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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I love the tongue in cheek half life reference
Nice one. I thought this was only in February but, I'm glad to see the results really early.
Does anyone else see the diablo face in the middle.... very sneaky GI
This cover is Tops! Instant poster material for my room.
whats the list? this is a month early, it usually is released in the first week of january. Awesome!
man cortana you are a looker :D
Cover is spelled wrong in the last sentence of the first paragraph
Wow, that's awesome! The style is great.
You guys have a great cover artist, this one reminds me of that other cover with the most influential characters going across it.
Awesome artwork! My PC officially has a new wallpaper. I love the graffiti text on Connor's shoulder. "Safe!"
I am in love. This is how these things should look like. Absolutely gorgeous.
Corvo! WHOOOO! *Ahem*... Dishonored is my GotY.
The looks AWESOME!I like the art style, like how it looks like grafitti on a wall, sorta.
nice touch with the spray painted lambda symbol on the door
That's a sick lookin' cover.
This is awesome cover art. I love the subtle references thrown in throughout. My favorite is the tri-colored "ending"s on Shepards shoulder plate.