague-stricken scientist on a journey to discover a cure. Your adventure begins on the shores of a remote and mysterious island.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.6
Spec Ops: The Line 81.

Spec Ops: The Line

Platform: PC
June 25, 2012
Spec Ops: The Line is a provocative third-person modern military shooter that challenges players' morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made. Spec Ops: The Line unfolds within the destroyed opulence of Dubai. Once the playground for the world's wealthiest elite, Dubai has fallen victim to a series of cataclysmic sandstorms. The city's ultramodern architecture lies half-buried under millions of tons of sand. The very sand that blankets the city plays a marquee role in altering combat situations and serves as a powerful but unpredictable force that will both help and hinder players throughout the course of the game. While most people have fled the now-barren wasteland before the sandstorms swept through, U.S. Army Colonel John Konrad and his loyal squad remained behind to protect those incapable of escape. Unable to reach anyone in Dubai after the storm hit, the U.S. Army feared Konrad and his team dead until they picked up a weak distress signal and launched a rescue operation. As U.S. Army Captain Martin Walker, you and your elite Delta Force team are sent to infiltrate the treacherous region to bring Konrad home. Players experience “"The Line," that razor's edge known only to men who deal in war. It is the line they cross when death and duty become one and the same. It is the end -- of self and sanity -- when their duty is done and only they remain. [2K Games]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.2
Ys Origin 82.

Ys Origin

Platform: PC
May 31, 2012
Ys Origin is a game that takes place 700 years before the events of Ys I & II.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.4
Prototype 2 83.

Prototype 2

Platform: PC
July 24, 2012
Behold New York Zero. Prototype 2 extends the experience of becoming the ultimate shape-shifting weapon. A vicious viral outbreak has killed Sgt James Heller’s family and transformed him into a PROTOTYPE. Powered by revolutionary shapeshifting powers, you must hunt, kill and consume your way across the ravaged wasteland of New York Zero to take revenge on the man responsible: Alex Mercer.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.5
Super Monday Night Combat 84.

Super Monday Night Combat

Platform: PC
April 19, 2012
Uber Entertainment follows up on its original class-based shooter with a new freemium business model, new classes, modes, maps, and more.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
3.7
Dear Esther 85.

Dear Esther

Platform: PC
February 14, 2012
Dear Esther is a first-person ghost story. Rather than traditional game-play the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of a lonely island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly uncovered when exploring the various locations of the island, making every each journey a unique experience.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.5
Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers 86.

Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers

Platform: PC
June 19, 2012
Tiny & Big, a comic styled jump and slice platformer, gives you the unique ability to shape a whole world at your will! You are Tiny, a nerdy inventor who tries to reclaim his most beloved possession: Grandpa's white, fine rib underpants! On his journey through a forsaken desert he will meet mysterious creatures, no clowns, a taxi robot and his arch enemy: Big!
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.3
Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes 87.

Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes

Platform: PC
October 16, 2012
Lilli, a young girl at a convent school, is the game�s main character. At first glance the best-behaved little girl in the world, she executes all her chores in a diligent manner, no matter how unfair they may be. Her innocent, imperturbable way of carrying out the orders of others has something both tragic and eerie about it. Any angry thoughts, any childlike disobedience is buried deep beneath a seemingly impenetrable surface of sweetness. But how long will these feelings stay hidden? And where do the friendly little gnomes come from that paint over everything unpleasant in Lilli�s vicinity with a pleasant pink color? Are they real or just a product of her subconscious?
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
Scribblenauts Unlimited 88.

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Platform: PC
November 19, 2012
Scribblenauts Unlimited features a huge side-scrolling open world where you can help the game's hero, Maxwell, solve robust puzzles and challenges
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
Blacklight: Retribution 89.

Blacklight: Retribution

Platform: PC
April 3, 2012
Blacklight: Retribution is a fast paced, adrenaline pumping first person shooter based in a futuristic urban warzone. Building upon Zombie Studios� predecessor, Tango Down, Blacklight: Retribution provides FPS enthusiasts with a massive arsenal of weaponry and gear ranging from bleeding edge side arms to massive mechanized Hardsuits. Customize your weapons and gear for the perfect load out, earn credits in game to change the tide of battle by deploying flame throwers, automatic grenade launchers and even airstrikes.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.5
Iron Brigade 90.

Iron Brigade

Platform: PC
August 13, 2012
Iron Brigade is a third-person shooter in which players pilot and control giant weaponized mechs to defend against robotic enemies.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
5.3
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav 91.

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav

Platform: PC
June 22, 2012
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav is a point and click adventure from the makers of The Whispered World.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
Warp 92.

Warp

Platform: PC
March 13, 2012
Warp is a puzzle-based stealth action game from Trapdoor.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
5.8
Mass Effect 3: Leviathan 93.

