Big guns, big explosions, we love them.
Really, what isn’t an action game these days? While this may be one of the broadest award categories this year, we do have a list of great games that really know how to get your blood pumping. Whether you prefer guns to blades, or stealth to head on, we probably have one of your favorite games from 2012 on this list. Read on to find out which action game impressed us the most.
The winner of Best Action Game of 2012 is…
Max Payne 3
Developer / Publisher: Rockstar / Rockstar
Review Score: 9.5/10
The long awaited return of Max Payne did not disappoint. Everybody’s favorite grizzled, booze soaked, detective brought ‘bullet time’ back in a big way with new game mechanics, a new setting and a great new story. Max Payne 3 was a modern Noire movie mixed perfectly with a big budget action film, and the addition of multiplayer impressed us with Rockstar’s ability to work the bullet time mechanic into online play. Don’t miss this one.
Dishonored - “Dishonored is one of the most immersive games I’ve ever played and it accomplishes this by giving you clear objectives, then letting you resolve them however you would like to. Where other games tricked you into a sense of freedom, Dishonored delivers an amazing amount of freedom within tight environments. With a setting that is as brave and creative as games like Bioshock, gameplay that makes you feel like you’ve conquered each scenario rather than being led through them, and a story draws you in, Dishonored is one of the best games you’ll play this year. It may even be one of the best you’ve played, ever.”
Prototype 2 - “If you’re like me and you love Open World, Sandbox games than you’re going to love Prototype 2. It may not have a wonderfully told story like Batman Arkham City, or online co-op like Crackdown 2, but it still offers lots of explosions, a great combat system and one of the most accessible movement systems in any Open World game I’ve ever played. It’s up to you decide which of those things is most important.”
Sleeping Dogs - “Sleeping Dogs doesn’t try to revolutionize, or bring anything terribly original to, the open world action genre but it delivers on just about every element. Combat is fun, if you take the time to learn it and stay away from the guns. The city of Hong Kong is stunningly detailed and the story will keep you playing for just one more mission every time. Now, if only I could remember to stop driving on the wrong side of the road every time.”
Hitman: Absolution - “Long time fans of the Hitman series are in for a real treat with Absolution, as it’s easily the best game in the series. The single player campaign gives you the freedom to be whatever kind of assassin you want and make each kill your own, instead of just forcing you through linear levels with only one way to complete the objective. Then there’s Contracts mode, with free, community created content popping up every day, so you always have a reason to keep playing. This is the time of year when we start thinking about awards and Game of the Year contenders and I think Square Enix and IO Interactive have definitely saved one of the best for last.”
Assassin’s Creed 3 - “Under a rather large pile of small bugs, and quirks, Assassin’s Creed 3 has a great story that is worth playing through, even if it’s your first stab at the series. The updates that have been made to the free-running system are fantastic, and throwing in a few running assassinations will really show you that this system had room for improvements you weren’t aware it needed. You’ll come for the story but stay for the multiplayer and that’s the formula for a great game, if you ask me.”
Award Categories: Best PC Indie, Best Strategy Game, Best Puzzle Game, Best Sports Game, Best Racing Game, Best Co-op Game, Best Multiplayer Game, Best Action Game, Best Story, Best DLC, Best RPG – Stay tuned for more awards all the way up to our Game of the Year.
Editor’s Note: The winning game is picked by the entire staff and not based solely on individual review scores.