All of the Best Video Game Music of 2011

It's been a lot of fun cataloguing and recognizing the best video game music of the year. We've gone from AAA blockbusters to indie games, sweeping melodies to ambient synths, heroic themes to dread-soaked atmospherics. Some of the games built music into their gameworlds, while others brought in full orchestras and… » 1/02/12 5:00pm 1/02/12 5:00pm

The 2011 Video Game Year in Review

We love video games here at Kotaku. We love them so much. We think they had a good year in 2011, although it was a pretty weird year. We had the PlayStation Network going down. We got a 3DS and, at least in Japan, a Vita. We got Minecraft and Duke Nukem Forever and even the first brand-new Assassin's Creed game in...… » 1/02/12 2:00pm 1/02/12 2:00pm

2011: The Year in Pleasant Surprises

2011 saw its share of disappointments, but it was also a year that contained a good number of nice surprises. Some were games we just didn't see coming—they snuck up on us and grabbed us with their excellence. Others were games that we thought were going to be terrible or at best so-so, but which would up being… » 12/29/11 10:00pm 12/29/11 10:00pm

Is Portal 2 Kotaku's Game of the Year?

What Valve did this year seemed impossible: they improved on the perfection that was the first Portal. That feat was accomplished, surprisingly, by making everything about players' return to Aperture Science less perfect. We got a scuffed-up, messier experience that resonated more deeply than any other game this year. … » 12/29/11 10:00am 12/29/11 10:00am

Is Nothing Kotaku's Game of the Year?

This may sound off-key coming from the guy who nominated the 12th edition of annual sports franchise for overall GOTY last year. But I'm inclined to say "None of the above," this year. I prefer for these honors to truly mean the game, at minimum, was the best at what it did. This year's big games, nearly all of them… » 12/28/11 10:00am 12/28/11 10:00am