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Digital Spy's Best Games of 2012 (15-11): 'Halo 4', 'Dishonored', more

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Digital Spy marches on with its annual Game of the Year coverage, with five more entries of its top 20 countdown.

Continuing from number 15, the list includes a blockbuster Xbox 360 exclusive, an anticipated PC and Mac game that saw an unsteady launch and one of the best co-operative titles we've come across.

It will continue tomorrow (Wednesday, December 19) with entries 10-6, 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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15. Halo 4

Platforms: Xbox 360
Our Verdict: "Halo 4's combination of modes offers a very impressive package. The campaign offers a familiar but genuinely captivating ride, while Spartan Ops and War Games both take multiplayer in some welcome directions that'll undoubtedly hold your interest in the coming months.

"Despite the risk of handing the reins to a new studio, 343 Industries has done good with such a revered franchise, by not only respecting and retaining the essence of what makes it unique, but also by having the will to take it forward in some smart and satisfying ways." - [MR]


14. Mark of the Ninja

Platforms: Xbox Live, PC
Our Verdict: This brutal 2D stealth game will have players using shadow, sound and their ninja tools to sneak past or assassinate guards as they unravel the story behind the ninja's mark - a tattoo granting heightened senses along with a terrible curse. Players can use tools like the grappling hook to avoid being seen by guards, as well as throwing stars to put out lights and distract enemies, and offers some of the best stealth action of 2012.


13. Dishonored

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Our Verdict: "Dishonored's open-ended approach is a commendable one, but we felt the way it cheats the player out of the best ending if they choose the 'wrong' play style to be a bit frustrating. However, while it's a little short, Dishonored is ultimately a very enjoyable experience, with a vivid, unique world that will surprise whoever steps into it." - [BL]


12. Diablo 3

Platforms: PC, Mac
Our Verdict: "Players who approach Diablo 3 expecting a definitive dungeon crawler won't be disappointed. The basic formula is largely unchanged, but comes highly polished and bolstered by robust character customisation and strong co-op support. If hacking your way through hordes of demons and gathering loot hold any appeal, you won't find a better alternative." - [ML]


11. Borderlands 2

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Our Verdict: "Borderlands 2 is the sequel we were all hoping for. Gearbox has clung rigorously to what worked the first time around, and fleshed out the experience with refined customisation options, more variety, and a vastly more interesting story. With fantastic co-op support, there's tonnes of longevity on offer here, and no doubt future DLC will sweeten the deal. Looting and shooting doesn't get much better than this." - [ML]


Join us tomorrow (Wednesday, December 19) for entries 10-6, with the final five and the coveted top spot to be announced later this week.

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