It was tough this year for me to choose. Things that were good:
Loving the Dead Space 2 eye section and not knowing what to do for 12 tries on that part, the best part and the most amazing bit of Dead Space 2 was the sound design, it was so memorable and so psychologically tuned to near perfection. The best example of this was before you enter the whole spiralling set of corridors, that lead up to the eye moment, there is barely any music but you are heading to a door. As you get closer the door you can hear this mid to high pulsating noise coming from the door, pulling you in to explore behind it. Immediately, when you walk in, this mid to high tone changes to low to DEEP with this huge rushing monstrous sound that changes with the pulsation of this epic beam of light that this spirally corridor is circling round. This has the affect of making the brain work more because that sound has that rushing noise that sounds totally organic and natural in background which changes the waves at every moment because the noise is most likely random but the bass tone makes it flow, when incoparated with the visual element of the light beam the whole sectikn feels dense and stressful because you are linking it with the difficult enemies they throw in that section. So I feel that lead up to the eye part was more important than the actual eye part..... wow that was alot of writing on a sound
I've only just started Batman: Arkham City.... so I think the bit where you walk into the penguin's museum where the T-Rex roars at you is pretty good and walking round listening to the collection tour was interesting but that T-Rex part made me think, "yeah these are the guys that made a level that made me think my PC was broken" and I'm only 5 hours in, also meeting 'tiny' was cool as well. Batman might be my favorite game this year because there is so much effort to make me love it and I do. But, so far, it doesn't have my favourite moment. That belongs to an off the side moment in Portal 2. (Before I start I want to say I like that Vilify/Exile song by The National that was in Portal 2 than the end song in Portal 1).
Portal 2 has many moments of exploration and promotes and rewards it but the my favourite moment this year was walking into the a section pressing buttons hearing Cave, or it may have been Glados, talk about what happened but you are exploring and you open a door to this huge room, huge! You could build a ship in that space... the Borealis. The story of the entire ship just disappearing one-day and no-one knows what happened was not spooky. It was maddening. This huge question gets thrown at you and I truely was in wonder. I even jumped at the safety barriers a few times to try and explore more but you cant get over that barrier. So I stood and stared at the huge area creating ideas of what could have happened and wondering if the thing that occured was something truely terrifying. Either way it is the love of the mystery that makes me love that moment so much. But, does the G-man wants Gordon Freeman to go to Borealis & why?..........
Anyway.. enough about me. What is your favourite, or even favorite, gaming moment this year?