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EGM’s Best of 2012:
Part Two: #20 ~ #16

Posted on December 27, 2012 AT 08:00am

It’s day two of EGM’s top 25 games of 2012, and the great games keep a comin’. It just so happens that this section of our list contains five games which were all hyped by their respective fanbases—and while almost all of them met to some reactions that were mixed, each game impressed us enough to find their way into slots #20 through #16.

EGM’s Top 25: #20 ~ #16

#20: Diablo III

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms: PC

There was no way Diablo III could have possibly lived up to the hype. After all, Diablo II was the most beloved PC action/RPG ever. It didn’t help that the third installment’s launch was plagued by server crashes and other technical glitches. Still, once the wrinkles were ironed out, the game began to shine as another excellent installment of the series. Sure, some things like the Real Money Auction House were never a great idea – it seems players are more likely to partake in such things if they are not officially endorsed – but the game itself still plays well and provides weeks of fun for anyone who enjoys clicking on beasties and collecting loot. – Marc Camron

#19: Resident Evil 6

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

There were a handful of games that hit in 2012 which split gamers into passionate sides of love and hate, but no game may have found itself in such conversations as often as Resident Evil 6 did. Yes, we know—some of you out there hated it. For us, we found RE6 to be a fantastic return to many of the elements that we loved in classic chapters of Capcom’s survival-horror series, and a most welcome apology for Resident Evil 5. —Eric L. Patterson

#18: Tales of Graces f

Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Namco Tales Studio
Platforms: PS3

We’ve heard it again and again: The traditional Japanese RPG is a relic of a bygone era, more at home on the PS1 than the PS3. Oh, and just forget about releasing your game in America if your characters happen to have purple anime-styled hair. Namco Bandai’s Tales series has held strong while other JRPG franchises—Final Fantasy chief among them—have badly floundered. And it’s done this by staying true to its roots while offering some modern improvements to the combat and interface. 2008’s Tales of Vesperia was one of the top RPGs this generation, and while Graces f doesn’t quite reach those lofty heights, it’s still one of our top role-playing experiences this year. —Andrew Fitch

#17: Fez

Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Polytron
Platforms: Xbox 360

While Polytron’s Phil Fish will undoubtedly earn a Bruckner for his ridiculous statements about our friends across the Pacific Ocean, it’s hard to argue that he’s capable of delivering a top-notch platformer, as Fez’s puzzle-laden take on the genre was an absolute joy to experience, with mind-bending mechanics, a stellar soundtrack and a cast of characters that could out-cute a Hello Kitty convention, this one ranks right up there with all-time greats like Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog as a must-play for old school fanatics and platforming n00bs alike. —Brandon Justice

#16: Mass Effect 3

Publisher: EA
Developer: BioWare
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U

With all the controversy surrounding the ending of Mass Effect 3 many people forget that everything before it actually formed a pretty stellar game. The team took everything from Mass Effect 2 and made it bigger, bolder, and ten times more epic. From character development, to saving the galaxy—with a little romance thrown in—the team was determined to make the final instalment in the trilogy something to remember, and they certainly achieved that. —Matthew Bennett

EGMNOW’s Best of 2012 Awards Schedule

Editor’s Choice: Ray Carsillo Dec
Editor’s Choice: Josh Harmon
Editor’s Choice: Andrew Fitch Dec
Editor’s Choice: Brandon Justice
Editor’s Choice: Eric L. Patterson Dec
Editor’s Choice: Chris Holzworth
Editor’s Choice: Matthew Bennett Dec
Editor’s Choice: Marc Camron
Best of 2012: #25 ~ #21 Dec
Best of 2012: #20 ~ #16
Best of 2012: #15 ~ #11 Dec
Best of 2012: #10 ~ #06
EGMNOW’s Best Games of 2012: #05 ~ #01
Tobias Bruckner Memorial Awards

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