Top 100 Biggest Games of 2012. Happy New Year from VGB!

4 January 2012
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Happy Gaming In 2012

Happy New Year everyone! See 2012’s biggest videogames in the Top 100 overview below. I love making this list every year. Mainly because 2012 is looking to be yet another awesome year for us gamers!

Anticipation without means, is half the fun or so it seems. While you are now looking forward to a great many games, at the end of 2012 we believe the listed 100 titles are the games you will fondly remember playing. Both logical and indeterminable factors taken into account are: Hype, developer potential, nostalgia, recent critical successes, a series’ past sales and average review scores, all counted towards this unbiased Top 100 of big games you can expect to see in 2012.

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  • Table of Contents

    No doubt one of your favorite games is missing*. We want to emphasize this is not our personal opinion, we’ve had to cut about 50+ games from the original overview in editing the past 20 hours. But we’re really happy with how the Top 100 turned out and hope to play all of them this year (all of us at VGB own all systems). If your favorites aren’t high enough in the list we look forward to seeing what your Top 5 looks like in the comments. Release date are listed behind each game’s systems overview. If you’re looking for more info from a certain game, click on its preview link. With that said…

    * The long disclaimer about why certain games are/aren’t included:
    The following games don’t have a clear launch window yet, are on hold, or aren’t expected to arrive until 2013: Devil’s Third, Command & Conquer: Generals 2, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Patriots, Guillermo del Toro’s InSane, Fortnite, Duke Begins, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Dragon Age III, next Prince of Persia game, Resident Evil 6, Tekken X Street Fighter, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Pikmin 3, Fable 4, Fallout Online, Dragon Quest X, Thief 4, and The Agency. — Then there’s all the awesome downloadable content releases that I didn’t know where to place. Remakes & Ports were excluded (unless they were HD collections), but the focus is mainly on new releases. We wished to included more iPhone/iPad/handheld titles and games from Indie developers, but they are often not announced until nearly complete. E3 2012 will also hold surprise announcements we don’t know about yet. What remained is what you see above and while all these games are wildly different, we truly believe these games will all be on par with each other with 8, 9 or 10 out of 10 scores.

    Runners Up:
    Yakuza: Dead Souls, Torchlight II, Tera, Star Trek: The Game, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Pandora’s Tower, Anarchy Reigns, Binary Domain, Inversion, MLB 12: The Show, Ridge Racer Unbounded, Test Drive: Ferrari Legends, Transformers Universe, Lumines Electronic Symphony, WipEout 2048, ModNation Racers: Road Trip, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, Star Trek: The Game, Rhythm Heaven Fever AKA Rhythm Paradise Wii, Men in Black III: The Videogame, MechWarrior Online, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, DJ Hero 3D, Game of Thrones: The Game, South Park: The Game, James Bond 007: Skyfall – The Game, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – The Game, The Avengers: The Movie – The Game, Firefall, Tekken 3D: Prime Edition, Touch My Katamari, Risen 2: Dark Waters, Little Deviants, Armored Core V, Tales of the Abyss, Cave Story 3D, Shank 2, Quantum Conundrum, FIFA Street 2012, Monster Hunter 4, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, Project Draco, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, Dragon’s Crown, and Ride to Hell.

    Let’s take a look at the Top 100 videogames of 2012:

    #100. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

    Info: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Announcement
    Release Date: Early 2012
    System: PS3
    Developer: Studio Ghibli, Level-5
    Genre: Role-playing Game
    Note: Don’t look at me like that… every top list needs an underdog! Any fan of Studio Ghibli’s animated movies will eat this up! 🙂

    #99. Zone of the Enders HD Collection

    Info: Zone of the Enders HD Collection Announcement
    Release Date: February 3, 2012 in Europe
    System: PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360
    Developer: Konami
    Genre: Action

    #98. Jak and Daxter Collection

    Info: Jak and Daxter Collection Announcement
    Release Date: February 7, 2012
    System: PS3, PS Vita
    Developer: Naughty Dog, Mass Media Inc.
    Genre: Platformer

    #97. Xenoblade Chronicles

    Info: Xenoblade Chronicles Details
    Release Date: April 2, 2012 in America; already out in Europe, Australia & Japan
    System: Wii
    Developer: Monolith Soft
    Genre: Role-playing Game

    #96. Silent Hill HD Collection

    Info: Silent Hill HD Collection Announcement
    Release Date: January 24, 2012
    System: PS3, Xbox 360
    Developer: Konami
    Genre: Survival Horror

    #95. PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond

    Info: PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond Announcement
    Release Date: February 27, 2012
    System: Wii
    Developer: Creatures
    Genre: Action-Adventure

    #94. Devil May Cry HD Collection

    Info: Devil May Cry HD Collection Announcement
    Release Date: April 3, 2012
    System: PS3, Xbox 360
    Developer: Capcom
    Genre: Action, Hack ‘n Slash

    #93. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

    Info: Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Announcement
    Release Date: February 3, 2012 in Europe & Australia; already released in America & Japan
    System: PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360
    Developer: Konami, Bluepoint Games
    Genre: Stealth, Action

    #92. The Last Story

    Info: The Last Story Preview
    Release Date: February 24, 2012 in Europe
    System: Wii
    Developer: Mistwalker, AQ Interactive
    Genre: Action-RPG
    Note: If The Last Story’s name & logo look similar to that of the Final Fantasy games to you, that’s no coincidence! The Last Story is being made by the creator of the Final Fantasy series, Hironobu Sakaguchi.

    #91. Final Fantasy Type-0

    Info: Final Fantasy Type-0 Preview
    Release Date: 2012
    System: PSP
    Developer: Square Enix
    Genre: Action-RPG


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  • About the author

    Ferry Groenendijk By Ferry Groenendijk: He is the founder and editor of Video Games Blogger. He loved gaming from the moment he got a Nintendo with Super Mario Bros. on his 8th birthday. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.

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