1. Assassin's Creed 3
Three years in the making Assassin's Creed 3 sees players sent to 18th Century America as Half-English Half-Native American assassin Connor. Thrust into the middle of this huge conflict gamers will experience a brand-new approach to Assassin's Creed with the largest map yet and an environment that completely changes with the seasons.
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC | Assassin's Creed 3 Release date: Out now | Link: Assassin's Creed 3 trailer | Assassin's Creed 3 review
The best new games for 2012 are coming to steal you way from your mundane lives. Here's the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U, 3DS and Vita games you need to buy
Skyrim, Arkham City, Modern Warfare 3, the best games of 2011 are going to be a hard bunch to beat. But with the arrival of the PS Vita and the Nintendo Wii U joining the current console stalwarts, gamers will not be short changed in 2012.
Looking ahead to the year in gaming, we pick out the top titles across the formats that we can't wait to get some hands-on time with. Get saving and feast your eyes on these...