BEST GAMES

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES 2012 -

SLEEP­ING DOGS

This open-world crime story brought a cop through the mean streets of Hong Kong: De­servedly pop­u­lar.

GRAV­ITY RUSH

A swoon­ing, ele­gant ex­pe­ri­ence, Grav­ity Rush was an un­usu­ally nu­anced and fresh su­per­hero story.

BOR­DER­LANDS 2

Killer plants, vi­cious an­i­mals and blood­thirsty ma­ni­acs clashed in this funny, vast and sat­is­fy­ing shooter.

DIS­HON­ORED

Painterly graph­ics and a wealth of game­play op­tions; we hope this starts a long fran­chise.

ASSASSIN’S CREED III

Ar­guably the vastest and most re­ward­ing AC to date (right) brought the ac­tion to the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.

HALO 4

Stakes were high, but im­proved graph­ics and game­play, plus a strangely com­pelling cen­tral re­la­tion­ship, kept this shooter fresh.

TOKYO JUN­GLE

Feral an­i­mals fought to the death in the aban­doned Ja­panese city in this true orig­i­nal.

UN­CHARTED: GOLDEN ABYSS

The swash­buck­ling, trea­sure­hunt­ing, globe-trot­ting jaunt im­pres­sively show­cased the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the PlayS­ta­tion Vita.

NEW SU­PER MARIO BROS

Charm­ing, colour­ful and com­pul­sive as ever, New Su­per Mario Bros also ben­e­fit­ted from the snazzy graph­ics chip on the 3DS.

FIFA 13

The foot­ball be­he­moth de­liv­ered again, with ex­quis­ite graph­ics and wel­come new real-world tie-ins. The real beau­ti­ful game. Top 10 games com­piled by Joe

Grif­fin and Ciara O’Brien

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