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Posted by Quarters

Incredible.

Posted by Needle

Double Dragon Neon for best Classic Revival runner-up? Coulda sworn I remember someone saying that game was a piece of steaming poop.

Posted by DaveC524
Posted by Gildermershina

@Flacracker said:

Journey has so much better music cause, you know, it's actually real.

Hilarious!

Or not. Can't tell.

Posted by RoyCampbell
@Ghostiet said:
Also, no love for the Max Payne 3 OST makes me so sad.
It was so good! Max Payne 3 overall just ain't getting much attention at all.
Posted by OneKillWonder_

I dunno, Vaas barely being in FC3 and still winning over Lee is kind of lame, but whatever. Not to discredit how awesome Vaas is, but he is criminally underused. For me it would be between Lee and Handsome Jack for sure.

Posted by Pudge

What the hell is Frog Fractions?

Posted by DystopiaX

@Rhaknar said:

@ocdog45 said:

Kinda salty about Super Mrio Land 3D. Should of been Skyrim. I'm still waiting for FEZ to go PC, instant buy!

2012's 2011 GOTY should be the same as the 2011 GOTY? have you completely missed the point of the award?

Also it's one of the awards where it's more like "What game from last year did they not play last year a lot and played this year a ton", and AFAIK they haven't played Skyrim this year, like at all. And played a shitload of it last year.

Posted by Naberius_Shrike

The Hotline Miami soundtrack is grossly overrated in my book. FTL's music did a lot more for me and I'm really surprised it wasn't in the running. Guess I'll check the podcast to see if they mention it at all.

Edited by pyide

Wow, no mention at all for Dustforce in the Soundtrack category. Shame it came out so early in the year, still one of the best around. Probably my favorite use of music in anything of the last five years.

Posted by YOUNGLINK

holy fuckface hell yea

Posted by Stocker

Max Payne 3 all day for best soundtrack !! I Couldn't disagree more.

Posted by ucankurbaga

it was worth the wait, well done, fucking A!

Posted by Itwastuesday

If last year's best moment was Deckers.Die, and this year's moment was something from Fez, then that's all I need to know about the year 2012 for video games.

Posted by Andorski

@pyide said:

Wow, no mention at all for Dustforce in the Soundtrack category. Shame it came out so early in the year, still one of the best around. Probably my favorite use of music in anything of the last five years.

Definitely agree with you on Dustforce at least deserving a mention. That game in general was overlooked by Giant Bomb. I guess it didn't click with anyone in the GB crew. I loved this game though. Hard as balls at times, but repeating the same level over and over again to get the perfect run only meant that you got to listen to the awesome OST over and over agian. Baryogenesis was probably my favorite soundtrack:

Posted by lordTurki

I needed this!

Posted by mrcraggle

I had a feeling that HLM would win best soundtrack the moment it was said in the QL. This has been an amazing year for music in games with not only HLM, but FEZ, FTL, MP3 and many others.

I'm surprised by the pick of Vaas though. As great as he was, his involvement in the game is extremely limited and every moment he shows up is exactly the same (which really annoyed me actually). Lee from TWD should have taken the win.

Posted by Graham_Nix

Where's Kid Icarus: Uprising for best retro revival :/

I don't think it should win over XCOM, but it should at least have been nominated.

Posted by Wastrel

For those of you wondering what Frog Fractions is, play it here.

Yes, it is a flash game. That's not a demo.

Posted by Warbot40

@Andorski said:

@pyide said:

Wow, no mention at all for Dustforce in the Soundtrack category. Shame it came out so early in the year, still one of the best around. Probably my favorite use of music in anything of the last five years.

Definitely agree with you on Dustforce at least deserving a mention. That game in general was overlooked by Giant Bomb. I guess it didn't click with anyone in the GB crew. I loved this game though. Hard as balls at times, but repeating the same level over and over again to get the perfect run only meant that you got to listen to the awesome OST over and over agian. Baryogenesis was probably my favorite soundtrack:

Loved Dustforce's soundtrack. I wish I could of played the game some more but I need to get a gamepad since playing with the keyboard is next to impossible. Baryogenesis is good but, I think "Cider Time" and "9-Bit expedition" are just a bit better.

Posted by zenmastah

Ive read that there will be Hotline Miami 2 and i think it should totally have some Huoratron tunes in it.

https://soundcloud.com/huoratron-1

Posted by Faltru

Initially I was surprised that Hotline Miami beat Journey for best music. But after listening to both of them again, I understand.

