Best Sound Effects: Jurassic Park: The Game
None of us know what a dinosaur really sounded like, but thanks to Jurassic Park, most of us feel like we do. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 movie introduced us to the rattling neck frill of the Dilophosaurus, the groans of a sick Triceratops, and the strategic pack calls of the stalking Velociraptor, not to mention the terrifying roar and impact tremor-inducing footfall of a rampaging Tyrannosaurus. So when Telltale Games took over the franchise for a new gaming installment this past year, it was imperative to create an authentic ambient backdrop for the return trip to Isla Nublar.
Fortunately, they did just that, as exploring the island’s wilds is a lavish audio experience. As you creep through the forest floor, wild creature sounds and environmental effects all sound realistic, adding to the immersive feeling of danger surrounding you on all sides. Indoors, the clanging of non-human footsteps on metallic grates and the whirring of malfunctioning machinery remind you that nowhere is truly safe. The result is a continually compelling atmosphere and a truly terrifying auditory experience. The original film was an Academy Award winner for best sound editing, and this game does a good job of carrying on that tradition as the deserving winner of our Best Sound Effects Aggie for 2011.
Runners-Up: L.A. Noire, Portal 2, The Book of Unwritten Tales, Back to the Future: The Game
Readers’ Choice: Portal 2
You’re alone so much of the time in the cavernous Aperture Science, it was imperative to create a convincing aural experience, and Valve did just that. With a steady stream of light industrial sounds from conveyor belts, grinding metal, whirring machinery, and splooshing tube gels, not to mention the hilarious pitch-modulated turret voices (which is sort of voice acting, but sort of not), the convincing soundscape earned Portal 2 the popular vote for best sound effects.
Runners-Up: L.A. Noire, Black Mirror III, The Book of Unwritten Tales, Gray Matter
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