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.
To read our Top 50 Games of the Year coverage throughout the month, click in the hub link below.
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Absolutely gorgeous!! this has to be the best cover ive seen in 2012, great job guys, awesome.
FEM SHEP? WHY!
Why is Half-Life up there? Did I miss something this year or does GI have insider information?
Awesome cover, really glad Fez is on there too!
This may be my favorite cover that Gameinformer has ever put out. I mean honestly.....I don't know how to explain why I love it so much...but I do.
It's simply ART.
awesome! I love these issues!
I'm really digging this cover. I hope some games get put in their rightful place.
Hello new background! Seriously, this is probably my favorite GI cover yet! Keep it artistic guys!
Best cover art ever can't wait for the issue to arrive in the mail
I think this might be my favorite cover yet. This is awesome! Can't wait for the issue!
I hope gameinformer doesn't abandon their print edition.
"PC MASTER RACE"
As always LOVE the cover!!
what are the top 50 games!?!??!?
Absolutely stunning. You guys have outdone yourself.
Niiiiice. That looks legit!