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The 25 best PC games of 2012

Looks like it will be a vintage year for PC owners...

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6. Brothers In Arms: Furious 4

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And here's Gearbox again, wreaking something of a franchise reboot on what was previously a set of meticulously authentic - and beautifully crafted - World War II shooters. There's nothing authentic about Furious 4, though, and it's all the better for that. This fps is all about four-player co-op, as a squad of four completely OTT characters hunt down the Fuhrer himself, having to negotiate fearsome (and fictional) experimental Nazi weapons in the process. Not, perhaps, the year's most sophisticated game. But who doesn't fancy kicking Hitler's butt one more time?

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7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

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OK, it hasn't been announced yet. And it might not be called Black Ops 2 (rumours currently in circulation favour Iron Wolf, although that could just be a codename). But if a year elapsed without Activision releasing a Call of Duty game, surely that would signal the start of the Rapture? And this year, it's Treyarch's turn to have a crack at the all-conquering first-person shooter, hence the likelihood that it will carry on where Black Ops, by far Treyarch's best ever game, left off. Right now, that's all we can tell you, although it will surely hog the headlines at E3 in June. And of course you'll be wanting to buy it and buy it on it PC, won't you?

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8. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Nothing gets the juices of competitive, hardcore, team-based first-person shooter enthusiasts more than a new game from Valve, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive should more than make up for the continued non-appearance of Half-Life 2 Episode 3. At last, thanks to Global Offensive, those famous clans will be able to take each other on in something that actually looks like it was made in the 21st century. Hidden Path is sharing the development duties with Valve, and since it's already in beta, we might not have to wait too long before it comes out. The CS legend all started on PC and that's where it's going to be best again. You know where to go if you want to make a name for yourself as a pro gamer.

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9. Darksiders 2

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The second instalment of THQ's apocalyptic hack-n-slash casts you as Death this time around (in the first game, of course, you played War). So get ready to wield that scythe. While Darksiders 2 will take place in the same time-period as its predecessor, its game-world will be way bigger. Once again, you can expect lashings of dark, gothic atmosphere, lashings of dungeons, and games of Twister with Theodore "Ted" Logan. Actually, we made that up.

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10. Diablo III

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"Mythical" is the word that springs to mind when we think of Blizzard's elevated-view, fantasy-horror RPG. The all-conquering World of Warcraft developer first announced it was working on the third instalment of the game in 2008, and it's now 12 years since Diablo II came out. But Blizzard, of course, is a law unto itself, and deserves props for refusing to put Diablo III out until it's absolutely spot-on. When it does arrive, however, you simply won't be allowed to call yourself a proper RPG fan until you've bought a copy - you know we're right. They may tease us with talk of 360 version occasionally but Diablo 3 is PC game heartland territory.

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