You can’t expect everyone to know what to get you for Christmas. With the big day done and dusted, the food gobbled and the presents hastily opened, chances are you’re left with a fat wad of Christmas cash from those Aunties, Uncles, Nans and Granddads who just didn’t know what you wanted. As Boxing Day plods along, that cash is going to burn a hole in your wallet. Before long, you’ll actually start to hear it screaming out to be spent on some post-Christmas goodies. However you shouldn’t fritter it away on any old rubbish. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of the five best games of 2012; video games released in 2012 that you may have missed, to help ensure you get some decent gameplay for your Koopa Coins. If that wasn’t enough, all of our selections are under £25!
This follow up to the 2009 best seller ups the anti whilst keeping the cyber-Western feel and crazy gunslinging action. If you’re the type who loves blasting everything to oblivion in multiplayer mode then this one’s definitely for you. Borderlands 2 allows you to play with friends both online and off, and boasts an impressive roster of mind-bendingly fun weaponry. At the jaw-droppingly low price of £23.99 over at Zavvi, this really is a steal that’ll eat up hours of your free time in the best possible way. Order it now and you’ll have your lazy Boxing Day entertainment schedule sorted with a bang.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Ever wanted to stalk the streets of Gotham like Batman? What about race as fast as The Flash or soar in the sky to Superman-like heights. Well with the latest addition to the thriving Lego video game universe, you can. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes allows you to play a generous selection of your favourite characters, including many obscure or less well known masked faces. Simply step into a pair of super tights and go exploring, and exploring is the key word here. The game takes place in a completely open-world Gotham City. That means that every shady nook and cranny is up for inspection and zooming around this dark world as Clark Kent’s alter ego is all the more satisfying. The perfect marriage of gaming and geeks..
The Darkness II
For those after something a little more sinister, The Darkness II offers players the chance to experience hell itself via its tortured protagonist Jackie Estacado. It’s through this dangerous mob boss bloke that you’ll be able to master all manner of demonic powers and abilities that you’ll need to get out of some very, very violent situations. In addition to its creepy solo campaign, The Darkness II also offers ‘Vendettas’, a separate online co-op mode that runs parallel to the game’s primary storyline. Here, you can guide up to four of Estacado’s henchmen on a secret job to stop the Brotherhood from getting their hands on the Spear Of Destiny. Want to find out what that ominous sounding object is? Head to Zavvi and grab a copy.
Mass Effect 3
Fans of the first two installments will surely be reduced to a drooling mess with this climactic ending chapter to the Mass Effect trilogy. Be prepared to make some tough decisions on your journey. Even though game playing is supposed to be a carefree past time, this space based shoot-em-up will probably be one of the most dramatically engaging experiences you’re likely to have in front of the telly. It’s also one of the most cinematic. When you’re not frantically biting your nails at the plot, you’ll be mindlessly gawping at the spectacular visuals on show. At just £19.99 from HMV, it’s a right bargain.
If exploring fantasy worlds is more your thing then this epic trek into a world populated by mystic knights, mages, sorcerers and warriors should be right up your alley. These aren’t the only fantastical beings that call this mysterious place home. Head out after dark and you’re likely to encounter goblins, giant cyclops’ and griffins, all of whom would love nothing more than to engage in an epic (and we do mean epic) hack slash battle with you. You’ll have to tool up and gain valuable experience by completing the game’s many quests if you want to become truly unstoppable and fulfil your character’s destiny of slaying a giant dragon. Before long your hard work pays off, rewarding you with some glorious gameplay. Not one to be missed.
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