Picture Title Genre Year Released Description Where To Buy
150px Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller Adventure 2012-2013 Point and click adventure game with comic-style visuals. You play as an fbi agent with psychic powers. It's being released episodically with 3 episodes released and 1 additional coming soon. The story gets dark as FUCK later. Not on Steam yet, but it's on the greenlight section of the community. Developer's Store
150px Crusader Kings II Grand Strategy 2012 Crusader Kings II lets you play as a historic European Dynasty and lead them from the Norman conquest of England in 1066 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Through war, strategic marriages, incest, intrigue, and crusades you will expand your demesne and secure your Dynasty's future in the tumultuous Medieval Era. CK II has many pieces of DLC but the 4 major expansions are Sword of Islam (Allows playable Muslims), Legacy of Rome (Makes the Byzantium Empire much more unique to play as), The Republic (playable Merchant Republics and new trade mechanics) and The Old Gods (Adds a new 867 start date, playable pagans, and numerous game play mechanics like the ability to raid). Steam
150px Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition Action RPG 2012 Fairly low requirement game with amazing gameplay mechanics and a great story. (Gamepad and whatever the current DSfix is for the best experience) steam
150px Dustforce Platformer 2012 Very challenging and lesser-known platformer that draws obvious Super Meat Boy parallels with its wall-sliding action, online replay feature, and focus on speedrunning. This time there's dust on every surface, dust on rabid wild animals, and you've got to clean that shit up. Doing so while getting the highest rank in each level is crazy hard and technical. Don't miss out on the amazing sprite art or music, either. Steam
150px Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Platformer 2012 A great Euro-style 2D platformer with some incredible visuals and a soundtrack to match. GOG


150px La-Mulana Metroidvania 2012 Freeware classic gone from MSX-style to remade for modern PC, and remastered to the max. Features better controls, better laptop, more settings, MUCH smoother animations and action, a rearranged soundtrack, and even some new story additions. Some puzzles, traps, and bosses have been modified, sometimes to be easier or harder. Bosses are generally more challenging though. If you never played the original, that's fine. There's enough differences to warrant giving both a go. For those not in the know, it's a mostly non-linear platforming adventure game. Dungeons are full of danger and riddles and require some non-lateral thinking and possibly note-taking to figure out. Playism


150px LEGO Lord of the rings Action/adventure 2012 Collect lego pieces, fight lego orcs, control over 90 lego LOTR characters, you know the deal...While the formula ins´t really that new, its fucking LOTR and its irresistible charm mixes up with the one from the Lego series, making this a VERY good game. Play this even if you dont like Lego, seriously. The goal here isnt , of course, beating the game, but to 100% it, which can be quite challenging , so dont rush through the game: EXPLORE EVERYTHING. PC version is recommended for better visuals and a more convenient price tag. Do NOT get the handheld versions. Steam
150px Papers, Please Dystopian Document Thriller 2013 You are the immigrations inspector for Arstotzka, a Eurasian communist shithole. It is your job to inspect the papers of everyone trying to enter the country, turning away any and all who do not qualify.

A lot more engrossing than it sounds. Seriously, play this.

150px Skullgirls fighting 2013 i hope you brought a pillow to bite, because this game is about to push your shit in. Skullgirls is an indie fighting game that uses the lag-reducing GGPO-netcode, so now even Brazilians can laugh at you. It features an ever-growing roster of playable characters, a unique art-style and some of the most hardcore gameplay since Guilty Gear. If you ever get tired of having to wipe your pussy-ass tears after every match, there's always a Skullgirls General on /vg/. Steam
150px XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-Based Strategy 2012 Official remake of the PC classic, XCOM is all about managing a worldwide secret project to combat a very nasty alien invasion wrecking Earth's shit. Basically, the game is split between actually organizing XCOM's base, which involves things like choosing when to hire new soldiers or construct facilities and fighting aliens with squads of 4 to 6 members in quite tactical battles. Each of the 14 countries backing up the XCOM project has a "Panic Gauge", which increases according to the aliens' actions and, if any of them hit level 5 by the end of the month, said country will stop supporting the whole thing. If that happens eight times, it's game over.

Also available on the PS3, X360 and OSX. The PC version has, however, a somewhat prolific modding community over XCOM Nexus, which has tweaks that range from simple retextures to entire overhauls of how the game is played. If you didn't like the vanilla version or just have already played it to the ground, give it a go. Oh, not that we care about that, but won a bunch of awards, including GameTrailers', Giant Bomb's and GameSpy's GOTY of 2012.


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