Kirk's Top 11 Games Of 2012

I played more games in 2012 than any other year of my life. It was a weird — but thoroughly wonderful — year, and one that upset a lot of my expectations. A lot of games I’d assumed would be amazing fell short of the mark, while others came out of nowhere to become fast favourites.

Why Journey Should Be Game Of The Year

The first time I played Journey, I thought “OK.” It had been a lovely experience, sure. I’d played it to around the halfway mark, taken a short break, then finished it. It seemed very nice. Lovely looking, and with a gorgeous soundtrack. Past that, I couldn’t quite nail it down. The second time I played Journey, I thought, “That was one most beautiful video games I’ve ever played.”

It Took A Complete Stranger To Make Me Fall In Love With Journey

Spoilers for Journey follow. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I’d heard about Journey‘s innovative multiplayer feature, of course; it was impossible to follow video game news in 2012 without reading about how your Journey journey can be peppered with silent, anonymous companions who are pursuing the same quest as you. You can’t talk to them, but you can see them, jump with them, and share an adventure together.

Before You Start: One Tip For Playing Journey The Best Way

Here at Kotaku, we like to put together lists of tips for getting the most out of some games. Skyrim, Far Cry 3, Arkham City, games like that.

The Best Video Game Music Of 2012

You press a button, and the beat drops. Forward you fly, straight into the perilous unknown, beats pushing against your eardrums as you push back against the controller. Tempo and harmony swim together in your brain, and you lose yourself in the rhythm of play.

Grammy-Nominated Journey Composer To Make Music For... Leisure Suit Larry?

Austin Wintory’s soaring orchestral score for Thatgamecompany’s Journey will not be forgotten anytime soon. Not only was it a fine collection of music in its own right, it is the first video game soundtrack to be nominated for a Grammy.

Gorgeous Games Of 2012: Journey

2012 was a good year to be moved by visuals in games. I’m not talking graphic fidelity, but rather aesthetics. So many games this year were visually inspired and pleasing to the eye.

9 Signs That Video Games Grew Up A Bit In 2012

We hear all the time that video games are a young medium, that they’ve still got so much untapped potential to wow us in unique and meaningful ways. And while it may seem like it’s been just another 12 months of sequels, remakes and disappointment, there have been signs that video games are maturing. Some of those baby teeth are shaking loose.

Journey's Soundtrack Has Been Nominated For A Grammy

The nominations for the 55th Grammy Awards have been revealed, and for PS3 gamers there’s quite the surprise: Austin Wintory’s wonderful score for PSN title Journey has been nominated for Best Score Soundtrack.

Journey's Alternate Ending. Just, Uh, Watch For Yourself.

Journey is a beautiful game. The ending was equally beautiful, but also sad and heartwarming somehow all at the same time.