"Telltale's The Walking Dead is unofficially 2012's Game of the Year (though we decided otherwise in GamingBolt's Game of the Year Awards). Out of pretty much nowhere, Telltale Games went from small time adventure game developer to big time AAA developer. Even if that change hasn't taken effect structurally, the developer's profile has been significantly raised since it debuted with the Episodes. Surprisingly, it's managed to win people's hearts and minds over a ton of high-profile games and sequels that otherwise dominated it in the headlines. Mass Effect 3, Far Cry 3, Dishonored, Halo 4, Assassin's Creed 3, Hitman: Absolution...the list just goes on and on. Keep in mind, all of the above games are pretty solid experiences and any gamer worth his salt should play them once before he dies (seriously)."