The Best Music of the Year 2012: Hotline Miami

Marsh Davies at

It’s a busy and varied field this year: exquisitely picked soundtracks tussle for our affection with gorgeous bespoke scores, covering every genre from bustling chiptune beats to orchestral epics. Dishonored's sparse but potent use of the sea-shanty was fittingly iconic, while Jesper Kyd’s Darksiders 2 score swept from Celtic pipes to Mongolian throat singing, and Spec Ops: The Line’s astutely selected records patched both Deep Purple and Verdi into its eclectic, psychedelic ambience.

Gearbox releases browser-based Borderlands 2 demake

Omri Petitte at

Count on Gearbox for a handy remedy to pre-release Borderlands 2 anxiety. The developer whipped up an official browser-based demake of the addicting open-world loot-and-shoot Borderlands, complete with upgrades, piles of guns, a narcissistic Claptrap, and a coat of 16-bit glory.

Borderlands 2 release date set for September, trailer fuses joy and pain into new emotion

Tom Senior at

I'm not sure if humanity has yet invented a unit capable of measuring the kind of manic, gun-loving hysteria exploding out of every frame of the new Borderlands 2 trailer on RPS. It's possible that language alone can't contain this amount of concentrated wub wub in one place, which explains the appearance of words like "bazilliondier" and expressions like "get read to joy puke your face off."

Between the beats there's mention of a September 18 release date. That's for the US, the Borderlands 2 site says that it'll be released internationally on September 21. If the concentrated, brilliant mind-bludgeoning above has rewired your brain into a state in which you must buy Borderlands 2 now or explode, there are various pre-order options advertised on the Borderlands 2 site. A refined, expanded version of the first game would do very nicely indeed.