Posted by PosableActionFigure

It's a crime that Double Dragon Neon wasn't even considered for best music.

Posted by DeF

@Graham_Nix said:

Where's Kid Icarus: Uprising for best retro revival :/

I don't think it should win over XCOM, but it should at least have been nominated.

While I agree that it's criminally overlooked, Uprising just was too controversial in terms of people either accepting the controls or fighting them and the ground levels being not as cool as the flying parts. I can somewhat understand its absence--especially here on Giant Bomb.

As for music, sadly nobody on staff played Xenoblade for more than 25 minutes to experience the absolutely incredible soundtrack that accompanied me on my 112 hours!

Posted by SaturnPrime

I can't understand how the Bomb crew, mostly Brad and Ryan, think the Jaavik / From Ashes DLC was so amazing. Every single ME3 conversation seems to come back to it. His development was on par with the development with all the other squad mate characters. Just as good as the others. There were other great moments in that game... Sure, the reveal in From Ashes was interesting and departed from the player's preconceptions but it pales to events of Mordin/Elevator, Thane/Kai Leng, leaving Earth, Garrus/Citadel, mission cutscenes with your original ME1 crew, the datalog reveals in the Cerberus base. I had From Ashes at purchase and played it through with initial release. Yes, I used Jaavik in all the "right" missions. I don't think this cutscene reveal or the Normandy conversations is even in my top ten moments in ME3.

Certainly I would take Handsome Jack from BL2 as a more interesting new character. At least there's a more interesting character arc there. I loved to hate him, but I felt sorry for him too. Jaavik just felt like he became less abrasive by the end of the game and less of a defined individual.

Posted by Protome

@Graham_Nix said:

Where's Kid Icarus: Uprising for best retro revival :/

I don't think it should win over XCOM, but it should at least have been nominated.

Listen to the podcast, it is mentioned but the unanimous opinion was "The terrible controls stop is being a nominee."

Posted by HerbieBug

Double Dragon Neon, GB? What madness is this? That game is runner up for worst game of the year, at best. D:

Edited by liako21

holy shit that vid is amazing.

Edited by pyide

@Andorski said:

@pyide said:

Wow, no mention at all for Dustforce in the Soundtrack category. Shame it came out so early in the year, still one of the best around. Probably my favorite use of music in anything of the last five years.

Definitely agree with you on Dustforce at least deserving a mention. That game in general was overlooked by Giant Bomb. I guess it didn't click with anyone in the GB crew. I loved this game though. Hard as balls at times, but repeating the same level over and over again to get the perfect run only meant that you got to listen to the awesome OST over and over agian.

Yeah, and the way a lot of the tracks were rigged to loop their hooks endlessly on each level really kept me calm when I would otherwise be raging at constantly repeating a brutally difficult section. The external soundtrack is still fantastic and very listenable, but it's something else when you are actually in there going through these trials and aren't just hearing the short versions. I say it's the best use of music because it kept me in that mellow zen mode so much of the time. Nothing else really had the same profound effect on me.

I really love the game too, but was kind of bummed about the leaderboard wipe that came with some bug fixes and map alterations in the big editor / custom levels update in the summer. Had so many more friend times and scores to compete with before that compared to after. And I miss the huge hub world, too.

Posted by AngelN7

Did they ever talked about frog fractions on the bombcast? such a random pick.

Edited by SexVicar

Ashura's Wrath Is pretty up there, Y'all. Hold a second I PUNCHED A GOD THROUGH THE EARTH WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT GODDAMN.

Though respect to the following moments that didn't quite make it.

The Walking Dead Episode 3: Stop The Train, Kenny...

Beyond shocking and frightening and an utter triumph of writing. How Telltale pulled it off was masterful and probably increased the amount of tissue sales tenfold. What an utterly compelling and brilliant moment.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: The Delphenus appears

There's an utter joy in the background details in this game. The F-14s swooping by in the After Burner Stage. The Burning Rangers flying by you while Chris gives you directions in the Burning Rangers Stage. Hell, The Bosses in the Nights Stage making an appearance. But nothing beats swinging into first place on the final lap after the Valurean empire has wrecked the track and seeing the Delphinus, the Blue Rogues ship bursting through and wrecking house, causing you to avoid a cavacclade of crashing ships. Every Dreamcast fans pants in the world needed changing.