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan

Platform: PC
August 28, 2012
Mass Effect 3: Leviathan is a story-driven single player DLC where players are thrust into the darkest corner of space to hunt a mysterious being rumored to be powerful enough to destroy a Reaper.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.8
Symphony 94.

Symphony

Platform: PC
August 6, 2012
Your music is under attack, you must liberate it! A mysterious entity is absorbing and corrupting your music before your very eyes. You must battle through your own song collection, discover items, customize your ship and fight boss enemies to liberate the Symphony of Souls and reclaim your music!...
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
Deponia 95.

Deponia

Platform: PC
August 6, 2012
Deponia is a fast-paced comedy of errors and one of the most unusual love stories in gaming history. The twist-filled story takes its off-beat characters all over trash planet Deponia, a unique game world in the style of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Matt Groening. From Kuvaq, an improvised village built inside a giant trash heap, to the swimming black market and the dark corners of the elevated planetary railways: Deponia is brought to life with detailed hand-painted backgrounds in widescreen format and top-quality cartoon animation
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.1
The Sims 3 Supernatural 96.

The Sims 3 Supernatural

Platform: PC
September 4, 2012
Enter the mysterious town of Moonlight Falls where strange things happen by the light of the moon. Create supernatural beings, from menacing werewolves and cackling witches to mischievous fairies and more intriguing vampires. Then stalk the night, use your wand to cast spells, just stay home and claw the furniture and more.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.2
King's Bounty: Warriors of the North 97.

King's Bounty: Warriors of the North

Platform: PC
October 25, 2012
Warriors of the North is the latest chapter in the cult role-playing game - adventure saga. The current tale takes place in the familiar world of Endoria featured in the earlier games, but begins in the Viking lands, which the celebrated hero Bill Gilbert never visited during his famous quest in King’s Bounty: The Legend.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.0
Incredipede 98.

Incredipede

Platform: PC
October 25, 2012
Incredipede is a puzzle game that celebrates the vast diversity of life in the world. The game follows Quozzle, a lone Incredipede on a dire quest to rescue her sisters. She has a unique ability to grow new arms and legs wherever she needs them, transforming into a snake, a spider, a horse, a monkey - anything you can imagine. You can give her antlers or a tail, use nature as a blueprint or strike out in weird new directions. Control Quozzle as she learns to swing through the trees, climb sheer cliffs, dance over rivers of lava, and even soar through the air on thermal winds.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.7
Unmechanical 99.

Unmechanical

Platform: PC
August 8, 2012
Unmechanical is an award-winning 2.5D side-scroller which combines tricky puzzle solving, alluring exploration, and an engrossing atmosphere. The game had humble beginnings as a student project and since then both game and team has grown. "Unmechanical has been about taking on something for real and working our fingers to the bone to get it done. It's our hopes and ambitions combined into this very personal, unique, and awesome adventure that's crafted with lots of love." Said Marko Permanto, project lead for the Unmechanical team.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.7
Snapshot 100.

Snapshot

Platform: PC
August 30, 2012
Snapshot is the tale of a lone robot lost in an abandoned world. Armed with only his trusty camera, Pic sets forth on his great adventure. A camera might not seem like enough for a puzzle platforming adventure, but this camera is different from most: It has the ability to capture and remove from the world the very objects that it photographs. Not only that, but it can also use its powers to paste the photos it took back into the environment! Everything that the camera captures is perfectly preserved, and when the photos are restored the objects are restored with it. On top of all of that, this amazing camera can also rotate the photos before they're pasted. Take a picture of an incoming fireball, rotate it and paste it to send it flying into a wall of heavy boxes to knock it out of the way. See what kind of crazy things can happen to Pic with his awesome (and probably magical) camera during the adventure of his life!
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.2
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    • Release Date: Nov 17, 2020
    • Platform: PC
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Highest of the Month
  1. 87

    Filament

    • Release Date: Oct 8, 2020
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: Switch
  2. 85

    Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

  3. 84

    Manifold Garden

    • Release Date: Oct 20, 2020
    • User Score: 7.8
    • Platform: PC
  4. 84

    Pikmin 3 Deluxe

  5. 83

    Horace

    • Release Date: Oct 21, 2020
    • User Score: 7.0
    • Platform: Switch
Lowest of the Month
  1. 30

    This is the Zodiac Speaking

    • Release Date: Oct 15, 2020
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: XONE
  2. 38

    Remothered: Broken Porcelain

    • Release Date: Oct 13, 2020
    • Rating: M
    • User Score: 5.9
    • Platform: PC
  3. 39

    Remothered: Broken Porcelain

    • Release Date: Oct 13, 2020
    • Rating: M
    • User Score: 5.7
    • Platform: PS4
  4. 46

    The Uncertain: Light at the End

    • Release Date: Oct 8, 2020
    • User Score: 5.0
    • Platform: PC
  5. 48

    Cloudpunk

    • Release Date: Oct 15, 2020
    • Rating: M
    • User Score: 3.2
    • Platform: Switch