Following staff picks for the favourite gaming moments of 2012, Digital Spy continues its annual Game of the Year coverage with the start of its top 20 countdown.
Covering entries 20-16, the list includes a bevy of multi-platform titles and one of the most original digital downloads yet to grace PSN.
It will continue tomorrow (Tuesday, December 18) with entries 15-11, with the final five and the coveted top spot to be announced later this week.
In the meantime, you can vote for your favourite games of the year in our site-wide poll and tell us what your favourite games of 2012 were in the comments below.
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20. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Vita, iOS
Our Verdict: "Criterion has wisely side-stepped the pitfalls of last year's Need for Speed: The Run by shunning some insipid story and instead offering a truly open and free world for indulging petrol-fuelled fantasies. The single-player game lacks a bit of structure and the multiplayer is certainly chaotic at first, but the game excels in providing socially connected racing that gets under the skin." - [AL]
19. Sleeping Dogs
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Our Verdict: "Sleeping Dogs has to rank as one the pleasant surprises of this year. While the campaign is relatively short, there is loads to do and the missions, story and presentation come together to make a pretty solid package. And you always have the option to jump in a car, flick on the radio and cruise around Hong Kong looking for trouble, before it finds you." - [AL]
18. Dead or Alive 5
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Our Verdict: The latest in the long-running fighting series offers new modes and an expanded cast of characters, including guest fighters such as Virtua Fighter 5's Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant. Even without series creator Tomonobu Itagaki at the helm, we feel this is a great example of how a fighting game sequel should be done. It evolves the gameplay in meaningful ways while staying true to its core system, retaining its 'easy to pick up and play' qualities.
>17. Tokyo Jungle
Platforms: PS3 (PSN)
Our Verdict: "Despite some poor design choices and sub-par graphics, Tokyo Jungle is an oddly addictive game that exudes charm. Each survival attempt feels unique thanks to a steady stream of unlockable animals, new challenges and hidden areas. Stranger than anything we've played this year, Tokyo Jungle is a unique title which, while not without its flaws, is wildly entertaining and well worth a download." - [LM]
16. Hitman Absolution
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Our Verdict: "Hitman: Absolution does have a few flaws, but these certainly don't take away from what is a polished and in-depth package that turns killing into a fine art. Hitman purists may decry the latest title, but in our opinion the balance between stealth and action is just right. Most importantly, you feel that you always have the freedom to bring death in any way you choose. The world is your oyster; now go kill in it." - [AL]
Join us tomorrow (Tuesday, December 18) for entries 15-11, with the final five and the coveted top spot to be announced later this week.