THE END - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY
There are certain moments in our video game careers that remind us why we play. Areis’ fate in Final Fantasy 7. Finding out the truth about Darth Revan. Psycho Mantis reading our mind and our memory card. Every gamer has these moments they willl always remember, and 2011 wasn’t short on memorable scenes.
Virtually every set piece in Uncharted 3 was worthy of a nomination. Watching the physics of water sloshing around as Drake nearly drowned on a sinking ship was incredible; as was falling out of an airplane and barely pulling a parachute before crashing into the desert below. “The Moon” scene in Portal 2 was the absolute best way to end way to end Chell’s over-the-top adventure. Even Gears of War 3, through all the machismo and gore, managed to tug on a heart string halfway through the game.
We felt, however, that there was no bigger moment in all of 2012 than the universe-altering ending of Batman Arkham City. It’s hard to talk about the moment without unleashing a monster spoiler bomb, but if you finished Arkham City you know how big this moment was. The leadup, the twist, and the final scene blew us away in every sense of the phrase.
Rocksteady might as well have hit us in the face with a Freeze Blast. “Did that just happen!?,” we thought as the closing cinematic unfolded on our big screens. We don’t know if our jaw hit the floor first or our controller did. We could talk about the implications of this scene forever, but we’ll stop and say that if you haven’t completed Batman Arkham City, it should be on your to-play list.
RUNNER UP: THE MOON - PORTAL 2
RUNNER UP: SINKING SHIP - UNCHARTED 3
RUNNER UP: PLANE CRASH / DESERT SCENE - UNCHARTED 3
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BEST MOMENT FROM A GAME YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE PLAYED - “CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE” - DEAD SPACE 2
The blood spatter of recently mutilated civilians decorate the halls of the Sprawl space station. Necromorph body parts float in zero G after you’ve ripped them apart in brutal fashion. Dead Space 2 is a nightmare you don’t want to wake up from. Developer Visceral set a new standard for survival horror games in 2011, and the most disturbing scene had nothing to do with slain innocents or dismembered aliens coming after you.
“Cross my heart, and hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye,” was a pretty cryptic phrase we would say when we were young. Until Dead Space 2, we never thought we would actually have to carry out the deed. Towards the end of the game, our hero Issac Clarke finds an eye poking machine that was used on patients who had gone crazy before the Necromorph attack. In order to stop the alien invasion, the delusional Issac entered the contraption and literally stuck a needle in his eye to administer some medicine.
The best/worst part? We, the player, had to aim the needle slowly descending into Issac’s retina as he squirmed like a worm being hooked by a fishing line. We also had to keep the needle steady so we didn’t kill Issac by way of human pincushion. This horrifying mini-game left us wanting a hug and cold shower. Well played Visceral, well played.
CHECK OUT THE DEAD SPACE 2 REVIEW BY JANIO SUPPINI:http://resetgames.com/site/reviews/item/51-review-dead-space-2