Summer 2012 is here: the sun is shining, the birds are singing... which means your games console is likely doing nothing but gathering dust and booting up Skyrim for the millionth time.
The fact is unless, you're John Terry's solicitor, you've probably not been able to afford the roster of brilliant Xbox 360, PS3, PC, 3DS and PS Vita games that have already released in 2012.
To help give you something to do other than *shudder* go outside and spend your money on piņa coladas, we've put together the essential list of 2012's best games so far, mostly based on CVG's own review scores but also where number clashes apply, our own personal opinions.
We've also put our shopping hats on and scoped out the best prices for each title.
It's worth noting that we've tried to avoid game ports, compilations and DLC from our list. Don't agree with our rankings? Vote for your favourite games of 2012 so far in our new feature.