Best-reviewed PC games of 2012

Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PC Games

Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in April.

Best-reviewed PC games of 2012

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.
1BoxDishonored NEWBethesda Softworks91
A stealth action-adventure title with a steampunk design, Dishonored is the rare top-ranked game to be an original property rather than a sequel, spinoff, reboot, or remake.
2Mark of the Ninja NEWMicrosoft Game Studios91
3Guild Wars 2NCsoft90
4The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left NEWTelltale Games89
5Borderlands 22K Games89
6Thirty Flights of LovingBlendo Games89
7XCOM: Enemy Unknown NEW2K Games89
8Mass Effect 3Electronic Arts89
9Far Cry 3 NEWUbisoft88
10Torchlight IIRunic Games88
11Diablo IIIBlizzard Entertainment88
12Max Payne 3Rockstar Games87
13Battlefield 3: Armored KillElectronic Arts87
14Football Manager 2013 NEWSega86
15Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the SamuraiSega86
16Black MesaBlack Mesa Modification Team86
17Tribes: AscendHi-Rez Studios86
18Rayman OriginsUbisoft86
19Out of the Park Baseball 13Out Of The Park Developments85
20Hotline Miami NEWDennaton85
21Dark Souls: Prepare to Die EditionNamco Bandai Games America85
22The Walking Dead: Episode 3 - Long Road AheadTelltale Games85
23The Walking Dead: Episode 2 - Starved for HelpTelltale Games84
24PlanetSide 2 NEWSony Online Entertainment84
25FTL: Faster Than LightSubset Games84
... and the worst-reviewed:
178Deep Black: ReloadedJust A Game39
179Realms of Ancient War NEWFocus Home Interactive39
180Legends of PegasusKalypso35
181HoodwinkE-One Studio29
182FrayBrain Candy27
Includes games released between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from December 30, 2012.


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