CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This was a great year for gaming, and 2013 looks to be even better. But before we look forward to upcoming titles, it's time for a look back at the five best games 2012 had to offer.
It should be noted that all games on this list are rated M for mature. Though it was a complete coincidence this happened, it's understandable why it did. M-rated games tend to offer more complex stories or gameplay mechanics.
If you're a parent on the fence as to whether or not you want your kid to play one of the games listed or a young gamer unsure of whether you can stomach the mature content, be sure to visit www.esrb.org for more information regarding the rating.
5. "ZombiU" (Wii U; rated M)
Unlike most games in the genre today, "ZombiU" is a genuine survival horror title. You'll find true tension and fear in lieu of action-packed set pieces.
You have only one life, and if you die, you lose all your items and restart with a new character. You'll have to backtrack and make your way to your previous, now zombie virus-infected character and kill it to get your loot. Think "Dark Souls" with a zombie twist.
"ZombiU" is a real treat for survival horror fans or anyone who wants a challenging game.
4. "Assassin's Creed III" (PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Windows; rated M)
The fifth major installment of the extremely popular "Assassin's Creed" series sets out to wrap up the story of Desmond Miles as he tries to prevent the end of the world. This, of course, means he'll be going back into the Animus, a device that allows him to relive the memories of his ancestors.
Ezio Auditore, the ancestor in the "Assassin's Creed II" trilogy, is replaced with the new Native American protagonist, Ratonhnhaké:ton -- better known as Connor. Connor soon finds himself in the middle of the American Revolution as he plots to take down the Templars.
The new gameplay mechanics, such as hunting and naval combat, make the game feel very fresh, and cat-and-mouse multiplayer provides hours of fun even after the main story is over.