The lights are on
With the year's biggest releases in our rearview mirror, we spent the better part of a month arguing about which games, characters, publishers, and developers rose to the head of the pack. The result of those heated debates is our 20-page Top 50 Games of 2012 cover story, which looks back at the biggest success stories and disappointments.
Once you've read our take on 2012, tell us yours by weighing in on the Reader's Poll. Later this month we'll publish the results and compare them with the editor picks.
In addition to our celebration of 2012, the January issue has several other features worth reading. Matt Helgeson digs into the history of developer Crystal Dynamics and finds a studio rich in high-end talent. Kimberley Wallace speaks with Telltale Games about the creation of The Walking Dead's Clementine, one of the most emotionally impactful characters of the year. We also report on the first three hours of Tomb Raider, deliver a verdict on the Wii U, and dive into Marvel Heroes, an MMO take on the popular Ultimate Alliance series.
Check out the full cover art below, which was created by the talented Sam Spratt:
Print subscribers should start receiving the issue in the next two weeks, but why wait that long? Digital subscribers can access the PC/Mac, iPad, or Android editions later today, and the issue will be available on Zinio and Google Play tomorrow. Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your print subscription here or start a new subscription here. You can also purchase individual issues or subscribe via the appropriate apps.
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Pretty Sweet looking cover right thereeee
Nice Cover. Just as good as top 50 characters cover.
Wow sometimes I forget that Mass Effect 3 came out in 2012 seems so long ago.
They chose fem Shep over male Shep... nice. Glad to see Lee and Clementine on there as well. All the games referenced on the cover deserve recognition, and I hope to see Spec Ops: The Line in their list as well, if only for it's well written story.
That is an incredible cover! Sam Spratt is also the artist who did the 3 covers for GameInformer's Top (50 I think) Characters of the Decade issue. (December 2011 I believe)
This might be my favorite cover art since I started subscribing.
I think I see maybe two-three games I've actually got and/or liked.
That's a beautiful cover! Looking forward to the issue!
Heehee, PC Master Race. I love the cover, the style is perfect.
Amazingly done! Love the expressions of each character, helps bring up great memories of playing each game this past year.
This needs to be put on a wall. Not a painting that's hung in the wall, but the actual wall painted over with this.
The art work is AMAZING, guys! As for the cover story itself, I was kinda disappointed. But we're nearing the end of the console's life. I can't wait until we start seeing new IPs for the next consoles!
This is the best cover ever! Huge props to whomever did this.
No mentions of the HL3 door yet?