We may be only sixÂ months into the year, but 2012 has already seen a selection ofÂ amazing games. From shooters to magical kingdoms to new multiplayer obsessions, the sheer amount of playing time we’ve logged couldÂ mobilize an army. Â So which games were the best of the crop? Which ones stood out and made the first half of this year truly remarkable?
In case you missed them, here are the 10 best games of 2012 so far:
It’s all fun andÂ games when you’re a cute bouncy alien who can blow things up. DespiteÂ – or maybe because of – the cognitive dissonance, Warp turned out toÂ be one of the most enjoyable games of the year.
9. Kingdoms ofÂ Amalur: ReckoningÂ
With over 100Â dungeons to conquer, Kingdoms is the kind of game you can get lost inÂ for days. Who needs sleep, anyway?
8. FinalÂ Fantasy XIII-2Â
Everyone loves aÂ good Final Fantasy game, and the latest installment doesn’tÂ disappoint, especially in the graphics department.
7. Soul CaliburÂ V
With new faces and increased character customizationÂ options, Soul Calibur V has become the fighting man’s Sims. Â It’sÂ just fortunate that you don’t have to spend real money on theirÂ upgrades, because otherwise you’d need reallyÂ good credit cards.
6. Uncharted:Â Golden AbyssÂ
Released on theÂ litte-loved PSVita, many thought this treasure hunting game wouldn’tÂ live up to its shinier predecessors. Needless to say, they were wrong.
5. The DarknessÂ II
Gory yet strangelyÂ satisfying, The Darkness II offers the power of life and deathÂ through the hands its supernaturally-powered mob boss anti-hero. AndÂ if that sounds like complicated, just dismember your enemies untilÂ you feel better.
Ready for theÂ ultimate adrenaline rush? SSX turns gravity upside down, sometimes
literally, in a snowboarding game that’s as addictive as it amazing.
Beautiful, surrealÂ and utterly unique, Journey is a must-have for anyone tired ofÂ complicated RPGs or mindless shoot-em-ups.
2. StreetÂ Fighter X Tekken
FansÂ lined the street for this mash-up of two beloved gaming series,Â making it a popular release and the real reason behind many aÂ creditÂ cards 0 balance transfer. Gamers will do what they must to fund their fix, sometimes not considering their own average credit card debt!
1. Mass EffectÂ 3
One of the mostÂ hotly anticipated games of 2012, the only bad thing about the releaseÂ of Mass Effect 3 is that it marked the finale to the series, and thatÂ means we won’t get any more.
With betterÂ graphics, improved controls and more variety than ever, 2012 hasÂ definitely been a good year for games, and things are only looking upÂ when we peek into the future. Just think, we still have Assassin’sÂ Creed 3 coming up!