2012 has been a whirlwind of gaming greatness; we’ve been treated to some pretty big-name releases this year, and while the year’s not over just yet, we still think it’s fitting to have a look at what stood out on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform.
The following games are the highest rated games on Metacritic and GameRankings, respectively, and while some are multiplatform, these games stood the strongest on Xbox 360.
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series (94)
The Walking Dead video game is undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises this year.
Expecting a watered-down tie-in, the episodic game series has captured old-school point-and-click veterans and new gamers alike, and although just released, the Walking Dead boxed set is the highest rated Xbox 360 game in 2012.
The aggregate score of the combined episodes puts the box set above anything else, and is a testament to the love and dedication to classic adventure games.
Mass Effect 3 (93; 92.12)
The climax to the Mass Effect trilogy lived up to the hype this year, as ME3 was acclaimed by gamers and critics.
The third instalment in Commander Shepherd’s adventure proved that Bioware could up the scale and action, even after the phenomenal Mass Effect 2.
Not to mention Commander Shepard being nothing short of an intergalactic hero/ine. The wo/man managed to defeat multiple alien races, while still finding time to help out the crew and engage in some inter-species love-making (if that’s your thing).
Far Cry 3 (90; 89.40)
Everyone was expecting a lot from Far Cry 3, but Ubisoft Montreal managed to blow away expectations with ease.
Far Cry 3 improved upon the bugs from its predecessor, and made itself bigger and better in every way.
A deep and involving storyline, edge-of-your-seat action, and more freedom than anything in the genre, Far Cry 3 stands out among the best Xbox 360 games of 2012.
Trials Evolution (90; 91.58)
Trials was one of those games that developed an instant cult following, so when the sequel was announced, mouths began watering.
Trials Evolution released and was exactly what the name promised – an evolution. The game featured bigger and trickier levels, better physics, and multiplayer; not to mention that players could create their own levels through a great editing system.
RedLynx, we salute you.
Mark of the Ninja (91; 90.33)
Mark of the Ninja surprised us from out of the shadows (fittingly), and impressed the hell out of people when it touched down on Xbox Live Arcade.
Besides looking gorgeous with its hand-drawn visuals, the 2D platformer also featured awesome gameplay, requiring players to sneak and slash their way through environments, taking out guards and solving puzzles along the way.
Players also have to be extra careful as the game features a line-of-sight mechanic where, if enemies can’t see you, you can’t see them.
Critics praised the game extensively, winning many editor’s choice awards across the gaming media.
Which of these games have you played this year? Is there any game you think deserved to be on the list?