Best of the First Half of 2012

It does not seem that long ago when gamers were in the thrall of Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Batman: Arkham City and Modern Warfare 3 back in 2011 and compiling their best of lists. Yet now it is July, the third quarter of the year is starting, and six months have already passed in 2012. While the summer is usually a lull in gaming, there are some big titles on the way in July and August like The Secret World, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Sleeping Dogs, and Darksiders II, as well as some exciting titles coming out for XBLA and PSN. Despite a little something for all gamers in the next three months, it is all time biding until the Holiday season rises from its slumber and unleashes its gaming colossi upon us, even if most will be run over by the lumbering behemoth that is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. One of the other benefits of these slow summer months (besides being perfect for BBQing) is that it gives gamers a chance to catch up on some of the releases they missed at the beginning of the year or did not have time to play. The staff here at Gaming Illustrated figured we would share some of our favorite titles from the first six months of 2012. Since this only covers half of the year, we will limit choices to two retail games, a XBLA or PSN game and if there has been any standout ports worth mentioning (collection or otherwise).

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