NCAA Football 13 captures even more of the pageantry and glory of college football, and boasts more realistic gameplay than past versions.
2 of 25Sony
Sound Shapes combines clean, crisp visuals and a clever soundtrack to produce a side-scrolling good time.
3 of 25 Nintendo
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Kid Icarus's return is marked by an innovative and imaginative experience well tailored for the Nintendo 3DS.
4 of 25 Ubisoft
Far Cry 3
Being stranded on an island with a warlord and his nut-job minions hunting your every move is shockingly enjoyable in the lush and dangerous world of Far Cry 3.
5 of 25 Electronic Arts
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Most Wanted's intense arcade-style racing delivers with a fantastic sandbox environment and a healthy dose of evading the po-po at break-neck speeds.
6 of 25Sony
The Unfinished Swan is an offbeat, first-person puzzle game that guides the player, in the guise of a young boy who has lost his mother, through a world of secrets in one of the paintings she left behind, channeling the puzzles of Portal 2 through the melancholy aesthetic of Braid.
7 of 25Sony
Uncharted Golden Abyss
Uncharted Golden Abyss is another great Nathan Drake adventure with a solid campaign and visuals that impress on the PS Vita.
8 of 25 Ubisoft
Lumines Electric Symphony
Lumines is an easy to learn -- but tough to master -- puzzle game that any PS Vita owner will love.
9 of 25Ubisoft
Assassins Creed 3
Assassin's Creed 3 -- actually the fifth major release in the series -- wows with a new main character, a welcome change in locale to the Revolutionary War-era United States and a potent reimagining of the franchise's parkour-derived combat and evasion.
10 of 25Electronic Arts
NHL 2K13 may be the only hockey that fans see this season -- fortunately, it's an enormously crisp, detailed, half-sim-half-arcade rendition of the sport that delivers hard-hitting action, a new skating engine and controls that can get as complex as fans could desire.
11 of 25Ubisoft
Imaginative visuals and clever level design make Rayman Origins one of the best side-scrolling platformers in years.
12 of 25Rockstar Games
Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3's super-stylized world is gritty, gruesome and entertaining with its combination of good storytelling and great use of bullet-time mayhem.
13 of 25Sony
Journey Collector's Edition
Journey is a beautiful game that's very short, but still manages to draw you in with intuitive controls and a singular grace that makes you care about the outcome of events in the game.
14 of 25Sony
LittleBigPlanet Vita does its PS3 sibling one better, adding the fledgling handheld's full complement of features -- tilt, touch, wireless -- to the franchise's well established combination of whimsical platforming and wacky aesthetics.
15 of 25Microsoft
Our favorite racing game of the year pairs a stunning open-world environment with a host of beautiful vehicles and intense action behind the wheel.
16 of 25Sony
MLB 12 The Show
The Show continues to dominate all hardball comers with excellent graphics and well-tuned gameplay.
17 of 25Electronic Arts
FIFA Soccer 13
FIFA 13's improved player controls keep the beautiful game flowing, and keeps EA on top with the best soccer game in the world.
18 of 25 2K Games
NBA 2K13 continues the franchise's overwhelming domination of videogame basketball, offering life-like graphics, detailed animations and a presentation that integrates real-time, real-life NBA game data into the interface. A staggering package for hoops fans.
19 of 25 Bethesda
Dishonored succeeds as the most ambitious new franchise of 2012: a steampunk world of action and stealth, equal parts BioShock, Assassin's Creed, Thief and Deus Ex, wrapped up in an irresistibly novel and playable package.
20 of 25 Nintendo
New Super Mario Bros. U
Nintendo's iconic Super Mario finally makes his high-def debut in the Wii U's first must-own game.
21 of 25Activision
Call of Duty Black Ops 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 powerfully bridges the gap between Hollywood action movie and first-person shooter with a complex plot, memorable set pieces, top-tier production values and multiplayer modes that will keep fans in thrall until well into 2013. Also, zombies.
22 of 252K Games
Borderlands 2 is a slick first-person shooter that boasts fantastic visuals, dynamic action and a well developed open-world campaign.
23 of 25Electronic Arts
Mass Effect 3
The end of Commander Sheppard's sci-fi trilogy adventure validates the Mass Effect series as one of the best RPGs ever.
24 of 25 Electronic Arts
Madden NFL 13
Madden's new physics engine makes each play feel and look unique with better tackling animations and more realistic passing.
25 of 25Microsoft
Master Chief's latest adventure is our Game of the Year thanks to a great single player campaign and story, strong graphics and amazing multiplayer action.
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