Syndicate: Getting the DROP on you

Botching the Ascari raid and finding yourself in a trainstation. Looks like a clean escape till a kung fu asskiciking Ascari agent knocks Merit's ass out and leaves you with just a rifle and a pistol against a finely tuned ass kicking machine. Whats this? Skrillex's remix of the Syndicate theme starts playing? Hell yeah, lets kick this guys ass. Not quite the "Power" moment from Saints Row 3. But it was perfect.

So uh yeah, moments y'all.

Posted by MjHealy

THE IGNORING OF SOUND SHAPES FOR BEST MUSIC CANNOT BE EXCUSED.

But Hotline Miami still wins anyway

Posted by hollitz

Not sure that I've seen it mentioned before, but the anima database files give away the Haytham reveal WAAAY before the reveal. Kinda ruined it for me.

Posted by MasterVerhoffin

"Leave this area and never come back. We're shutting this project down, the darkness cannot be breached..."

*head explodes*

"OH GOD WHAT!"

THAT is truly the best moment of 2012.

Posted by KlUMZeE

Great stuff!

Posted by Parsnip

I really liked Haytham as a new character as well, shame it didn't get a mention at all.
 
And that end of chapter 3 reveal in AC3, fuck man, so good.

Posted by gunstarhero

this is why i pay the monies.

Posted by Mikemcn

I can't agree with the NRA's "Games make you violent" argument normally, but playing Hotline Miami while jamming to it's badass soundtrack and embracing the trippiness of it all, may be the closest videogames have come to making me understand psycho killers.

Posted by ThreePi

I got to say, the old-school X-Com fans who have rejected new XCOM are out there. It may be a fine game for those who are unfamiliar with the series or genre, but for the long-time fans like myself, the new game is kind of sad. The biggest complaint, really, is that the game is basically solvable. Once you figure out an opening gambit, you can pretty much have the game on cruise control to the point where the tactical and strategy layer both become by-the-numbers. XCOM has no legs, no replayability. Once you've beaten the game, there's very little reason to want to play it again, and that's a cardinal sin for strategy games.

Posted by OleMarthin

this is fantastic,

Posted by wumbo3000

They couldn't have chosen a better video clip of Vaas. That was perfect.

Posted by gbrading

Oh, Lee Everett is certainly my Character of the Year. Lee is the epitome of a fully-rounded character.

Posted by yoshimitz707

@Protome said:

@Graham_Nix said:

Where's Kid Icarus: Uprising for best retro revival :/

I don't think it should win over XCOM, but it should at least have been nominated.

Listen to the podcast, it is mentioned but the unanimous opinion was "The terrible controls stop is being a nominee."

The controls aren't great, yeah. But once you get used to them they stop being an issue. And every single other thing about the game is so goddamn amazing that I can't believe it got looked over for Double Dragon Neon.

Posted by Cashewual

The fake documentary/office theme is fucking astounding! Well done indeed!

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

Frog Fractions?

Edited by beard_of_zeus

@MjHealy said:

THE IGNORING OF SOUND SHAPES FOR BEST MUSIC CANNOT BE EXCUSED.

But Hotline Miami still wins anyway

Yeah, I wish Sound Shapes or Hell Yeah! would have been considered. They mentioned Hell Yeah! on the podcast, but I think it got overlooked too easily. I would have taken Fez out and switched in Hell Yeah! for that category, myself. Hotline Miami and Journey are both totally legit, though.

Edited by AssInAss

@OneKillWonder_ said:

I dunno, Vaas barely being in FC3 and still winning over Lee is kind of lame, but whatever. Not to discredit how awesome Vaas is, but he is criminally underused. For me it would be between Lee and Handsome Jack for sure.

They're all winners in my eyes! And yes, there needed to be more Vaas, what a whiff of a conclusion for him.

Edited by Brackynews

I swear to god, I look back over my shoulder every time I hear Silver Lights. /creepy

"WHO AM I??!!"

Posted by Wallzii

Frog Fractions? Honestly, I just played it, and it is pretty fucking boring. How is this game even entertaining?

Edited by KittyVonDoom

So is Jeff the only staff member to've played Syndicate? I know this stuff is already set in stone, but I hope that game gets the recognition it deserves. Criminally underrated and then some.

And was original XCOM really "beloved"? I would call classic Nintendo games that people were practically raised on as kids to be "beloved", but a series that caught the attention of the hardcore PC dwellers, who would obsess elitist over anything that was sci-fi + punishing difficulty?

I certainly don't think the reason behind the Internet furiously whining over the FPS reboot was because of the quality, the lack of original characters, or different writers/designers. Just SAYING.

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