Feature: Canaries of the Year

Best Musical Score

Bastion – Darren Korb
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Michael McCann
Shadows of the Damned – Akira Yamaoka

Ultimately, Darren Korb’s soundtrack was haunting, so much so that I purchased the soundtrack. His compositions were a cut above the rest.

Best Voice Acting

Bastion
Batman: Arkham City
Portal 2

While both Portal 2 and Batman had excellent voice acting, it was the brilliant, raspy narrator of Logan Cunningham which won me over.

Best Technology

Gears of War 3
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
The Witcher 2 

The water levels in Uncharted 3 were so impressive that in my mind, it ran away with the award.

Best Art

Bastion
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Ultimately, Jen Zee’s gorgeous realization of the world of Bastion won me over.

Best Downloadable Title

Bastion
Dungeons of Dredmor
Ms. Splosion Man
Trenched 

While Trenched was an excellent game, ultimately Bastion felt like it had a longer-lasting impact. The other two titles were strong enough to deserve mention, but ultimately could not compete with Bastion and Trenched.

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