21 December 2012 3:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

There are only a few weeks left in the year, and as we wind down to the end and lurch into 2013, let’s take a look at some of the best games that 2012 gave us.

Xcom: Enemy Unknown

While my mid-90’s nostalgia meter has its needle thrust firmly in the red for Xcom, developer Firaxis managed to craft a thrilling, fun strategy game that’s seemingly simple on the surface, but offers hours of deep, compelling gameplay.  Turn-based gameplay has never been so nerve-wracking as when your squad is facing off against the Sectoid invaders with the ever-present specter of permanent death for your units that you’ve spent hours enhancing and leveling.  Even worse is the potential of sponsor countries dropping out of your organization, stripping you of much-needed funds at crucial moments.  It may not be for all tastes, but Xcom is accessible, tense, and brilliantly executed in every way. »

- Carl Lyon

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