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10 Must-Have Games for 2012

If you've got a gamer on your holiday list, there are plenty of good choices this year.

The final years of a console generation typically bring some of the best titles, since videogame developers have gotten to know the ins and outs of the systems. Unfortunately, it often brings a flood of sequels, since publishers are less willing to take risks at this stage.

That makes it all the more surprising, then, that amidst the sequel sprawl of 2012, there are so many outstanding original games. Even better, some of the sequels that did show up were surprisingly innovative.

Please click ahead to see some titles sure to delight your favorite gamer.

By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 8 Nov. 2012

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