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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I've still gotta read last month's issue. It's been a busy month.
That cover....is insane. I only wish they had Wei Shen and Agent 47 :(
thats probably the coolest cover yet I feel. Having Master Chief on there completes it.
Amazing cover art!
Wow the cover is absolutely gorgeous!
A lot of questions about Half life 3. Seriously, is this game is Square Enix. Maybe that's why Versus XIII don't come out.
Halo 4 has to be the game of the year. Even though it's not made Bungie, 343 Industries did a remarkable job creating the exciting Halo 4 story line. Also, for continuing the legacy the Halo that has made in the video game industry.
Artistic looking cover.. I like it! i hope a poster of this cover get put in the mag if not on power up rewards site would be nice
Makes me Sad I didn't bougth any of those games because I was catching up with Last year.
But 2013 Here I come with Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V & Assassin's Creed 3(but will either borrow or wait for a version with all the DLC, because Revelations was that horrible) and Last of Us
HALO 4 FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Half life on the door!
Awesome cover guys, great work.
One of my favorite covers!!
I might just be the only person who voted for RE6.
best magazine cover ive ever seen in my life
Fuggen sweet artwork!