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Eleven games that rocked my world in 2012

Hamza wanted us to share our top ten games of 2012, which is a rather splendid idea as no single list is representative of everyone who works here. Unfortunately, this conflicted with my new year's resolution to not do what I'm told (until after January). In the spirit of the new year and the generally festive season, I'm willing to compromise, however.

So, not quite the requested list, and ten games plus one, which is obviously better than ten games plus nothing. Eleven is better than ten, right?

2012 was a great year for games, at least the ones I had the pleasure of playing. I was still enjoying some of the larger titles of the previous year (The Old Republic, Skyrim) in January, but by February I got my hands on a game I'd been salivating at the prospect of playing for quite some time: Crusader Kings II.

Eleven really should have been on my list for our nominations a while back, but I had unfortunately yet to play it at that point. Far Cry 3. has been taking up a not insignificant amount of my time of late. Burning down tropical rainforests and stabbing tigers likely makes me a villain, although a greatly amused one.

The frequent nods to the adventures of Lewis Carroll's Alice, and the subversion of exploitative pulpy and Victorian literature made it surprisingly more nuanced than its predecessors, but it manages to avoid getting stuck in pretension and still offered up a crazy and explosive romp.

Actually, that makes it eleven plus one, even though that "one" is from 2002. Well, that's just good value.
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About Fraser Brownone of us since 2:44 PM on 07.16.2010

Fraser Brown is that bearded, bespectacled Scotsman that covers PC gaming who is not Alasdair Duncan.

Got a splinter stuck in his hand nineteen years ago and just left it in there. True story.

He lives with this thorny burden in Edinburgh, Scotland, drinking a lot of whisky and playing a lot of video games to soothe the pain.

He has sexual feelings for strategy games, adventure games, and has been known to dabble in the murky world of MMOs.